Governors That May Not Return In 2011
Aliyu Shinkafi, Alao-Akala, Patrick Yakowa others top the list
Out of the 36 serving State Governors in Nigeria many may not return to their seat of power come 2011. Reasons behind this might not be far from failure to win the confidence of the people, emanating from lack of performances and mainly because of many political miscalculations, policy summersault, and failure to continuing getting the patronage of powers that be and godfathers.
Top on this list is:
Aliyu Shinkafi, Zamfara State Governor:
His sins and obstacles:
- Ahmed Sani, Yarima Bakura factor – Former Governor, Zamfara State and now Senator. This Apostle of Sharia will do everything possible on earth to ensure that Shinkafi did not win 2011 elections for so many reasons. He was not only instrumental to Shinkafi’s emergence as Zamfara State governor in 2007 elections but single handedly imposed Shinkafi on the people, even against the wish of the leadership of his party then, as Yarima blatantly declared Shinkafi, then his Deputy, as heir apparent to occupy his position as far back as 2003 immediately he was sworn in.
Now, the two doesn’t see eye to eye anymore. Shinkafi’s confidence is based on power of incumbency, having all the State apparatus at his disposal. His second option also lies in pitching his tent with PDP, the party at the centre and also notorious for its ability to win elections at all cost.
Meanwhile, Senator Sani Ahmad, Yarima Bakura, still enjoys his popularity as the Apostle of Sharia among the people of Zamfara State and also his monumental achievements while in office between 1999 and 2003.
- General Ibrahim Babangida factor: Presidential aspirant and a major protagonist of the zoning formular and supporter of power must remain in the North.
Aliyu Shinkafi’s marriage to the one of the daughters of this General is now looking him at his face. The marriage which was early seen as a good political move by Shinkafi may now be another obstacle to his second term ambition owing to the ambition of his father-in-law, who may be forced out of PDP anytime from now if President Jonathan Goodluck still insists to contest under PDP. General Babangida is been linked with move to a new political party in order to join forces with other northern leaders to ensure power did not leave the North come 2011.
- President Goodluck Jonathan factor: Incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Should Jonathan declare his ambition to contest as President in the next general election on the platform of PDP, then all Governors in the Northern geopolitical zone are in for a serious electoral headache and maneuvering because it would be suicidal to contest for any gubernatorial seat in the seven states of the North West geopolitical zone of the country as the people of the zone will feel they have been shortchanged by PDP.
This will definitely lead to new political alliances and re-alignment in the zone, a move that will only favour all other parties except PDP.
Adebayo Alao-Akala, Oyo State Governor:
His sins and obstacles:
- Senator Rasheed Ladoja factor – Former Governor, Oyo State. Former boss of Alao-Akala has not forgiven him for the takeover, which he considered as an act of betrayal and breach of trust. Ladoja and his teeming followers are hell bent on chasing Akala out of Agodi Government House at all cost. They are battle ready to make him pay for the sin of his late godfather, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu.
Ladoja is banking on the support of Ibadan elites who are clamouring for a son of the soil.
- PDP in-house fighting factor: The in-house fighting in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Oyo State is another threat to Akala’s ambition. Rumour has it that the national leadership of the Party is ready to dissolve the State Exco of the Party. Akala’s sin in the PDP was caused by his hard stance on the non-implementation of the Ekweremadu led reconciliatory committee resolution.
Few hours ago, Akala was in a show of shame at the National Secretariat of PDP during the NEC meeting, where he threw caution and courtesy to the wind by confronting a statesman, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, who was unperturbed by all Akala’s vituperation.
- Ibadan/indigenous factor: The Ibadans are out again for a repeat of the 1983 showdown experienced by Late Chief Bola Ige. The new song on the lips of Ibadan indigenes, propelled by the Olubadan-in-Council, is “Omo wa ni eje ose”meaning he is our son, let him do it. Akala is not an Ibadan man and has never enjoyed the patronage of the Olubadan, and now the Ibadans want one of their own to take over. Ladoja and Adewusi are both Ibadans. His battle with Alaafin is another obstacle to his ambition.
- AC factor: Adewusi, a former Commissioner in Lagos State is now in the hot race and looks very strategic under the banner of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and banking on the premise of been an IbadThis Apostle of Sharia will do everything possible on earth to ensure that Shinkafi did not win 2011 elections for so many reasons. He wan man. He will definitely give Akala the battle of his life with the backing of the Asiwaju, Ahmed Bola Tinubu as evident in the last election in Osun State where Rauf Aregbesola fought Oyinlola from all fronts.
- 5. Workers Apathy: This is definitely not a good time for Akala’s led administration in Oyo State as the entire teachers are on strike in his State. His sin is the non payment of Teachers Salary Structure increament agreed upon by Nigerian governors Forum. Akala is threatening to sack all the striking teachers, where this will help him to win the next election is of great concern.
“Only Aketi can defeat Aketi in the coming election”
Who’s Abayomi Ale?
My name is Ale Abayomi Abiodun. I am a lawyer, a transaction advisor, sustainability champion, workplace culture expert, and a politician. I am a family man. I am a proud Owo son and an indigene of Ondo State. I am debonair and conservative by nature. I may be a polymath too. I’m also a health enthusiast.
The Governorship election in Ondo State is approaching, what’s your view about the election?
It’s just another defined term for evaluation of performance. In the overview, we are lucky that Ondo State election won’t be going the rowdy way like Edo States’. Most times when too much emotions get invested in any particular election, it’s the masses and the State’s economy that suffers it the most. Such are usually violent; very expensive, as politicians may be spurred to spend ten naira where they ought to have spent five naira; and its usually difficult to recover from such battles when a winner eventually emerges. Such victories are usually pyrrhic and attended with enormous court battles.
We would have fall into same labyrinth if the estranged deputy governor of Ondo State had won the PDP ticket of the State. Its obvious God has favoured us for peace and prosperity with the way the Primary elections of the two mainstream political parties in the State turned out.
Who is your preferred candidate?
Oh… you can see that from every shade of my body language.
To be frank with you, I am of the believe that this administration has not only performed creditably well in so many sectors, but has set the economic quadrants of the State towards achieving financial sustainability. The latter is one of the reasons I preach that Arakunrin Akeredolu be allowed a second term to consolidate the foundation he has laid before handing over to another illustrious son of the State. This administration has positioned the state on a tripod stand of Industrial Opportunities; Security and Exit Strategy Seaport that will help export value-added produce and products.
This is a diversion that leads to financial independence of Ondo State. It’s a redirection that will gradually reduce our dependency on FAAC droppings from the Federal table. I strongly believe such a vision should be supported for another four years.
Are you supporting Aketi because he is your kinsman?
(Laughs)…..That’s not true. As a fact, I worked for another candidate in 2016 and didn’t support him then. This wasn’t because I didn’t trust his capacity and character then, but because I had the burden of political loyalty. My political teacher and master then supported Olusola Oke….he was even the Director-General of his campaign. There was no way I would switch loyalty midstream. I don’t give less than 100% loyalty to whomever or whatever I believe.
So you are back now with Barr. Olusola Oke to support the governor?
I have been back to support and respect Aketi as the leader of the party in the State right from when everyone returned to APC. I never supported the Unity Group. I returned to corporate practice of Law in Abuja since 2018…… I have learnt that to hold on to an ideology in Nigeria’s polity, you may need to retain and develop your second address; else the only alternative will be to become an apple-polish. I am not very good in bootlicking.
Do you think Aketi will win, or which of the candidates do you think will win the October 10 election in Ondo State?
Aketi will win! Part of my training is to be objective in analyzing products, projects, challenges and service. On this one, I reached the verdict that only Aketi can defeat Aketi in the coming election. In the scale of balances, Aketi is a strong candidate with the advantage of incumbency in the ruling party at both the central and the State. One of his contenders is a weak candidate, but with a good political party structure. The other is a good grassroot mobiliser in a political party that less than 2% of the voters in Ondo State presently can recognize its party logo. This is apart from that the latter has been labeled a turncoat with a vaulting ambition.
All Factors and Indicators point to Aketi’s win. The man is an example of what God meant in Psalm 23:5.
What is your dream for Ondo State?
That we eventually exploit our potentials to maximized benefits. Ondo State is strategically positioned with both land mineral resources and seaport advantage. If the first white man’s ship had berth at our shores, we would have been ten times greater than what Lagos is today. I believe that with the right balanced heads and economic advisers in Alagbaka for a continued period of terms, Ondo state will grow in leaps and bounds. Hopefully, the exclusive list of our federal constitution would be devolved soon. It has been a stone in the wheels of progress to many States in Nigeria.
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