UNLIKE “I AM”, DAPO ABIODUN IS A MAN WITH GREAT VISION FOR OGUN STATE
by Saheed Adeola E
It behooves on all that wherever we find ourselves, we should not act as GOD. Amosun forgot that God is God and God is more than everything.
It’s so sad to have an incumbent Governor to say the party’s candidate (Dapo Abiodun) is not his candidate – that, on its own is an issue. Meanwhile, he preferred to sponsor Abiodun Akinlade, a Yewa man who happens to be his preferred candidate under the platform of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), neglecting the political party that made him.
Amosun stoutly opposed Abiodun’s candidature to the extent that he publicly declared his unflinching support to the Governorship candidate of the APM. Some of his loyalists also decamped from the APC to the APM before the 2019 general elections.
It’s a general believe that by May 28th, 2019, he will lose political relevance in Ogun state when the total number of calls and messages he do receive, for example, become reduced, then, he will know that political power is not for life.
There are states where incumbents have found it difficult to win an election, there was an incumbent who also failed in his bid to win the senatorial seat. It has happened before and, that was a big mistake he didn’t remember before acting like God.
Recalling the controversy that trailed the party’s primaries, Amosun insisted that there was only one governorship primary in the State. But then, he isn’t as knowledgeable as the former Governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, neither is he experienced as the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Things beyond his knowledge contributed to the failure he accumulated after the governorship election.
On the other hand, another party which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has a different names on its list which is different from the candidate the party is given its flag to. Well, that’s another spoiler game in Ogun state. That’s another day story.
During the governorship election that produced Dapo Abiodun, many people believed that it’s a two horse race between the APC and APM candidates.
However, the end result showed that the people’s will came to being! The results released by the INEC proved that Abiodun won in 11 local governments among the 20 local government in Ogun state as he polled with 241, 670 against his closest rival, Akinlade of APM who scored 222,153 votes.
After the declaration of Abiodun, he was so confident that he pledged to use his experience at the private sector to transform the state and promised to build on “massive road infrastructure” which he said Amosun had started.
Beyond infrastructure which most politicians rest their rock, the oil magnate reiterated that his administration would also prioritize education, health care services, youths and women empowerment as well as agriculture in order to ensure that Ogun becomes one of the easiest states to do business. According to him, Agriculture will also be given the highest priority while cottage industries would be established throughout the 20 local governments of the state.
A man with mission will always be known through the agenda he has for the people he wants to govern, it’s of a good benefit to people in Ogun state when Abiodun promised to revive the Ogun State Road Maintenance Agency (OGROMA) within 100 days in office to take care of roads in the state.
He has assured that there is no cause for alarm on any uncompleted projects because his administration will ensure that all uncompleted projects by the current administration are duly completed.
Dapo Abiodun promised to run an inclusive government and we have been seeing the symptoms with the new 23-member State Economic Transition Committee and 235-member Work Groups. It is also not surprising from Prince who is known to always keep to his words how members of the two committees comprised members from the opposition parties.
For example, Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship candidate in the last election, Prince Rotimi Paseda and former Deputy Governor of the past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration, Alhaja Salimot Badru are members. Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo is the chairman of the Economic Transition Committee.
About a month ago, Abiodun had hinted that his administration and that of his counterpart in Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu have resolved to establish a “Joint Development Commission” to, among others works, boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of both states.
This is of no doubt that his administration would improve on economy, security, upgrading of infrastructure and many more to ensure that the economy of the state meets expected standards and even beyond.
Saheed Adeola E. is a political activist, Media Consultant, and writes from Abeokuta.