The lessons of the current outcome of Osun election are more poignant for Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) actors than Osun political actors who will face a rerun on Thursday as announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
APC would have kissed Osun goodbye if not for Osogbo result that significantly downgraded Hurricane Ede. It would have been a kiss of death!
Electorates are getting more sophisticated and any electoral permutations that do not factor the voters’ behaviour will deliver nothing.
Lagos APC chieftains are behaving like spoilt brats thinking they have Lagos in the Kitty and some guys in the name of a bloc within the party can take the voters in Lagos for granted.
Attempting to replace Ambode, a performing and sitting governor of Lagos who is APC poster boy for good governance may not be too good for Lagos APC with the readiness of PDP Guber candidate Engr. Adedeji Doherty to take over Lagos State. Dr. Bukola Saraki once said he has Tinubu password which he has demonstrated in Osun election.
Beyond the challenge from PDP in Osun, APC from field reports went to battle in Osun with a divided party. Lagos voters can punish APC next year if it turned out that vested interests who see governance as simply their personal interests can conspire to deny a governor a second term.
The Osun election result should help the APC actors in Lagos to have some introspection and realign interests for the greater good of the party and the people of Lagos.
Osun just underscores the importance of credible candidate for both the APC and PDP. If PDP had presented Ogunbiyi there may have been a clear winner. If APC had presented a candidate without the baggage of Aregbesola and Tinubu’s relation too the outcome may have been different.
APC cannot afford to offend the voters in Lagos. There is already a growing resentment against the internal contradictions within the party. Whatever that suggests lack of respect for the electorates should be dropped now.
An Ambode will make Lagos an easy win for APC but otherwise Lagosians will settle for PDP candidate, Engr. Adedeji Doherty.
Temitope Ajayi, Lagos-based Political Analyst
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