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Ogun guber poll: The Lies of PDP

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 2:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

I read with utter disgust the news report in the media where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Gboyega Isiaka, alleged without evidence that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to rig Saturday’s polls.

However, my mood immediately changed and I burst into roaring laughter when it dawned on me that the PDP was planning ahead a soft-landing for its governorship candidate in the inevitable event of their crushing defeat on Saturday – “Oh! APC won because the election was rigged!”

And when the PDP say this after the victory of APC on Saturday, please ask Isiaka how many votes he got in 2011. Indeed, Amosun trounced Isiaka in 2011 by scoring three times his votes. Ask him again if he campaigned vigorously like Amosun, who, despite being the incumbent, toured the entire 236 wards in Ogun (effectively twice), leaving home every morning and sometimes returning 2am the next day. Ask isiaka how many wards or markets he visited.

This is what you have when you pit a featherweight politician like Isiaka against a heavyweight fighter like Ibikunle Amosun. The match will be a predictable no contest. I sympathise with Mr Gboyega Isiaka because it is now too late in the day to withdraw from the race.

I had warned the PDP candidate recently to try his luck in 2019. I counselled the party thus: The sins of the PDP are still fresh in the memories of our people; the name PDP scares our people as it evokes insecurity and wastage of public funds.

To worsen the case of the PDP, the party is dogged with in-fighting as there exists a cold war among the chieftains of the party. Which camp exactly does GNI belong?

The APC should lose no sleep over the spurious allegations of the PDP. Isiaka and his co-travellers should spend the next four years to put their house in order. Who knows, the electorate may take them serious in 2019.

•Soyombo Opeyemi Abeokuta