Ibikunle Amosun, An Unrepentant Deviant In His 60s, Heading Towards Political Armageddon
By Olabode Ajibola
Asides his stint at the Red chamber of the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007, little did Nigerians know about a character called Ibikunle Amosun. His reign of terror in Ogun State, therefore, as an executive governor of the State from 2011 to 2019 brought him into the consciousness of most Nigerians.
Amosun’s high-handedness, arrogance and parochial ideology in governance, which made the State to loose several billions of dollars of investments raised the awareness of many political pundits about a strange behaviour and archaic political mentality of retrogressive pattern.
The climax of his political adventure was when Amosun, to the chagrin of all Nigerians and international community mobilized his supporters and cronies alike against his party, the All Progressives Congress and it’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Ogun, to the extent of hurling stones at the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and all the party leaders who came to campaign for Dapo Abiodun, the gubernatorial hopeful of the party.
This despicable act of Amosun and the wide condemnation it elicited across the world made the APC to suspend him and set a tune for special assessment of this strange character in the Nigeria’s political scene by many political scientists and philosophers.
For Amosun to go to that extreme of desperation and bestiality because of his futile efforts to impose his stooge on the party and the people of Ogun State, many analysts have concluded that the former Governor is suffering from chronic megalomania of rare magnitude.
They resolved rather prophetically that the degree of megalomania in Ibikunle Amosun is unquantifiable to the level that even if he is convinced by emerging realities of loosing a battle, he would continue on the path of failure just to satisfy his egocentric tendencies.
They went further to posit that this defect in him is practically incurable and that if the same situation presents itself again and again, Amosun would still behave in the exact way and manner.
This position of erudite analysts eventually came into fruition, Amosun, in the same way he misbehaved in 2019, supporting a crony of low mental capacity to become Governor of the State, defiantly against his party’s choice repeated the same bizarre disposition this time around.
After his former puppet, Adekunle Akinlade deserted him for greener pastures in the PDP, he found another instrument for proxy Government he had been proposing since 2019 in Biyi Otegbeye, on the alien platform called ‘African Democratic Congress’.
In the same way Amosun travelled in ‘Allied People’s Movement’ APM, he started his political journey of no return this time around with ADC, gallivanting around in his usual arrogant posture and deceptive narratives.
Like he did in 2019 and ended up at the bottom of political ladder, he began the new journey to political Armageddon at Ake palace square on Wednesday, February 1st.
The rented crowd, by tradition fulfilled their contractual obligations by patiently waited for the period of the jamboree, listening to array of pontifications from a political clown, Amosun, and his docile foot soldiers.
Exactly how this character ignominiously failed in 2019, and another failed attempt to become Nigeria’s President in the most embarrassing outing at Eagle Square in 2022 APC primary election, this present journey Amosun started from Ake palace square has failed from it’s very beginning.
The people of Ogun State are too sophisticated and enlightened to be fooled and deceived by one desperate jobber who is all out to plant a surrogate as the Governor for him to continue his reign of terror of yesterday.
Instead of a leader with selfless trait to lead his people from the front to prosperity and happiness, Amosun type of leadership is entrenched in self -aggrandizement and delusional disorder.
Obviously, the worst of deceit is self deceit, Amosun and his co-travellers have clearly started another journey of no return; this time around, it is straight to political Armageddon. Ogun people, beware!
Olabode Ajibola writes from Ota, Ogun State.