Ogun PDP’s False Expectations


By Rahman Sanni

The pretenders in Ogun PDP must learn to mind the thorns. Sure, using the instrumentality of bribery and thuggery, PDP put up a strong performance at the just concluded gubernatorial poll in Ogun State. It proved that it is a force to reckon with in the state. That is not surprising given that it is a major political party in the state. It was once in power in the state.

Working with APC turncoats, it even won Governor Dapo Abiodun’s local government where its candidate, Ladi Adebutu, also comes from. That cannot be denied. But claiming that it won the election is pushing its luck too far. It did not. And could never have.

Going by the results of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, APC is in firm control of Ogun State. It won all the three senatorial seats and all the nine House of Reps seats. PDP won nothing. The implication, quite simply, is that the majority of the Ogun people have decided to part ways with PDP’s pestilence. Know that and know peace.

Let’s look at the results of the March 18 election again. There are 20 local governments in Ogun State and Governor Abiodun won in 12 of them. Ladi won in eight, and must indeed be acknowledged for the feat, however crookedly obtained. But to claim that 8 is more than 12 is to engage in demonic calculations. The implication of Governor Abiodun’s win in 12 local governments as against Adebutu’s 8 is that he is politically far ahead of Adebutu in Ogun State. That’s the simple, undiluted and untrammeled truth. No two ways about it.

Then look at the House of Assembly results. The gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections were held on the same day and what was the result? APC won 17 out of the 26 seats in contention, leaving PDP and the other opposition parties to share the remaining 9 seats. How could a party which gained the majority seats at the state Assembly elections lose to a party which had far less, when the elections were held on the same day?

Governor Dapo Abiodun is ahead of his adversaries.

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