The outcome of Saturday, July 8, 2017, Osun West Senatorial by-election has shocked the members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and beyond to the marrow as the party’s candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussain lost gallantly to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Otunba Ademola Adeleke, brother of late powerful politician, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke who was the occupant of the exalted seat before bidding this sinful world good bye on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in a controversial circumstance.
However, an APC chieftain who pleaded anonymity disclosed to encomium.ng some of the reasons the party failed woefully at the just concluded poll which had earlier sent jitters down the spines of the party’s supporters in the state on account of the political weight of the Adelekes and their teeming supporters within and outside the state.
According to the chieftain, the landslide victory of the opposition party in the state has clearly indicated the level of disenchantment of the people of Osun state, not only against Aregbesola but his party as a whole, on account of the harships being encountered by the innocent indigenes of the state occasioned by poor governance; hence the resonating clamour for change in the state which has now been accomplished.
Speaking further, the source said, “A lot of factors, apart from poor governance, worked against us at the just concluded by-election. Though, the main reason is that Osun people are not happy with Aregbesola this second term at all. He failed to get almost everything right politically and administratively. He failed to understand the real language of Osun people, pretending to be embarking on many inconclusive projects that can’t yield any democratic dividends to the people of the state.
“The man doesnt listen to people’s advice. He believes he knows it all. From the beginning of the matter, some of us knew we would lose out because the candidate he imposed wasn’t the best for the party. So, wrong candidacy was also part of the reasons we failed. As you can assess the performance yourself, that was the worst APC has ever recorded. The party only won in one local government which is Ejigbo where the Hussain comes from. To our surprise, we also lost in Iwo, and so far we lost in Iwo district, we knew there was nothing for us again.”
“Also, Aregbesola’s use of foul language against the Adeleke’s and people of Ede actually jeopardised the party’s chance. He was said to have abused Isiaka Adeleke’s brother openly, and that didnt go down well with his supporters among whom protested against Aregbesola’s plan to observe Jumat service in Ede on Friday, July 7, 2017. So, there was a kind of hatred for Aregbesola within and outside Ede which even spread to othe parts of the senatorial district, including Iwo, Olaoluwa and Ayedire. It was a kind of sympathy voting pattern against Aregbesola’s candidate because of the governor’s unguided statement.
“To also worsen the chances of the party, the party has been divided against itself because ofAdeleke’s death. And some party supporters who belonged to Serubawon’s camp are more than Aregbesola’s. The result of the election to me wasn’t a surprise. It actually showed that even in death, Adeleke is more influential than Aregbesola.
“What has happened now has shown that 2018 governorship election in the state is not going to be rosy for APC. Now, PDP supporters are still jubilating everywhere in the state. And let me also tell you one thing, most of us in APC who are addicted followers of Serubawon voted for PDP. That tells you how Aregbesola has soiled the image of the party, especially among Osun workers who are being owed about 12 months’ salaries.
“As I speak, many of us are planning to decamp to PDP soon, and nothing can change that.
“So, mainly Adeleke’s controversial death which was not well handled by Aregbesola and the governor’s governance style actually ruined the party’s chance of winnig the by-ekection and the victory is more or less a glimmer of hope for the PDP in the state and the country as a whole in the next general elections.”
– TADE ASIFAT