I know no Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, no matter their state of origin, will like this article. I know they don’t like their idol, Seyi Makinde, being touched. One thing about me is that I will not keep the truth to myself because some people think it is not good enough. We live in a pervasive society where truth is hated. We celebrate mediocrity and appreciate deceits. This is one of the reasons why we are not catching up with the rest of the world. The fact that we adore things that do not outlast us accounts for the reason why an average political office holder thinks ‘anything is good for them.’
As a people, we must have a set standard. Nobody should just come into our life and think so low of us. I was one of those who passionately campaigned for Seyi Makinde in 2019. I risked my integrity and reputation to rally support for him both offline and on social media platforms. I even expended my personal resources on his election. Why did I do all these? Because I was optimistic that there would be a paradigm shift in governance once he comes on board. I was so certain of him making a difference that I could stake anything on him. Eleven months into his administration, I am disillusioned today!
I know many people are still happy with him. In fact, he has a cult-like followership within and outside the pacesetter state. He is a good leader who has been dancing to the tune of the masses by doing what they want. Remember that a great leader leads his people to where they are supposed to be. A people oppressed for long may not know what is befitting for them. This does not mean they should be taken for granted. Pitiably, this is exactly what we are witnessing today in Oyo State.
Abiola Ajimobi remains the jinx breaker in the state because he performed exceptionally in his first-term. He focused on infrastructural development and workers’ welfare. More so, his coming birthed the beginning of peace and tranquility in the state. His Achilles Heel was his manner of address; he believed he was older than everyone in the state and could say anything and get away with it. Well, this is something that Seyi Makinde has been doing better.
There are so many reasons why I believe Seyi Makinde should not be returned in 2023 but I will only state the top three reasons here:
- He plays politics of tokenism
Sincerely speaking, tokenism or populism is not the best form of governance in any given society. Populism is governance of escapism where you do insignificant things and you are then being praised monumentally for them. It saddens a sane mind that something as basic as street lights installation is being celebrated to the high heavens in my dear state. Why should installation of street lights be counted as an achievement?
Perhaps, the most celebrated achievement of this dispensation is timely payment of salaries. Yes, this is what he is being praised for. Well, paying salaries of civil servants is good. But I do not see it as an achievement because every worker deserves his wages. The records are there that Ajimobi used to pay salaries on time and paid workers until April before leaving office. The only time salaries of workers were epileptic was during the recession in the whole country but he still caught up with things. We need not be clouded by the media publicity that is not making a difference in the lives of people. What we really want as a state is transformational development. In December, the media was filled with 13th-month salary. For your information, that was not the first time such was done in the state. Ajimobi did it.
2. He plays politics of propositions
In the first few months of Makinde’s ascendancy to power, I was really elated to see the many plans he had for the state. He reeled out his plans and I was hopeful that we made the right choice. He visited the state-owned quarry and promised to revive it. He was at the Eruwa and Akufo Farm Settlements. He promised to change them to Farm Estates. Till date, nothing has been done in that regard.
He promised to also spend about eight billion naira on Iwo-Road inter-change project. Apart from the fact that the proposed project is highly inflated, the said date for its commencement is past; it was scheduled to have started in January but till date, men have not been deployed to site.
Some weeks ago, he visited an abandoned road project at Apata and spoke with some traders whose stalls and buildings were marked for demolition. Till date, nothing has started there. What of the recently approved eight roads to be reconstructed across the state, when are they starting them? In the next one month, he would be celebrating a year in office, what would be his achievements?
3. Poor management of the coalition
There is no need to deceive ourselves; Makinde would not have won the 2019 gubernatorial election if other parties had not merged with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to face the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was a huge sacrifice from Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Barrister Sarafadeen Alli, and Barrister Ayorinde to have buried their governorship ambitions to support Makinde’s.
It is an open secret that Makinde breached the agreement he had with them. Most of them are biting their fingers now because they rejected mouth-watering offers from the APC in 2019 to support him. I understand that humans are the most difficult to manage but I believe that whenever an agreement is made, it is a sign of honor to keep such. If he had known that he couldn’t have kept the agreement, he should have been frank with them.
Perhaps, you may be wondering how this affects an average citizen of the state. Politics affects governance. There are many people in his government today who seem to be pursuing their self-interest and that of their paymasters; they do not align with the vision of the Governor and this has affected many of his plans. That is why most things are not being executed. The resultant effect lies on the poor masses who are always at the mercies of government policies.
While the man has good intents, the issues raised in this article are the reasons why I think it is not in the best interest of residents of the state to return Seyi Makinde as a Governor in 2023. We need a man that is assertive and will get down to business immediately. We need someone that will be produced by just a political party who will not be faced with needless issues of managing coalition members. Real development must be witnessed in the pacesetter state!