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By Ajoke Alfred
The news of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, accepting to be the deputy governorship aspirant of People’s Democratic Party in Lagos state was a joke taken too far.
Likewise in Ogun state, the decision of a former member of House of Representatives, and a puppet of Ogun Central Senator and former governor,Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Hon Adekunle Akinlade to be the deputy of son of Iperu Philanthropist, Hon Ladi Adebutu as PDP candidate in the forthcoming general election was an error.
Funke Akindele, an actress and feminist with little or no political background with social and moral criticism (especially her crashed marriage few days ago, and civil disobedience during the Covid-19 period which landed her behind bar) showed that decision making in PDP had been left to jokers and jesters.
Some people saw her emergence as a development to nation building from a youth and TV star, with few others like Desmond Elliot in the House of Assembly.
However, Funke Akindele was contesting for a sensitive position as number 2 citizen of Lagos state.
Akindele said, “I saw it as an opportunity to help liberate and improve the wellbeing of our people, particularly the deprived youth, women and the girl child.
“My decision is not just to accept this huge responsibility but to also work tirelessly and complement Jandor’s burning desire to see our dear Lagos live up to its full potential.”
It is sad that she may destroy the chance of Jandor and PDP in the state.
In Ogun state, PDP is good for illustration of a cursed group. Four years ago, Hon Adebutu decided to run as governorship candidate by fire by force but late Senator Buruji Kashamu said no. He did everything possible but the Ago Iwoye strong man refused, since he had the party structure.It was a legal tussle that lasted till the death of Senator Kashamu.
Hon Ladi thought it would be a smooth ride until the likes of Segun Sowunmi, Jimi Lawal and some big wit showed him that Ogun is too big for such an amateur and spoilt brat like him to govern.
As at today, Ogun PDP have two governorship candidates (Segun Sowunmi and Ladi Adebutu), which is an implication that they will loose if they refused to work together.
Hon Akinlade joining the party was a bad omen, particularly at this period when there is tension in the state since his principal and boss lost control of APC in the state. It was a sign of failure in their camp as some opted out after series of promise to reclaim the party structure by the former governor. It became obvious that the lost glory can not be reclaimed when the ex-governor accepted to work for the Presidency of Senator Bola Tinubu.
It’s unfortunate that PDP lost the vibrancy of true opposition many years back and it seems there is no hope of reclaiming the lost treasure.
The general election is some months before now, political alignment is possible and could change the game. Substitution is allowed( with time limit) and political marriage can rewrite the ugly stories of ever vibrant ruling party.