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The verdict: Beyond the Jingles of Coins in Ogun State

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In the recent affirmation of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s electoral victory at the Supreme Court, the socio-political landscape of Ogun State unfolds a narrative that transcends the superficial allure of financial prowess in politics.
The victory, well challenged, albeit slim at the polls but unanimously confirmed by the Judiciary, not only reinforces the triumph of competence but also reveals a nuanced perspective on the significance of impact and the cherished Omoluabi creed among the Yorubas, especially the Ogun State people.
Ogun State, with its rich electoral history, has consistently defied the conventional wisdom that the highest spender emerges victorious. In this republic, we have witnessed the era of Chief Olusegun Osoba to the strategic triumph of Otunba Gbenga Daniel over the incumbents well-financed party, Governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel financed heavily Gboyega Nasir Isiaka but failed the real electoral test against a formidable Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s financial extravaganza could not stop Prince Dapo Abiodun, Ogun state has indeed witnessed a pattern where financial might does not guarantee electoral success.
The recent case of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory over the moneyed candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) offers a compelling illustration of this phenomenon. In the lead-up to the elections, the PDP candidate showcased formidable spending powers, positioning himself as a force to be reckoned with. Even the unexpected twist on election day, where ATM cards preloaded with Ten Thousand Naira were distributed to voters, could not alter the dynamics.
This shrewd move by the PDP candidate, though momentarily unsettling for the ruling party, ultimately failed to sway the electorate. Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory by a margin of 13,915 votes underscored the resilience of Ogun State’s voters against attempts to commodify their choice.
A SWOT analysis conducted before the elections might have highlighted the financial war chest of the PDP candidate as a strength, but the outcome demonstrated that the people of Ogun State prioritize values beyond monetary influence. The Omoluabi creed, a Yoruba philosophy emphasizing integrity, character, and moral uprightness, remains a guiding principle that transcends the transient appeal of financial inducements.
For aspiring leaders eyeing political office in Ogun State and beyond, the lessons are clear. Money, while a tool, cannot replace competence, impact, and the perception of genuine commitment to the welfare of the people. Ogun State, with its history of electoral upsets, is not a commodity to be purchased; it is a collective decision-making process guided by principles deeply rooted in the cultural ethos of the Yoruba people.
As the political landscape evolves, leaders must recognize that the voters’ trust cannot be bought solely through extravagant spending. True leadership, as exemplified by Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory, emanates from a genuine connection with the people, a commitment to their well-being, and a demonstration of competence in governance.
In the face of ever-changing political terrain, aspiring leaders are advised to be wary of super spenders and to understand that Ogun State cannot be swayed by the allure of money alone. The electorate demands leaders who embody the ideals of the Omoluabi creed, leaders whose impact transcends the confines of financial largesse and resonates with the genuine needs and aspirations of the people.
In the echoes of “Owó wọ’gbó o, Owó wọ’gbó, Ten, Ten Thousand, Owó wọ’gbó” resounding through the Supreme Court venue, a poetic caution emerges for those aspiring to political heights in Ogun State. Let not your money enter the bush of no return; instead, sow seeds of genuine value in the fertile soil of public service. In the cadence of governance, let your impact be the melody that lingers, surpassing the transient chorus of monetary allure. For Ogun State is not a terrain to be merely traversed by the jingle of coins; it is a canvas painted by the hands of visionary leaders, leaving an indelible mark beyond the ephemeral rustle of currency in the expanse.
Lastly, the people of Ogun State, as the future beckons, let wisdom continue to guide your choices. Beware of the allure of extravagant spending; choose leaders not by their wallets but by their hearts. Say no to political Ponzi schemes, to those who seek power only through the currency of cash. Your choice should echo collective aspirations, resonating with leaders who understand, connect, and envision grand plans for our communities and state. In the choice of socio-political leaders, let discernment be your compass – for it’s not the size of the purse but the depth of commitment that shapes a prosperous tomorrow.