I WAS AT OSUN GOVERNORSHIP DEBATE ORGANIZED BY CHANNELS TV: BELOW ARE MY SUBMISSIONS
By Rasak Ayanlakin (Democrat)
I entered the venue somewhat late, but I think the reasons for my lateness are more of personal interest than those of official ones. That’s my cup of tea, anyway (smiles).
The great people of Osun were at Oshogbo yesterday to watch their governorship candidates in an intellectually combative argument. While many eyes that probably could not make it to Oshogbo, for one reason or the other, were glued to the TV screen.
This amongst other reasons decipher how much interested our people are to understand the intellectual capacity of who would govern them for another good four years.
Sen. Ademola Adeleke’s absence is gaining momentum, and this has necessitated some doubts and contemplations within the citizenry.
Why he has not been attending a few debates he has been invited to has pricked curiosity of many, and an average Osunian, probably by conspiracy or fact would want to blame supposedly low self-esteem, insufficient confidence and inferiority complex for his usual /perpetual absence.
He could have performed better than the remaining candidates, and earned a more interesting playground to convince many more people with his intellectual property (if he possesses) as he has just few simple questions to answer, apart from issues surrounding his WAEC certificate which was chiefly reported to have not been outstandingly /averagely made.
He has had just very few questions to answer compared to other candidates who have served in many capacities, which could of course necessitate cumbersome questions as regards how they have managed resources when they were serving in those capacities.
Alhaji Akinade Akinbade, in my singular opinion came more into limelight in Osun political dispensation when he served as the State Secretary under former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
He could have been a better secretary than Alhaji Moshood Adeoti because he earned enough and sufficient freedom to exercise some duties and responsibilities from his boss, and this eventually credited his pedigree and antecedents.
He could deserve some accolades for making himself available for debates, and feeding the great people of Osun the reasons why he should be considered the governor. He sounded much more moderate, realistic and passionate about what he has to offer Osunians.
And in my opinion I could sense right from where I was seated in him careful sober reflection. He may be strategically apologetic enough to have the great people of Osun convinced that he could deliver more than his counterparts.
Alhaji Moshood Adeoti the former State Secretary of Governor Rauf Aregbesola also deserves some accolades for making himself available for the debate.
He articulated his points systemically, and drove his points to people’s understanding. He xrayed reasons he should be considered the best amongst the rest.
But the great people of Osun could be expecting more from a candidate who was part of the present administration, to at least say something good about the administration (something or some things good that had disabled him from tendering a resignation letter before political gaming surfaces).
He may have decided not to condemn in totality, or glorify beyond ordinariness, the administration under which he just concluded his service as a secretary on political or normal ground. Nevertheless he has performed well too by unveiling his manifesto unmindful of whose ox is gored.
Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola really deserves some accolades. He vicariously put on two personalities in the debates. The personality of himself contesting for the governorship position, and mutatis mutandis, the personality of the incumbent government.
The debate could be more challenging to him more than any other person. Despite many allegations levelled in the direction of the incumbent government as regards working conditions of workers, welfare of students etc, he was still able to, in a painstaking manner drove his points home.
As no man would ever have an error free governance, questions relating to such errors were diligently analysed. He never compromise his active involvement and participation in the present administration and shed more than enough light to uncleared issues.
Sen. Iyiola Omisore deserves some accolades too just as his fellow aspirants. He has performed outstandingly well by expressly analysing his points in a manner that shows he has understood comprehensively the pros and cons, weakness and strength of the present administration and how to come up with a far better governance.
Although it got to a stage he commenced to sound somewhat aggressive particularly in the direction of Oyetola. This should not be taken too personal and it was one of the scenarios that makes the event more interesting and truly looks more like a debate.
If debates actually determine who will excel more on the conventional battlefield, then, he (Omisore) should have by now put minds at rest.
He proved he has sound knowledge of the state’s governance and he showed us he has. He displayed his experience and erudition through a well articulated speech that makes many wonder if the speaker was truly him or not.
Oyetola too would have been ranked more than this, if he was not at the defensive side. He has invariably found himself contesting under the platform of the incumbent government. He so have no choice than going further to defending both the defensible and indefensible policies of the incumbent government.
In developed and industrious nations of the world, the educated population hold debates of this nature in high esteem and regards. We can learn to give it too its required attention, so that at least, some other years we would be glad we have produced a country where people would be becoming our leaders based on what they have to offer the people, and not on the influence of monetary compensation, godfatherism, sympathy, caucus conspiracy and the likes.
Rasak Ayanlakin (Democrat)