EKITI and Osun take too many things for granted. The victor or loser in the Osun State governorship election on Saturday would be decided by issues that are strictly Osun.
They may not provide much comfort to either candidate because the electorate has questions to ask. The election may not be the opportunity to ask them.
Hype about people power, supposedly the outcome of the Ekiti election, has not reflected on the mode of the campaigns in Osun. The gladiators are busy attacking themselves instead of telling the people how they would improve their lot. The people are not the wiser from the campaigns.
Osun is bigger than Ekiti. At 30 local government areas, it is almost twice the size of Ekiti’s 16. The logistics would task the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which is already entangled with getting the voters’ cards to participants in Saturday’s election.
Closeness of the distribution of the cards to the elections can easily disfranchise voters. It is a possible factor that could affect the result of the election. It would also be difficult for INEC to explain that almost half the registered voters could not be able to cast their vote.
The election itself would be decided by issues that affect the people from one area to the other. The affinity of voters is determined by local issues, to the extent that where a contender has done well, by popular acclamation, he might not be seen in those lights in other parts of the State.
Differences in the characters of the contenders in Osun would be a factor, a stabilising factor. Unlike in Ekiti where one of the candidates could be classified as a pacifist, the top candidates are rated as capable of matching each other’s in the election.
However, we are not advocating for violence to determine the election. The people should be free to choose their governor, in an atmosphere devoid of militarisation that would scare voters, and in a setting that assures them that their votes would count.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola is show casing his projects. His arguments are simple enough: I have done this much in four years, in another four years, I would do more. He expects the people to so judge him.
Senator Iyiola Omisore makes a case for better use of resources for projects that are in line with the people’s yearning. He promises to re-connect Osun to national resources that are supposedly available only to States with the party at the centre.
All the arguments would end, hopefully with the decision of the electorate. Peace is essential for the votes to count. All parties should court peace.