By Kola Amzat
Progressive party is a party of shrewd, properly schooled, highly organized, result oriented and assemblage of people centric leaders.
Its also a party with awesome ideology and manifestoes that encompasses; provision of qualitative education and medical facilities for the citizenry, infrastructural developments, in all the nooks & crannies, as well as sound economic and socio-political framework for the state. This background account for the huge achievements that always on the trail of their administrations.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s legacy of achievements in Western Region remained unbeaten till date across Nigeria. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu footprints, in all segements in Lagos state, during his tenure continually remains a reference point in governance; so are the laudable performances of Rauf Aregbesola, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Abiola Ajimobi, Ibikunle Amosun, Adams Oshiomole in their respective states.
Suffice to submit here, that it’s the carefully choosen and properly guided leaders, that drive the administration of the progressive states. People who appreciate what leadership is all about always ignite purposeful governance.Therefore as Oyo APC prepare to choose their flagbearer for gubernatorial polls in 2019, the following fundamentals should constitute the centre piece of the decision of stakeholders:
On their cards should be the aspirant who has strong connect with leadership traits and governance style of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Bisi Akande etc. Such candidate would never derail with the lofty ideals of progressive and purposeful governance. Stakeholders should also be beaming their searchlights on the aspirant with deep knowledge of history and the people he aspires to govern.
Consideration should also be given to the aspirant who would always stands tall in the midst of his governors colleagues across the nation, in terms of intellectual sagacity, wide knowledge of contemporary issues, excellent professional standing, as well as international exposure. Delegates and stakeholders should also be in search of aspirant who would have trust and respect for the legacy of past administrations in the state, most especially, administration of the immediate past government spearheaded by Senator Abiola Ajimobi. The state don’t need an eccentric governor, whose preoccupation is to commence on a new note and in the process, institute new regime of squandermania of state’s treasury.
Respect for traditional rulers is also paramount for success in an historical state like Oyo. This should be accorded maximum consideration. Its also important for the stakeholders to opt for the aspirant with agenda of returning power back to the people. Over the years, our leaders have ran administrations that have distant our people from government. Its instructive that aspirant who has agenda of inclusiveness and that could offer sense of belonging to our people should get the nods of the stakeholders. Finally, aspirant who is genuinely accessible, a mixer of repute, energetic and people centric should receive the endorsements of stakeholders.
Luckily for the state, in the crowd of aspirants bidding for the governor’s office comes 2019, is an aspirant who embodies all the aforementioned fundamentals that political leaders and stakeholders would be looking for. He is no other than Niyi Akintola, a highly respected Legal luminary and Senior Advovate of Nigeria (SAN) who has devoted significant part of his legal practice in fighting the cause of the progressives. Akintola is the only member of body of benchers in the whole of Oyo state. He is also a life bencher and one of the best 50 Lawyers in Sub Saharan African as well as one of the best 500 Lawyers in the globe. Oyo state boasts of a professional of excellent standing in him.
His progressive credentials is legendary, particularly with his affinity with late Chief Bola Ige, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Adams Oshiomole, Raji Fashola, Abiola Ajimobi & co. He had fought tough legal battles for the progressives in the past, as well as ensuring the restoration at Tribunals and Law Courts, of stolen mandates of progressive governors. Prominent in the list of beneficiaries of his legal prowess at Tribunals are Abiola Ajimobi, Rauf Aregbesola, Ibikunle Amosun, Adams Oshiomole etc.
The state also boasts of an aspirant who would surely command huge respect from his colleagues across the country for his dexterity, intellectual prowess, amazing knowledge and deep insight on contemporary issues. Of all candidates presently canvassing for supports, Akintola remains the only voice, who continually paying glowing tributes to Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s administration developmental forays in all segments; educational, infrastructurals, road networks, security architecture. He has also made it abundantly clear in different fora, that he is poised to commence where the governor would stop comes 2019
Oyo has in Akintola a candidate with so much conviction, that power belongs to people and therefore, should be returned to them. The implication of this is that; decisions on economic, political, infrastructural developments, as well as appointments related matters, would henceforth bears peoples’ mandates and endorsements.
Finally, in the midst of candidates on parade, Akintola remains the embodiment of who a contemporary leader should be. He is extraordinarily accessible & humane; he is excellent mixer with all class of people and importantly, a rewarder of hardwork.
As we inch towards APC primary, we implore the stakeholders, delegates, traditional rulers and most imporatantly, our indefatigable governor, as well as political leaders, to zero in on him and ensure his bid as governor of the state comes 2019 comes to pass.
*Amzat is CEO, WKA Consulting Ltd.