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Olanrewaju Bolaji
The Polytechnic, Ibadan
Mass Communication
Graduate, Nigeria.

People with deep understanding of politics must feel strongly concerned about the intricate political choice of Ibaji in the forthcoming general elections. With the elections barely hours from now, the polity is getting heated up as aspirants for various political offices jostle for people’s attention. As it is generally, the choice at the polls without any pretence is believed to be between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

No doubt, politics is all about political dividends accruing either to individuals or group of people. When a politician is able to create a balance between his personal interest and his people, he, no doubt, has a set target which beneficial to all. Indeed, having a platform to realise all these, a political party’s role is pivotal in achieving the desired democratic dividends.

Just as it is at the national level, the APC is a ruling party in Kogi State. For the Ibaji people, our supports over the years have been to the opposition party, PDP which was privileged to rule the nation for 16 years. At the state level, the PDP was equally privileged to govern the state for over 12 years with Ibaji’s support. But Ibaji had nothing to show for those years of support to PDP, either in terms of infrastructural development or recognition of an illustrious son or daughter for a key position in government. The Ibaji people will not be fooled again to believe that the PDP has anything to offer them.

Ibaji local government area is endowed with potential crude oil. The area where this resource is situated became a matter of controversy between Kogi, Enugu and Anambra states in the past few years. Anambra State under the administration of Peter Obi frustrated our collective effort to be declared an oil producing state and enjoy the benefits of our natural resource. It is a worst injustice which the people are yet to recover from today. The same Peter Obi is today the PDP running mate to Abubakar Atiku. In the mind of the average Ibaji person, if PDP is voted into power and Peter Obi becomes the vice president, the hope of Ibaji becoming an oil producing community will be dashed.

Another reason why the PDP cannot gain the support of Ibaji is that the party is not sensitive to the plight of the people. This is evident in the party’s lack of respect for zoning agreement, which has robbed the area of the chance of an Ibaji person becoming a senator representing Kogi East in 2019.

The national chairman of PDP recently stated that Kogi State and indeed Kogi East do not matter in their quest for 2019 presidency. Prince Uche Secondus stated this in the presence of key Kogi Stakeholders like H.E Ibrahim Idris, H.E Capt Idris Wada; the duo who are the former governors of the state under the party. Equally present at the meeting were H.E Clarance Olafemi, AM Isaac Alfa amongst others. For this reason, it is therefore, obvious that the PDP as a party has nothing to offer the people of Ibaji and indeed Kogi State.

Notwithstanding the initial lack of support, the APC in the state graciously appointed an Ibaji man into the number two position of the state. Thus the current Kogi State deputy governor is an indigene of Ibaji local government area. It is on record that PDP has never considered any other person for any critical state or national appointment.

For many other considerations, Ibaji people cannot afford to vote PDP. Rather, they have decided to vote overwhelmingly for APC in the coming elections. The cardinal reason is because Ibaji, Igala and the entire Kogi people deserve a better life which can only be guaranteed, at least for now, under the APC.

Source: www.talkthematter.com.ng/2019/02/apcs-chances-and-odds-against-pdp-in.html

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