Osun 2018 and the question of zoning by Olabode Akinlabi (opinion)
Editor’s note: Public commentator, Olabode Akinlabi, writes on the reoccurring and controversial issue of zoning in Osun politics as the state prepares for a governorship election slated for Saturday, September 22.
As far as All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state is concerned, the governorship race can take off for all aspirants and vibes of electioneering campaign can be felt now, for the blind would hear the drumbeat from different campaign slogans and sloganeering. Politicians and political hawks, the ‘erukus’ (roughnecks) and the rumour mongers; the political marketers and political ‘harlots’; professional supporters and induced sympathizers have since resumed work.
The show of strength and flaunting of ego heralded the last meeting the party leadership held with all aspirants at the party secretariat in Osogbo, but the beauty of politicking attracted bystanders. Now, the outgoing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would once again be reminded that he is truly on home-run, because those who are interested in his job from the ruling and opposition parties have begun political press-up in earnest.
However, some salient issues must be looked into if APC still aims to be a governing party after Aregbesola and that is the issue of conventional zoning. We have read and heard the governor saying zoning is not embedded in the constitution of the APC and that the party could zero in on any aspirant that pleases the party structure cast for the shadow election. Legally speaking, the governor is right, because it is envisaged that merit and strategies of the lucky aspirant should win him or her primary election.