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No Rift Between Me And Dapo Abiodun: “A Deceptive Patronage Deployed For Yayi’s 2027 Governorship Agenda” — Olalekan Adio



Senator Yayi and Dapo Abiodun

It is becoming clear that the race to the Oke Mosan government office in Abeokuta, Ogun state is gathering momentum. From the look of things, Yayi, the Senator representing Ogun West at the Red Chambers, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola popularly known as Yayi is arguably taking a prime position in projecting himself for the plum job.

Hence, he has been throwing his weight and resources; both financial and human to, again bamboozle whoever cares to listen to his hogwash with a deep sense of entitlement to the coveted seat. The build-up to the last 2023 general elections in the state has left no one in doubt of Yayi and his ambition.

It is also instructive to know that the current occupier of the office, Prince Dapo Abiodun whose last election is a subject of serious litigation is also fighting tooth and nail, for a soft landing following his abysmal failure as governor and loss of popularity. Close observation of internal transactions in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC suggests an almost impossibility of Dapo Abiodun producing a successor of his choice.

This has been confirmed by his inability to nominate a single person from his inner circle out of the three ministerial nominees from Ogun state. This is a very depressing signal of weakness.

In the Yoruba traditional pattern of communication, when a man starts to profess his innocence when no one asks, that’s when we need to be suspicious. “Elefo o, oni temi kii se efo ori atan o”. This was the exact message passed to the public; albeit subtly, when the Lagos West turned Ogun West lawmaker said that there’s no rift between him and the governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

That singular declaration is an eloquent testimony that a major crisis, if has not started already, it’s already in the pipeline.

If Sen.Yayi can see the need to publicly acknowledge “No rift”, between him and Dapo Abiodun and he suddenly self-professed the governor’s “leader and boss”, then definitely there is A RIFT AND WAHALA between them. Their lieutenants and foot soldiers won’t want to accept this, at least not now.

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In competitive politics, the first rule to palace coups is to deplete the power of anyone who may influence or block you in your future endeavours. This is what Senator Yayi if anything, has achieved with that subtle but loaded patronage.

Since the governorship race in Ogun state seems to have commenced in APC, the best option for Yayi is to claim figs love with Dapo Abiodun because Yayi is aware that the governor lacks the gamut of political knowledge, charisma and acumen required to play the politics of 2027.

It is also clear that Prince Dapo Abiodun is now exposed from all flanks. He is facing the toughest battles of his life with the never-say-die PDP and its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu who has completely reduced the governor to a mere placeholder.

Proceedings from the ongoing governorship tribunal sitting at Isabo Abeokuta continue to send jitters down the spine of discerning minds; Dapo Abiodun’s days, as governor, may be truly numbered.

The governor also faces a tough moment in his political relationship with YAYI and members of his West2West political family while the presidency, though silent, does not look friendly. Whichever way he looks, the yellow-bearded Iperu Prince is politically doomed.

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However, it would serve Abiodun’s interests better if Ladi Adebutu and PDP succeed because he would still have the opportunity to quietly walk away with his pride intact and the opportunity to negotiate much later. Former governors Kayode Fayemi and Ayodele Fayose are classical examples of this reality.

Also, the outgoing governor, Mr. Abiodun won’t have much trouble as per “protection” because both Ladi and his deputy, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, Triple A are lesser evils. They are both men of uncommon valour who are driven by the need to prove a point that any eligible citizen can become governor without necessarily answering to any godfather.

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Alaafia Garden, Villamond Investment Limited

But for a Yayi, whose indegineship of Ilaro township is still shrouded in a grand conspiracy by some “powerful” socioeconomic interests domiciled mainly in Ogun west senatorial district of the state, to succeed, he will definitely need to dismantle the Dapo Abiodun’s and Aremo Segun Osoba’s blocs across the board.

As events continued to unfold, Senator Yayi would eventually, despite living in denial of an emerging political gulf between him and his “emergency leader”, need to expose Dapo Abiodun as being grossly incompetent, terribly corrupt and patently insecure by using every resource at his disposal to block the latter from accessing any favour from the presidency.

Having highlighted these possibilities, followers of political development in the state should also have it in their minds that the much-talked-about governorship election may not hold in 2027 as the tribunal and indeed the judiciary looks so potent, given the amount of damning evidence presented by the PDP and Ladi Adebutu, of causing a major political upset that would alter power equation of the state.

Again, the dust of the 2023 governorship is yet to settle. The earlier the political gladiators realise this, the better for the Yayi’s of this world and their leaders.

Olalekan Adio writes from Ida’ro Compound, Ipokia town.

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