Over the past two years that Governor Seyi Makinde has been the Executive Governor of Oyo State, there have been various political scenarios that may pose threat at the proximity of the second term reelection bid of Governor Makinde.
It could be, vividly, recalled that the victory of Seyi Makinde in the 2019 Governorship elections, in Oyo State, could not have been possible without the supports he enjoyed from some prominent politicians in the state.
Although some of the political allies and loyalists of Governor Seyi Makinde, in Oyo State and outside the state, still maintain hope that their principal has better chances of winning the 2023 governorship elections in Oyo State. However, there are considerable group of other prominent politicians who nurse the mindset that the administrative style of Governor Seyi Makinde is, certainly, regrettable.
This group of political stalwarts claim that Governor Seyi Makinde is, surely, running a one-man show as the Executive Governor of Oyo State. They claim Governor Seyi Makinde take some strategic decisions without consulting them. This administrative style of Governor Seyi Makinde has been described as dictatorial by those abandoned political stalwarts who were once his political manipulators.
The political relationship between Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja before his election in 2019 is, quietly, not as diminished as it is today.
Photo: Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja
It could be recalled that Senator Ladoja was instrumental to the supports Seyi Makinde enjoyed from Oyo State political stalwarts like Alhaji Sarafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Senator Femi Lanlehin of African Democratic Congress (ADC) and majority of other governorship aspirants who, out of agreements, withdrew their governorship aspirations in support of Seyi Makinde.
Indications show that majority of the governorship aspirants who withdrew from the 2019 governorship contest in Oyo State are, surely, not happy with the administrative styles of Governor Seyi Makinde. Possibly, most of the 2019 governorship aspirants who worked in favor of Seyi Makinde may decide to work against him in 2023.
Apart from this, major political stalwarts in Oyo State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who worked in favor of Seyi Makinde in the 2019 Governorship elections have, almost, back out from supporting Governor Makinde's reelection in 2023.
For instance, major political stalwarts, who are members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), like Alhaja Mulikat Akande Adeolu, Alhaji Adesibi Olopoeyan, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, Engineer Femi Babalola, Mogaji Nureni Akanbi among others are currently nursing political issues with Governor Seyi Makinde.
Most of the political stalwarts who were mentioned above recruited political groups which were used to mobilise voters for the victory of Seyi Makinde in 2019. Considering the political disagreement between Governor Seyi Makinde and these political stalwarts, the wrath of these stalwarts may cost Governor Seyi Makinde his second term reelection bid.
Most importantly, the lost love between Olopoeniyan and Governor Makinde, his former political ally enriched profile of the emerging political emperor and turned his Idi-Ape residence to a mecca for politicians, just like in the days of Adedibu and his Molete Palace.
Photo : Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeyan, culled from the Tableshakers
While the sitting governor remains the party’s leader in the state and wields powers and influence on the party structure, the real power blocs within the state’s PDP are loyal to Olopoeniyan and most of them are not even pretending about it. PDP members who are major stakeholders in bringing Makinde to power but felt shortchanged in the powerplay also find a worthy leader in Adebisi Olopoeyan as the only one whose political clout is strong enough to ventilate their displeasure.
The wrath of Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeyan may, possibly, distort the hope of the reelection bid of Governor Seyi Makinde in 2023.
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