Winning an election is beyond just good governance. And if Mr. Seyi Makinde really wants to rule Oyo State beyond 2023, he will need to take a smart move which can totally crush the All Progressives Congress in the state. He might have done so well in his leadership of the state. However, he needs to add political spices.
The All Progressives Congress is still looking for another politician who can win Oyo State after the tenure of the last governor, the Late Abiola Ajimobi. He was the first and so far the last governor of the political party. And the party would do anything within the purview of the electoral acts to win Oyo State in 2023.
The best move that Seyi Makinde can take is to seriously weaken the structure of the All Progressives Congress in the state. If the party remains as solid as it is right now, Mr. Makinde would be stunned as the APC is strong enough to defeat him. But if he makes some efforts to weaken the party, then, he would ride on the crest of his popularity to occupy the state government's house in Ibadan for four more years.
The question that can now bother one's mind is that how can Seyi Makinde weaken the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State? It is quite simple, he only needs to convince some members of the party to join the People's Democratic Party. If he can take at least two or three leaders of the APC in Oyo State, the rest would be very simple for him.
Presently, the APC can boast of top leaders like Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, the flag bearer of the party in the 2019 gubernatorial election. The party also has Mr. Sunday Dare, the powerful minister of youths and sports and a key loyalist of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
But Makinde needs to be strategic in his dealing and his movement. He should go for Mr. Christopher Alao Akala, a former governor of the state. If he can wittingly talk to Akala, the former governor would be on his way back to the PDP. It would be easier to make Alao Akala return to the party.
Makinde needs votes from Ogbomosho axis and this can be achieved through Mr. Alao Akala who enjoys loyalty of the people of Ogbomosho. And if Alao Akala returns to the PDP through Makinde, the APC should forget Ogbomosho and its environs.
The other politician that Makinde can target is Teslim Folarin, a member of the House of Senate. The basic deal that Makinde can make with Folarin is that the PDP would willingly and readily give the senatorial ticket to the senator. He would be glad to get the offer and the APC would be weakened.
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