Election 2011: Demystification Of Godfathers


The 2011 general elections might have come and gone, but the worst hit by the new wind of change are the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Olusola Saraki, the founder of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN.

Obasanjo was the one that unilaterally and single handedly anointed the five ousted Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors in the southwest region.

In the 2003 general elections, he tricked the governors of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, into an alliance which led to a crushing defeat for the party in the governorship election. Obasanjo’s reason for that move was to put the region in the mainstream politics.

Now, the new wind of change has hit his political edifice, leaving it to crumble like a pack of cards.

The just concluded general elections have confirmed that Obasajo is a lightweight political godfather. Not only that he failed to install his anointed candidates, he also lost the election right in his ward.

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In the same breadth, the age long Saraki political dynasty in Kwara State has reached its dead end with the emergence of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed, as the new governor-elect.

Dr. Olusola Saraki who has been the defacto kingmaker for decades has been demystified following the refusal of his son, Governor Bukola Saraki, to accede to the candidature of his sister, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, as the flag bearer of the PDP in the election.

The grand father of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki, suddenly dumped the PDP and formed the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, in a desperate bid to offer an alternative platform for the realisation of the governorship ambition of his daughter.

Although the king may still be alive, his kingdom is but dead.


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