As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, the battle for the soul of some state may have commenced in earnest.
It is a widely acclaimed fact in the politics of the state that of the three senatorial districts, Ogun west is the only district that is yet to produce a governor for the state, while the other two; Ogun Central and Ogun East, have had the opportunity to govern the state twice each.
The first governor of the state, the late Chief Bisi Onabanjo, is from Ijebu in Ogun East, while the man who became the next civilian to rule the state after him in 1993 and 1999 respectively, Chief Olusegun Osoba, is an Egba man from the Central District.
Little wonder why the people of Ogun west have again raised their voice in a strong agitation for one of them to occupy the governorship seat having tried and failed since the creation of the state. Prominent of such efforts was the 2011 and 2015 attempts which Sen. Ibikunle Amosun defeated the duo of Chief Adetunji Idowu Olurin and Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI).
The political sojourn of the Ogun west people had been likened to several case in the Bible by political pundits. At a time, the journey was likened to the story of the Israelites who needed a “Moses” at a point and later “Joshua” at another time to get to the promised land.
Unfortunately, neither the Ogun west “Moses” nor “Joshua” had succeeded in taking the people to the promised land. Hence, the need to search for another “Apostle” in a bid to get to the promised land.
The political analysts suggested that it is not bad if Ogun west considers a “David” to conquer the “political Goliath” in the next dispensation.
The David in the bible had no business at the war zone but because he had been destined to bear the deliverance and victory of the Israelites then, the circumstances brought him.
Before David came to the fore, all the generals and entire army of Israel including the King Saul were out of idea and option. They have tried every humanly possible means but Goliath was too strong for them.
Ogun west too have toiled and labored since 1976 for governorship seat, adopting every possible human wisdom and knowledge yet, the battle is not yet over.
Therefore, it is high time they consider other option. Like David of old, they also need a new “David” and they have been blessed with one in the array of aspirants in the race.
As David superintended over the flock in the field, the same way Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola popularly known as Yayi has been pursuing his political career elsewhere. God in His benevolence has made him prosper even away from home.
Apparently, Senator Adeola is the David of Ogun west that will conquer the political Goliath and break the jinx judging from his political experience and connections in Nigeria and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeola’s return to his state of origin to practice politics is seen by political pundits as a divine arrangement as the people close to the Lagos west Senator from Ogun west can not also explain how the man of the moment got the grace he enjoyed both home and away.
Adeola (Yayi) is now a household name in Ogun state politics. Both his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition party talks about his political successes and plan on how to outsmart him in the political arrangements. “When Sen. Adeola sneezes, the entire political circle in the state catches fire.” The major opposition party in the state the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have added the “political headache” generated from the readiness of Adeola to contest 2019 gubernatorial elections to the protracted battle in the party. Each faction is daily mapping a strategy to contain the growing political empire of Adeola.
Those who are conversant with political happenings in the state had similarly insinuated that the political camp of the incumbent Governor may also be planning to outsmart Adeola in the next dispensation.
On the other hand, some politicians in the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) are not leaving the option of settling any political differences between Adeola and Amosun for the party to benefit from the growing popularity and acceptability of Adeola in Ogun state.
It is however instructive that Ogun west jettisoned petty and dirty politics of the past and support the political machinery of Adeola in All Progressives Congress (APC) to break the age long jinx.
One thing is certain that the wealth of experience of Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola as a financial expert turned politician is needed to advance the good cause of the Ogun in 2019 and beyond.