July 25, 2024

 

There is NO fairness or equity in zoning. When was it agreed in the annals of Osun that governorship would be zoned? If it was ever so agreed, was it based on Senatorial Districts? Which governor has ever been chosen based on zoning in Osun before? If zoning is part of our system, why has it never been used before? If it is part of our system, why don’t we use the federal constituency basis by which Osogbo and Iwo ifederal constituencies become most prominent among the “cheated”?

The irony of life is that when a section of the ruling elite sells a dummy to favour a personality or one of them or a section, the mass of the people, the hoi polloi, who will never derive any benefit from the scheming, will parrot the idea slavishly forgetting that they were never meant to benefit from the class scheming being foisted by a section of the ruling class.

We have never chosen a governor based on zoning before. I challenge anyone to mention a governor elected based on zoning. It is a strategy to narrow the political space to favour a weak candidate whose credentials cum political and intellectual capacity cannot withstand a fair contest to produce the best. In the current economic situation of Osun, do we just need a governor based on zoning or we need the best material for the job? When the zoning governor comes in, simply on wishy washy sentimentality of zonal equity but destroys the economy, we all must endure mediocrity for eight years simply because we desire turn-by-turn which is common in monarchies above competence.

As far as I am concerned, let the best emerge even if he is from the same ward with the current governor. No governor by zoning can pay workers’ salaries, put food on our table, improve our educational standard, health status etc. based on his place of origin. E je ka ko’la kuro leko. There is NO fairness or equity in zoning. When was it agreed in the annals of Osun that governorship would be zoned? If it was ever so agreed, was it based on Senatorial Districts? Which governor has ever been chosen based on zoning in Osun before? If zoning is part of our system, why has it never been used before? If it is part of our system, why don’t we use the federal constituency basis by which Osogbo and Iwo ifederal constituencies become most prominent among the “cheated”?

The irony of life is that when a section of the ruling elite sells a dummy to favour a personality or one of them or a section, the mass of the people, the hoi polloi, who will never derive any benefit from the scheming, will parrot the idea slavishly forgetting that they were never meant to benefit from the class scheming being foisted by a section of the ruling class.

We have never chosen a governor based on zoning before. I challenge anyone to mention a governor elected based on zoning. It is a strategy to narrow the political space to favour a weak candidate whose credentials cum political and intellectual capacity cannot withstand a fair contest to produce the best. In the current economic situation of Osun, do we just need a governor based on zoning or we need the best material for the job? When the zoning governor comes in, simply on wishy washy sentimentality of zonal equity but destroys the economy, we all must endure mediocrity for eight years simply because we desire turn-by-turn which is common in monarchies above competence.

As far as I am concerned, let the best emerge even if he is from the same ward with the current governor. No governor by zoning can pay workers’ salaries, put food on our table, improve our educational standard, health status etc. based on his place of origin. E je ka ko’la kuro leko. No civilised democracy orders political succession based on zoning.

‘Kunle Rasheed Adegoke (K. Rad)

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