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SMALL ALHAJI AND THE POSSIBLE MIRACLE WITH DIRECT PRIMARIES

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Over the months, I have been burdened with the good intentions to explore and expound on the metaphysical realities, that seem to have beclouded our political terrain. The word politics which truly sounds like that which can be seen on the field of mobilization, electoral campaigns and polls is nothing but a mirage. You might think you know it and you don't.
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Over the months, I have been burdened with the good intentions to explore and expound on the metaphysical realities, that seem to have beclouded our political terrain. The word politics which truly sounds like that which can be seen on the field of mobilization, electoral campaigns and polls is nothing but a mirage. You might think you know it and you don’t.

Politics is this strange, broad and overbearing evil, though necessary in the administration of our systems. It is the sleeve sown and fixed to the fabric some wear as clothes. To some, it just fashioned itself into a whole “Babariga,” crowned with the Abetiaja. It is what it is, and a riddle too.

For the purpose of this engagement, I will be examining politics from the perspective and lens of a youth, whose early rise put paid to a few existing arrangements in politics. Tajudeen Adefisoye summed himself into the humble sobriquet, Small Alhaji. This name, doubling as his trademark had followed him over land and seas.

Nobody could have predicted the meteoric rise to stardom some 34 years ago, while the youngster was grappling with the breast, sand and toys. Though from a privileged family of a chief, whose unbeatable stride in Cocoa farming permeated Idanre.

All these I think were enough to sharpen his shoot for dreams. Politically Speaking, the young Small Alhaji used to be in the APC party, where he slugged it out for the Assemblies. As at this time, my late dad used to be the Deputy-Auditor for one of the wards under the great party.

Cunny politics played him here and it was extremely difficult for him to triumph the woes, challenges encapsulated in politics. He stepped up in his survey, traced an unpopular party created by Babangida, built unsuccessfully for so many years in Ondo by one Olu Agunloye, a close ally of Prof. Wole Soyinka. This was after Moshood Abiola strived earnestly to reclaim his stolen mandate, clinched under the aegis of the party. The party is the Social Democratic Party.

This party served as the congenial platform for the float and development of his enviable dreams. It rose as the underdog and eventually disrupted the existing political arrangement, thereby benching the failed generation of his fathers.

The branding he gave, including the vigour with which he explored villages, camps, did not less than telling on the results that emanated from the polls.

It was a shocker that a young person of his age, stature and experience has carried the day. This was amidst speculations as to the unfaithfulness of the electorates, whose access to inducements has emboldened against morals and etiquette. It is of general understanding that they could be funny.

Before screeching to a halt, it is reasonable to talk briefly about some innovations in his leadership. This is despite the tardy pace with which he effects it.

Honestly, he warrants kudos for the 250 Capacity CBT Centre he just started, including the various sporting opportunities put in place in both Idanre and Ifedore.

He should be credited for the scholarships and Bursaries flagged off in the two Local Government Areas making up his constituency.

I charge him to do more as he draws the curtain on his first term. Meanwhile, opportunities are deemed in place for our community and young people with the proposed CBT. He must bring leadership by fully stocking the place with computers. This is the way to make Idanre a camping ground for so many from different Nigerian states.

The atmosphere is currently tensed, masses are clamouring democratical dividends, just because they think that’s the way to determine who they vote for in due time.

Likewise the party manned by a league of ambitious, desperate and passionate individuals. They have tried to sabotage few things by compromising the election that produced the executives. Alhaji might possibly outwit the existing marchinations, not even with the resolution of the National Assembly in support of Direct Primaries.

A primary to be supervised by INEC, including other affiliated bodies might also bench a few people as we draw close to the elections.

I think Tajudeen Adefisoye might play his game of luck!

Tunde Akingbondere

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