Osun State gubernatorial elections which held yesterday, 16th July 2022, and whose result came out in favour of the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke has set off panic alarm in the ruling APC in Kwara State.
Osun and Kwara share few similarities as they are both controlled by the APC, both are largely yoruba speaking states and are geographically neighbours. It is therefore believed that what transpired at the just concluded Osun elections would significantly influence the outcome of Kwara elections next year.
Already, some loyalists of APC in Kwara have expressed in confidence that their optimism in the forthcoming general elections in the State, which is largely fuelled by the power of incumbency which the party currently holds on one hand, and money factor on the hand, is beginning to dwindle; especially considering that the party has suffered gales of defections, a scenario which led many heavyweights to abandon the ruling party.
The outcome of the Osun guber polls, which was in favour of the PDP has dampened any hope in the exaggerated power of incumbency and money in elections as Osun happens to be the home state of the APC presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu and the party secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, yet an incumbent APC governor lost in an election that was adjudged to be free, fair and transparent.
At a popular assembly in Ilorin, an APC member who pleaded anonymity expressed disappointments with the manner Governor Abdulrazak has steered the affairs of the party. According to him, “Almost everyone has left the party. Those of us still left are not happy. Recently, the pictures of Yahaya Seriki with Bolaji Abdullahi had us worried and no one is saying anything. With what has happened in Osun, it seems the power of incumbency will not work. I don’t even know how we intend to win.”
However, while some other APC members in Kwara admitted there are issues with the party that need to be addressed; they maintained confidence in the capacity of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to lead the party to victory in 2023, insisting that “Kwara will be different from Osun as far as the governorship election is concern.”