Ekiti 2018: Ojudu as a Credible Alternative
The famous former President of the United of America, John F. Kennedy insightfully opined that “our task now is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future”. This statement aptly suited our situation in Ekiti State today. We have rightly pontificated that Ekiti State’s primary problem of penurious poverty and infrastructural decay were engendered by poor governance of human and material resources.
Of course, the defining factor between developed and under-developed country is the quality of political leadership. It is therefore not just sufficient to criticize existing political regime. More importantly, we must proactively be engaged in making sure that we are part of the solution to bring about the desired political leadership.
This will not only represent the genuine collective aspiration of our people for responsible and responsive leadership. It will equally install a leadership that can galvanize our people for productive engagement of our resources to banish hunger, poverty, and lack, from our beloved Ekiti State.
We are at the dawn of a new beginning. We have another opportunity to elect a new Governor for Ekiti State. Expectedly, many people have expressed their desire to govern our state. Truly, all of the aspirants have constitutional rights to aspire to be Governor.
However, it is also our collective responsibility to ensure that we elect the very best for our state. This is the very essence of this article. It is, therefore, a disservice to our collective interest to remain neutral at this crucial period of the electoral process.
I have therefore elected to openly canvass for the best electable gubernatorial aspirant in the person of Senator Babafemi Ojudu. My decision is not predicated on emotional and/or ethnoreligious chauvinism, but simply because I believe he is a credible person that can take our state out the woods.
This is not the time to castigate any aspirant to the governorship position, even with many of the aspirants having observable character failures. As Stephen Covey opined, “Ninety percent of all leadership failures are character failures. I am persuaded that we the Ekitis are people of impeccable integrity who will reject such moral misfits at the poll.
For me, Senator Babafemi Ojudu’s candidacy epitomizes the very best in leadership for three major reasons. First, Senator Babafemi Ojudu is the best prepared for the gubernatorial leadership of Ekiti State at this material time. Intellectually, he has an antecedent that is unbeatable. He had the best formal education and he was well-bred in “omoluabi” Yoruba cultural value. He can never be a ‘bole-ka-ja’ Governor.
Second, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has the necessary administrative and political experience requisite for leadership. He was a trailblazer in his chosen career in Journalism. He had an impeccable record of service in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria.
In every public office that Senator Babafemi Ojudu has been opportune to serve, he has always behaved like Awolowo disciple who shared Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s opinion that “Power is a thing held in trust; to treat it otherwise is fraud”.
Third, Senator Babafemi Ojudu is arguably the most sellable and electable aspirant in Ekiti State today. Beyond the fact that he enjoys popular support of the community with the largest concentration of votes in Ekiti State and thereby represents the genuine and legitimate aspiration of Ado-Ekiti people to have an Ado-Ekiti indigene as Governor for the first time.
He is the only credible aspirant that could build a bridge of reconciliation among other gubernatorial aspirants of the APC political divide. He plays politics without bitterness which his opponents can attest to.
Senator Babafemi Ojudu is a man driven by purpose and resolute pursuit of the ideals. As Carl Schurz posited, “Ideals are like stars—you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny”.
Senator Babafemi Ojudu is a dealer in hope who realizes that leadership is not just a position, but a platform for action to mobilize the critical mass through efficacious governance for productive engagement of resources for the attainment of proactive and sustainable developmental agenda.
The time to make a difference is now. Senator Babafemi Ojudu is our surest best in Ekiti. He is the credible alternative needed to rescue and rebuild Ekiti State.
Ekiti Rebirth Organization, North Carolina, USA.