By Akinrinlola Olumide
It was one of the best of instances, it was the worst of instances”, says Charles Dickens in his e-book, the Story of Two Cities. That’s the way in which the Biblical King David might need regarded again following his difficult intervals earlier than he got here to energy as Israel’s king. I believe Banji Okunomo, the youngest Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ondo State would say the identical factor now as he struggles to win the ticket of the PDP forward of the first slated for July 22, 2020.
King David had some tough instances in his lifetime. He was the youngest within the household, and it appeared as if he received all of the soiled work. His brothers didn’t look as much as him however handled him with a measure of disrespect and disdain as a result of the household noticed him as no person and a person with none worth. He was not even current for choice as Israel’s king, but God made him the King of Israel as a result of the crown was on his head. And since God doesn’t have a look at the issues folks have a look at, God appears to be like on the coronary heart, therefore he grew to become the King of Israel regardless of being the youngest amongst his brethren.
Now, because the battle for the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP turns into thickens, I can boldly say that Okunomo is one other younger David who would spring a shock throughout the PDP major to the dismay of many individuals who didn’t look as much as him.
Similar to King David, Okunomo has handed by means of many difficult intervals in his lifetime most particularly in the midst of his ambition to turn out to be the governor of Ondo State.
Okunomo was the primary to begin his governorship marketing campaign and was on the identical time advancing the course of zoning for Ondo South. Throughout this time, among the chieftains of the celebration who now wished to reap the golden fruit produced by the tree of zoning planted by Okunomo have been mocking and calling him all types of names then.
Some mentioned he’s a Fb aspirant, some known as him Ondo South governor, some mentioned he’s an Ilaje governor, however when the younger man refused to be distracted and the agitation for zoning grew to become loud, a few of these leaders declared their ambitions for governor. They didn’t simply be a part of the race, they by no means cease of their low-cost blackmail towards the anointed one – Banji Okunomo. They claimed he’s too younger to rule Ondo State in his 40s.
They continued by saying Okunomo didn’t have the assets to run for the workplace of a governor. However, when Okunomo grew to become the primary to choose the expression of curiosity and nomination types of the celebration, they mentioned he was gunning for deputy governorship candidate slot.
However, when he grew to become apparent he was so critical to turn out to be the state governor, they alleged he has been supplied the sum of N400M as a repay to step down for a selected aspirant.
When this blackmail failed, they later petitioned the PDP governorship screening committee led by Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara to discredit and disqualify him whereas the mentioned petition was discovered to be baseless, empty and bereft of atom of substance and the petition ended up within the waste bin , when no fact and no advantage have been discovered within the petition.
Now, they’ve began alleging the identical man they claimed doesn’t have the assets to run for the workplace of a governor of making an attempt to induce the delegates with cash to win the ticket of the celebration by subsequent week Wednesday.
The reality is that Okunomo was strolling when others have been crawling. He was working the place others have been strolling. He was flying when others have been driving. He was busy participating the delegates when some have been busy writing petition and sponsoring low-cost blackmail on social media.
Okunomo has developed shut and enduring friendships and alliances with the delegates when some folks have been doctoring delegates record to rig the election. Okunomo is now a critical menace to those that noticed the ticket of the PDP as their rightful inheritance, leaving the issue of windfall with the truth that God guidelines within the affairs of males and He enthrones Princes and Kings because it pleases Him.
So, as we rely all the way down to July 22, 2020, for the PDP Major, I beseech all of the delegates to watch out for the Saul’s, and be looking out for the David – Banji Okunomo, the youngest and probably the most maligned PDP governorship aspirant in Ondo State, for the crown, has deserted Akeredolu and has come across his head, forward of the governorship election on October 10, this 12 months.
- Akinrinlola Olumide, is the Particular Assistant, Media and Publicity, to Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South on the ninth Meeting.