Sunday, 1 December 2019


By Saheed Adeola, Abeokuta

He that thinketh he leadeth, and hath no one following, is only taking a walk . My humble question to Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun is; are you really alone as a leader, are you really leading?  There is no gainsaying that your tremendous work in the last six months in office speaks positive answer with the steady growth in the state.

You seem unprepared in the face of adversaries when the governorship contest started. In fact, it got to a point that some political jobbers and opposition used different articles and write up to condemn your political sagacity but that's another day's debate, perhaps your administration is very prepared for the task.

Having witnessed other state's past and immediate government, it took more than years before they settled for real business of the state they govern. Within the space of 100 days in office, Governor Abiodun has touched all the three senatorial districts positively as part of his promises to fulfill his commitment so as to ensure that citizens have good standard of living.

Governor Abiodun was so confident after being sworn in that he would use his experience at the private sector to transform the state and promised to build on “massive road infrastructure” which he said his predecessor (Amosun) had started.

Before you assume you're fit to lead, you have to ask yourself, Am I a good listener? Because if you're going to lead, you need to be.

There is no lie in saying his administration receives more than 100 request letters in his office from the citizens everyday, which is part of his duty to at least, dance to the reasonable ones among them. From another look of things, Governor Abiodun is known to be media friendly, which I believe media houses have been very supportive with his administration, I give kudos to all the Journalists in the state.

Beyond infrastructure, which most politicians rest their rock, the oil magnate reiterated that his administration would also prioritize education, health care services, youths and women empowerment as well as agriculture in order to ensure that Ogun becomes one of the easiest states to do business, and in marking his 100 days in office, all these areas were thoroughly touched, but in the face of political adversaries, he has not done anything, they only choose to prevent him from recording success achievement. But why?

Let me quickly bring you back to the recent Open letter to Governor Abiodun (volume 2) written by my own counterpart,  Adekunle Adewunmi, the letter was actually centered on only one cause; which is the educational sector.

Whether you subscribe to the notion that "everything rises and falls on leadership," or that "culture eats strategy for breakfast," only few government has ever done what Abiodun did in the last six months in office, but i believe no matter the amount of your effectiveness in the state, some canal will still denounce it, in that area, I always give kudos to Ogun State government for not allowing distraction to destabilize its agenda.

I call him a man with leadership skills because being a leader is a challenge itself. Any government that promised inclusiveness in government and makes it happen deserves thumbs up. 

Maybe I should remind you that  Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship candidate in the last election, Prince Rotimi Paseda and former Deputy Governor of the past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration, Alhaja Salimot Badru, Governorship candidate under African Democratic Congress (ADC) Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) and many more were part of the 23-member State Economic Transition Committee and 235-member Work Groups, which Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo is the chairman of the Economic Transition Committee. 

With all this aforementioned, it shows that YOU need people to lead. Leadership becomes effective when you acknowledge that people are your most appreciable assets, and treat them accordingly.

After INEC declared him winner, I could remember that the number one citizen of Ogun state (Abiodun) said his government is for everyone for the betterment of the state, which he did it openly that there is room for opposition party to work together especially the APM closest rival (Akinlade) and his team, but they thought their mandate was stolen. Have you found it back now? 

Well, democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century, but now, it has run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it?

When the drama of governorship race started in Ogun state, they thought and said it loud that Abiodun did not prepare to govern, now that he has emerged with a good determination and ready to work which of course we all see, so why are you still not satisfied or is it not the same good thing we want that he's been doing? Don't ever think your own principal can do more than that.

Let's soft pedal and work with his administration if you all want the standard for the state. God bless the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun continue to lead us. 

Saheed Adeola E. is a political activist, Media Consultant, and writes from Abeokuta.

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