Who will vote for Taiwo Ibiyemi Otegbeye as Oyo governor?

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Every election year, someone gives me a comic relief and a break from the serious political battles involving the major contenders. His name is Taiwo Ibiyemi Otegbeye the consistent gubernatorial candidate of Action Alliance (AA), one of the unpopular political parties in Nigeria.

Even though the party remains unpopular, Taiwo Otegbeye is not new to Oyo politics having contested for the governorship position at least thrice. For his campaign however, he uses the same kind of poster, same picture and same message – only the year is different. And of course the poster is always made ‘courtesy of friends’

When I spoke to some Ibadan residents about Otegbeye’s ambition, they described him largely as an ‘unserious’ politician who only wait to prey on the shortcomings of the political system to coerce the eventual winner into giving him a political post or threaten such with lawsuits.

Basically, Otegbeye don’t seem to be interested in the governorship position, he is only positioning himself to be part of the next administration as a commissioner of course considering the fact that he had earlier served in Akala’s administration, he also served as a commissioner under Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

So I usually ask myself why does he do this every time we go to the polls – and with the same party! Why can’t he be very serious about his ambition for once so that people will begin to take him seriously and not the image of an opportunist that comes to mind every time one sees his pictures.

I believe he has some money on him, and had contested before. Seyi Makinde is contesting to be governor for the first time (I guess) yet he is more serious and has brighter chance of winning than Otegbeye. You won’t see Otegbeye campaigning on TV, his posters are almost impossible to see which means when you see them you should consider yourself very lucky. His message is the same every time and he is largely the laughing stock in Oyo state’s political arena.

Even though he has served as commissioner more than twice, I can’t specifically point to one thing in particular that Otegbeye has contributed yet he wants us to believe he can challenge the gladiators – Ajimobi, Ladoja, Akala and Seyi Makinde – the new kid on the block.

I don’t know the rules at INEC but I wouldn’t be allowing someone like Otegbeye to be contesting since he is obviously not keen on becoming governor, he is more interested in getting an appointment (as usual) in the next administration. But on the other hand, we need a comic relief and he is a perfect comedian that we can laugh about his hilarious political ambition any time we want to take a break from the serious debates and issues being discussed by the real contenders.

PS: More people will read this story than will vote for Otegbeye

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  1. Hi Paul,

    I’m one of your fan and highly disappointed about your article on Taiwo Otegbeye. What happened in the last election was gross misconduct, Miscarriage of justice and Electoral malpractice of the highest order in Oyo State history. You article shows that you are not a moralist, but pro corruption blogger and attention seeker.

    I’m quite sure you were born in Late 80’s or early 90’s. I would suggest you contact an adult who knows much about politics. Without Taiwo Otegbeye there wouldn’t be Ajimobi or APC and Alao AKALA would have ruled if INEC were to reconduct the election. CCI were involved and prominent Oyo state elders appealed to Taiwo Otegbeye to withdraw the case from court so as so prevent corrupt goverment from governing Oyo State again.

    I realized that you are a perfect novis who hasn’t got clue about your own article or blog, but just wanted to write something to discredit someone for money sake. I would suggest a crash course for you on Nigerian history. Even, If you know black histroy very well, you wouldn’t display Gandhi picture and quotes on your Twitter account.

    You are a disrgace to UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN. You have magnitude but no direction!

    You need to educate yourself with facts not rubbish dude .You should learn how things works in a civilized society and people like you would never make Nigeria a better place.

    • say wetin? brother take am easy o. it’s just my opinion that i shared and I don’t think anything is wrong with it. But i can arrange something – you can write a rejoinder and i will publish it. democracy without criticism isn’t democracy.

  2. Hi Paul,

    I’m one of your fan and highly disappointed about your article on Taiwo Otegbeye. What happened in the last election was gross misconduct, Miscarriage of justice and Electoral malpractice of the highest order in Oyo State history. Your article shows that you are not a moralist, but pro corruption blogger and attention seeker.

    I’m quite sure you were born in Late 80’s or early 90’s. I would suggest you contact an adult who knows much about politics. Without Taiwo Otegbeye there wouldn’t be Ajimobi or APC and Alao AKALA would have ruled if INEC were to reconduct the election. CCI were involved and prominent Oyo state elders appealed to Taiwo Otegbeye to withdraw the case from court so as so prevent corrupt goverment from governing Oyo State again.

    I realized that you are a perfect novice who hasn’t got clue about your own article or blog, but just wanted to write something to discredit someone for money sake. I would suggest a crash course for you on Nigerian history. Even, If you know black history very well, you wouldn’t display Gandhi picture and quotes on your Twitter account.

    You are a disrgace to UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN. You have magnitude but no direction!

    You need to educate yourself with facts not rubbish dude .You should learn how things works in a civilized society and people like you would never make Nigeria a better place.

    • Akinsola Ifetayo. on

      Omobolanle,I never knew that Paul Adepoju is this empty.He writes eloquently on issues he knows next to nothing about.In his attempt to scorn Otegbeye to please his principal,He exposes his pseudo-intellectual prowess.Paul is a big disgrace to the Pen Profession..Florence oluponna.

      • Florence Oluponma on

        Paul,you are the Jester.Otegbeye is pursuing vision.We need such courageous men as leaders.My vote is for Taiwo Otegbeye : Better than the rest.

  3. Akinsola Ifetayo. on

    Paul,Taiwo OTEGBEYE never served in Akala’s government.He sacrificed for peace to reign in Oyo State in 2011.He was outstanding both as Special Adviser,Education and Commissioner of Information and Orientation,Oyo State.I see Taiwo OTEGBEYE as a Visionary who braves all odds to come into political limelight by starting his own structure from the scratch.The Nation Newspaper of March 16,2007 describes Taiwo OTEGBEYE as “…the most articulate and the most visionary one ,qualified to occupy the Government House in Agodi if due process were to be followed”,even when he contested with Ajimobi,Akala and Professor Adedoja.He excelled even at the debate in 2011 at Splash F.M. Having listened to Otegbeye at debates on Space F.M.,Radio Nigeria,NTA Ibadan and MITV in 2015,I am convinced that he has the solution to Myriads of Oyo State problem.His ideas are different from others.Your ignorance is appalling,Paul.

    • I’m still approving your comments without editing because I believe in free speech and not personality attacks like you are doing. Anyways, here is my question and I will appreciate if you can answer without this your regular attacks. Do you see Otegbeye winning this time?

  4. Akinsola Ifetayo. on

    Seyi Makinde contested for Senate in 2007 and lost on the platform of ANPP.He attempted the Senate under PDP in 2011 and could not get the ticket.Does that make him a Jester ? Ajimobi lost the Governorship election in 2007.Akala lost in 2011 and is contesting again.Others are political prostitutes.Otegbeye is consistently consistent.I’ve seen more than five types of otegbeye’s posters in town with different pictures.The peanuts that your sponsors pay you should not make you go blind.I see you as a fraud sent to destroy the image of a man of dignity and integrity.Those who have to destroy others to live will meet death as a sentinel at the door-post of their greatness.Taiwo Oduola.

    • ovfk1000@yahoo.com on

      For you all to be this serious, I think there must be something there for you too, not just Paul if at all…

  5. ovfk1000@yahoo.com on

    For you all to be this serious, I think there must be something there for you too, not just Paul if at all…

    • ovfk1000@yahoo.com on

      There’s a level of tenacity expected of a governor to be, not just appearing on posters and debates. If the candidate in question is as serious as you guys here, maybe he would have been governor by now, except there are other factors that are unknown to us, instead of attacking Paul, I think he is the one that need your candid advise, just saying. Vickie.

  6. Paul don’t mind those guys. You are on point. I have always had the same thought about Taiwo Otegbeye. The first time i heard about him was shortly before the 2007 polls when his posters was brought to my church. Then he called himself a pastor and i was so happy that a MOG will be contesting that tym. That guy is a scammer and should be dealt with.

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