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