Elections are here again and I plan to re-elect you. You were not my man in the last elections but I voted for you anyway because I just didn’t want the umbrella brigade to take over. They have shown me time and time again that the national brolly is only for ‘dem, dem’ when the rains come. I watched you debate on TV in 2007 and you didn’t really have much to say unlike some of the other eloquent aspirants, who have since gone underground, or crossed carpets since the elections.
I am not one for praise singing but to your credit, so far so good, you have proved that action truly speaks louder than words. You dived into some really ‘dirty’ sectors of the state, broom in hand and literally did some of the ‘sweeping’ yourself. I don’t know if tales of you making dramatic appearances at project sites for unscheduled inspections and evaluations were fact or fiction but I do know that they sustained the grapevine for months. I remember hearing that you even ride around on a power bike to some of these inspections. Hmm, Mr Governor likes the adrenaline rush too eh? I digress.
Seriously Governor, you are my man in this election and I will be going to the polls to gladly thumbprint beside your photograph. However, please don’t make me regret my decision this time around. I am quite a young man really but sadly, I grew up to see that inconsistency and the inability to follow through has been the bane of leadership and governance in this country. I discovered also that there’s plenty of politicking and defence of caucus interests that are never permanent to the detriment of what’s truly important. I (hopefully I speak on behalf of many more like me) must say that I am sick and tired of it all.
Sir, I hope that in your books and by your political ideology, it is not wrong to desire good governance and exemplary leadership. I hope that you are truly an agent of progressive change and that in your next term, you will not become so ‘busy’ that the wonderful work you have started begins to appear like a mere screensaver ploy and in turn make us your teeming fans of supporters and ‘un-aligned’ campaigners disappointed that we elected you again. It is a gimmick that public office holders have overused and although handing out Agege bread and amala works…Well, I just think it would be nice for Nigerian politicians to really think about Egypt and Tunisia once in a while.
Now that you have mainly focused on infrastructural development in your first four years, I am curious and interested in what you plan to do if I re-elect you for another term in office. I have heard so much about what you intend to do with that road that leads to ‘Smuggler’s Ville’ and it would really be nice to see the outcome this time around. Same goes for that major road that you intend to make six lanes. Sir, I’m not that smart but I think there’s still just one main entrance and exit into that part of the state ( I meant by road sir) and as much as shylock landlords in the metropolis want us to move to that part of town, the traffic situation is so discouraging.
I know the you are already having a serious issue with the toll gate, so I am not going to say anything about it but obviously we don’t only have ‘rascals’ in politics in this part of the country. What about job creation sir? And I’m not talking about sweeping roads and planting flowers. Don’t get me wrong sir, these are very honest and hardworking people but we can’t all be sweepers…I think. What about housing? Can we look forward to ‘affordable’ housing in this dispensation? I hope I’m not asking for too much altogether sir?
On a lighter note sir, who has been Manchester United’s MVP this season?