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Akoko Agenda In Ondo Governorship Race

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Akoko Agenda In Ondo Governorship Race

Post  Admin on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:52 pm

As the governorship election in Ondo State draws near, YINKA OLADOYINBO, in this report, examines the much orchestrated Akoko Agenda and how far the group can go in achieving its aim of producing the next governor of the state.
The governorship election in Ondo state coming up in 2013 has started producing different permutations and arguments from various groups and political associations across the state with each pushing forward the position that could best suit its interest. It is the belief of some ethnic groups in the state that it is their turn to produce the next governor of the state and have therefore put machineries in motion for the actualization of such dream.

The most vocal of such groups is from Akokoland in Ondo North senatorial district of the state. Some people from the area have started canvassing for what is noted as the Akoko Agenda which they want to use as a vehicle for the actualization of a governorship slot for the area. The people behind the agenda believe that having gone through the three senatorial districts of the state, governorship should return to the northern senatorial district and that it is the turn of Akoko again to produce the governor.

In the present political dispensation that started in 1999, the late Chief Adebayo Adefarati, who was from Akungba-Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of the state from the northern senatorial district governed the state from 1999 to 2003, Dr. Olusegun Agagu from Iju-Odo in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the southern senatorial district of the state was the governor from 2003 to 2009, while the incumbent, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is from Ondo town in Ondo central senatorial district of the state.

Now that another governorship election is approaching, the people of Akoko, who are in the majority in the senatorial district, are jostling again to secure another ticket to the Alagbaka Government House in Ondo state. Out of the six local government areas in the senatorial district, Akoko has four, while Owo and Ose share the remaining two, one a piece.

The high number of people from Akokoland in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) seeking to be governor of the state may not be unconnected with the plan of some political leaders from the area. As at the last count about 14 aspirants from the party had shown interest in the contest. Some of them include Dr. Olu Agunloye, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, Hon Jayeola Ajata, Festus Oluwole, Sola Amodeni, Saka Lawal and Senator Ajayi Boroffice among others. Also in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), pressures are already mounting on the former Managing Director of Mobil Oil, Otunba Solomon Oladunni to contest while the former Speaker of the state house of assembly, Victor Olabimtan and some others in the zone are already in the race.



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The noise being made by the propagators of the agenda has however started fueling ethnic suspicion among the major groups in the state with many of them questioning the motive behind the much talked about “Akoko Agenda” The question on the lips of many political observers in and outside the state is how do the Akokos with four local government areas achieve their agenda without carrying along the other 14 councils? Apart from this, the other two local government areas in the same senatorial district have started querying the agenda, saying that if governorship must return to the northern senatorial district, it should not be the turn of Akokos again.

The argument of people from Owo/Ose axis of the state is that if rotation would be followed to the letter, it is normal that somebody from the area becomes the governor since the last governor produced by the area, that is, Chief Adebayo Adefarati came from Akoko area.

The people argue that the major political offices that had come to the district since the advent of the present democratic dispensation had been monopolized by the Akokos.

According to them, the Akokos had produced Governor, Deputy Governor, Senator and Speakers of the state House of Assembly, while they only had the opportunity of producing Senators.

The question is will the people of Akoko be able to speak with one voice this time on which of the four local government areas should produce the governor. The agitation has been narrowed down to federal constituency by some of them that felt aggrieved and cheated according to the political equation in the area.

The people of Akoko Northwest/Northeast federal constituency have started the campaign that their constituency must produce the next governor. Speaking on the matter, Dr. Tunji Abayomi explained that the issue of Akoko agenda goes beyond agitation by a particular group from the state. He said the arrangement in the state is that a next governor will be picked from the area that produced the incumbent deputy governor.

According to him, during Adefarati regime, his deputy came from the area that produced Agagu, while the deputy governor of Agagu also came from the area that produced Mimiko as the governor of the state. Now that we have an Akoko man as the deputy governor, then he argued that the next governor must be an Akoko man.

He said, “The question is where will the governor emerge from Akokoland? We should now look at which of the federal constituencies have produced governor, Owo/Ose has produced Ajasin, Akoko Southwest/Akoko Southeast has produced Adefarati, Akoko Northeast/Northwest has not produced any governor, has not produced a deputy governor, has not produced a Senator. The other two zones have produced those ones, that is the logic, that is the equity logic on which it is assumed and expected that the next governor will come from the federal constituency of Akoko north”.

Abayomi argued that governorship should not go back to Owo/Ose as that will mean marginalizing the Akoko Northeast/Northwest federal constituency that had never produced a governor. He said it would be wrong to base the rotation on the name of the ethnic groups from the area, saying it could only be based on what is recognized by law and that is the federal constituencies.

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The argument of Abayomi, which could be said to be logical, may however not go down well with some leaders of the area, particularly the camp of Boroffice, who will be technically knocked out if the argument sails through. Boroffice hails from Oka-Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government area of the state, the same local government that produced Adefarati and the present deputy governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, Olabimtan and the present Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dare Emiola.

However, the party that may bear much of the burden of the agenda is the ACN from which many aspirants have signified interest in the election and it is the belief of many in the state that the number will continue to rise.

Some in the state also wonder how it will be possible for the ethnic groups from four local government areas to win the election without seeking and getting the cooperation and support of other areas of the state.

The breakdown and analysis of registered voters from the state has also shown that the Akokos need the maximum support of other groups before they could actualize their dream as was the case during the election that brought Adefarati into office. The total number of registered voters in the four local government areas of Akoko according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is 268, 236, while only Akure South local government area has 251, 608, Ondo West Local Government Area, where Mimiko hails from has 166, 778 voters and Owo/Ose area has 194, 057 registered voters.

So for any meaningful impact to be made, the people of Owo, Akure, Ondo, Okitipupa, Ilaje and others must key in and be ready to work assiduously for the emergence of a governor from the Akoko area of the state. Hence, it is likely we have many other groups coming up with different agendas in the governorship race.

The only party that seems not to be confronted with the problem is the ruling Labour Party (LP) where it is almost certain that Mimiko will be returned to contest the seat again. The party said it believed in the good work being done by the governor and should therefore be allowed to continue in office. According to it, the only agenda on the table of the LP is the “Ondo State Agenda”, which it said was designed to bring even development to the 18 local government areas of the state without consideration or preferential to any ethnic group.

However, the PDP believes there is nothing wrong with the Akoko trying to push forward their demands, adding that such demand should be within the framework of the state and they should galvanise support from other part of the state.

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