Time to separate ‘the boys from the men’
By John Eche
Is the entry into the 2019 presidential race by former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, the game changer that Nigerians have been waiting for? Or is he just another ‘negotiator’ angling for a piece of the pie at the close of what clearly promises to be a most rambunctious contest?
These ans more are some of the questions coursing through the minds of political watchers in response to the declaration Thursday by the former two-term governor of the South Western state that he is set to do battle with others in the motley crowd of aspirants for the Nigerian presidency that have presently thrown their hats into the ring.
Already however, Mimiko’s ambition has already hit an instant brick wall with a swift rebuttal by the Nigerian Labour Congress President, Aliyu Wabba that the platform of the party which he had dumped ahead of the 2015 polls was not going to be available to him to use to prosecute his ambition.
Conscious of the fact that in addition to the questions of which platform he would be using and how much groundwork he has already done in support of his ambition, Mimiko has equally taken to twitter to address a third very critical political point: Nigeria’s geo-political divisions and the concepts and belief in an unwritten ‘zoning principle’ that may not ordinarily favour him at the moment:
Also being reviewed by analysts is a point about whether Mimiko is not stepping out now to fill the void ostensibly left by the exit from the race of outgoing Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Within this reasoning, it is being inferred that Mimiko may be stepping out to principally harvest votes from the South West region that would not go to the Bola Tinubu-led APC forces in the zone.
A sub-set of this permutation then is that the Mimikoists are very likely then to ultimately do a bloc deal with whoever emerges as PDP flag-bearer as part of a final anti-APC ‘Grand Coalition.’
You can be sure that, here at The Difference, we will continue to track emerging developments in the crowded field of 2019 aspirations!
Dr Olusegun Mimiko, 2019 presidential aspirant