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Published On: Mon, Dec 11th, 2017

PDP convention: Yorubas to blame themselves for political failures – Okupe tells fellow kinsmen

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By Our Correspondent

A former aide to the immediate past administration, Doyin Okupe has stated that the Yoruba people have never gotten it right politically.
Okupe said this in reaction to the Chairmanship tussle before the party’s National Convention last Saturday among candidates from the South-west and South-South.
Recall that One of the leading candidates, Chief Bode George, withdrew from the race few hours to the time of the convention, accusing the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of hijacking the process.
Okupe urged aggrieved parties like George, not to blame Wike who backed a candidate from the south-south, Uche Secondus.
Okupe said this in an article he entitled ‘Yoruba and National politics’, and shared on Facebook.
He stated that the South-west candidates could have agreed among themselves to bring out a consensus candidate in order to achieve their goal but did not.
He wrote, “Right from the time of the late sage chief Obafemi Awolowo till date, the Yoruba race have never truly gotten it right politically at the National level.
“The only success we ever recorded politically at the Federal level was the victory of Obasanjo at the Presidential polls in 1999.
“Ironically it did not have the input of the Yoruba in it, and vintage Yoruba’s poor political judgment, the offer of this unprecedented national “gift” (concession) following the unjustifiable denial of MKO Abiola’s mandate and unfortunate death was randomly rejected throughout the Yoruba nation.
“Throughout history Yorubas are only able to view national politics from only their own perspective, always expecting the other nationalities to appreciate their innate and exemplary qualities and accept same as basis for favouring them (Yoruba) in a competitive situation, not withstanding the interests and desires of other nationalities.
“Truly wether the Yorubas are deserving of the national chairmanship of the PDP is neither here or there. What exactly is the use of the post of the National Chairman when the presidential candidate will be elected a little after 6 months?
“Once the Presidential candidate emerges, the national chairman becomes his Senior Special Assistance for political administration.
“Whatever power he wields is directly dependent on the grace and benevolence of the candidate and the president if he wins.
“It is quite curious to me that the North has gotten the President and the East the vice president without any struggle or sweat; and the Yorubas were killing themselves and begging for a post whose relevance is short lived and will require the goodwill and kindness of a soon to be elected presidential candidate to have any leverage on future political and government appointments.
“So what is the logic behind putting some of our bests in a race with little or no benefit for the zone and one that we are obviously disadvantaged to run ab initio?
“And if we can actually resign at the 11th hour why did we not seat down, at the early stages and agree for one person to go for it while all others step down and back him with our collective resolve and resources?
“If indeed this was not all a personal championship race for the candidates and not a struggle on behalf of or for the interest of the Yoruba in the PDP.
“And if we really wanted to play politics, we could have approached the North-West zone and make a deal money, which none of the Yoruba aspirants has, cannot buy.
“The North-West is as desperate for the presidency as we are for the chairmanship. We present them with one candidate

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