It was an admixture of disenchantment, disappointment, bewilderment and shock for politicians and government officials yesterday when Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced dates for the conduct of this year’s elections in Edo and Ondo states.
The news filtered into town through the social media and great was the ears that heard it.
By that announcement, politicians and aspirants are back to their drawing boards.
It was bad news for aspirants because, “it means the elasticity for the spending of scarce resources has been extended and this could reach a breaking point if care is not taken”, a source close to a frontline aspirant disclosed.
According to a political analyst who spoke with www.johnmayaki.com, “It means more and more money would continue to go down the drain for the never satisfactory political leaders and delegates whose harvest time has been stretched”.
According to sources close to Edo State Government, “two things are involved; more time to work to gain the confidence of the people and delegates. Secondly, Government is interested in the successor just as it has so much to play politics with. So we are home and dry”.
The implication of the above is that, “it’s a bad day for independent aspirants who have no such backing of Osadebey as to the anointed aspirant”, another analyst observed.
However, what came as a shock to other analysts yesterday was the manner politicians welcomed the news, Government officials alike. Huge disappointment!
For them, let the election come tomorrow! The earlier the election, the better for them. They would not bulge or mind that a tenured-Governor is still on the throne with about nine months to administer governance.
“Bad belle people”, said another. “They want to take food from ‘Oga’ mouth. Abi them want make im just pack im load comot? Which kind of people bi these self”, he queried.
However, let’s see how the aspirants go; their show of pretense of love for delegates and political leaders in recent times will be tested.
We shall see if they will continue to pick their calls and visit the electorates and delegates the manner they carried on before now. We shall now begin to watch them; will they go for holiday in Dubai or South Africa? What about medical checkup in London or US? Time will tell.