It has been established that democracy is a game of numbers and the candidate with the highest spread usually takes the day. That is why it is unlikely to have the least popular candidate taking the trophy in a Democratic contest. A contest is often times a popularity test of candidates across party divide which also portray the general acceptability of the Party’s manifesto by the populace.
In Nigeria, elections has been won and lost base on the acceptability of the candidate presented by political party than the party’s manifesto. The Citizens are still not comfortable with Party manifesto than the promise of a candidate. Candidate dictates the success of parties as our democracy evolves.
In 2007, Comrade Adams Eric Aliu Oshiomhole after leaving the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC as President won an election in Edo State overwhelmingly under the newly registered Party Action Congress AC. He wanted to run on the platform of Labour Party LP but with their strategic alliance, he ran on the ticket of AC instead though with the support of LP. The election was decisive and the ever energetic nicknamed Oshiobaba could be seen in Villages across the State. His posters we displayed all over by his admirers and his popularity soar.
What about Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State who was SSG and a Federal Minister under the People’s Democratic Party PDP, he left to contest under Labour Party and won convincingly as Governor of Ondo State defeating the PDP candidate Late Olusegun Agagu. Despite the initial manipulation and all that followed, he was declared the rightful winner of the election and returned elected by a High Court sitting in Benin City Edo State in 2007.
Richas Okorocha of IMO State and his predecessor Ikedi Ohakim both has had their Popularity tested at different interval. Ikedi contested under PPA which was a new registered party and won on that platform against PDP in IMO State through latter decamp back and was latter defeated by Rochas Okorocha from APGA to reclaim Douglas House in IMO State.
Popularity test has always been the thing in our election which is what really create the structure. Political structure is built on the trust for Candidate running for election. No one can conveniently commit his time and resources on an unpopular candidate just because the Party is in power.
Therefore I am candidly asking the Governor of Edo State to test his popularity at the poll by trying another party if he thinks that APC rules are skewed against him. Shaking and hitting up the polity of the State will be saved by this singular action and the people of Edo State will be better of.
We were asked to step down for Adams Oshiomhole because the party needed a popular candidate” Statement by Kenneth Imasuagbon, one of the aspirants that contested against Oshiomhole in 2007.