SATIRE SATURDAY: Oyo, Seyi Makinde and the 'Solo Makinde' Syndrome

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When it became clear that then PDP candidate Seyi Makinde was the ultimate shoo-in in the days leading to the last governorship election in Oyo state,

a few analysts in Ibadan began to stretch narratives around the man’s inevitable victory beyond the plausible limit. Then came this subtle claim that his state-wide support was borne out of the superiority of his ideas and vision for the state when compared to other candidates. Yet, even if we overlook Mr Makinde’s below-par oratory prowess, it was obvious that the claim was a blatant lie.

But will pity-inducing mien address the challenges facing Oyo State? Quite unlikely. Among the numerous early signs showing the validity of this assertion, two would suffice here for now. By the time the dust would settle, it was apparent that all of these concerns have either been mishandled by the government through juvenile exaggeration or, at worst, a shocking lack of depth, infantile obsession with the past, and poorly veiled cluelessness.

Again, the contractor’s address and website could be confirmed by even the most inconsequential officer in the government house. Of course, theThe rather sad implication of the governor’s trademark boo-boo is that even in cases where he has legitimate queries , poor and infantile handling of issues would not make people take him seriously.


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