If the race for Oyo state governor were a boxing match, Seyi Makinde would be the intrepid underdog — suited up, limbered up and waiting in the ring.
Problem is, his opponent doesn’t even have his gloves on.
It’d be hard for any boxer to expect a fair fight with their punches seeming to fall on empty air. Yet Makinde keeps swinging. And all he needs to land a knockout, he claims, is for the good people of the state to turn out and vote.
Makinde polled 515,621 votes, to defeat Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 357,982 votes.
For a year, Makinde has pulled no punches in his fight to become Oyo state governor against the ruling APC bigwigs from the southwest, especially from Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who most often behaves as though his candidate runs unopposed.
Political alignment spearheaded by APC national leader Bola Tinubu did not stop the people from rejecting the ruling party’s candidate.