Sunday Babalola, the Director-General of the Kolapo Kola-Daisi campaign organization, has pleaded with Oyo State voters to make the moral choice not to support candidates they have deemed to be strangers.
He said this on Wednesday in Ibadan while speaking to a variety of Yoruba, Arewa, and Middle-belt community members from across the five local governments.
Babalola pointed out that the electorate votes for politicians and public office holders they do not actually know, which is why dividends and benefits of governance are rarely observed.
“For the most part in our democracy, our pattern of voting has been purely transactional. Politicians we seldom know or know anything about their background and antecedents come to us to merely ask for our votes, speak some fleeting words we love to hear just to get those votes, we give it to them and they disappear. That has been the story in most part.”
He continued, “We vote for people who become strangers because that is who they were in the first place. But I think we have solid chance to correct this unfavourable trend this time around”.
“The calibre of candidates we have put up in the Accord in Oyo State have solid, traceable pedigrees and are of a sound heritage. From Adelabu vying to be Governor to Faozey in Oyo central, Peller in Oyo North, Arisekola in Ibadan North and to this candidate in Oyo South, Idris Kolapo Kola-Daisi, just to name a few, Accord has presented an array of candidates who are not only brilliant, young and capable, but candidates who we also truly know”
“Look at Mr. Kolapo Kola-Daisi as an example, we know his history, we know his antecedents, we know his source…it is such that these things are key, in Yoruba, we say ‘abere o l’okun ndi’. For candidates like these, it is easy to strike a real relationship with them as against a transactional and temporary vote-seeking affair”
Babalola emphasized that electorates will find it simple to connect with elected officials if they have a genuine relationship with candidates like Kolapo Kola-Daisi. This is because they will be in a position to know about and comprehend their real problems and be able to address them.
“We can gain from governance in this way. Vote against strangers! “, he said, adding.