“Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro has made his mark in the annals of Lagos State politics and posterity will always remember him as the David that defeated ACN’s Goliath in his domain. Despite all odds, I am proud of my son and his team.”
Those were the words of Mrs. Morufat Omolara Obanikoro, the proud mother of a gallant son, Babajide Obanikoro, who though, defeated the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to emerge chairman of Ikoyi/Obalende Local Council Development Area of Lagos State on the platform of PDP, was however denied justice after one year of banking on a rather compromised justice system in the state.
Calm and unruffled, Babajide has not betrayed emotion in all of this. In fact, he has been consoled by the fact that he not only won the election as available facts have shown, he has further stripped the National Leader of the ACN, Senator Bola Tinubu, of the myth of invincibility. What more can be consoling?
In all of this, Babajide did not also take the electorate for granted. Truly, many of them had followed through the development to its sad but encouraging denouement; he did not end it at that. On Wednesday, the young man played an amazingly civilised politics when he wrote a personal letter to all residents of Ikoyi/Obalende, thanking them for staying through the thick and thin that characterised the trial period.
Even the man who was fraudulently awarded victory would rather take them for granted. After all, he did not need them to get there and would probably not need them to return if the Lords of Lagos politics so wish.
It is, however, intriguing to see such elements gather in the name of merger, accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of crimes they are more adept at. But one thing is certain; that one day, an end would come to such leadership dishonesty that has remained the very bane of the nation’s development. Nice one, Babajide!