By Louis Odion
To say the bye-election held today (December 5) for the Lagos East senatorial seat is a disaster for PDP will be an understatement.
From unofficial results collated so far, APC has clearly posted a landslide victory that will see Abiru taking over the seat occupied by Osinowo (Pepperito) following the latter’s death months ago.
But the real news is that the emphatic drubbing of PDP took place without the presence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as the acclaimed strongman of South-West politics and National Leader of APC has been out of town since Thursday.
Our checks revealed that Jagaban was in Osun on Thursday, from where he proceeded to attend the burial ceremony of Awo’s daughter (Mrs Oyediran) at Ibadan, Oyo State on Friday. From the ancient Oluyole city, Asiwaju took off to Kano for another event.
Our check further revealed that Asiwaju left Kano for Abuja on Saturday for another engagement.
From this, it is clear that the Lagos APC machine is so super efficient and primed to deliver even without Asiwaju being physically on ground.
This shows that PDP’s touted leader in Lagos, Chief Bode George, remains a paper tiger with little or no electoral value. Being garrulous or prolific with letter-writing full of high-sounding words is surely different from being electorally virile.
The “massacre” of PDP in the Lagos East bye-election was executed effortlessly by “Asiwaju boys”.
Recall that since the return of democracy in 1999 Bode George has consistently failed to deliver PDP in Lagos, not even under Obasanjo when one of Nigeria’s main cash cows, NPA, was put under him as National Vice Chair of PDP. He often failed to win even his polling unit in Isale Eko.
Clearly, Asiwaju has perfected a magic formula for always inflicting humiliating defeat on Bode George at every election cycle in Lagos in the last two decades.
Maybe, grumpy Bode George will blame Covid-19 pandemic this time for yet another disastrous outing.
Lesson: empty vessel makes the loudest noise.