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Niyi Ademoroti: Why Davido Speaking Out About the Osun Election is Important

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The Osun State governorship election rerun looks like something out of the 2003 elections. Free and fair is some distant idea, foreign and unreasonable.

There have been reports of security agencies keeping voters out of polling units. Gunshots also have been reported. There has been news of political thugs collecting, at gunpoint, the Permanent Voters Card of voters.

And the rerun is going on only in seven polling units.

Seven.

The election is between the All Progressives Congress (APC)‘s Gboyega Oyetola and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)‘s Ademola Adeleke.

Musician Davido has been invested in the election since its inception. Sure, he’s Adeleke’s nephew, but did he really have to cancel tour dates to go on campaign runs? He’s encouraged fans to vote for his uncle. He’s performed for audiences across Osun State. He’s traveled with the campaign team, donned their campaign ankara, everything an active supporter would do for their candidate. All that’s left is the door-to-door handing out of campaign handbills. (Imagine opening your front door to find Davido trying to canvass for your vote.)

Throughout the election rerun, Davido has been on his social media, speaking out against the reported electoral malpractices. He has shared links, photos and videos and news articles about the process.

He has consistently condemned the reported malpractices, and his tweets about it today alone have gotten more than 20,000 likes. And that’s exactly why him being so concerned about the election is important.

It’s been a while since a young celebrity with so much clout has displayed an active interest in Nigerian politics. Maybe that’s what we need – people with millions of following, who have enough power to influence the general populace, who use that power to demand an active citizenry.

Nigerians make for very good stans, that much is evident. It’s why fans of different Big Brother Naija housemates, months after the show has ended, will fight in public based off of a perceived feud between the housemates they stan. Now, imagine if these housemates ask that their fans become active citizens, go out to collect their PVCs and vote in the coming elections.

Think about it, this is something we see all the time in American politics. Beyonce, Robert DeNiro, Oprah, Lebron James and Katy Perry endorsing Hillary Clinton. And Mike TysonClint Eastwood and Kanye West speaking out in support of  Donald Trump.

Sure, maybe Davido doesn’t give a damn about Nigeria or Osun State and only wants to see his uncle become governor. Still, his actions may just prove that this is what’s missing from Nigerian politics – the canvassing of votes from the populace by people with influence.

Maybe other celebrities to take a cue. Maybe it’s time for them to openly support whoever it is they’re supporting, whoever it is they believe will make a difference, and ask that their fans vote the person in. Sure, at the end of the day, if whoever they supported is elected and messes up, they’ll be held accountable for it. But, if there is a true belief in their candidate, then there should be no fear of this holding them back.

Photo Credit: davidoofficial

8 Comments

  1. Tracy Edward

    September 27, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    It will be nice to keep away David okay. With your behaviour, i will not vote for who you support. Your behaviour is not encouraging at all. If tha Osun Govnorship aspirat is related to you, then we have problem if he wins, corupption is tooooooo much in PDP. God bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen.

    • Dayo

      September 28, 2018 at 5:50 am

      @Tracy, and what exactly about Davido’s behavior that “not encouraging”? Is it working hard and cultivating goodwill for Nigeria from the diaspora, and throughout Africa and the world (in contrast to fraud, 419, drugs, prostitution, corruption, terrorism, etc., usually associated with Nigeria and Nigerians)? Or perhaps apparently taking good care of his daughters?!

    • nene+

      September 28, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha Tracy has been preaching “born again” since all these days. Thank you for displaying who you really are. A snot!
      When people hide behind religion to hate and envy fellow Nigerian! What offense has Davido committed against you except that you are not Chioma? So your note tells you election rigging is fine as far as its done against PDP? Please stop your fake Christianity here. You are very FAR from what you preach!

  2. Oyinlola Tuga

    September 28, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Thank God APC won the election. Infact it is a big relief to me. If Adeleke had won of course that means there wouod have been so much of corruption and impunity at Osun. Your uncle betrayed Omisore and so he must pay for it dearly. What value could he have added to the growth of Osun. A dancing Senator…. i laugh….. … Life is not about showbiz youngman. Lets get serious….?

    • nene+

      September 28, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Good luck to you and your demonic party! Your business!

    • Adeola

      September 28, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Oyinlola Tuga – we are not talking about betrayal! lets put sentiment aside …..
      The ones that didn’t dance what have they accomplished! Months owed of salaries?.
      To be fair, most of the electoral candidates are not ? ideal.
      Nonetheless,we are complaining of the representation of the people’s choice! People voted Trumph against Hillary!
      Omisore is all about his own gains too. Sen Adeleke was the people’s choice. If a dancing ? Governor is what the people of Osun State now want, then let them choose and face their faith.

      APC is a circuit of recyled older men too , so where is the democracy and fight against corruption!!

  3. Cocoa

    September 28, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Tracy’s comment does not affect her stance as a born again Christian. Neither is her comment offensive to God. It’s laughable that you would suggest it has any bearing on her walk with Christ. ..just because she doesn’t support YOUR CANDIDATE.

    The “dancing senator” is NOT IT. Someone that can’t even get ordinary high school grades the LEGITIMATE way. Please WE DONT WANT.

    I’m happy Davido is interested in politics. I pray he will continue to be interested even though his uncle has lost.

    I personally believe there should be another rerun…with all the allegations floating around.

    P.s: Dear “Fans”, Davido’s music is demonic. Break free of idol worship. It is clouding your judgement.

  4. CrazyDemo DemonstrationOfCraze

    September 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

    But for reals guys, if to say Sen adeleke enter, DMW for chop stupid ehn???. Jokes aside, I love davido but I thought you knew this naija politics is dirty and very nasty. Everyone knew it was bodied, even our ambode might not be governor next month. That’s why I never waste my energy on it. Just focus on ur talent obo baba! And sellout that o2! One love ❤️

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