If the wishes of grassroots football stakeholders were to be realized, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Ojo Constituency in last Saturday’s House of Representative elections, Honorable Tajudeen Adekunle Obasa (aka Eniafe) would emerge winner by a mile.
So it was on Election Day, as a number of youth club coaches and young players flocked to Obasa’s residence in Saint Michael area of Ojo to offer goodwill and morale support during the polls, while also encouraging him with words of cheer.
Although it appeared unlikely that Obasa would edge aside the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Honorable Toyin Durosinmi, who is also incumbent chairman of Ojo local government area, a cross-section of youngsters and coaches that SportsDay spoke with said they wanted a man who loves grassroots football to win.
Incidentally, it was the same leverage Durosinmi banked on in winning the vote as Ojo council chairman few years back, but alleged in-fighting in the PDP was forwarded by Obasa’s supporters as the biggest foundation for their confidence in him emerging victorious from last Saturday’s election.
However, when taken up on the undercurrents trailing the electoral process and his chances of winning, Obasa told SportsDay that he is not thinking about events in the opposition party, but only came forward to contest because he has a vision to turn things around through the exuberance of youthfulness.
“I am not in favour of having someone who has been in a position for eight years to continue running, especially if that person started in, say the year 2000, and still wants to be there again.
“They should give way to vibrant young people to step in, and I am one of those young people who are coming with good ideas,” Obasa stated.