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The imminence of next year’s general elections has expectedly sparked off series of debates and discussions on which party would come tops, which positions would go to where and which new alliances would emerge at State and Federal levels. All these efforts are geared towards accurately forecasting where the pendulum of victory would finally swing and stay.

At the state level, the central focus of political activities is the gubernatorial apple from which everyone wants to have a bite. Election into this second tier of government, more than the first and third tiers generates such intense political heat and passion that makes voter interest more pronounced in it than in the other two. In elections to the state government house, factors that often come into play are ethnic, religious and sectional considerations.

Before proceeding on to the national discourse, this writer would first like to focus on Oyo State, the “Pace-Setter State” where the current political maneuverings make it imperative for analysis to lay the cards on the table with a view to guiding the people on how to make the right choice of candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in the state. All the three afore-mentioned factors – ethnic, religious and sectional usually come into play here when issues of governorship elections are being decided.

Oyo State, although almost 100 percent homogenous still parades some dialects found in Saki, Ibarapa, Igboho and others in Oke-Ogun, while the…



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