For Umar Farouk, son of late Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, the time for hard lesson is here, when his father, who used to pave the way and fix things for his children, friends, associates and supporters, is no more. Umar Farouk Arisekola-Alao, Oyo State Commissioner for Sports, lost in his bid for the All Progressives Congress’ ticket to contest for House of Representatives election in the state in 2015. Arisekola-Alao with 114 votes lost the party’s ticket to Hon. Awoleye Lapade who polled 140 votes at the party’s primaries held last Sunday in Ibadan.
Alao is the only son of his father in politics at present. Incidentally, of all the children of the elite in the party, only Arisekola-Alao lost in his bid. For instance, Mr. Dapo Lam Adesina, who is the current Commissioner for Science and Technology in the state, won alongside Akeem, the son of the Alaafin of Oyo, the son of Soun of Ogbomoso as well as Saheed, the son of Chief Akinade Fijabi.
The loss no doubt is painful for Alao. His loyalists have blamed his lost on Governor Abiola Ajimobi. They claimed the ticket was lost to the governor and his wife, Florence, in what they described a game borne out of personal vendetta. It was alleged that the duo were not favourably disposed to the emergence of the young Alao as the party’s flagbearer in the House of Representatives election. They alleged that the emergence of Lapade, who is the current Chairman of Ibadan North Local Government, had the blessings of the party’s de facto leader, Ajimobi and his wife. It was learnt that Lapade who began his campaign three weeks to the primaries practically became the anointed candidate of the duo especially Mrs. Ajimobi, who was even alleged to have sponsored him.
Alao’s loyalists are, however, quick to point out that the late Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland did spend fortunes towards the victory of Ajimobi at the 2011 gubernatorial elections, where he defeated the incumbent then, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala. They ask: “Is this what Aare deserve as reward? Has Ajimobi forgotten what Arisekola did for him and to move the state forward?”
The allegation of Alao’s loyalists may be right or wrong, but truth is the real lesson in all this is the real import of Aare Arisekola’s demise has now dawned on his children.