The candidate of the Labour Party in the forthcoming Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, on Sunday condemned the distribution of food, money and other gifts during election campaigns.
Akinbabde accused the proponents of the practice, which has been termed ‘stomach infrastructure,’ of introducing a dangerous trend into the nation’s politics.
He said good governance and programmes were antidotes that could take care of the so called ‘stomach infrastructure’ which is beginning to find its way into the country’s political lexicon.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Kayode Oladeji, the LP candidate urged the electorate not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by the various gifts politicians were distributing in the state ahead of the August 9 election.
He said, “This new found phrase, ‘stomach infrastructure’ will not do our polity any good. It is dangerous to our political development. If our people allow themselves to be hoodwinked by rice and kerosene distributing politicians, then the future of this country could be in jeopardy.”
He noted that any well-meaning politician would sell his programmes to the electorate and not food, which will not endure. He added that only well thought-out programmes could ensure a sustained development of the country.
Akinbade also admonished Osun residents not to make the mistake of choosing the wrong candidate on the election day, saying it would translate to another four years of hardship.
“People should be discouraged from using the rice or kerosene of today to mortgage their tomorrow,” he said.
The Ogbaagbaa-born politician also expressed the optimism that his pedigree would stand him out in the midst of other contenders at the election.