Where have all the #Ambode Celebrity Supporters Gone?

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On the night Ambode won the Lagos state election … I happened to drive past the den of the Lion of Bourdillon and the traffic was crazy but the celebrations were even crazier. And that was the day I lost complete hope in Nigerian politics …

Here was a man who had stumbled through debate after debate after debate. Who stumbled so badly that he started dodging debates as in the case of the “Rubbin Minds” program on Channels TV where he was inexplicably absent for a live televised debate with challenger Jimi Agbaje.

But despite his stutters in the debates, his lack of answers, the worrying emptiness of his ideas, his cluelessness on a number of key issues. Celebrities who I love and admire were busy singing a different tune … you know that tune … that ubiquitous “Gbagbe” tune that made you buggy down in your car. That jingle that ended with the now chilling words VOTE AKINWUNMI AMBODE FOR GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE.

And Lagos did just that!

Now we have containers falling left right and center, traffic grid lock from mainland to island, thieves attacking in broad daylight … and those celebrities, the ones singing the jingles, telling us to vote for Akinwunmi Ambode, throwing up the “A” hand signs, dancing shoki … well they are nowhere to be found.

But who can blame them?

If you collect ambassador money from MTN and MTN starts misbehaving by contract you cannot speak out against them. So in the same way, if you collect Ambode ambassador money and he starts misbehaving like he is doing now our celebrities smiling below cannot speak … they are compromised and for how much? How much where they paid to sell out their fans? How many questions did they ask before signing the contract?

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But then again maybe it is too early. Maybe somehow Ambode will miraculously turn things around. Just maybe. But if it is based on what I saw and heard in the debates … I am very very doubtful.

But at least we will always have this awesome song “Gbagbe”  to jam to!

LYRICS
“Ambode na em be the one, make the others reverse.” -MI
“E don tey when we don dey pray, for the governor wey go make us dance again. – Ice Prince
“Shay na jolly we go dey jolly. For a better tomorrow for a better everything. Ambode for Lagos state.” – Ice Price
“Ambo, a choro m Ambo. Together we go make am. Oya make we follow Ambo.” – Yemi Alade
{Waves Flag} {Waves Flag Again} {Waves Flag then smiles} – Desmond Eloitt

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Okechukwu Ofili is the author of 3.5 books and writes political satire for the BBC/RNW What's Up Africa show. He is also the founder of okadabooks.com and blogs daily at ofilispeaks.com.

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