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30 Jul
By Dr. Inyang Oduok
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Where are you going, Lord? Simon Peter Asked Jesus. “You cannot follow me now where I am going” Jesus answered Simon Peter, but later you will follow me.
Jesus knew he was on the way to the cross and advised Simon Peter against following him at the peril of his life. He knew Simon Peter could not endure the sufferings he was just about to go through on the cross.
The just-concluded Ekiti governorship race provokes similar question that Simon Peter asked Jesus, where is our nation heading to?
The result of the EKITI governorship race where APC is said to have defeated P.D.P. incumbent governor of the state, whose performances in office and personal attributes have never been questioned nor in doubt, provides disturbing and bleak answers as to what direction the Buhari Presidency is taking the country.
The incumbent governor is reported to have lost the election amidst widespread rigging, ballot stuffing, violence, murders, abuses and misuse of national law enforcement powers by Buhari administration.
Information reaching us is that it was like Buhari’s APC was marching to war and conquests. He dispatched in excess of 400, 000.00 armed officers to EKITI state during the governorship race. This cast a heavy shadow over the head of state’s intent in states such as Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states in the coming 2019 Presidential, Governorship, Senate, and House races.
Lawless acts taken in violation of free and fair election Act is void and so is the election result- the direct product of such unlawful acts. That Buhari administration has declared the election free and fair is of no consequence.
We saw it coming people. The concept of a representative democracy in Nigeria is over with a dictator as the head of state.
Ekiti governorship race is a harbinger of what lies ahead for the country. Our future is uncertain in the hands of a tyrant.
Buhari is on the move to undermine every institution that gives our representative democracy its true meaning.
We venture to predict that should the trend continue to 2019 Presidential and Governorship races, we will inevitably find the nation consumed in another bloody civil war.
Dr. Inyang Oduok
Atlanta, Georgia.

Ekiti Poll: Gov Fayose And The Politics Of Bats

17 Jul
Ekiti Election: I will laugh last, Fayose tells Buhari, APC Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

By Franklyn ISONG

“…with all humility before Ekiti people. If I support anybody whether is from my household, they will still support that person. I am telling you. I am more than popular. I am with my people. I am the first Ekiti son to win and defeat two incumbents in this country at two different attempts. My name is Ayodele Peter Fayose. Despites all the wars they waged against me. I am the first Ekiti son to become governor twice in Ekiti. It might interest you again that I will be the first Ekiti governor that will have a successor from his own party. I am telling you again. Write it down, if APC (people) are mad in the head, their madness will not enter Ekiti. I heard all they are doing. I am watching them. I behave like a BAT (emphasis mine) looking at them, like this, like a BAT (emphasis mine). I don’t like all these questions, I am a politician of note. You see, yesterday I was frying garri with some women. Let them go and meet the people nau! This oyibo they are speaking all around will never do anything for them. I don’t have time for them. July 14 is almost here. Let them bring INEC behind them, bring Chief of Army Staff. I have heard all they are planning. You understand? But when you carry fire, the moment it comes in contact with water, that fire will die!” Governor Fayose had in one of his many interviews with the ChannelsTV ahead of the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state boasted.

I decided to pick interest in Fayose’s mention of bat in the aforementioned interview. I checked the Wikipedia for the meaning of Bat and it said; “Bats are mammals of the order of Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
Bats are more manoeuvrable than birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane or patagium.” I will return to the politics of bat, in this discourse.

On Saturday, July 14, the people of Ekiti went out enmass to elect the next governor and deputy governor of the state who will take over from the incumbents, Governor Ayo Fayose and deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, at the expiration of their four years term in office. The deputy governor was Fayose’s anointed governorship candidate for the PDP, while President Muhammadu Buhari’s minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr John Olukayode Fayemi (who resigned from office to contest the election) was the APC’s governorship candidate. Fayemi, a former governor, had lost his second-term bid in 2014 to outgoing governor, Ayo Fayose.

At the end of the poll, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, declared the candidate of APC, Kayode Fayemi, winner of the election. Announcing the results on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Olayinka said the former minister was returned elected having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest number of votes. Fayemi defeated the PDP candidate, Olusola, and 33 others in a keenly contested election.
He won in 12 out of the 16 LGAs of the state, polling 197,459 votes to beat his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes.

I congratulate the people of Ekiti state on their peaceful conducts which led to a peaceful; and reportedly free and fair governorship election in their state. Even though, there were few incidences of reported ballot box snatching and vote-buying by political parties.

As a Christian, I detest the sight of bat. Bat to me, symbolises everything negative and/or evil. A bat is manoeuvrable. So the moment I listened to Fayose pride himself as a bat of all animals, I knew the PDP’s candidate had boarded a one chance vehicle that will take him to a colossal defeat at the poll.

I am particularly happy that the will of God is not the will of man. Fayose had assumed the status of a demi-god apart from behaving like a bat in Ekiti politics, and in the nation’s main opposition party, the PDP. He inadvertently reduced the exalted office of a state Governor to a laughing stock. He showed his emptiness in governance and lacked vision to drive the governance of Ekiti state.

Maybe, if Fayose did not behave like a bat by singlehandedly handpicking the PDP governorship candidate against the wishes of the other party members and imposing same on the people, PDP would have won the election.

Perhaps, if Fayose had not mocked Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, over the latter’s ill-health, God the giver of power and maker of kings would have stood by PDP at the poll.
Fayose behaving like a bat, desecrated the high office of Nigerian President. He did not accord the official protocol to Mr President when the latter visited Ekiti state to flag off APC electioneering campaign. And this was a big minus for the PDP’s candidate for the poll.

It is probably the politics of bat which Mr Fayose plays that is responsible for the unpaid 8 months civil servants salaries in Ekiti state, which could have contributed largely to the failure of the PDP at the poll – talking about sympathy/protest votes in favour of the APC. Don’t forget that the primary function of every government is to provide for the welfare and security of its citizenry.

Ekiti election has given me the hope that in 2019 and beyond, any political party, whose serving elected officials have refused or neglected the welfare and security of their people; taking the electorate for a ride, will not survive the collective will of the people at the polling units.

In conclusion, Election Petition Tribunal since 1999 has become part and parcel of Nigerian electoral system, hence, I would advise any of the 34 political parties that took part in the Ekiti election, and is dissatisfied with the outcome, to seize opportunity of the tribunal, and seek for a redress. Because hate speeches and inflammatory press statements will only heat up the polity instead of restoring justice.

“The worst thing that can happen to a leader is to be in the front without anyone following,” David Iluebe.

• Franklyn Isong is a public affairs commentator and write in from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Culled from Radar Newspaper, online

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