“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself”- D.H. Lawrence
The speculation had been rife for some time that Abuja, nay the ruling People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), has long concluded plans about capturing the South-West at all cost, including the use of “janjaweed tactics” come 2015. Some say, it is fait accompli given the re-emergence of Ayodele Fayose in Ekiti and Senator Iyiola Omisore in the State of Osun.
Some newspapers say Fayose has “regained his groove” but some commentators; say it is not yet uhuru for him, citing Anambra and Ondo polls as examples. Those who hold this view say fayose’s emergence is diversionary, stating that the grand objective is to ensure that Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, (MOB), of the Labour party, who they say, has a Presidential endorsement and pledge of support in his kitty to sail through.
Arguably, whatever anxieties some have about Fayose is not misplaced given that he was governor between 2003 and 2006 when he, be strolled the state like an emperor. His rule was iron-fisted. He gagged and never tolerated dissent, ululating that it is either you are for him or against him. With him there was no luxury of a middle ground. He outlawed it. He was simply a tornado, leaving in his trail wailings and gnashing of teeth. People were serially killed in broad daylight. It was under his watch that five protesting students from the College of Education Ikere killed. It happened on March, 16th 2004. We recall the killing of Dr. Ayo Daramola. Tunde Omojola was brutally murdered in Ifaki-Ekiti. Some say Ayo Fayose witnessed the dastard act.
He simply went berserk. He bore his fangs everywhere. He and his ragtag supporters played god. Traditional rulers were routinely harassed and insulted. He savagely dealt with the politicians, especially those who do not share his understanding of politics both within and beyond his party. To differ with him was to court trouble. The University community was not spared his venom. Inferiority complex drove him mad. He engineered the removal of Professor Akin Oyebode, a world acclaimed International Law expert on flimsy grounds as Vice Chancellor of the then University of Ado-Ekiti. Oddity which was his style was elevated as an instrument of state policy. He relish brute force and ensured that intimidation of perceived opponents went unabated.
The fiasco that characterized his rein between 2003-2006, before his impeachment for sundry crimes ranging from abuse of public trust, corruption and violence leaves a sour taste in the mouth. “Paradise was loss” under his supervision and the tragedy is that he makes light these infractions. Some of his supporters chant, he has changed but he is still visibly gabby. He exhibited that much in the build up to the PDP primaries and has flaunted it as a virtue ever since.
He is yet to come clean on why he was impeached on October 16, 2006 with 22 out of 24 members Ekiti State Assembly adjudging him guilty of an alleged embezzlement of funds, in the Ekiti Poultry Project which his government initiated.
He maintains that he has changed. I ask “change from what to what”? It is a known fact that the leopard never changes his spot. Fayose represents a grave danger to sanity and good neighbourliness which currently pervades the state.
Some say, there is no indictment against him. True, what about justice denied? That Fayose walks free does not obviate his conviction in the court of public opinion.
With Fayose’s emergence, it happily gives room for a measure of comparison between him and the incumbent, John Kayode Fayemi. What a world of difference! The former was a huge deficit; the current, an asset. The current is studious and highly methodological, the former is lousy. JKF is a promise still at dawn. One dispenses violence as a currency of his political engagement, the other restored peace and amity. Fayose is anything but decent. He is crude and incorrigible. JKF is civic, amenable, intellectually stimulating and very articulate. You can disagree with JKF, argue with him and still have your head on your neck but with the other, it is a dead wish. The former governor does not have the temperament for good conduct. JKF explains but the former is dismissive and rude. In JKF, it is safe to say here is a gentleman in whom there is no guile. That cannot be said of Fayose. He is a divisive character, while JKF is a unifier.
Fayose is toxic and kamikaze in style. Things have changed since he returned. The PDP secretariat was torched. Some JKF campaign banners across the state were shredded. Given Fayose style, it is right to assume that Armageddon is around the corner.
Fayose is already sure of victory but he must be reminded of how he lost woefully in his last electoral contest. The then Action Congress Senatorial candidate, now Senator Babafemi Ojudu trounced him silly. The polity is heated up not because of his oratory prowess, not for this promise to drive the state to higher ground but because of his notoriety and appetite anarchy. This is no time for indifference. No, the moment calls for vigilance. The dog is poised to return to its vomit. Hs deficiencies will make him resort to untoward tactics. It is simply not his fault.
His goons are ecstatic. We dare not ask about his dubious performance as governor, we are only told that he has “experience”. He trumpets that much too. Certainly, his experience includes impunity, looting and debasing our common heritage as highly ethical people. More of his experience includes masking his credibility challenge to the undiscerning. Can anybody say he has a demonstrable ability to govern, let alone inspire the confidence of Ekiti people? Remember his impeachment from office was greeted with spontaneous joy across the land.
His re-appearance was greeted by a cocktail of violence. But typical of the PDP family affair mechanism has been applied. Fayose has recommended some for ministerial slot and there is now the peace of the grave yard, since the PDP remains, “the chop-chop party”. Peace is a cherished commodity in Ekiti. We beseech the enfant terrible to maintain some decorum in his delusional race to the government house. This appeal become imperative given that only yesterday the governor’s convey was allegedly attacked by a hundred thugs that poured out of the Fayose Campaign Office.
Democracy no doubt is intriguing. Imagine its puzzling twist and turns and how such a character well known for abnormality will seek the people’s mandate, yet again after dehumanizing them. It is simply ironic. Good enough the electorate know both JKF and Fayose and have seen both at the saddle of the State. In the coming election, Fayose shall be retired for the good and sanity of all.
Legislative Aide to Senator Babafemi Ojudu and South West Co-ordinator for Young Patriots.
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