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Aguma’s Attack on Amaechi, Oshiomhole: Rants of a Frustrated, Drowning Man – Eze

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…..Describes Action as Most Unfortunate, Despicable, Uncouth, Misguided and Ridiculous

…Exposes Why Aguma in Cohort with Others Want To Destroy APC

….Counsels Those Seeking Reconciliation with Such Character To Have A Rethink

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has bewailed over comments credited to Igochukwu Aguma, in an interview session with Daniel Abia of Independent Newspapers in a bid to justify his reckless and jaundiced scheming against the Rivers State All Progressives Congress.

In a statement made available to media houses,  Eze said Hon. Igochukwu Aguma, at the glare of the reading and listening public, tried hard but failed to impress Nigerians on the rationale behind his anti-party moves, especially, the very unfortunate stoppage of Congresses scheduled by the national leadership of our great party, to elect people into offices for the smooth running of party affairs.

Describing the action and unwarranted attack against Amaechi and Oshiomhole the National Chairman of APC as most unfortunate, despicable, misguided, ridiculous, uncouth, and absurd, the party chief said, Aguma has turned out to be an “unfortunate development”.

Excerpts from the interview quoted Aguma as throwing the following rhetorics: “Who was Amaechi? Did he know how the decision to make Odili governor came about? Who was he? Igochukwu Aguma continued – “…I did not hear his name politically as at that time. That is the truth. He was never in reckoning at all. He did not even win that election on the ballot….”

Chief Eze, a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), wondered how Mr. Aguma, who own his political life to Rt. Hon. Dd  Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who forced him on the Peter Odili’s administration as a Commissioner in place of  his elder brother, Chinwe Aguma, earlier pencilled down as a Commissioner nominee and thereafter, saw to his nomination and election as a two-time member of the Federal House of Representatives, could question the position of Amaechi in the politics of Rivers State. If Amaechi was nobody and Aguma was that powerful, how come he became the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly for eight years during the administration of Dr. Odili as Governor.

Eze reiterated that Aguma Igo by this statement has not only betrayed Amaechi and entire Rivers State people by trying in vain to rewrite the political history of Rivers State but betrayed his father who was a decent political leader.

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Chief Eze said,  Igochukwu Aguma made his stack ignorance and naivety public when his memory capacity failed him to remember that Amaechi was a well known nationally acknowledged Student Union leader and was with Dr. Odili even  before he Dr Odili became the Governor of Rivers State. It is sad that it is the likes of Aguma that makes people to believe that politics in Nigeria is dirty.

To demonstrate his lack of decency, when he emphasised that the meeting of January 19, 2020, convened at his own behest, alongside few others, was not factional. It became obvious that the dud has very little or no knowledge of the meaning of the phrase “faction”. “I encourage him to be a bit more friendly with his dictionary”, Eze counseled.

“What could be more defining of ‘faction’ than  obtaining a court order against scheduled party activities and holding meetings to plan and implement further damaging actions on the party one claims to be a member? This fellow has constituted himself into a  nuisance within the fold”, the party stalwart posited.

Frowning at the hasty injunction obtained by Aguma, stopping the party Congresses, Eze said,  “One would have loved to see a situation where Igochukwu Aguma utilised the internal dispute resolution mechanism within the party to ventilate his perceived, real or imaginary grievances before reaching out to the court for an injunction. This would have been a more pragmatic approach towards problems management”.

Igochukwu Aguma hastily rebuffed the obvious fact that he rode to power on Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi’s back. “While I will not join words with him on this, it would have been proper for him to go a bit further to explain to the interviewer and Nigerians how came about his appointment as commissioner during the administration of Dr. Peter Odili to justify his rebuff. Nigerians may also be interested to know how he managed to emerge as a member of the House of Representatives without Dr. Chibuike Amaechi. Maybe he needs some dose of etimizol, a memory stimulant drug, to revive his memory to recount past events.

Responding to Aguma’s self acclaimed major stakeholder in the Rivers APC, whose relevance and inputs in key decisions cannot be unmind, the party chief said,  “I want to make it categorically clear without fear of equivocation, that Igochukwu Aguma is not a better stakeholder than the ward chairmen and unit leaders in Ibaa and Ogbum-Nu-Abali in Emolga and Phalga respectively. He is not more a serious and committed member of the APC than the poor widow in Buguma, who defiled the harsh weather, working for the success of the party in her unit.”

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Aguma’s swipe at the Minister of Transportation and the National Chairman of the APC is uncouth, misguided and a pointer to his drowned relevance. It also goes to show that  he may be under command,  having benefitted from the largesse of a dishonestly benevolent character, whose poor approach to governance since 2015 has left the people of Rivers State in squalor

Chief Eze said, he strongly perceive that Igochukwu Aguma has been conscripted into a scary action adventure, a clandestine scheme with the intendment of effecting a confidential purpose by secret artifice; he must be working for a hidden agendum.

“While I encourage dialogue as an option to settle all scores, I fear that Igochukwu Aguma, may turnout to be a dangerous spy, an intelligencer for an unknown glorified local champion, in the pursuit of a selfish private vendetta. If not, I challenge him to recant all actions lodged in the court against the party, and come back to dialogue. But the fact remains that peace and dialogue are not among the agenda of Aguma and his cohorts so those advocating peace or reconciliation with such characters doesn’t understand their agenda and plots

Eze exposes the game plan of Aguma and his sponsors stating that not minding what Aguma has gained through Amaechi decided to join forces to ruin Amaechi and his political camp to enable him to actualize the vision of Wike to install Rt. Hon. Austin Opara another great son of Ikwerre erstwhile Deputy Speaker of the Federal House as the next Governor of Rivers State so that the Ikwerre will govern Rivers State for 24 years through Amaechi, Wike and Opara to the detriment of other tribes of the State. This is the game plan just because Amaechi wants the Riverine section of the State to take over the Brick House; that is why Wike and his gang are hell-bent that he must be destroyed.

Eze stressed that betrayals and strife will end when people begin to see politics and integrity as synonymous. I sue for peace but not the graveyard peace stewed in dishonesty.

 

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Judicracy And The Fairness In Being Unfair

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Abraham Lincoln described democracy as “government of the people, by the people, for the people” during the American civil war in 1863. His notion later became the often quoted definition of democracy and a benchmark of rating its success globally.

More than a few nations have actualized Lincoln’s thought, but Nigeria is lagging behind. Her quasi-democratic arrangement is what the writer terms Judicracy: representative government via the verdict of law lords. J-u-d-i-c-r-a-c-y is a flawed democratic system in which the court repeatedly determines who rules, instead of the electorates.

2019 general election is the worst in Nigeria’s history as it produced the highest ever, about a thousand lawsuits. Virtually all the governorship election outcomes were challenged up to the Supreme Court. The judgments issued bagged no dispute, except that of Imo and Bayelsa States. In Imo, the lordships sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the fourth winner. Despite the unprecedented controversy and protests this sparked, the Supreme Court courageously made another upset in Bayelsa by nullifying David Lyon’s mandate barely a day to his inauguration.

The Bayelsa Case

Two lawsuits emerged from the Bayelsa 2019 governorship election. The first is an intra-party candidacy tussle between Hieneken Lokpobiri and David Lyon, both of the APC. The Supreme Court ruled in the case that Lyon was validly nominated. The other lawsuit is an inter-party, deputy governorship candidate qualification case, instituted against the APC by the PDP. Lyon’s running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo was accused of forgery and perjury. The Supreme Court pronounced him guilty, and consequently sacked him and Lyon on the basis of their joint ticket. Lyon did no wrong, but was fired for the sins of Eremieoyo. The judgment is both fair and unfair.

Why the Judgment is Fair

It is fair to sack persons who aspire to rule or are ruling with false documents. Eremieoyo’s deputy-governorship nomination form shows he has answered five different names since he was born. In his first school leaving certificate dated 1976, Eremieoyo bore the name Degi Biobaragha. He bore the name Adegi Biobakumo in his o-level results dated 1984 and Degi Biobarakuma in his bachelor’s degree dated 1990. Also, he bore the name Degi Biobarakuma Wangagha in his master’s degree dated 2002 and he’s currently bearing Degi-Eremieoyo Biobarakuma. One person. Five names.

Eremieoyo’s trial judge proclaimed that only a woman who’s been married five times could have changed names the way Eremieoyo did. My take is Eremieoyo may have been a fraudster who kept changing names to conceal his identity and wrongdoings. Before the advent of fingerprint technology, fraudsters conceal their identity by changing names and appearance.

Eremieoyo’s counsel and apologists argument that his periodic change of name was as a result of the chieftaincy titles he bagged holds no water. Traditional honors rarely require name change; the titles are only placed before the recipient’s conventional name. Though not impossible, it is very rare to come across honors that would require a total change of name. Bola Tinubu’s name didn’t change when he was made the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom. Also, Atiku Abubakar’s name didn’t change when he was turbaned the Waziri of Adamawa Emirate. Even kings don’t change names after coronation.

Nigerians are comparing President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate and identity controversy case to Eremieoyo’s, but the facts are different. Buhari presented an affidavit and a re-issued copy of his disputed result to the court, while Eremieoyo only presented an unverifiable affidavit. Besides, in Buhari’s case, the spelling of ‘Muhammadu’ only changed to ‘Mohammed,’ on a single occasion and Islamic clerics clarified that both names are one and the same. On the other hand, Eremieoyo’s name changed significantly, sometimes completely, multiple times. God forbid a Nigeria where the court would free such a dubious personality to govern despite convincing evidence. Cry or smile, the Supreme Court judgment is fair.

The implication of allowing Eremieoyo rule Bayelsa is grievous. Every deputy governor is a governor-in-waiting. If Lyon had been sworn-in and (God forbid) dies in office, Eremieoyo will take over. By then, the same Eremieoyo the lordships fail to sack will be appointing judges to do his bidding and hounding those who fail to. The same Eremieoyo that has no clean record and certificate will be commanding professors who have many degrees and appointing vice chancellors. Haba! Nigerians should be grateful to the Supreme Court for saving Bayelsa State from such catastrophe.

APC’s failure to act right made her pay the hard price. Eremieoyo shouldn’t have been nominated, or better still, the party should’ve replaced him in the wake of the scandal. The court did no wrong to have enforced the law made by APC members for themselves and the national laws, made by the legislature in which APC is in the majority.

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APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole’s aspersion on the judiciary over the Bayelsa judgment is dishonorable. He should rather resign for failing in oversight. If the party he leads deliberately fail to obey legitimate laws and the court decides to punish accordingly, how dare him utter unfair!

It is indeed a great loss to APC members and chieftains, but protesting Eremieoyo’s sack in the face of overwhelming evidence is a display of sophisticated foolishness. Will any of them, as an employer, retain an employee that secures a job under them with false identity and fake certificate? In this case, Bayelsa people lack the power to sack Eremieoyo for his dishonesty, but the constitution empowers the court to, and that has been done. Instead of belittling the lordships, they should be praised for acting right. Eremieoyo’s sack is fair and should not end there. He should be prosecuted for bringing pain to APC and Lyon.

Why the Judgment is Unfair

The Supreme Court’s verdict is deserving on Eremieoyo, but unfair to Lyon. Recognizing two persons as one is an unfair custom that will always make the guiltless sink with the guilty. That is not justice. If a father cannot be imprisoned for the crime of his son despite their blood ties, it is absolutely unfair to punish Lyon for the crime of Eremieoyo, a nonrelative.

Moreover, Lyon has been a businessman all along, while Eremieoyo is a career politician. Based on the difference in their yesteryear engagements, the governorship election is probably the first relationship between Lyon and Eremieoyo. There is word on the street that Lyon never chose Eremieoyo as running mate. He was imposed on him by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva and the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. With the lordships awareness of the rampancy of imposition in Nigerian politics, crucifying Lyon with Eremieoyo is not justice. It is, in my opinion, a miscarriage of it.

Lyon shouldn’t suffer for Eremieoyo’s misdeed, especially when he never partook in the crime. The judgment would have been fair on Lyon if he’s complicit, but he’s not. With the judges’ awareness of such fact, it is unfair to waste Lyon’s 352,552 votes because his deputy broke the law. Such verdict is an injustice to the electorates that voted Lyon and his party, the APC.

Duoye Diri, the PDP candidate who lost at the ballot shouldn’t have been foisted on Bayelsans by the court. Such action will lead to an increase in political apathy. Electorates will no longer troop out to vote because the court may upturn their will. With apathy, rigging will increase and democracy will die slowly. To my mind, it is undemocratic for the court to keep installing those who lost at the ballot. It happened in Zamfara, and now Bayelsa state. The law should be amended if necessary and politicians must endeavor to always play by the rules.

A number of Supreme Court judgments states that votes are for the parties and not the candidates. This is premised on the reason that the names of candidates don’t appear on the ballot; only the parties’ logo appear. In this respect, it is disappointing that the lordships annul 352,552 votes when some previous judgments can be referenced and applied to save APC’s mandate. The judges should have protected APC’s vote, but punish Eremieoyo. Ordering that he be replaced with another person would have been just. Although the Supreme Court has the power to judge as it pleases, the adverse implication of the judgments on lives and properties must be considered, especially in sensitive cases.

Kogi State’s 2015 governorship election tussle also establishes the inconsistency of the Supreme Court. When candidacy dispute arose after Abubakar Audu’s demise during the Kogi election, the Supreme Court denied his running mate, James Faleke the chance to inherit the votes of the Audu-Faleke ticket. The mandate was surprisingly given to Yahaya Bello, who was selected by the APC to replace Audu. If Faleke wasn’t allowed to inherit the mandate of Audu, then it’s a miscarriage of justice to drag Lyon into Eremieoyo’s conviction. The logic is simple. Since Faleke wasn’t allowed to profit (positively) from Audu, it is unfair to make Lyon profit (negatively) from Eremieoyo.

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The people of Bayelsa felt PDP hasn’t served them well, so they voted the APC. Upturning their decision means the court is forcing them to remain under the rule of an unwanted government. Such action itself is a murder of the democracy and rule of law the court is trying to protect.

Since Eremieoyo’s qualification case is a pre-election matter, justice would have been appropriately served if the ruling was given before the election. Democracy would’ve still manifest even if APC was denied participation. Several parties fielded candidates and the people may decide to vote massively for any them if they don’t want the PDP. With that, the leadership production process remains democratic and the people’s right of choice remains protected. The law must be amended to effect this.

A more sad side of the unfairness of the Supreme Court’s verdict is the cost and emotional effects on Lyon’s families, followers and political associates. It would have been kind if the judgment was delivered a week earlier. Governorship inauguration is a big ceremony in Nigeria. Even if Lyon chose to celebrate low key, his nearest and dearest would blow the trumpet with their personal fund.

Think about the level of preparation that would have been in place before Lyon was sacked some few hours to his inauguration. Special attire for the occasion (aso-ebi) have been bought and sown; cows have been slaughtered and stewed; wines have been iced; guests have started landing from across Nigeria and abroad; and all hotels had been booked. Furthermore, Lyon had rehearsed how to inspect the guards of honor and people were already addressing him as ‘Your Excellency.’ Even the President was preparing to grace the inauguration. But, all of a sudden, the Supreme Court threw Lyon into confusion. He was disgraced few hours to his glory for a crime he never committed. That’s unfair!

The Supreme Court should have kindly reduced the emotional and cost effects by issuing the judgment earlier, at least a week or two before the inauguration. Perhaps the judgment was delivered late to teach APC a bitter lesson for failing to learn from the annulment of its candidacy in Zamfara and Rivers States.

End Note

It is unfortunate that the court that is expected to be the last hope of the common man is now taking away the wishes of the common man in Nigerian elections. Judicracy is not good for Nigeria. It is a recipe for crisis that may tear the nation apart. Election must start and end at the ballot. Shifting the contest to court is distracting the APC and PDP from concentrating on governance. Both are devoting their energy and resources on winning in court, rather than tackling the nation’s challenges.

Certificate may not be the perfect means of measuring intelligence, but it is the global standard of confirming that an individual have passed through the rigor of acquiring knowledge and proficiency. Eremieoyo’s ordeal is a lesson for everyone to get some education and always act right. Although Nigerian courts sometimes fail to command justice on apparently guilty influential persons, Eremieoyo’s conviction may be beginning of the long-expected turnaround. The three arms of government must collaborate to address the flaws and lacunas in the laws. They must also devote attention to strengthening the institutions and the electoral process.

Lyon’s misfortune shouldn’t be the end of his political career. President Buhari should appease him with a major appointment. The APC should also give him an automatic ticket in the next election. On the other hand, PDP should not over rejoice as it may suffer the same tragedy if it doesn’t learn from APC’s mistake. Nigerian politics is an intriguing, suspense-filled, unending movie. New issues keep evolving each time the population thinks they’ve seen it all. It won’t be a surprise, if for the first time, the Supreme Court reverse either the Imo or Bayelsa verdict. Even at that, politicians must always abide by the rules, else the court will keep determining who rules.

*This piece is an innocent analysis and not an aspersion on the integrity of the Supreme Court. The writer, Omoshola Deji has profound respect for the judges, their decisions and the institution they represent. Deji is a political and public affairs analyst. He wrote in via moshdeji@yahoo.com

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SBI Media Emerges 9Mobile’s Official Media Agency

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Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. (EMTS), trading as ‘9mobile, has announced the appointment of SBI Media Limited as its official media agency.

SBI Media, whose appointment starts with immediate effect, emerged as a result of its vibrancy, creativity, teamwork and resilience.

With this appointment, SBI Media now takes responsibility for charting all media-related creatives of planning, buying and other relevant activities for 9mobile.

The Award-winning media agency is expected to deploy innovative strategies to create, plan and execute exceptional media campaigns for 9mobile.

It is noteworthy that the appointment of the agency is at a pivotal time for 9mobile as the innovation-driven mobile carrier makes a huge comeback into the Nigerian telecoms market. The appointment of SBI Media is a strategic fit for the vibrant mobile carrier given the agency’s culture of innovation and doggedness.

In a recent interview, the Managing Director of SBI Media Limited, Mr. Rotimi Bankole, expressed his delight on the appointment and stated that he sees the appointment as an opportunity for his team to prove their mettle as the next-generation agency with innovative, vibrant and dynamism.

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In his word, “I have high respect for 9mobile, coming in at a time when other players were already operating, it gained its market shares and continues to grow its brand and create value for its various subscribers.

Commenting on his agency’s plans for 9mobile’s brand, Rotimi said, “they came into the market to haunt for skill and competence, and, we operate on the culture of excellence and speed. We are therefore committed to drawing from our pool of talents and result-oriented network of individuals to support 9mobile for further growth in the telecommunication space.”

He added that: “We also invite other successful and aspiring brands to join us, we are fast-growing our network of clients and partners and there is no better time than now for us to partner together.”

Reaffirming their commitment to serving their clients better, the Head Media and Planning, Alison Oyome said “It was a thorough process that we are proud to be part of. The fact that we won the keenly contested pitch is a humbling experience that we are all proud of as a team. We hope to use this learning as a challenge to give excellent and top-notch media strategy and planning services for the brand.”

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Samuel Odusami, the Group’s Head of Strategy and Data, said “I am pleased to be part of the team that made this win possible. It is a collective effort that is at the core of our culture over the years. We look forward to taking this as a learning point to achieve more success,”

Continuing he said, “As a group, we hope to have the strongest, most-strategic, agile and committed team to deliver top-notch solutions for 9mobile, our broad clientele/partners base as well as future partners.”

SBI Media Limited is the flagship brand of the SBI Media Group. Known as the next-generation media agency, the group is the West African strategic hub of Masscom Global (MCG), a global network of 30 agencies in emerging markets and Asia Pacific. The agency is committed to delivering client’s expectations on creativity and excellence.

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Osun: The Storm Foreseen (1)

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abiodun KOMOLAFE

 

To a casual observer, the philosophy of maize signifies that the process of life is gradual. The first thing you see in maize, when it is growing, is the root, followed by the shoot, before the leaves eventually appear.

 

What this simply means is that, when Gboyega Oyetola came on board as governor of Osun State, he had three notable groups of Nigerians to contend with. The first comprised a cross-section of the people – the agitated, who were banking on the wholesale application of the ‘philosophy of what works’, to demand change ‘with immediate effect.’ To the second class of people, ‘life itself is gradual.’ Therefore, the governor should be given a chance to build development, because ‘destructive change can lead to the disruption of the social order.’ The third category is comprised of the anarchists and pessimists who, right from the first day, have been fortified with the notion that time moratorium is futile; ‘chance or no chance, nothing good can come out of this government.’ In the eye of the objective observer, therefore, how has Osun fared in the last one year, in the context of the hypotheses above?

 

Well, for those who want ‘immediate change’, it is a lose-lose situation, because, effectively, nothing so spectacular has really changed, except, of course, that civil servants are now paid as and when due, which, in practical terms, is one of the cardinal duties of any responsible government. Talking to facts, policies of government must work; and must be seen to be working. Therefore, the issue at stake is beyond policy formulation because no insight is so far gained or meaningful benefits achieved from the application of sophistry or brand manipulation of government policies.

 

The most unfortunate thing about the second class of people is that, from the look of things, this set of people will also have to wait, possibly, till ‘Thy kingdom come’ before they begin to see some meaningful development. And the reason is simple: it takes leadership, good vision, foresight, accommodation, resilience and good politics to achieve development in any given society. For Osun, the sad narrative is not about the dearth of competent hands or attributes of leadership. It is, most unfortunately, about a palpable lack of cohesion in the policy machinery of the state. For instance, the newly-appointed commissioners, in spite of an elaborate retreat organized for them at the inception of their cabinet responsibilities, still work as if they are alone, striving individually, rather than as a team, to ‘please Mr. Governor.’

 

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For the third category of people, history over the time, has shown that, unless something concrete and tangible happens to mitigate their agitations, they are likely to win the day! It is therefore for the government of the day to prove them wrong!

 

Far from waxing lyrical, the troubles with the current administration in Osun are many, some of which may not have been initiated or caused by the incumbent occupier of Bola Ige House. Nonetheless, failure to address these thorny issues with tact – and holistically too – may spell doom for both the ruling party and the sitting government. To put it mildly, one of its shortcomings is that there are too many neophytes, who call themselves politicians, currently in government. When you have cabinet members who do not enjoy robust political patronage amongst the indigenous people; or, widespread legitimate acceptability; or, whose acceptability profile is defective, such a government will be unstable, lacking genuine respect of the use of state’s unquestionable authority! And, that is dangerous for a transformational democracy like ours!

 

Well, it is possible to carelessly tag the agitations of the ‘old-guard politicians’ as being inconsequential, but they sure know what it means to lose political capital and commanding influence; more importantly, how to gain back any ‘lost’ political goodwill, more than the greenhorns. The general feeling out there is that the old politicians are no longer relevant and some identifiable groups of people within the ruling party, who sincerely worked for its victory in the last governorship election, are currently left in the cold.

 

The orthodox market women, aka Iyalojas, are no longer dancing while the usual handshake between the street and the Seat of Government has become a thing of the past. The ‘State Boys’ are reportedly trapped in the nightmares of their neglect while erstwhile conversations between the clerics and their long prayers for the state no longer find accommodation in the government’s scheme of things. The political hangers-on are hungry and are ready to write the prescriptions, even, administer the dosage for an ‘Us vs. Us’ implosion in obedience to the intensity of their resentment. Strangely, too, the opposition, though still licking its wounds, is busy strategizing how to capitalize on the alleged political naivety of the government. To a vast majority of these aggrieved blocs, the unbearable realities are showing on their faces and this may have negative effects on the very foundation of governance in the state if either of two things is not opted for.

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The first is to accommodate the old structures with tact and caution and learn how to manage them, especially, taking into consideration the place of August 9, 2014 in Nigeria’s rich political history. As a remarkable Nigerian and an accomplished politician, a time like this presents a tempting opportunity for Oyetola to reach out to the useful ones among existing structures, buy them over and make them work for him. After all, politics is about the people; and policy without the people is a nullity! Interestingly, too, winning elections and governance have obviously moved away from party issues. I will return to that later!

 

In the alternative, the administration may need to talk to the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to give state heads of security agencies needed directives and incentives to do the bidding of the governor wholesale. Of course, this may be more costly and unhealthy, especially, in a country buffeted on all sides with problems of insecurity, economic underdevelopment and over-politicization of all sociopolitical issues.

 

Yes! The political power and influence of the sum total of the diverse politically aggrieved groups of people in Osun may not be able to successfully challenge the state. Nonetheless, the dark side of politics is that, collectively, they stand formidable; and could probably slow the pace of development, or, altogether, render the state impotent. Also, the rightness or otherwise of the structure and relevance of what the active actors do will depend, largely, on who is doing the appraisal or attempting a definition.

 

May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Osun State!

 

(To be continued.)

 

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk)

 

abiodun KOMOLAFE,

020, Okenisa Street,

Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State.

 

 

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