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Amosun’s perilous pill!

Amosun’s perilous pill!

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State’s current buzzword is that he must hand-over the reign of government to  Adekunle Akinlade in 2019. This has opened a new can of worms, triggering open the Pandora box and  raising several questions : How ? Why?  Why the reckless verbal churn? Ours is a country of laws not of men. No matter how highly placed you may be, you are subject to the Laws of the land like everyone else. It’s therefore awfully  tragic, most bizarre that the Governor  hasn’t come to terms with this reality. Or put differently, he doesn’t seem to understand this logical, sensible rule. Amosun’s threat to use the  instruments of  office to “impose” Akinlade, his surrogate on Ogun State is highly gratuitous, inordinate and most egregious. ”I’m in APC but I ‘ll work against Dapo Abiodun. In fact, Akinlade has my full support”, the Governor vowed after his acolyte lost the APC ticket  in a classical  game of wit and strength! Sadly, the Governor’s  behaviour reminds me of the calamitous narrator, a character in Ralph Ellison’s ground-breaking epic,  ”Invisible Man” which won a US National Book Award in 1953.  Everywhere the narrator went, he had to contend with extreme adversity, stumbling, connected chains! The Governor should understand that we are in a Constitutional democracy and no one can  thumb his nose against the Constitution. Freedom and Rule of Law are two vital pillars that underpin our democracy. Threats to these vital elements signal a sunset, a breach of Law and an aberration. As in every elections, voters either choose a candidate to protect the store-house or another to re-tool and revamp the storage, leaving strong, fierce divides in the process! In this era, where the voice of the media-especially digital media- is much stronger, deeper, much more resonate in its narratives of  key public institutions, Governor Amosun should realize that  history could judge him pretty harshly.  Throwing a perilous pill; a game that  might set the hand of the clock back is an ill-wind fraught with pomp danger. Nigeria is  already at critical cross-road; she’s faced with a blend of  idealism and cynicism-bad politics, defective economics, lumbering infrastructure amidst grand ideas, great people. Amosun’s  attempt to clasp the political  institutions in Ogun State and impose his stand-in is like a throw- back to the First Republic. It’s an action that might implode with devastating consequences. Curiously, it’s really hard to decipher what’s pushing him into  giving a fling at  stomping-out the door against his own party! For during the Party’s governorship primaries, these actors behaved in a manner comparable to gangs of pig-thieves pretending to be animal activists, dressed in bio-hazard suits, sneaking into the farmlands simply to snatch the priceless piglet. But the short, unswerving man with tall vision unmasked the antics of a dolorous man  striving to build a political empire on a quick-sand. With knives sticking out of his back, the fugacious APC czar hewed the deal! And the Governor reacted with impetuous, imprudent verbal assaults! It’s really difficult to find  much coherence in this shenaniganism.  Why the preference for a perceived political dilettante? The  peril :  the political battle for Ogun, will likely  fluctuate, oscillate  in a flux-ending in a  frenzied three-way horse race: Gboyega Isiaka(ADC) Dapo Abiodun(APC)and Buruji Kashamu/Ladi Adebutu(PDP). This unusual political setting has created a riveting campaign atmosphere. What is the issue? As the story goes, Amosun, who had reportedly nominated Kemi  Adeosun to represent Ogun State as Nigeria’s Finance Minister in 2015,( a lady whose alleged crooked misdeeds for reportedly forging an NYSC certificate had brought  global opprobrium  to Nigeria and denigrated the reputation of Ogun State ), plotted  to impose yet another political pop-gun. Expectedly, there was revulsion. Why not  attenuate the awful blunder over Adeosun?  The political hustle which brims  with opportunism, poor knowledge of history is akin a harlequinade push!. Yet Ogun State is the home State of our own legendary “Aiyekooto”, who once governed  the State with admirable finesse and bold vision. Intemperate, provocative with contradictory impulses Amosun’s language since Akinlade’s defeat has been intemperate, provocative with contradictory impulses and red-wave memes. He said he had briefed President Buhari but in the same breath, Akinlade was hustled into APM. Given the fact that the APC itself is already going for broke in the upcoming elections – at a time the nation  is equally broke -with the slide into recession  announced by NBS(National Bureau of Statistics),it’s sad that these combatants are set to throw Ogun into a frenzy. Sadly, Ogun is part of old Western Region, once presided over by the late sage,  Chief Obafemi Awolowo, with exemplary vision, utmost dedication and  panache. To think that Ogun State was part of the erstwhile Western State  which General David Medayese  Jemibewon, one of the finest, most cerebral retired Generals  that I’ve ever known, once governed with inspiring dedication,  compelling knowledge and awesome sense of patriotism, is most shocking! No government should under-rate the citizens capacity to push-back on the side of the Law. In Sweden where I did graduate studies many years ago, violence, protests were  rare sights. It’s one of the  best countries in the World. But in September this year, a masked gang of angry citizens ran amok on the streets of Gothenburg, one of the country’s largest commercial hubs, and set several vehicles ablaze. “Treat us like animals and we will behave like animals”, a masked man speaking on a video declared, accusing Swedish politicians  of  various wrong-doing! The result: the ruling party lost the  elections in Gothenburg! Amosun’s  perilous pill is an ill-wind of  imminent crisis.


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