Article

Between Edo and Ekiti

Just as well Edo has spurned a return to Eygpt, typified by the Lucky Igbinedion rot years (1999-2007); for a promise of Jerusalem, founded on the Adam Oshimhole years (2008-2016).

That is what it ought to be — for the electorate, if they were not to embrace self-ruin, must exercise the vote with reason.

The Edo electorate, by voting Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, over Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seemed to have done just that.

But that is not always given, with the Ekiti experience.

Ekiti purportedly — purportedly because, latter information suggests that poll was manipulated by the then extant powers — jettisoned the noble exertion of the Kayode Fayemi years, for a journey to nowhere, which Ayodele Fayose’s present government-by-impulse suggests.

Indeed, between Adams Oshimhole and Kayode Fayemi, there are many parallels — beyond the fact that the one was pushing a protégée to succeed him after his constitutional limit of eight years; the other was seeking reelection after a first four-year term of hard and noble work.

Like Fayemi, Oshiomhole was adjudged, at least going by disinterested verdicts, to have done stellar work, after previous years of uninterrupted ruin — good work that presaged exciting new promises.

But like Fayemi too, Oshiomhole had an Achilles’ heel.

In Fayemi, it was a distant, elitist persona that, though taciturn, hardly suffered fools gladly. With razor-sharp intellect, he was Plato’s philosophical king looming over his commune of bemused country yokels.

On the eve of a crucial election, therefore, he got a millstone of “arrogance” hung on his neck. He was fated to sink in the electoral stream — and he did.

In Oshiomhole, it was a razor-sharp tongue and devastating wit that took no prisoners. Though puny of frame, not a few perceive him as the human equivalent of the belching battle tank, firing from all cylinders; and mowing down whoever is on its way.

And you can’t even bet which is more lethal: his prowess-at-war; or the ultra-painful sting of his post-war whoops!

To the Tony Anenihs and Igbinedions — father and son — of this world, the post-victory whoop was ringing and clear: we have tamed, slain and buried the godfathers!

To Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former protégée turned opponent, a most provocative challenge: hurry to court so I can prove your purported vote tally is a grand farce. You’re just incapable of harvesting such number of votes!

The outgoing Comrade-Governor is a great talker, to whom piercing wit and searing gloating are game. But while people in his camp lustfully roar as he lands his verbal bazookas, those at the receiving end resent him to the death; and are sworn to unhorsing him as spectacularly as he had verbally bombarded them.

That was the grim danger in the Edo election. At a point, like Fayemi in Ekiti, Oshiomhole’s great strides (in stark contrast to the near-paralysis of the Igbinedion years) was counting for near-nothing on the explosively emotive street.

That suited the Edo PDP fine — anything that would divert attention from their own ruinous rule, when state resources were the exclusive pleasure of godfathers and their cronies.

Like Ekiti too, Edo was almost condemned to a wilful embrace of its political nemesis, so much so that, at a point, Lucky Igbinedion, convicted for sleaze, was even bragging the next governor (read Mr.Ize-Iyamu) would emerge from his political family!

If that had happened, that would have replicated Ekiti, where the people, at least by the result of that controversial election, merrily re-embraced Ayodele Fayose, a past ruin come to plague the present, and poison the future.

You doubt that claim? Just review Fayose’s infantile stunts since his second coming, the latest of which is his no-brainer that the 21 Chibok girls, just released from Boko Haram captivity, werePresident Buhari’s perfect ploy to deflect attention from the pains in the land!

But Edo didn’t choose the Ekiti option. By voting Godwin Obaseki, they chose the Lagos option of sustained development, that could only lead to prosperity.

The Lagos experience started in 1999, under Governor Bola Tinubu. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, built on that foundation. Now, Akinwunmi Ambode is doing so.

So, 17 years down the line — and still counting — the Lagos experience has become a national showcase.

That could be the fate of Edo, but only if Mr. Obaseki stays focused on a strict and rigorous developmental agenda.

For the first time in Edo history, a “progressive” agenda would power the state for at least 12 years, and if Mr. Obaseki wins reelection, 16 years. That has never happened.

In 1963, when the then Midwestern Region (now Edo and Delta states) was carved from the old West, the progressive Action Group gave way to the centrist National Convention of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC). That was a development stall, for the new NCNC government could not match the old AGgovernment’s huge investment on social and physical infrastructure.

In 1983, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) electorally torpedoed the Ambrose Alli Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) governorship (1979-1983).

And in the aborted 3rd Republic, Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governor John Odigie-Oyegun (now APC national chairman) left office in November 1993, after the Babangida transition programme collapsed, under the weight the June 12, 1993 presidential annulment crisis. That was just 22 months, out of a 48-month tenure, barring reelection.

Indeed, before the Oshiomhole years, conservative or centrist-leaning parties (witness NCNC, NPN, National Republican Convention and PDP) had cumulatively exercised power longer than progressive-leaning parties (AG, UPN, SDP, Action Congress of Nigeria and APC), with PDP’s Igbinedion enjoying the longest stretch of eight straight years; plus 17 months of illicit rule before the election tribunals voided Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor’s election in November 2008, to make way for Governor Oshiomhole.

Contrast that to Lagos’ near-uninterrupted progressive rule: AG, UPN, SDP, Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, ACN and APC and it could be validly argued that Lagos has gained far more from its progressive-leaning parties than Edo, with its centrist-conservative-progressive mishmash.

Indeed, Asiwaju Tinubu’s reengineering of the Lagos government, with all its proven developmental wonder, was built on the earlier foundation of the Lateef Jakande years, and the AG thinking that weaned Lagos from NCNC dominance, in the Lagos Town (later City) Council politics.

It could be validly argued that Nigeria is evolving into an ideological-neuter zone, with little definitive difference between political parties.

That might well be. But that is strictly from an ideologue’s point of view. From a pragmatist’s perspective, progressive-leaning parties (cant and all) would appear more development-savvy than their conservative and centrist-leaning cousins.

That is the legacy Mr. Obaseki is buying into. That is why he must, in policy, be even morerigorous and focused than Mr. Oshiomhole; but in politics, much less controversial.

Lest again, in the next season of elections, his opponents try to beam more on his perceived personal failings, in the cynical hope that would eclipse his stellar work as governor.

He owes Edo that much, if he performs well in his gubernatorial tour of duty.

Culled from: http://thenationonlineng.net

2 COMMENTS

  • Says:
    April 16, 2021. 9:24 a.m.

    http://slkjfdf.net/ - Ugoxiru <a href="http://slkjfdf.net/">Ikolal</a> gdp.ctrt.yinkaadedehinbo.com.cci.qy http://slkjfdf.net/

    Reply to this comment. Your email address will not be published.

    • Says:
      June 17, 2021. 9:10 p.m.

      What qualifications have you got? http://tubeadvisor.online/myvidster.html vporn Europe's factory smokestacks and their black smog caused a quick end to a period known as the Little Ice Age, which began around the thirteenth century. The relatively cool period encouraged some 4,000 small and large Alpine glaciers, but the European industrial age pushed them out around the mid-nineteenth century.

    • Says:
      June 17, 2021. 9:10 p.m.

      Do you like it here? http://tubeadvisor.online/youjizz.html youporn It is a very positive development to be able to lay out a coherent policy agenda like this. More can and should be added to this foundation (and some planks of the foundation may be harder to implement than others), but this is still a good accomplishment.

    • Says:
      June 17, 2021. 9:10 p.m.

      I've got a part-time job http://xnxxlist.online/egotastic.html hqporner The Islamist movement had been forbidden for decades before sweeping to power with their political wing the Freedom and Justice party after the revolution in 2011. Commentators fear a ban will force more militant members underground, sparking fears of further violence.

    • Says:
      June 17, 2021. 9:10 p.m.

      Jonny was here http://xnxxlist.online/cam4.html zorras Those tapes, which Nixon envisioned as a record of his legacy, turned into the smoking gun that shot him right out of the Oval Office. “Our Nixon” wryly acknowledges this with an excerpt where aide Alexander Butterfield first explains to Nixon how the voice-activation system works.

    • Says:
      June 17, 2021. 9:10 p.m.

      Free medical insurance http://xnxxrating.online/fuq.html redtube Surprisingly, given his 6ft 4in and 16st 7lb frame, North says one of the major adjustments he has had to make since his move from the RaboDirect Pro 12 to England has been coping with the increased physicality.

    • Says:
      June 05, 2021. 3:18 p.m.

      https://xnxxx.web.fc2.com/ xnxx

    • Says:
      May 31, 2021. 11:31 p.m.

      Jonny was here https://beeg.x.fc2.com/spankwire.html ghettotube Alibert said he did not believe either of heists were carried out by the Pink Panthers, a notorious and loosely knit gang of jewel thieves who have been responsible for millions of dollars worth to stolen gems over the years.

    • Says:
      May 31, 2021. 11:31 p.m.

      How many would you like? https://beeg.x.fc2.com/femjoy.html fuq Oakley was studying the image as part of the university’s Virtual Lincoln Project, a computer animated, interactive 3D film that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in November.

    • Says:
      May 31, 2021. 11:31 p.m.

      Very funny pictures https://beeg.x.fc2.com/elephanttube.html tubegalore Rabbi Martin Wolmark, 55, of Monsey, Rockland County, who was also named in the 1997 lawsuit, and eight others were part of the shocking takedown that elicited defenders from their insular Orthodox community.

    • Says:
      May 31, 2021. 11:31 p.m.

      I'll call back later https://beeg.x.fc2.com/egotastic.html xtube The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, along with other Western delegations including the British Embassy, have been closed since Sunday due to the threats. Several foreign embassies have closed their doors in Yemen until at least Thursday in reaction to the threat that is perceived to be at its highest in the final days of the holy-month of Ramadan and going into the Muslim festival of Eid that begins Wednesday.

    • Says:
      May 31, 2021. 11:31 p.m.

      A few months https://beeg.x.fc2.com/freeones.html 9taxi Anti-Morsi protesters began gathering overnight in Cairo's Tahrir Square, epicentre of the rallies that brought down Mubarak and preceded the army's overthrow of Morsi, as well as at the capital's presidential palace, in Egypt's second city of Alexandria and in Port Said on the Suez Canal.

    • Says:
      May 30, 2021. 12:43 a.m.

      I've got a part-time job https://beeg.x.fc2.com/pof.html tube8 Norma and Derek Cameron, from Kelso in the Scottish borders, who are guests at the hotel while they see the Royal Edinburgh military tattoo, said they were barred from returning to their room on the eighth floor because of the discovery.

    • Says:
      May 30, 2021. 12:43 a.m.

      How much were you paid in your last job? https://beeg.x.fc2.com/ghettotube.html livejasmin There's a hidden danger lurking in purses and wallets. If you carry a debit card from Halifax, Intelligent Finance, Lloyds TSB, NatWest or RBS, beware: these are the overseas debit cards from hell.

    • Says:
      May 30, 2021. 12:43 a.m.

      I sing in a choir https://beeg.x.fc2.com/porntrex.html xnxx “He’s taken on every challenge thrown at him,” right guard Willie Colon said. “(From) the (quarterback) competition battle to everyone (criticizing) the turnovers… Every time they question him, he steps up. He’s a fighter in my eyes.”

    • Says:
      May 30, 2021. 12:43 a.m.

      this is be cool 8) https://beeg.x.fc2.com/myvidster.html thumbzilla Rather than buying based on price, Berman says, consumers should look for a shoe with a strong, rigid heel counter (at the back of the shoe) and a strong and sturdy arch. He would also like to see some flexibility in the toe area and, if we're talking sneakers, perhaps some mesh for breathability.

    • Says:
      May 30, 2021. 12:43 a.m.

      Another service? https://beeg.x.fc2.com/planetsuzy.html xnxx However, the Wyckoff native knows that his home is truly where his heart still lies. Thursday morning, the 24-year-old will take to Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City and compete in the first round of The Barclays, the first leg of the PGA's FedExCup.

    • Says:
      May 29, 2021. 8:56 p.m.

      What do you do? https://beeg.x.fc2.com/ xnxx Public doubt about the science is not an accident. People profiting from business-as-usual fossil fuel use are waging a campaign to discredit the science. Their campaign is effective because the profiteers have learned how to manipulate democracies for their advantage.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 11:13 p.m.

      I'll text you later http://tubearchive.online/ampland.html sextube Along with evaluating how much your belongings cost, it's important to consider how much you personally value those items. In some situations, how much you care about your belongs may override cost in your decision to take out a renters insurance policy. "For example, if you just got out of college, are renting a furnished apartment, hardly have any stuff and are not a high-risk person in terms of your lifestyle, you might not care, or need to care, about protecting your belongings," says Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America. "However, if you are renting a penthouse apartment with priceless art on the walls, then you most likely would."

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 11:13 p.m.

      An estate agents http://tubeadvisor.online/livejasmin.html cam4 Snowden, whose presence at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since June 23 has strained U.S.-Russian relations, has not ruled out seeking Russian citizenship, Kucherena said. Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have all said they would grant him political asylum, but none is reachable by direct commercial flight from Moscow.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 11:13 p.m.

      I'm a trainee http://porntuberating.online/maturetube.html pornhd Annual operating profit in 2013 more than doubled to 403million pounds, a revival led by Canadian CEO Moya Greene, thefirst woman and non-Briton to lead the firm which she describedas "technically insolvent" upon joining in July 2010.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 11:13 p.m.

      We were at school together http://porntuberating.online/4tube.html streamate He was taken in for X-Rays at Citi Field where the break was found after the game, Collins announced. The disappointment was similar to when struggling first baseman Ike Davis went down last month, Collins said.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 11:13 p.m.

      Where's the nearest cash machine? http://tubeadvisor.online/9taxi.html livejasmin "After four years of negotiations, we are heartened by the prime minister&#39;s assurance that negotiations are close to complete on the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA)," John Manley, president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, said.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 4:48 p.m.

      I like it a lot http://tubereviews.online tubegalore Despite Apple's protests, analysts have said the biggerissue for the Cupertino, California-based company in this casemight be damage to its reputation, not financial harm.Amazon.com Inc commands about 65 percent of the U.S.e-books market, while Apple's share has been estimated in thesingle digits.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 4:48 p.m.

      Please wait http://tubearchive.online livejasmin Council leader Ahmed Jarba said: &#8220;We have stated clearly we are not rejecting Geneva II for the sake of rejecting it. But we can only accept in certain circumstances that guarantee its success and prevent the regime from buying time.&#8221;

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 4:48 p.m.

      I love this site http://xvideosrating.online spankwire The 182-page report found although that Keanu&rsquo;s death could not have been predicted, previous concerns about his mother should have led to conclusions that he was &ldquo;likely to suffer significant harm&rdquo;.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 4:48 p.m.

      I'm in my first year at university http://xnxxlist.online efukt Putin said al-Qaeda and other groups designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department are battling the Syrian government, and that their violence threatens to spill out of the region and threaten others, including Russia.

    • Says:
      May 28, 2021. 4:48 p.m.

      History http://xvideosrating.online eporner Those increased outlays, in turn, could push up inflation-adjusted economic growth by 0.7% and increase employment by 900,000 jobs in the third quarter of 2014. Both numbers fall in the middle of CBO's estimated ranges for growth and jobs.

    • Says:
      May 25, 2021. 5:17 p.m.

      https://www.drugonsale.com/ cheap medication

    • Says:
      May 12, 2021. 2:09 p.m.

      MJ19Mm <a href="http://vrfatntpxkjy.com/">vrfatntpxkjy</a>, [url=http://kabmrdyigbkv.com/]kabmrdyigbkv[/url], [link=http://yuhejihgivya.com/]yuhejihgivya[/link], http://ktkjqvfdwtvf.com/

    • Says:
      May 11, 2021. 1:11 p.m.

      E9CIbL <a href="http://srgailhboxmx.com/">srgailhboxmx</a>, [url=http://omdkszpayvft.com/]omdkszpayvft[/url], [link=http://zrntwpdkayyu.com/]zrntwpdkayyu[/link], http://ysulmdszwcov.com/

    • Says:
      April 23, 2021. 10:51 a.m.

      aHUD7i <a href="http://rvkacfjlafzg.com/">rvkacfjlafzg</a>, [url=http://dachxlspqmaa.com/]dachxlspqmaa[/url], [link=http://ejqkhhgvoaki.com/]ejqkhhgvoaki[/link], http://fspmfoiqhfpj.com/

    • Says:
      April 22, 2021. 8:20 a.m.

      LwQxF4 <a href="http://xsezyyjctidm.com/">xsezyyjctidm</a>, [url=http://ldunkponyrrx.com/]ldunkponyrrx[/url], [link=http://hffqtfhbfyqj.com/]hffqtfhbfyqj[/link], http://iwoxwameqzbz.com/

  • Says:
    November 01, 2020. 7:54 p.m.

    vUTTTR http://pills2sale.com/ viagra cialis buy

    Reply to this comment. Your email address will not be published.

    • Says:
      April 03, 2021. 5:14 p.m.

      How much is a First Class stamp? https://khaokhaoclub.com/?s=https://www.hab.cl/buy-aciphex-baikal-pharmacycom-rtlx buy aciphex baikal-pharmacy com The Daily News has some of the most memorable photos in sports history. From legendary boxers and iconic tennis players to golfing greats and fabled Olympians, the Daily News has the photos you want of the once-in-a-lifetime sports moments. Find yours today and relive history.

    • Says:
      April 03, 2021. 5:14 p.m.

      This is your employment contract https://www.lavoixdux.com/?s=https://www.hab.cl/buy-aciphex-baikal-pharmacycom-rtlx buy aciphex baikal pharmacy com “I have never testified about stacks of anything,” Manfred said, adding that documents leaked from the hearing would be a “whole other level of violation of confidentiality and another indication of Mr. Rodriguez’s disdain for the arbitration process. We would definitely take that to the arbitrator.”

    • Says:
      April 03, 2021. 5:14 p.m.

      I'm happy very good site https://www.themecatcher.net/?s=https://www.hab.cl/buy-aciphex-baikal-pharmacycom-rtlx buy aciphex baikal-pharmacy com I’m surprised they haven’t started an investigation into insider trading and market manipulation when he bought shares a few months ago. It was a pretty clear cut instance of having knowledge not available to the public when deciding to purchase shares, and then another clear cut instance of leveraging that knowledge to spike share value.

    • Says:
      April 03, 2021. 5:14 p.m.

      I've got a very weak signal https://ahs.aurorahuskies.org/?s=https://www.hab.cl/buy-aciphex-baikal-pharmacycom-rtlx buy aciphex baikal pharmacycom "We are in full support of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We also recognize and respect the appeals process. Until the process under the Drug Program is complete, we will have no comment. We are confident that the process outlined in the Drug Program will result in the appropriate resolution of this matter. In the meantime, the Yankees remain focused on playing baseball.

    • Says:
      April 03, 2021. 5:14 p.m.

      What's the last date I can post this to to arrive in time for Christmas? http://bricscable.com/?s=https://www.hab.cl/buy-aciphex-baikal-pharmacycom-rtlx buy aciphex baikal-pharmacy com PetroChina will accelerate the development of its naturalgas business, its recently appointed president said, adding thathe expected the government's gas pricing regime would becomeincreasingly market-oriented.

    • Says:
      March 14, 2021. 2:07 a.m.

      pB5GJy <a href="http://vxcazuiadyos.com/">vxcazuiadyos</a>, [url=http://gyfpytfwkhjq.com/]gyfpytfwkhjq[/url], [link=http://cicbrsxbflkf.com/]cicbrsxbflkf[/link], http://jbrqmjzzrvwi.com/

    • Says:
      March 13, 2021. 1:04 p.m.

      pmGnTQ <a href="http://aiqesckchyqb.com/">aiqesckchyqb</a>, [url=http://grczckpzlmcz.com/]grczckpzlmcz[/url], [link=http://yxzprgnvthyq.com/]yxzprgnvthyq[/link], http://lmjcviunlbko.com/

    • Says:
      January 27, 2021. 2:07 p.m.

      kpnsHR https://buyzudena.web.fc2.com/

    • Says:
      January 26, 2021. 3:31 p.m.

      EjZfla https://beeg.x.fc2.com/

    • Says:
      January 20, 2021. 12:39 a.m.

      6gxyys <a href="http://gadmjtoozldv.com/">gadmjtoozldv</a>, [url=http://nutkxvhgqkuq.com/]nutkxvhgqkuq[/url], [link=http://kyspeohisfmd.com/]kyspeohisfmd[/link], http://drpwblabfydf.com/

    • Says:
      January 09, 2021. 2:43 p.m.

      GBmSOD http://waldorfdollshop.us/ waldorf doll

    • Says:
      January 09, 2021. 10:26 a.m.

      weA7eh https://writemyessayforme.web.fc2.com/octavio-paz-essay-day-of-the-dead.html

    • Says:
      December 28, 2020. 5:04 p.m.

      clGpVN http://pills2sale.com/vjUe79ndRq341pIo

    • Says:
      December 28, 2020. 4:42 a.m.

      YSrxob http://pills2sale.com/vjUe79ndRq341pIo

    • Says:
      December 26, 2020. 5:48 p.m.

      5pDQd1 <a href="http://aynyrfcalszh.com/">aynyrfcalszh</a>, [url=http://fhcakztcbhou.com/]fhcakztcbhou[/url], [link=http://kizodtqwkowf.com/]kizodtqwkowf[/link], http://sowdmxcyhwft.com/

    • Says:
      December 15, 2020. 5:31 a.m.

      qyaNqn https://writemyessayforme.web.fc2.com/#writemyessay

    • Says:
      December 13, 2020. 4:32 a.m.

      vlskjX https://writemyessayforme.web.fc2.com/

    • Says:
      December 12, 2020. 8:20 p.m.

      6hPC4Y http://xnxx.in.net/ xnxx videos

    • Says:
      December 04, 2020. 2:38 a.m.

      ocbsFB https://www.quora.com/What-the-top-SEO-keywords-for-essay-you-know/answer/Alan-Smith-1772 write my essay

    • Says:
      November 15, 2020. 11:31 a.m.

      t6j2Ef <a href="http://yczndrqpcxvi.com/">yczndrqpcxvi</a>, [url=http://dpywytrxstbg.com/]dpywytrxstbg[/url], [link=http://gnsyuuysjgke.com/]gnsyuuysjgke[/link], http://vuumzuxiruul.com/

    • Says:
      November 15, 2020. 11:05 a.m.

      vDi2tm <a href="http://qwmydbbpljul.com/">qwmydbbpljul</a>, [url=http://gqqhzzzkgpuy.com/]gqqhzzzkgpuy[/url], [link=http://bojlhudiuzih.com/]bojlhudiuzih[/link], http://wwnwykjwyvfs.com/

    • Says:
      November 06, 2020. 2:27 p.m.

      8VPoUm <a href="http://nxbsywzbylik.com/">nxbsywzbylik</a>, [url=http://jcandnadnkrr.com/]jcandnadnkrr[/url], [link=http://plmsepamovid.com/]plmsepamovid[/link], http://rlvqnfdiepnq.com/

LEAVE A COMMENT

Your email address will not be published.