Fayose’s Victory: Number One Lesson For APC
The June 21 Ekiti State Governorship Election has come and gone, but its tale remain fresh in the mouth of many in the country! First, it is a tale of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) been a formidable party with insurmountable structures everywhere.
Secondly, it is a tale of the same party been the only vehicle through which former governors can still realize their political ambitions. For example, when Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwoso of Kano State who is now biting the finger that fed him was dislodged from the Government House Kano in 2003 by former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, it was the same umbrella that gave him the opportunity to stage a comeback in 2011 after the eighth year's rule of Shekarau in Kano State. Hence, the same feet has once again been repeated in Ekiti State with the emergence of His Excellency, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose as Governor-Elect!
Why I decided to pen down my thoughts on Ekiti State is because, the Governor-Elect, Ayodele Fayose has displayed a steadfast, resilient and enduring spirit, I enjoin politicians to emulate! This is a man some persons in some quarters used the state of emergency to remove from office in 2006, just to satisfy some reasons best known to them.
They removed him to bring the person they wanted in 2007 to rule Ekiti State. But, because of the resilient spirit in this man, he kept trying until God and the people of Ekiti State asked him to comeback with the generous votes they gave him on Saturday!
Though, I had already said it earlier this year in an article entitled: 'The Task before the New PDP Chairman'. In that piece, I said, the new PDP chairman should put every machinery in motion to dislodge the tenants in Ekiti and Osun States from power and return it to the landlord, and that, His Excellency, Alhaji (Dr.) Adamu Muazu has just done for the party in Ekiti State! And he is waiting to do it again in Osun State.
The victory of Fayose is one that amplifies an age-long adage that says: 'In any confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream will overcome! The stream will overcome not because it has power to fight, but, because of persistence, the stream will choke the base of the rock and the rock will dissolve in to it! So, this is what Governor Fayose has just displayed.
He had no power of incumbency, he is not in control of the state media which is nearer to the people, yet he is able to dislodge Governor Kayode Fayemi and his All Progressives Congress APC from Ekiti State! I wish Fayemi well in his future endeavor, but, I advise him to thoroughly reflect on his defeat!
However, the lesson the APC must learn is that, no one can build something on nothing! The national leaders of APC frittered away the goodwill it enjoyed among the Nigerian Populace when it was registered on July 31st, 2013. Instead of them using that rare opportunity to build solid and entrench formidable structures in the states they control, they were busy heaping insults on the President and the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP); a party that have kept the nation united for the past 15 years, there were busy calling for the impeachment of a democratically elected President of a country like Nigeria, while at the same time urging their members in the National Assembly to block every executive bill in the parliament.
They were busy chasing the shadows of President Good Luck Ebele Jonathan and also inducing elected PDP Governors, Senators and House of Reps Members to betray their party by defecting to their camp. They recruited some media houses and its practioners to discredit and denigrate the oval office of the President and every known supporter of the President. That is why some media houses no longer publish my articles!
PDP's victory in Ekiti State is a clear message to the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Nigerians have rejected them out rightly! It is also a pointer to the disaster that awaits them come February 14 2015!
With Fayose's votes of 203, 090 and Fayemi's votes of 120, 433, APC leaders can now see that the difference is clear! Hence, they don't need any prophet to foretell the doom that awaits them; and that any presidential candidate they would bring to challenge our amiable and indefatigable President Good Luck Ebele Jonathan is dead on arrival!
Though, I have been saying it over the past months that APC is not a threat to PDP and that PDP should not freak over APC's busybody, but hardened critics of the President and the PDP would not hear! Instead of facing the issues, I raised in my analysis, their hirelings and internet bees would be insulting me for holding a good opinion about the President and the ruling party! But them, Fayose's victory has actually vindicated my position.
Finally, if at all the leaders of APC should go beyond the concession speech of Governor Kayode Fayemi as one opposition inclined daily is fabricating dust about the election, then Nigerians will prove to them that, gone are the days!
Comrade Edwin Ekene Uhara is an Activist and Commentator on National and International Affairs!
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