LEAVE Fayemi Alone: Worry About His Programmes, Not Whether He Resigned As Minister
By Charles Okogene
First they asked what did Kayode Fayemi forgot in Government House that he wants to go back there and collect. As if that was not enough, they are now sharing the interview he granted a newspaper in which he rightly said that the will of the masses will always triumph against the federal might which many believed was deployed by the government of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan using Musiliu Obankoro as the foot soldier to help ‘rig’ him out of office in 2014. Incidentally, the same Obanikoro who admitted to have committed that crime is now the head of All Progressives Congress (APC) taskforce for the July 14 2018 governorship election.
Having been told that the man is looking for nothing but political power, the way Governor Peter Fayose, who is his opponent by proxy, also returned to power, from wherever he had gone to, after he was impeached in his first term as governor.
In their desperation to pull him down they forgot that even their preferred candidate who is also an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari also did not or forgot to resign his appointment before submitting himself to the first primary exercise which hoodlums hijacked and made a mess of.
How about his opponent from the opposing party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka; did he submit his letter of resignation to his boss and chief supporter, Fayose, before submitting himself for the primary election. What of Senator Olujimi, who made a last minute withdrawal and urged her supporters to queue behind Prince Dayo Adeyeye, did she resign her post as the distinguished senator of the federal republic from the state? So why is all the fuss about Fayemi not resigning for?
Fayemi as full a blooded Nigerian, and by extension an Ekiti man, is guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to aspire legitimately to any political of office of his choice in Nigeria as long as he is qualified to do that.
And if he does that, he would not be the first Nigerian to attempt to return to the office he believed he was ‘rigged’ out.
Examples are abound of such people who had done it in the past. And by so doing he is merely following in the footsteps of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who returned to power from the prison after years as a military head of state, President Buhari is doing it currently after over three decades as military president too. Fayose is doing it too as the incumbent governor of Ekiti. Chief Chris Nigige and Segun Oni, although, both are not known in the eyes of the law as governors of their states, Anambra and Ekiti respectively, attempted to do it but the masses rejected them; so what is the big deal in Fayemi wanting to leave his ministerial post to attempt a return to governor’s office which he left four years ago.
Nothing is really wrong about that and it is a nice thing that the right thinking people of Ekiti State who are members of APC delegates, not the Facebook warriors, have said that of the array of contestants that filed out to be elected to fly the flag of the party on July 14, 2018 governorship election have overwhelmingly said that Fayemi is the right man for the job.
Rather than worry ourselves as to whether he resigned before contesting the primary or whether he forgot something in governor’s office he wants go back and collect, what should concern us is what are his programme or programmes.
What are his plans to make life beautiful and abundant for us not whether he once said that the people’s will, will always supersede that of federal might.
Let’s ask Fayemi how and where does he plan to get money to repair and rehabilitate the bad roads in the state, what are his plans at making healthcare accessible and affordable to the residents of the state? How does he plan to pay the alleged backlog of salaries and allowances to the state’s civil servents.
Let’s bother less about what he said before the primaries; let’s take him up on what he has in the store for us. Let’s interrogate his manifesto very well so that we can hold him accountable to every item on the paper if he wins and fails to fulfill them.
Okogene, is a journalist based in Lagos.
EDITO’S NOTE: This is strictly the opinion of the writer and not in any way that of the paper and its management or the candidate.