I just had to share this.
Mr Ayodele Peter Fayose is the Governor Elect of Ekiti
State and I hereby congratulate him and good people
of Ekiti State that elected him as their next Governor.
As the build up for the election get to its peak, some
people described it as a battle between:
-PDP versus APC.
-Tinubu versus Jonathan.
-Do or Die versus Rig and Roast.
-Aso Rock versus Bourdillon.
-Ph.D holders versus OND holders.
-University scholar versus Polytechnic Scholar
-Intellect versus thug.
Every Nigerian has the right to view the election from
his/her own perspective base on orientation and
interest but I personally view it as a contest between:
Bourgeoisie and Proletariat: (the lowest social or
economic class of a community).
John Kayode Fayemi is a scholar, an intellect, an
activist, a comrade, a unionist. I will not dwell much
on his attributes because they are not subject of
discussion. He is a governor loved across party lines
due to his style and approach to party politics. I’m
sure if not for the dirty dimension of our politicking
in recent days; many PDP governors will attend his
electioneering campaign. Three events makes him an
outstanding governor for me; first was during the
NGF crisis, I was reliably informed that the governors
ought to have elected NGF chairman before the
expiration of Amaechis first tenure as NGF chairman.
But when it became clear that Amaechi will win and
that might cause disaffection among members and
Mr President , Fayemi Proposed that the election be
postponed for two months for people to consult
widely. He was quoted to have said that the media
will see Amaechi victory as a victory against Mr.
President. The election was postponed but the
outcome of that election was not devoid of what
Second outstanding courage of Fayemi was when he
told Gov Amaechi to go and personally see and brief
President Jonathan about the crisis in his state and
accord him the respect as the “Father of the nation”.
Finally was his outstanding debate that convinced the
south west leaders to participate on the ongoing
National Confab despite his party’s position not to
participate. Dwelling on his past as NADECO member
or brain behind Kudirat radio will be immaterial for
Fayemi is a wealthy man and his entrance into Ekiti
Guber race in 2007 was generally viewed as a rescue
mission following the crisis that characterized
Ayodele Fayose’s first term. In that rescue mission,
the covenant was between Fayemi and Ekiti Masses.
Bishops, human right activists, professors, okada
riders, market women, civil society groups, youths,
workers and artisans all identified with Fayemi.
Fayemi’s performance as a governor for three and
half years cannot be classified as a FAILURE when
compared with Fayose’s first tenure. Many indices of
comparison favors him in terms of development but
the only indices that does not favor him is
mobilization and management of human resource.
This is the only area he failed and he paid dearly for
What went wrong?
Recall that during his run-off election in 2007/8, there
was no single external engagement. The battle to
reclaim his mandate was fought and won with Ekiti
masses. Three and half years down the lane, Fayemi
brought in Foreign gods alien to Ekiti masses to come
and canvass for vote for him. There was total
disconnection with the people. Fayemi’s life became
too elitist that he will prefer to see his bourgeoisie
governor friends than to engage the downtrodden
who voted for him to rescue them. I have questioned
the rational of leaders inviting people outside their
state to come and campaign for them. Does average
voter in Ekiti understand them? Can they vote for you
because a stranger said so? Can you communicate in
the language they will understand? How many of
these elites were with Fayemi when Ekiti masses
fought for him? As Fayemi broadcasts all his
campaign on national television, how many Ekiti
people has access to electricity and even if they do,
how many will sit down at home in the morning and
watch Fayemi’s campaign? In a civil service
dominated state like Ekiti where workers are not
allowed to watch television during “office hour”, who
was Fayemi campaigning for? How many
bourgeoisies from outside Ekiti will travel down to
vote during election? How many bourgeoisies has
voters card? How many bourgeoisies can stand to
defend a vote when there is an attempt to rig? In all
these Fayemi failed. The resources he spent hosting
VIP’s and live telecast of his campaign and policies is
enough to feed the downtrodden who are ever ready
to lay down their life to defend anybody they believe
in. I’m sure 70% of Ekiti masses did not watch any
single live broadcast of Fayemi’s campaign.
Fayemi mistook social media advocates as voters. His
strategist does not tell him that keypad, Ipad and
Android phone is the only weapon of cyber
advocates. None has voters card and their mission is
to find what needed to be corrected in the electoral
process to market their profession. Bad news or
exaggerated headline can make a blogger a
millionaire. Fayemi forgot so easily that 90% of Ekiti
masses are not bloggers and has access to none.
Fayemi spent his energy wooing (buying) PDP bigwigs
who fall out with his opponent forgetting that most
elites have independent mind and can only cast one
vote. Proletariats moves in clusters and one can
influence others to vote for you. This is not same with
elites. Most bigwigs that joined Fayemi’s campaign
was after contract and most are the ones victimizing
the poor masses snatching their lands, building
castles and most of their convoys kills the poor
without any condolence. How can such characters
canvass the masses to vote for Fayemi?
Ayodele Fayose took advantage of Fayemis failure to
floor him in the just concluded election. Fayose was
busy drinking palm wine, eating dodo, riding okada
with poor masses, driving old women to market and
even buying vegetable from them. These dared he to
committed masses who felt that Fayemi has ignored
them for Foreign agbada men who hover around city
with air copter and sometimes, the convoys and
movement of this elites impinges on the freedom of
movement of this proletariat who survives on daily
Some of the writers have criticized Ekiti masses for
what they termed “choice based on short term gain
and bag of expired rice”. I chose to deviate from that
school of thought. The choice of Ekiti people must be
squarely blamed on Fayemi the state number one
citizen for the following reasons:
How many voters sensitization programmes, seminars, conferences did he organize as a governor
to educate his people?
What was his budget for state orientation agency to
educate the masses about electoral choice?
How regular is electricity in his state to ensure that
the masses view him on National TV?
What was the electoral value of outsiders to Ekiti
How many outsiders can convince Ekiti masses on
who to vote?
How many people in those stadium crowd are from
Ekiti state and how many have voters card?
If crowd, were fighting for rice, is that not a
frightening verdict on the level of hunger in Ekiti
State? How has he empowered the masses?
Was there any seminar to educate the masses on
when they will expect yields and dividends of
present day policies of government?
Ekiti State is a lesson to many who are leading us
today and those who aspire to lead in 2015. Protect
the rich but FEED the poor. They can bite. Fayemi is
their latest victim. Fayose is their latest Victor!!!
Okeke Godwin Iyke
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