As it is getting to a week now that gubernatorial Election was conducted in Ekiti State, I believed that it is high time I bore my mind on the trend of politics that is becoming a reality in Nigeria presently.
As the wind of gubernatorial electioneering fizzle out accompanied with EKITI State being swept by the victory of change,one needs to critically look at the outcome of the election and what made the tempo of the election to swift against the ruling party in Ekiti.
Ekiti State is a civil service state that has her workers denied of their salaries for many months but the incumbent governor was able to construct and commission bridge in Ado Ekiti with pomp and pageantry when the major forces that drives the economy of the state are living in abject poverty. With this reality,one needs to know that the incumbent governor and his party has failed woefully to a large extent. No wonder,it was a reality that the incumbent governor lost his local government to opposition party.
In the same vein,the party primary election that saw Professor Eleka through to become a gubernatorial candidate was handled in the Peoples’Democratic Party’s way of selecting a candidate against the wish of the party stalwarts in Ekiti State. A situation whereby the voice of the people was gagged has created a platform for the woeful performance of People Democratic Party in Ekiti State.
Personally, it is not that I am against the victory of APC in Ekiti but I hope that the indigenes of Ekiti state will not regret their choice at the end because we have many APC states that are not paying workers’ salary.
The choice of Fayemi looks somehow because I could remember that the indigenes of the state complained bitterly about his performance some years ago.
Anyway, I heard he had promised to clear the salary arrears and every backlogs of wages without the space of six months. If this can be done,I will be happy with Ekiti people.
Digressing a bit,as the state of Osun is preparing for the next gubernatorial election, there is also backlogs of salaries being owned civil servants.
With everything being constant,the indigenes of the state of Osun needs to do a critical analysis of where they would pitch their tent.
They should take a deeper and a closer look at what would befall their fate in the next four years.
What is presently obtainable now should not allow to fester continuously. Infrastructure has been reasonably developed to a large extent with skyrocketing debt for eight years,now the state of Osun needs a governor that can pay full salary not a governor that will not pay or at most pay half salary.
Governors in the south-west needs to understand that it is the welfare of the indigenes of a state that drives the economic welfare of the state. Once,the welfare of indigenes are punctured,we should know that the economic welfare of a state will be affected just like what is obtainable in Osun and Ekiti states.
May the state of Osun elect the right person in September.
In another vein,one need to be bothered about Nigeria becoming a single party state gradually. This might spell doom for a nation that pride herself in diversity. If opposition is murdered totally,the essence of democracy will be lost forever.
The level at which caution was thrown into the winds in the course of this election is quite appalling going by the fact that the electorates were wooed with money and the conscience of the electorate was marketed on the altar of few naira. T his is an ugly trend in our political dispensation that makes someone to think along the line of loosing hope about the fate of democracy in this part of the world whereby the electorates are subjected to abject poverty for good four to eight years but when another period of electioneering is around the corner,votes are cast based on who the highest bidder is.
This is nothing but degradation of the tenets of democracy.
An aberration of the essence of what democracy is all about
This might end up denying our nation the beauty of democracy.