By Okezi Uwede-Meshack
“The judicial fiasco, the inherited debt and political snags were meant to be indicators of fear and anxiety. But the Governor waved them off as he boldly declared his name and spoke as the “Governor of the people’s imaginations”. Maybe this bravery was inspired by the adrenal power of a hero who was marched out of office and sworn in to office on the same day after eight years. I agree with him that it is indeed “divine”.”
Most accolades and congratulations, I give to the just sworn in executive governor of Ekiti State. Indeed it is a laudable feat: an impeached governor winning at the polls 8 years after his impeachment. The businessman turned politician, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose has enjoyed press light for his super controversial character, jovial nature and carefree attitude, which might have been his winning cards. I watched the crowd packed at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium as the politically relieved people of Ekiti cheered the inauguration of their well elected Governor. With all the moves and demeanor of the Governor and shouts and rowdiness of the people at intervals I could conclude that the people were happy and reassured of confidence in the voting process because they had their leader.
We would now examine the speech of the Governor, his character and other musings of mine that I believe are lessons from Peter’s return that would be beneficial to politicians as well as the citizenry. I could not help but notice the confidence, happiness and enthusiasm in Governor Fayose’s voice as he took his oath of office amidst the heavy political mist in the state at present. The judicial fiasco, the inherited debt and political snags were meant to be indicators of fear and anxiety. But the Governor waved them off as he boldly declared his name and spoke as the “Governor of the people’s imaginations”. Maybe this bravery was inspired by the adrenal power of a hero who was marched out of office and sworn in to office on the same day after eight years. I agree with him that it is indeed “divine”.
He went on without following the usual order of speech delivery like a lot of our leaders: those ones who already have aides that type out the speech and make them stutter at the sight of some strange vocabulary with distorted intonations as they read along. He spoke each word and sentence, pausing for the roars and shouts of the people in acceptance and praise at his seeming oratory and credible power. He assured them that he would be the Governor that would meet the needs of the ordinary man (one value that a lot of our leaders tend to forget to uphold) as he walks with them, eats and drinks popular local foods with them on the streets. On tuning to watch the channel one could mistake the inauguration for a rally or manifesto as the promises went on and on exuding so much excitement from the well-enlightened crowd of Ekiti State.
Examining the electioneering process on the run to the office, there were tactical decisions and actions the governor took. First he made apologies to all those that he enjoyed tackling in his former days in office. Second he came low to live with the people: danced, drank and ate with Ekiti indigenes. These acts of repentance and humility began to erase doubts of his former incredible and scandalous character in the minds of the people. The seeming thorough, dictating, and hard high handedness of the immediate past governor at the time further heightened this. It was more like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea which was already being dredged.
After being declared winner of the elections, his celebration and calmness till the date of inauguration all through the turmoil in the state was also phenomenal. His former notorious character would have begun to wield gubernatorial powers from his low seat. Even though he is still somewhat linked to the events because of the scar of his nature, one thing stands out: his stance on the matters has been civil and very diplomatic. But I wonder why he asked for a minute of silence to his opposing APC members that “had left the state”. He is Ayodele Fayose.
Let’s not lose track. Political leaders should be repentant because there is none that has not done anything wrong to the Nigerian citizenry; they should be humble because the most part of the populace do not belong to the elite group; they should make themselves lovable and teachable; they should be diplomatic and civil in actions. We the populace should give our politicians the chance and were need be, the second chance when they seem to have repented. On the road to 2015, these are qualities we should imbibe in changing the face of Nigerian politics and electing the right persons we would love and can deliver. We can only hope that Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose lives up to his inaugural words.
My best quote of the event: “What good would the mansions and good roads do when we have hungry people in our society?” (paraphrased).
Okezi Uwede-Meshack writes exclusively for BREAKING TIMES every Monday in the column, Game of Thrones. He can be followed on Twitter at @okezimesh
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