At last, the decisive moment is here for the Edos in all walks of life to make a resolution for their generations now, and unborn. Resolutions with respect to genuine development of their community – education & medical infrastructures, economic growth, agriculture and socio-political development. Resolutions with respect to being stakeholders in national politics, as against playing local/regional politics.
As we approach the zero hour for the long-awaited gubernatorial poll in the state, this writer admonishes and implores the Edos to be conscious of the four underlisted reasons why they must collectively draw the curtains on the PDP’s Obaseki tenure.
Firstly, there is an urgent need for the state to be re-integrated into the mainstream of national politics. In a federal system of government, as obtainable in Nigeria, its foolhardy, insensitive and illogical for a state to be in the opposition, especially if said state has ample opportunity to be a major player in the national politics.
That’s the quagmire Edos have found themselves and they’re the only one that could correct that situation, with a wonderful opportunity that presents itself on Saturday, Sept 19, 2020. Without any shred of doubt, President Buhari has performed impeccably in all the facets of our national life. His performances in the Railway and roads constructions are mpressive across the federation.
The massive investments in all the airports are deliberate and intended to get the facilities, including laying & refurbishing of Tarmac to international standard. Impacted airports, in this regard, are MMIA, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Port Harcourt Airport etc.
The 2nd Niger Bridge, gulping up billions of Naira, is expected to be completed before the tenure of President Buhari winds to a close.
In the economic sphere, the country would have by been benefiting hugely from the presidential mandate synergy between the fiscal & monetary Authority(s), if not for the destructive COVID-19.
Though corruption in our nation is systemic, the president has made spirited efforts to combat the hydra-headed scourge. The same goes for national security, which is continually in the front burner of the APC administration.
I’ve painstakingly reeled out some of the achievements of APC administration, in order to reiterate to the Edos that, the party will still continue to be in control at the centre beyond 2023, with a new team to be Insha-Allau, spearheaded by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The opportunity to benefit from the remaining tenure of President Buhari and the new team, now presents itself to the Edos, on the platter of gold. It’s incumbent on them, to arise in unison, with singleness of purpose, to rout out Obaseki from office.
Secondly, Governor Obaseki performance in office has been incredibly abysmal. His tenure has been characterized with rhetoric and blowing of grammars, with absolutely nothing to show for it.
His regime has been practically devoid of pragmatic efforts and deliberate strategy aimed at addressing the infrastructural deficit in the estate. He has paid little attention to roads & medical infrastructure; he has closed his eyes to agriculture developments in the state. The regime has been characterized with insecurity in immeasurable dimension. He has shortchanged the political class. Opinion leaders’ views do not matter to him. The welfare of the millions in Edo state has never attracted his attention.
He has made a series of calculated attempts to undermine democracy and its institutions. He bluntly refused to inaugurate 17 members of the state house of assembly, for reasons best known to him, even as his tenure expires comes Sept 19, 2023. He made wicked attempts to extinguish his predecessor and his only political benefactor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
For no just cause, he orchestrated his suspension from his Estako ward, the move capitalized by the foes & detractors of Oshiomole to eventually truncate his national chairmanship status of APC. He was unbelievably rude to the president, as well as our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He was insolent to the NASS leadership, as well as Pa Bisi Akande, who all made valiant attempts to settle the political imbroglio between him and Comrade Oshiomole, as well as assembly members. Is that the man Edo should cast its loins on? His re-election will be a tragedy of immeasurable proportion!
Thirdly, there is no doubt as to the historical affinity between the Yorubas & Benins. It’s pointless to take Edos back to the 14th & 15th centuries, when Eweka returned to Benin from Ego and became the Oba of Benin, with the heritage title of Eweka 1 and also, established Eweka dynasty in the Benin Kingdom.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo continued with this tradition, with his tremendous love & affection for Chief Anthony Enahoro, who was his confidant, as well as his 2nd in command during his tenure as Premier, Western Region. Similar love was extended to Professor Ambrose Alli, who in fact was elected as governor of old Bendel State, under defunct UPN platform.
In contemporary politics, Asiwaju has followed the same pattern, extending similar love & affection to Comrade Adams Oshiomole and even to Chief John Odigie Oyegun, before the latter politically misbehaved. On the strength of this, this writer is hereby encouraging the Benins and all Edos to continue with this tradition of togetherness & oneness, which has long existed between the two races.
Finally, South/south spring reminiscent of Zagreb springs of about 7 years ago, has commenced in Bayelsa state during the last gubernatorial election when the populace comprehensively rejected PDP’s government, a mass deliberate move, eloquently reflected in the 356,000 votes they gave to APC’s David Lyon to 156,000 votes they gave to Doye Diri’s PDP before the court mysteriously returned the latter as governor. Thankfully, the monumental mistake is about to be corrected, through the new election ordered by the court.
Of course, Mr Doye Diri will obviously cease to be governor of the state after the new election. The general opinion in the Niger Delta region is that the people are already tired of the purposeless; focus less, as well as squandermania of riches, which have characterized the PDP regimes in the region. Of course, during the forthcoming general elections, all PDP governors will be swept away by God’s grace. It’s, therefore, an opportunity for the Edos to join the race now and be in the national caucus, even before the 2023 general election.
Let me also deploy this medium, to announce to Governor Obaseki and his group of jesters, that in 96 hours from now, it will be dawn on them that Asiwaju Tinubu prophecy of total routing of Obaseki from the governor’s office will come to reality and they will be forced to come to terms with his new status as the godfather of national politics
Kola AMZAT (FCA, FCIB, ACS, MBA, BSC)
LAGOS BASED FIN & MGT CONSULTANTS