At a small pharmaceutical
shop in a South West
capital city last week, I
had an encounter with a
woman; a middle –aged woman who
had the look of a typical housewife.
Her hairdo, was the traditional
Yoruba and her attire painted the
picture of someone whose main profession
is a housewife. She was the
typical introvert woman of the kitchen.
As if to add to her portrait, she is
a member of a Christian denomination
that has little interest in the
mundane world. My T-shirt with the
insignia, “one-man-one-vote” stirred
the debate. To her, nothing would
make her to vote in any election.
Her reason was that politicians are
all the same and Nigeria is gradually
facing a helpless situation. I told
her that politicians can never be
the same, that there are things that
make them remarkably different.
Her argument was that Nigeria has
seen terrifying political regimes and
that the situation is likely to get worse
since there appears no remedy for the
ordinary man. On this basis, she decided
that she would not vote in the
next election. She had only voted during
the days of the late Chief Obafemi
Awolowo. I was amazed that she found
several soulmates in the expansive
medicine hall where several of us had
gathered to purchase one drug or the
other. “All we need to do is to pray. Only
God can help Nigeria,” she enthused.
She added sarcastically “It is almost
useless going to vote.” I interpreted
her views in difference ways: first is
that she seems to have adopted fatalism
and hopelessness in the face of the
seething crisis of the Nigerian state.
Secondly, she does not think the people
on their own can rise up to change the
situation from the status quo. So many
Nigerians who think this way may not
cast their votes in the next elections.
But this woman is obviously wrong,
for all needed for evil to thrive is for
good people to do nothing. But so many
Nigerians are now resigning into hopelessness
and the evil doers are happy
that they are having a free reign. This
is the reason why the events of these
past few days should be of grave concern
to the Yoruba people. Let us face
it: the PDP National Chairman, Adamu
Muazu last week while speaking on
the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun elections,
said his party is “going to war.”
The statement of the PDP boss
came at a time of national grief when
100 children had been kidnapped by
Boko Haram sect and hundreds of
people had been killed in a blast that
rocked the Nyanya area of Abuja.
The PDP chief said his party should
get ready and prepare to go to full blown
war. This is really a shame. This is a big
disgrace that the leader of the ruling
party could make such a statement.
We all know what it means to go to
war. This statement by the PDP boss
in other climes is enough to stir a revolution.
How can the leader of a ruling
party equate an election with war? War
means the use of guns and bullets. War
is antithetical to peace. War is a negation
of peoples’ power. War is the prerogative
of soldiers not civilians. In war,
people die, children suffer, the aged,
women and men become scavengers.
The cities and communities face wanton
destruction. Death and destruction
reign. Pains, tears and blood flow like
a river. In other countries, the PDP
boss would have resigned or be kicked
out. It seems in Nigeria, people have
resigned to fate. Anything is possible.
Anything could be done any one and
nothing will happen: Just like that.
As if to practically demonstrate this,
the impeached former Governor of
Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was
sighted in bullet proof vest in one of
his campaign rallies in Ekiti recently.
This action of Mr Fayose has raised
several points. Has one individual the
right to put on bullet proof vest when
such a person is not a police man or
a security operative? For putting
on the bullet proof vest, Mr Fayose
is telling the people of Ekiti what
to expect in the forthcoming election.
It thus appear that history is
repeating itself. it is now clear that
the PDP is not interested in contesting
the next election in Ekiti State.
The party is only interested in
stealing the votes and announcing
the party’s candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose
against the wish of the people,
against the will of God. Something
further demonstrated the contemptuous
posture of the PDP candidate
a forthnight ago. A reliable source
told me that two officials of the British
High Commission led by Mr Paul
Edwards had visited Ekiti state.
The mission was to meet with all
the aspirants in the next election.
The representatives met all the
stakeholders in Ekiti except the PDP
candidate, Mr Fayose, who had rebuffed
the High Commission officials.
Fayose was said to have told the
visiting envoys that he was not interested
in meeting with them. He flatly
told them that he does not understand
the interest of the British government
in the forthcoming election. The implication
of this attitude is that Mr Fayose
and his party are ready to dare the
mood of the international community
that would prefer a free and fair election.
This shows that the PDP in the
next election does not mind to lead the
country’s ruling elite into class suicide.
The ruling party has shown
strong indication that across the
South West states, the party is
not interested in any fair contest.