The gradually winding up regime of Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State could be appositely described as a metaphor of the philosophical saying: “What goes round, comes round.” When Governor Fayemi was sworn-in on October 16, 2010, we expected some of his aides, who had to fight with empty stomachs for three and half years in Court, to learn a lesson that his triumph over Segun Oni signaled that power belongs to God.
Rather than to have the foregoing belief, they arrogated the power of life and death to themselves. They became intoxicated with power and got derailed by ecstasy of victory that came when no hope was in sight. They decided to go the way of Biblical Pharaoh through state sponsored harassment and terror against perceived opponents.
It was so disheartening that when the likes of the Chief of Staff, Yemi Adaramodu; Senior Special Assistant on Internal Security, Deji Adesokan, and others who were at the forefront of the protracted struggle were to be the rallying point for Fayemi’s teeming supporters, they turned out to be the forces that ripped the party on which platform they came to power, the Action Congress of Nigeria, now All Progressives Congress, apart. They portrayed themselves as having powers that are larger than life and treated those outside their cell with so much scorn and hatred.
Most times, they treat the party top hierarchy with so much contempt, including Chief Jide Awe, the generalissimo of the struggle. At a time, Awe was reported to be going to Adaramodu cap in hands to beg for money to run the affairs of the party he had to grapple so well to bring to government. He became a slave even in his father’s house, as he was no longer being carried along in decision-making process.
If they could do this to their own perceived ‘kitchen cabinet’ member, one would not have been disappointed with the shabby treatment they meted out to Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, the greatest financier of the party and pillar, when the going was rough.
The relationship between Bamidele and Fayemi shouldn’t have ended in such bizarre way, but for the bellicosity of these power-greedy individuals. They painted exaggerated pictures of themselves to the governor that they could move mountains to ensure his victory for reelection at the expense of the real people that can make the game realizable.
The losses they suffered in their various wards during the June 21 governorship election went a long way to disprove and deflate their egos in this regard and exposed them to ridicule despite their grandstanding that they are the real political generals with firm command on the grassroots in Ekiti State.
People are beginning to ask in town where are the ‘invincible’ Adaramodu and Adesokan, a.k.a. Jaruu? Because the duo seem to have gone underground and their hitherto terrifying voices could no longer be heard. Even when their principal, Fayemi, has been moving freely about after his ignominious defeat at the poll, his aides had been holed somewhere. This is akin to the biblical description of the sinners running where there is no danger. They are being haunted by their evil deeds and this is expected.
Adaramodu and Jaruu did not only humiliate those that were behind Fayemi’s success during the struggle across party lines, they plotted various coups targeted at emasculating opposition prior to the June 21 election.
Under their watch, it is a crime to defect from APC to other party or plan to hold any rally as an opposition. The murder of Foluso Ogundare, Bamidele’s ally in Emure Ekiti, on November 3, 2013 during a meeting of the Ekiti Bibire Coalition and Ayo Jeje in Erinjian, while decamping from the defunct ACN to the Peoples Democratic Party, were few of the dastardly acts carried out under their command.
Bamidele could not forget his July 19, 2013 botched rally in Ado Ekiti. He could not forget his contact with barefaced tyranny displayed by the Fayemi-led government in cahoot with the police on the premise of the misapplied Section 99 of the 1999 Constitution. He was given a summary training in war studies through sporadic shooting and sniffing of teargas smoke. What a great training for a lawyer, whose understanding does not go beyond argument in courtroom.
The Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, also felt a dose of their bestiality when his rally was disrupted in Ilupeju, Oye and Ikole Ekiti when he was still a PDP aspirant. Now the masquerade has been unmasked and the true face of the man behind the mask has been revealed. These yesterday’s men are now running away from their shadows and for how long would they continue to do this. If they run away from men, can they run away from God’s vengeance?
This write-up is not intended to exhume old wounds or whip up sentiments against these cantankerous political office holders, but to teach a lesson that power is transient. There is nothing immortal in it.
The incoming government, led by Fayose, must learn a great lesson from this. Though, he had been in the saddle before and he understands the intricacies and complexities of governance, he must learn from the past and present to prevent him from falling into the dungeon of power again.
It will be imperative for Fayose not to approach governance with a mindset. Meaning that he should not be vindictive or contemplate such by wrong counseling. He should also improve his ingenuity on how to curtail the unbridled tendencies of his aides to maintain a sharp departure from Fayemi’s government.
As much as I have a strong aversion for vindictiveness, I also loathe a sitting government using the power entrusted in him to suppress and subvert the rule of law. Fayose must allow the rule of law to run its full course on those answering murder charges in court among these belligerent Fayemi’s aides to teach a strong lesson that power belongs to GOD.
Salami wrote from [email protected]