It seems certain persons believe they own Nigeria and their wish must prevail in all circumstances no matter how obtuse their position may appear. This naked dance of the macabre again came to the fore at the Government House of the Akwa Ibom State on Friday 24th May, 2013, when supposedly responsible heads of government who freely participated in a democratic process shamelessly came up with baseless and rather atrocious reasons with a view to creating controversy where there ought to be none.
Before delving into the ridiculous reasons being peddled by the loser governors one may immediately note the involvement of Olusegun Mimiko, Governor of Ondo State in the unfortunate drama being unfolded before our very eyes. Contrary to the public posturing of Mr. Mimiko that he is a progressive politician and that he has a distinct platform from the PDP, Mimiko has shown himself clearly that irrespective of the feelings of his people, he is not only a PDP apologist, he is a selfish politician who is in cheap conspiracy against the wills and aspirations of Nigerian people.
Olusegun Mimiko signified his intention to context for the vice-chairmanship of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), but upon the defeat of co-traveller, Governor Jang, he withdrew from the race to pave way for the emergence of Governor Yari of Zamfara, who won unopposed.
It is by virtue of this unceremonious withdrawal of Olusegun Mimiko that Nigerians should see the falsehood and foolery of Mimiko and his journeymen’s attempt to poopoo on the election. The question Nigerians should ask the flagging Iroko and his cohorts is if they were so sure of having a majority vote, why the unceremonious withdrawal from the vice-chairmanship context? Me thinks this incident is another illustration of the legendary serial betrayal disposition of Mr. Mimiko which has been the hallmark of his political career since inception till date. As is customary with him, Mimiko has no qualms betraying Amaechi as he had done Adefarati, Agagu and Bola Ahmed Tinubu? Even when he benefited immensely from Amaechi’s generous financial and moral support in the recent past; but what does it matter to Mimiko who has perfected the art of biting the fingers that fed him after swallowing the morsel?
Now to address the spurious and ridiculous script played out at the Akwa Ibom Government house. One wonders the kind of perception these ‘honourable’ Governors making these pedestrian claims expect from Nigerians regarding their competence and forthrightness. Obviously, they have not denied participating in the election; their grouse was that ballot papers were not serialised. It is elementary knowledge that the aim of serialisation of ballot papers is to eliminate or reduce the possibility of production of additional ballot papers aside those slated for use. While the pharisaic call for serialisation may be tenable where you have thousands to millions of indeterminable votes, however, where the number of votes expected is predetermined (that is, 35 votes), and the voters were all present in the same location; the 35 ballot papers publicly circulated and there was no evidence of excess ballot papers distributed nor counted, then the contention of Mimiko’s compatriots sparks of the crassest sort of desperation, hypocrisy and ridiculousness. This is against the back-drop of the fact that they have not objected to the ballot papers on which they personally cast their votes.
The Presidency’s concerto a desperado was further unveiled by another baseless point raised by the press conference addressed by Governor Jang on a communiqué purportedly signed by 19 governors of which his own name was listed post haste with a pen while others were printed. Assuming but not conceding that there is any such communiqué, can anybody competently say that a communiqué is a substitute for a valid election? Why would elected Governors subject themselves to a voting process if they solely seek to rely on the sham of a communiqué? Which provision of the NGF constitution makes a communiqué a substitute for an election? Why didn’t the 19 ‘robbed’ governors address the press conference if there was any such communiqué? The inexorable conclusion from this piece from the theatre of the absurd is the desperation of the Presidency to foist its minions on the leadership of the NGF without any regard to the survival of the organisation, this is rather unfortunate.
How can Nigerians be sure that those signatures collected were not for another purpose, or those signatories were parties to any communiqués to which their signature was affixed. If indeed the so-called communiqué is genuine, there should have been no need for election in the first instance. Furthermore, it is well reported that Governor Gaidam of Yobe abstained while the Governor of Gombe was out of the country at voting time. With the abstention of these two, it automatically means Jang’s camp could have scored 17 votes at the highest, which is still a loss. No wonder every reasonable Nigerian has taken Mimiko and his soul-mates’ allegation as baseless and mooted to cause mischief.
The mumbo jumbo got to a head with the contention that Governor Amaechi did not resign before the election was conducted. While not holding brief for Amaechi, one should ask these Governors most of whom are on their second term if they resigned their positions as governors before elections were conducted in their states. Need we say more?
Written By AbdulAkeem Yusuf