By Prince Ejeh Josh.
Not even their bullion vans could save them from a people determined to reclaim their liberty and redefine their collective destiny from the hands of their tormentors. Not their ferociously looking goons or their rigging machinery could deter the people. Vote buying could only give them a limited hope if the people resisted it. All antics deployed by them were neutralized at the polling booths.
Every atom of pride has its expiry date which would customarily end in humiliation. “The bullion vans could only work in Lagos.” “Edo nor be Lagos”, were all the energetic slogans trickling out of every roof in the “Heartbeat of Nigeria’s state”. In Edo State, dollars ceased to have any effect on voters. Mr. “Gandollar” was invited to do his dollarisation magic. It was a huge disappointment. He left with a bloody nose from the voters. The powerful Jagaban was taught his worse lesson in the hard way. Like a young Nigerian music sang: “Park and go.” He was tied up to his bullion vans and sent back his Lagos base.
Indeed, the battle for the soul of democracy was well fought in Edo State yesterday. It was a whirlwind that shook the foundation of politics in Nigeria. A battle between the monstrous oligarchs called godfathers, and the beleaguered downtrodden long emasculated in poverty and reticence of misery. But no matter how long the oppressor holds sway, his days are numbered. The people shall rise again and fight for their rights.
The people of Edo state have proved they were non conformists and would never be kowtowed to any godfather any longer because the expiry date of godfatherism has come to an end. It was like a revolution. Mr. Adams Oshiomole would still be ripping in shock. No man should play God because no man can play God since no man is God! But Mr. Adams decided to play God and lord it over the people of Edo state and Nigeria. Perhaps, he would be telling his story now with a sour mouth and swollen face from the political volcano that erupted against him.
I once warned in few articles that preceded the election where I admonished Mr. Adams to make peace with Governor Godwin Obaseki and allow him go for another term for his interest and the interest of the good people of Edo state. He would not listen. His insolent action was motivated by the Jagaban’s ruthless, unrestrained and autocratic exploit in Lagos state. Oshiomole forgot that “Lagos nor be Edo”. He didn’t see the political revival coming. Perhaps, he saw but was blinded and carried away with the euphoria of federal might. Did he forget that power belongs to God, and to him alone?
This great fall would go down memory lane as the consequences of ego and self-gratification. Now that Obaseki’s victory, which to me, is the people’s victory, has put an end to a filthy era of godfatherism in Edo state, and perhaps, by extension, Nigeria; what’s the fate of the despotic comrade? He was rejected in Abuja and rejected at home too. Now, political destitution to which he had insisted and swore on banishing Obaseki to has backfired. He could now see how far the Jagaban has misled him. The game is truly over. It was a triumph of good over evil. Light over darkness. The dark days in Nigeria are gradually giving way with this renaissance.
What happened in Edo state should serve as a warning signal to all godfathers. The Nigeria voters are becoming wiser. They can now roll up their sleeve and shrug off any plan of continued enslavement. Edo message is clear against 2023. The battle for the soul of who becomes what is being redefined by this political reawakening.
For Mr. Adams Oshiomole, having been sent into political oblivion, he should swallow any ego that remains of him and settle with his governor. However, for now, I could only wish him goodbye and good night from the landscape of politics in Nigeria.
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