On Fayose’s forum chairmanship
Sir: It is really difficult to identify one thing that Governor Ayodele Fayose’s huffing and puffing on national politics has achieved for the vulnerable Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP Governors Forum, by appointing Fayose their chairman has elected to adopt Fayose’s combative political style as an article of faith. A closer look at the Fayose brand will reveal the political underbelly of the opposition party tragically in need of a new direction.
The opposition party whose fortune keeps declining even as Fayose is arising his game of political incoherent belligerence has just boxed itself into a tight corner of irretrievable political misadventure.
The fact is that PDP and its governors have once again underestimated the very fundamentals behind the electoral bloody nose they suffered in 2015. Now, it is more difficult to convince Nigerians that a government that is headstrong in fighting corruption even though with some snags would be less desirable than the opposition whose ideology hardly offers anything.
No Nigerian who has tasted this recession in its most inhospitable severity would wish the country a leadership like the 16 years of PDP when stealing and corruption coexisted in a nondescript dichotomy. On development index, Ekiti remains the least developed among states of coordinate demography and resource endowment. The governor is more critical of Federal Government than finding wisdom in settling down to business of governance in his state.
If that is the model of opposition the PDP will engage in “capture power” in 2019, to borrow their family semantic, it is trite to project a political defeat more devastating than that of 2015.
For Nigerians to take Fayose seriously and by extension the PDP, Ekiti should cease to wear the antiquated look foisted on it by the lack of attention of the governor. Karl Marx says the weapon of criticism does not abnegate the criticism of the weapon.
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