#EkitiDesides2018:My Seven (7) Takeaways — Oyewole Michael
1. I support (I don't know if believe is better, I feel you are supporting a course) the congratulatory message of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, sums it all up and I'll like to quote him in also extending my congratulations to All Progressive Congress (APC) members and its governorship candidate in the just concluded Ekiti State elections
"Ekiti State has decided. I congratulate Dr. John Kayode Fayemi on winning the governorship election. Commendation also goes to our great party, the APC, for the hard-fought victory after a dignified campaign."
But I do hope his term in office will better the lives of Ekiti People and deliver more on the dividends of democracy.
2. One cannot but be bewildered at the sales and purchase of votes that trailed the election, some even conspicuously display this crummy act with brazen confidence.
Indeed, it is sad to see the dangerous direction our electoral process is sliding into.
3. When reports of ballot snatching, intimidation, financial inducement et al was coming in, some with evidence and some without, very conscious minds began to wonder how all of took place with over 30,000 police officers and other security outfits deployed for this election to maintain law and order.
Was the security organ shipshod? Were they compromised? Were they following orders to soften and "allow" a certain political party behave in this despicable manner? These are questions I know someday the actors will provide adequate answers too.
However, it is beyond me how such would happen unabated with the massive security deployment of personnel. If our democracy must grow, our security outfits must endeavor to do their jobs very professionally in line with international best practices and shun partisanship. They are a very important part of our electoral process and they must act with zero tolerance for electoral malpractice of any kind and be more civil and exhibit more integrity while serving our father land.
4. I think history is about to repeat itself in our Nation's political space. You know, they say history has a way of repeating itself. Recall, Ekiti governorship election held on the 21st of June 2014 had Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the PDP and Dr. Kayode John Fayemi of the APC on the ballot among other political parties and her candidates.
INEC officially declared Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the PDP as the winner of the said election with a margin of over 80,000 votes. Dr. Kayode John Fayemi was as at then the incumbent governor of the State. APC lost. Fast-forward, the 2015 Presidential election was initially scheduled to hold on the 14th February, 2015 was postponed by six weeks due to security concerns.
The Presidential election for 21st March, 2015 due to security concerns. The Presidential election was held on the 28th and 29th March 2015 with Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the PDP and Mr. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC on the ballot among other political parties and her Presidential candidates. INEC officially declared Mr. Muhammadu Buhari as the winner on the 1st of April 2015 with a winning margin of over 2.5 million votes. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the PDP was as at then the incumbent. PDP lost.
Fellow Nigerians, are you with me in the spirit? I do hope you deciphered my analogy. Don't you think the political class of 2015 may repeat itself in 2019? Analysing cues from the recent political trends and happening in our dear Country.
5. Although, it is clear the electorates are yet to understand and maximize the power they posses. This is not peculiar to Ekiti alone but the whole country.
For records, these politicians needs us, yes, they need us! And not the other way round. We are a major determinant of their political career and can "retire" anyone from politics if we so wish do. But do we know our value? The political class has taken to their advantage our ignorance and gullibility and they milking it without consequences. That is why they can shamelessly move from one political party to the other and still have we, the electorate, vote and support them. Or are we a also divorced from ideology like them?
6. The Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) did a very fantastic job with the timely despatch of electoral materials in due time which is highly commendable.
Their logistics was topnotch, most of their staffs did the job with some level of efficiency. However, the constant hiccups with card readers and biometrics should be urgently attended too.
No denying the fact that, it was better than 2015 but seems the same problems of card readers experienced in Edo and Ondo States elections propped up its ugly head in the Ekiti governorship election.
INEC needs to decisively find a lasting solutions to this and act fast! The election observers from various organisations also added their bit to this election, positively though. The way and manner they went about observing, taking notes and even play roles of mediator where tension was brewing is out of this world, nearly.
7. In every democracy, the news media has a sacrosanct role to play in either promoting good governance or reporting issues (un)biased. They are very active players in any good or terrible democracies. The copacetic medium entrenched in prompt reportage of events, results, and hunky-dory happenings before, during and after the election is laudable, praiseworthy, meritorious and creditable. Quite honestly, it is hunky-dory.
OYEWOLE Michael Rolex writes from Ado-Ekiti and can be reached via 08038796168, @Rolex7Michael