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  1. It’s a state famed for the excessive mental attainments of its individuals.
    Simply as you’ll affiliate crude oil with Bayelsa or Rivers, the
    mere point out of Ekiti conjures up visions of a land crawling with professors and PhDs.

    However curiously for a individuals so enamoured of studying, the
    political chief that has captured their imagination essentially the most within the final sixteen years is one not famous for his academic accomplishments.

    It’s as if the folks grew to become uninterested in the snooty methods of their tremendous educated elite and hankered after somebody earthy.
    Out of nowhere, Ayodele Fayose occurred to them – igniting an on-and-off

    When he first ran for governor he would drive right into a village
    with out potable water and distribute the liquid free to villagers.
    Whereas he was assembly the people’s most urgent wants,
    his rivals who most likely felt higher certified due to their pedigree, have
    been lulling the individuals to sleep with the standard guarantees of what they’d do.

    Not surprisingly the man type nowhere swept away
    all in his path to develop into governor. After leaving workplace in ignominy
    and roaming the political wilderness for years, the connection he had with the
    folks nonetheless remained. It was one thing his rivals simply couldn’t clarify.

    The attraction between the individuals and Fayose may
    solely be likened to the magnetic pull that attracts good ladies to unhealthy boys.

    He can activate his ‘man of the people’ charm one minute, and
    the subsequent he’s main a band of unruly supporters to tough up
    a Excessive Courtroom decide in his chambers.

    It’s not as if the folks didn’t know his flaws.
    Nonetheless they selected him over a hardworking mental in Dr.
    Kayode Fayemi whose solely sin was that he was aloof.
    However buyer’s remorse could very effectively be setting in.

    Fayose is a gaffe machine that by no means stops giving.
    Simply once you thought he had completed his worst, he outdoes himself by
    drilling down into the basement.

    He’s unhealthy information – and that’s not simply his critics or members
    of the All Progressives Congress (APC) speaking. Ali Modu
    Sheriff, one of many claimants to the Peoples’ Democratic
    Celebration (PDP) chairmanship, has dismissed him as an embarrassment.

    Governors are elected to govern and enhance the standard of life of their
    individuals. The Ekiti governor views his time in workplace as one lengthy drama

    Many states like his can’t pay salaries. However the extra severe amongst his colleagues are restructuring their economies
    and fascinating the Federal Authorities to get wanted funds.

    Some are blocking leakages, reducing budgets to avoid wasting

    However what does our ‘man of the people’ do? He stops his cavalcade by the
    roadside to chop ponmo! Nice picture alternative which cuts no ice with the hungry.
    At different occasions, he jumps on a motorbike amidst
    a swarm of Okada riders and dashes up and down the
    lone first rate highway in his rustic state capital and scurries again to Authorities Home.

    Drawback solved!

    However information flash! Ekiti staff are nonetheless on strike
    and say nothing wanting three months arrears of fee would do.

    The governor loves to place himself as some political grandmaster whose
    perceived madness has some underlying technique.
    Those that purchase this pitch love him to bits.

    However even amongst his fawning followers the act
    could also be sporting skinny. This previous week, could come to
    be remembered because the week Fayose unravelled.

    All of it started with the dramatic announcement by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) that courtesy
    of a court docket order it had frozen a few accounts
    held by the governor, his relations, associates and the previous Minister of State for
    Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro. The quantities concerned run into billions of naira

    Fayose would have us imagine that President Muhammadu Buhari goes
    to sleep at evening and wakes up within the morning
    excited about him. So his first response was to launch a stinging
    private assault at president’s spouse, Aisha, with the intention of getting some mud
    splattered on the as soon as who had been bought to the world as a paragon of integrity.

    There was simply somewhat drawback. Two former EFCC chairmen – Nuhu Ribadu and Ibrahim Lamorde – who have been concerned with the Halliburton bribery scandal confirmed that an impostor ‘Aisha Buhari’ was the one concerned in US Congressman William Jefferson’s case – and never the president’s spouse.

    However slightly than staging a tactical retreat to permit different occasions to remove the poignancy of his blunder, the rattled Fayose staggered from one unforced error to
    a different.

    In a bid to distance himself from the disbursements
    made from the workplace of the previous Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA), Col.
    Sambo Dasuki (rtd), he threatened to unmask his monetary backers in the event that
    they didn’t converse up in his hour of distress.

    Making good the menace, he makes the disturbing declare that Zenith Financial institution bankrolled his political marketing campaign. With financial institution sustaining a stony silence,
    Fayose’s film manufacturing subsidiary went into overdrive.
    Lo and behold inside 24 hours we had been watching edited
    movies purportedly exhibiting the bank’s officials stammering and grovelling earlier than the governor.
    He stated they’d come to ‘beg’ him. For what sins we’re not

    Given the governor’s previous antics one could also be tempted to dismiss the episode as one other charade.

    The same factor occurred not too way back when his erstwhile ally, Dr.

    Temitope Aluko, began giving inform-all interviews all around the place.

    However earlier than you knew it Fayose had managed to get Aluko right into a
    setting the place it appeared just like the prodigal had repented having
    seen the folly of his methods. Earlier than rolling cameras the governor patted his one-time ally fondly on the again, declaring ‘he’s my

    Subsequent day, a stunned Aluko was repudiating what occurred the
    day earlier than as a properly-orchestrated charade. Is that this what we simply witnessed with the supposedly
    begging financial institution officials?

    Ordinarily, there are one or two methods by which banks half with cash.
    They both provide you with a mortgage of types or a donation. A
    mortgage would require documentation and safety regardless of how
    huge the client is.

    Was Fayose given a mortgage by a conservative financial institution to prosecute an election towards an incumbent
    with none assure he would win? Is it even credible to think about such a situation on condition that
    the chance evaluation would have killed off the proposal?

    If he was given a donation, what was the quantity concerned and the way does that motion line up with provisions of the legislation?

    Part 221 of the 1999 Structure states: “No affiliation, aside from a political social gathering, shall canvass for votes for any candidate at any election or contribute to the funds of any political social gathering or to the election bills of any candidate at an election.”

    There’s an identical prohibition in the businesses and Allied Issues Act Cap.
    C20 L.F.N. 2004 (CAMA). Part 38 (2) of CAMA gives that:

    “A firm shall not have or train energy both straight or not directly to make a donation or reward of any of its property or funds to a political celebration or political affiliation or for any political function; and if any firm, in breach of this subsection makes any donation or reward of its property to a political social gathering or political affiliation, or for any political function, the officers in default and any member who voted for the breach shall be jointly and severally liable to refund to the corporate the sum or worth of the donation or reward and as well as, the corporate and each such officer or member shall be responsible of an offence and liable to a high-quality equal to the quantity or worth of the donation or reward.”

    The allegations made by the governor aren’t solely grave,
    they’ve authorized implications such that an establishment with the profile of Zenith Financial institution can not
    afford to maintain mum for too lengthy – hoping this embarrassing episode will simply disappear.

    Such a proof might shed extra mild on the contents of
    the frozen accounts. Whereas Fayose is tying himself up in knots bleating about his valuable immunity from prosecution (not investigation), he may assist the
    dialogue by telling the world how he got here in regards
    to the frozen billions.

    The governor should still have his diehard loyalists, nonetheless I believe that many who had been chanting ‘Oshokomole’ on Election Day should by now
    realise that they’ve been had.

    Many now mock the Ekitis by saying that they bought
    their future to Fayose by gathering his miserable ‘stomach
    infrastructure.’ With out a lot sympathy they urge the
    folks to stay with the selection they’ve made.

    On this level although I’ve a distinct perspective.

    It may not be completely right to say that Fayose was the desire of the Ekiti folks mirrored on voting day.
    The revelations of Captain Sagir Koli over the Ekitigate scandal
    have been corroborated by the rising particulars of how the PDP moved billions into the state to topple Fayemi.

    So in actuality the incumbent was just about imposed himself
    on the individuals in a brazen train in subversion of the democratic will.
    In fact, the folks have their very own share of the blame as a result of
    Fayose couldn’t have risen to problem for energy if the individuals – lots
    and elite – had not fallen for his allurements
    and tolerated his excesses.

    Sadly for the governor stolen waters are not likely gratifying.
    He is aware of what authorized troubles are ready for him when the display screen of immunity is lifted.
    That maybe explains why he retains shouting ‘I’m not afraid of
    Buhari’ when nobody has accused him of being afraid.

    It jogs my memory of the story of a man who had been on dying row in Kirikiri for near 30 years.
    Someday God confirmed him mercy when a outstanding pastor
    visited and helped set him free. He later informed the man of God
    that his worst nightmare all these years was he couldn’t sleep between the hours of 12.00 midnight and four.00 am.

    He mentioned the hangmen used to come back throughout that interval to take these to
    be executed. So every night time he would keep awake all evening when he heard footsteps, questioning whether or
    not they had been coming for him.


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