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Aketi’s Humpty Dumpty – The Nation Nigeria Information

Olakunle Abimbola


For the second time in three weeks, Humpty-Dumpty seems to be an irresistible parallel for Aketi’s pre-election Ondo, as in Fayemi’s mid-term  Ekiti (See “Ekiti’s roiling progressives”, July 5).

Is the Aketi Ondo order then primed for a fantastic fall, like Humpty Dumpty within the nursery rime?

Don’t guess on that, for politics isn’t any sport for the faint-hearted.  However the theatre of the absurd, now on the Ondo entrance, is humbling sufficient.

Think about Sunday Abegunde aka Abena, who did the political equal of the poetic Solomon Grundy, that rifled by means of life in seven quick days!

Abena bolted from the Rotimi Akeredolu authorities as estranged secretary to the state authorities (SSG), parachuted himself to a radio, and began talking in tongues, a few “misplaced” election that nonetheless produced a governor, of which he himself, munching an SSG bounty-turned-sour-grape, was complicit!

To make sure, he would eat crow, hit by the stark actuality that his wild feelings had flung him inside a ditch; and he repudiated, with equal excitability, his earlier declare of an election loss, with a wonderful collective win, although for the ultra-”ungrateful” Aketi.

However how can an ex-SSG boast such childish, if not outright irrational, mood?  Is the Aketi order, united or divided, all whims and caprices?

Properly, Abena isn’t fairly replicating the Olusegun Mimiko feat of exiting as SSG to sack the late Olusegun Agagu, after a chronic post-election litigation.

He swears fealty to one of many APC aspirants.  However wherever is Abena’s subsequent vacation spot, he would seem a tragic examine in self-demarketing.

Or the case of Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, a gangling poster boy of unfazed opportunism, if ever there was one?

Herr Ajayi stormed out to the rival PDP, clutching tight the Deputy Governor workplace he gained as APC candidate; even daring the legislature to question him, if they’d the numbers!

Then, after the governor examined optimistic for COVID-19, he issued a 21-day ultimatum for an influence hand-over, the morality (and compassion) of all of it be damned!

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What schadenfreude — that English German import for malicious pleasure, nay jeer, at another person’s misfortune!

However for the governor’s well timed COVID-19 invoice of well being (a political deus-ex-machina, as they do in Greek classical drama?), Ondo would by now have been battling a constitutional disaster of rotten ethical provenance, amongst different unnecessary distractions.

Or how else do you push the defecting Ajayi power-grab, with all its rotten ethical baggage, counting on the letters of the Structure?  But, that Structure’s identical spirit Ajayi’s galloping opportunism has viciously raped, cantering throughout the partisan isle, aloft with a stolen good, but demanding a wild cheer?

To be truthful to Ajayi, nonetheless, it’s the story of opportunism offers, opportunism takes — essentially the most severe singular plague ravaging this polity.

Ajayi departed PDP as a result of an opportunistic Mimiko, then an embattled, plotting and entrapped governor searching for post-power relevance, junked his Labour Occasion (LP), landed in PDP, and hijacked the get together’s construction from the “natives”, like Ajayi.

Now, are you able to blame the return of the native to his darling PDP, if he might simply stroll throughout the partisan aisle and corral the deputy governorship — when what fetched him that diadem was no dedication to any get together precept, however his electoral field workplace attraction?  Opportunism offers, opportunism takes!

Now Aketi growls Ajayi’s nomination was a mistake — is it now?  When did the dimensions fall off the governor’s eyes?  That brings the discourse to the governor himself.

With all due respect, Governor Akeredolu, although a authorized silk, has exhibited little energy gumption, speak much less of knowledge, these final three years.

Ripples shouldn’t be fairly near the Aketi gubernatorial courtroom, so this view is at greatest speculative.  But, the governor seems, from afar, a potential sufferer of what chances are you’ll name the Rehoboam syndrome.

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Keep in mind the Bible that information King Rehoboam as sufferer of “ineffective younger males”, whose misadvice condemned Solomon’s son, David’s grandson, to kissing 10, out of 12 tribes, in his father’s kingdom, bye-bye?

On FB, Ripples as soon as came across a discourse, with some neophyte, canonizing Aketi as foremost among the many South West “new breed leaders”.

Ripples weighed in and instructed the man — one Delta-born College of Ibadan graduate who claimed he had lived in Ibadan all his life — that he lacked the dynamics of Yoruba politics to make such a declare; and will cease capturing breeze, thus distracting the governor.

However in jumped one other — the unique serenade of the publish — insisting the Delta man was proper on the cash; and that Aketi was the most effective factor to occur to humanity, since Adam left Eden!

The trade turned moderately nasty, because the Aketi advocate grew to become aggressive and abusive, simply to show his level.  Later, Ripples would discover out he was one of many governor’s most seen factotums.

He might nicely be earnest, after all; talking out of real conviction.  Even then, might such sincere zest have negatively impacted Aketi?

How come, simply after three years, Aketi seems missing in tact to midwife the essential political elite consensus, for the smooth-sailing of his energy encore?  Or is the ultra-cantankerous Ondo politics in charge?

Even then, in case you can’t maintain collectively your rapid locality, how will you cross the muster for an prolonged terrain?  So lengthy for flowery FB claims!

The connection between the governor and Prof. Robert Ajayi Boroffice, Ondo’s sole sitting senator, is moderately fascinating.

Simply suffice to say the three-time senator shouldn’t be in contrast to the as soon as rejected pillar that morphs into the foremost cornerstone, from the intrigues that surrounded the 2019 elections, which noticed Ondo shedding two senators to the rival PDP.

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But, from the “reconciliatory” sound bites, the senator is speaking robust, demanding the governor’s apology, and insisting on nominating Aketi’s working mate, amongst 4 different robust situations, to again the governor.

That vary of demand has even drawn a pointy rebuke from contained in the Unity Discussion board,  the intra-Ondo APC stress group, decided to present embattled Aketi run for his cash!   But, the senator was just about preventing for his political life, within the run-up to the 2019 election, for lack of gubernatorial assist!

The purpose right here shouldn’t be a saint-versus-sinner state of affairs.  Hardly is anybody both in politics, that ruthless dedication of who will get what.  The governor and the senator have personal good and unhealthy factors.

It’s moderately to remind the governor — and certainly, different workplace holders — that energy, although most seen, is essentially the most ineffective, in political relationships.

Yeah, energy (particularly gubernatorial energy) does nice transactions, in candy political pork.  However even that turns into ineffective the second energy fades or stops — or whoever does sweetheart offers with out money?

If he survives this roaring crucible, Aketi ought to be taught extra to leverage tact and affect, as an alternative of projecting uncooked energy.

Certainly, affect is the gold customary of sustainable politicking.  That marked respect for friends in energy, builds a post-power paradise, made solely potential by affect.

Nonetheless, the Ondo APC ought to know that it’s cheaper and higher for a sitting governor to get a second time period, besides if he’s a complete catastrophe.  That’s, after all, with out prejudice to aspirants’ democratic rights to contest the governorship ticket.

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