GOVERNORS sit atop the 36 states of the federation. They maintain the helm in these states and are highly effective, robust and dependable to borrow the once-upon-a-time repay line of that first era financial institution. Governors in every single place are robust, however the Nigerian governor is in a category of his personal on the subject of displaying the place energy lies. They’re fast to inform anybody who cares to pay attention: ‘don’t you already know that I’m a governor’ or one thing to that impact.
They don’t solely let folks know that they’re in workplace, but additionally that they’re in energy. Why do they get energy sottish? it’s possible you’ll wish to ask. The reply is straightforward: the assets at their disposal. They’ve loads of assets to dispense favour. This is the reason many wish to be of their good books. You might be made if you’re within the good e-book of a governor. You might be pretty much as good as lifeless if you’re not.
No one, I repeat, no person, is just too large for a governor to cope with, if he turns into energy drunk. Even those that helped him into workplace aren’t spared as soon as bitten by that bug. Can you actually blame governors? The story of a lot of them will not be completely different from that of a person who ought to lie on a mat however is obtainable a mattress. By the point he begins having fun with the consolation of a mattress, he won’t ever bear in mind that there’s something referred to as struggling. Painfully, a lot of them got here from humble background; kids of peasants whom fortune and fame smiled on.
Within the phrases of Shakespeare, some had been born nice, some obtain greatness and a few have greatness thrust on them. These on who energy was thrust; who had been introduced from the slimy, seamy facet of life to the sunnyside of it usually instances strut in every single place as lords of the manor. They stroll into a spot and each particular person stands up. It takes the grace of God for that to not get into the pinnacle of any man. The haughtiness displayed by many governors has nothing to do with the events they belong to.
Whether or not All Progressives Congress (APC) or Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) or All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) or Labour Celebration (LP), it doesn’t matter. All these are labels, which don’t outline the governors. Fairly their excellencies use these labels to form their destinies. They decide the course their events ought to go. They resolve who leads the events and different members of the manager. Their phrases are legal guidelines. As soon as, they’ve spoken, so be it. The nation noticed it occur when PDP was in energy between 1999 and 2015.
At the same time as president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo deferred to the social gathering’s governors, who confirmed their fingers in each matter. To them, there isn’t a distinction between state and social gathering issues.They should have their say in it. That was till Obasanjo weaned himself of their management after his reelection in 2003. It’s nonetheless inside their events that governors carry their affect to bear most. It was not like this on the return of democracy in 1999 when nobody held political energy. Then, the folks’s voice mattered. However on the governors’ ascension to energy issues modified. That they had come into cash by advantage of their new places of work and they also resolved to alter issues in pursuit of their egocentric agenda.
Actually, it’s when somebody is ready of energy and affluence that you could actually say the type of particular person he’s. So, is it with APC governors. Those that had been governors earlier than them on the social gathering’s platform derided their PDP counterparts then for his or her egocentric agenda. The general public didn’t know that it was the kettle calling the pot black. They now know higher. APC governors, from what the folks have seen of them for the reason that social gathering got here into energy 5 years in the past are just like the PDP governors who held the identical place years earlier than them.
In political antics and shenanigans, they’re the identical. How can the folks anticipate them to be completely different? They can’t be completely different after they share the identical character traits and are principally constituted of the identical political material. They transfer from PDP at the moment to APC and from APC to PDP tomorrow. Their political ideology as former APC Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki volunteered when he defected to PDP is “share the cash”. Certainly, that’s how a couple of folks comprising governors who sit on an enormous conflict chest often known as safety vote and different political actors have been sharing our commonwealth since 2015.
To make sure that they continue to be related on the political scene, governors all the time search the management of their events and homes of meeting. The APC disaster, which warranted President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention will be positioned on this need to stay if not in workplace however in energy in perpetuity. They wish to stay governors lengthy after their constitutionally accredited two phrases of eight years and now have a puppet as social gathering chairman in order that they are often pulling the strings behind the scene. The feud between ousted APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole and Obaseki was an ideal excuse for some APC governors to realize their effectively laid plan of getting the comrade eliminated.
The assumption is that these governors have their eyes on 2023. 2023 is all about who succeeeds Buhari who they enlisted to get Oshiomhole out of the way in which. The governors both wish to be president or vp relying on which area the Presidency is zoned to. Governors Simon Lalong (Plateau), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), amongst others, are working collectively to forge a typical entrance for the 2023 Presidency. Of their camp are some ministers from their respective areas. They discover it simple to work collectively at the moment as a result of they consider that they’ve a typical enemy in a stalwart of the social gathering, who’s believed to have curiosity within the Presidency.
Their time, which ought to be spent on working for the folks of their states, is being consumed by permutations for 2023. For them, governance has taken a again seat. Their preoccupation now’s to get their males in place on the social gathering secretariat to govern issues for them to get the presidential ticket in three years time. They’ve, with the President’s assist, gained the primary spherical by pushing Oshiomhole, who is taken into account to be a cog of their plan, out of the social gathering secretariat. They know that with Oshiomhole in management they can not have their manner in manipulating the method of getting the presidential ticket when the time comes.
Even with Oshiomhole out of the way in which, will issues swing of their favour in 2023?