Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state turned himself in at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja shortly after the order for his arrest and detention.
Politics is a field that is not short of numerous, various styles devised by its key players for success. The Nigerian clime is accustomed to many politicians plying their trade discreetly without violating famous Ockam’s Razor, a scientific principle of not using many words where few would do.
Ayodele Fayose stands out, particularly due to his very outspoken stance on matters of national tilt. His string of constructive criticisms of the Buhari-led administration, often without minding whose ox is gored, has endeared him to lots of Nigerians who seize virtually every chance to bathe him with eulogies. Indeed, such guts is a rarity in a time where skeptics are subtly gagged. Fayose’s recent arrest, although he has been released, by EFCC sparked reactions which mostly interpreted it as sheer witch-hunt to date. Without getting entangled in that prejudice, was Fayose persecuted or prosecuted?
Before Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Ekiti State governor, handed over, an invitation was already awaiting from EFCC. It reportedly bordered on interrogation over his alleged involvement in being a beneficiary of Col. Sambo Dasuki’s largesse with funds earmarked for national security. His photo on a T-shirt with inscription “EFCC I’m here” went viral, an action obviously intended to reaffirm his fearlessness of imminent uncertainty.
Besides the sympathy consequently generated, implicit suggestions that this exponent of “Stomach Infrastructure” has done no wrong whatsoever is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Although most people probably would construe Fayose’s ordeal as persecution since he has been freed by EFCC, it can be more suitably intepreted as an oblique prosecution for his abysmal reign as Ekiti’s number one citizen for four years. This may have been Karma at work.
Ekiti State remains one of the poorest states in Nigeria, which largely comprises civil servants. It is on record that they were owed for over six months even as Fayose’s tenure wound up. What happened to billions of naira bail-out funds? The celebratory displays of credit alerts by some state workers in the last days of October on social media underlined how close to impoverishment they were during Fayose’s era.
A handful of infrastructures were provided while ostentatious patronage of road-side petty traders became a governance approach. Isn’t it ironic that a leader with such rich tendency to berate the federal government for incompetence was simultaneously culpable of the same defect? Fayose just seemed to forget that garrulousness doesn’t translate to good leadership; results which rub off favourably on Ekiti people’s general welfare does.
Finally, current Chief Judge of Ekiti State’s appraisal of a project executed by Fayose’s administration as a “hybrid of absurdity” to a great extent summarizes Fayose’s very mediocre track record. He is just like the other short-sighted, selfish politicians out there who rather chooses to hide under the veneer of activism.
Ayodele Fayose is no saint and the earlier well-meaning Nigerians decline to be deluded by his typical ad-libbing, the better you would understand that he deserves even more than what EFCC served him.