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The godfather-godson conundrum

Dele Adeoluwa


POWER is delusive. It provides the holder a false sense of invincibility. It’s also a fleeting journey. Whereas it lasts, you’re akin to the nectar of a bloom; folks of all shades will court docket you, similar to the nectar magnetises the butterfly.

Whereas it lasts, you’re the greatest to have occurred to the leeches who ‘eat’ at your whim. However when energy bears its fangs, reveals you its fiendish facet and also you descend from the top of consideration, the identical folks would be the first to dump you just like the butt of a spent cigarette and nimble to the following port of energy. That’s the blight of energy that holders ignore to their peril.

The competition for political energy in our clime is fierce; it’s huge enterprise as a result of in a extremely impoverished atmosphere like ours, authorities itself is huge enterprise.

For a lot of political gladiators, it’s extra about dishing out patronage and pillaging the commonwealth than of service to the fatherland.

It’s extra about rapacious tendencies. It’s about sickening accumulations by just a few, which impoverish the bulk.

That’s the reason elections are a struggle. Nonetheless, there are just a few who search energy for the overriding curiosity to serve, which reveals within the legacies they depart behind.

It’s seen in how they nonetheless have an effect on their folks and the system even after leaving energy.There’s a frequent streak that tends to run via the godfather- godson conundrum.

Often, a present holder of energy, political energy on this context, or an influence dealer reveals greater than a cursory curiosity in who succeeds him or takes energy subsequent, because the case could also be.

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The explanations, nonetheless, range. For some, and that is only a few, it’s for altruistic intents; it’s primarily to make sure continuity and get a very good system operating after the exit of a trail-blazing pioneer.

However for a lot of others, it’s for egocentric functions. Within the latter case, the godfather, often an incumbent, seeks out a pliable subordinate who will watch his again to hide the putrid stench beneath the cloak of energy.

What’s extra, the competition for political energy can be about relevance. A holder of energy doesn’t need to let go simply, even when his time is up.

It is because the opposite facet of the attract of energy might be repugnant. Each holder of energy dreads it. So, even outdoors energy, he stays within the periphery. He nonetheless desires to be courted. He nonetheless desires to really feel a way of belonging.

Nonetheless, within the bigger context, on the root of the godfather-godson ding dong, typically, is the eagerness of the successor to interrupt free from the stranglehold of his predecessor the second he takes energy.

He desires to rapidly solid off the master-servant toga that births their relationship. He not desires to be dictated to from the shadows.

Now, there was no presentiment that something might go mistaken in 2016 when the then Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, caught out his neck to insist on his good friend, Godwin Obaseki, an financial knowledgeable from the enterprise world, as his most popular successor.

His alternative of Obaseki was opposed by loads of his supporters due to what they believed largely to be his inexperience in politics, however the comrade-governor caught to his weapons.

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He took his good friend around the state and deploying his oratorical prowess, he campaigned vigorously and vouched for his alternative. Obaseki gained the ballot.

Nonetheless, not lengthy after he took the mantle of energy, cracks began appearing in his in any other case iron solid relationship along with his good friend and political mentor.

One of many contentious points was the sacking by Obaseki of personal income collectors appointed by his predecessor.

These sacked simply pitched tent with Oshiomhole towards the governor, blaming the previous for bringing him(Obaseki).

Once more, the formation of the Edo Peoples Motion (EPM) in April by some aggrieved APC chieftains within the state additionally exacerbated the quibble between them.

The group was fashioned purposely to checkmate the governor for allegedly dismantling a few of Oshiomhole’s legacies, his failure to open the Central Hospital constructed by Oshiomhole and what they referred to as “lack of political patronage”.

The ex-APC nationwide chairman himself confided in some people who his foremost downside with Obaseki was his refusal to heed his recommendation on a lot of points, which included the settlement of the entitlements of his deputy in workplace, Dr. Pius Odubu, and the way greatest to handle occasion leaders and supporters within the state.

Nonetheless, the inauguration of the state Home of Meeting by the governor with simply 9 members, leaving out 14 lawmakers-elect, who had been largely Oshiomhole’s loyalists, blew open the frosty relationship between the 2 and externalised the disaster.

And EPM simply listed that legislative infraction as one of many governor’s “sins.” Obaseki thereafter started to clear the vestige of Oshiomhole from his administration by sacking some commissioners believed to be loyal to him (Oshiomhole).

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The sacked commissioners had been: Joseph Ugheoke, Osahon Amiolemen, David Osifo, Mariam Abubakar, Emmanuel Usoh and Mike Amanokha.

At this juncture, it grew to become clear that Obaseki needed to be his personal man. He accused Oshiomhole of desirous to play ‘godfather’, the identical factor he wrestled to rout out of the system when he took energy.

However the former governor refuted the declare, saying his curiosity is strictly good governance and a cohesive occasion within the state. Those that are near the comrade say he detests the phrase ‘godfather’.

As it’s now, the die is solid and the stakes are excessive, as each camps have gone again to the trenches in preparation for the September 19 ballot.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who was a one-time State Authorities (SSG) however ran towards the incumbent as opposition PDP candidate in 2016 is again to reckoning.

He’s now the brand new bride, having clinched the APC ticket. Obaseki, after his disqualification from the race by the APC screening panel, resigned his membership of the ruling occasion and has now pitched his tent with opposition PDP. He has emerged the occasion’s gubernatorial flagbearer.

As September 19 inches nearer, rigidity is thick within the air and there are fears of a doable descent into violence if the irascible tendencies in each camps aren’t correctly managed.

Stakeholders in and out of doors the state, due to this fact, owe it an obligation to rally the gladiators into placating their supporters to embrace peace by all means doable.


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