Edo2020: The Misconception, Miscalculation, and Mirage- 3
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it”.~ 1Cor 9:24
My first experience of ‘the devil’s river’, as a mirage is being described in some quarters, was when I was a little boy coming from the farm; with the weight of the load on your head and the weariness of your legs due to the long journey one has to trek, it is only hope that can soothe your pain at that point in time.
And that hope can only come in the form of a mirage, whereby you console yourself that water is near to cool your tongue, and refreshed your wearied soul.
Howbeit, you will end up trekking the whole distance without meeting this ‘river’, that is ‘always’ in front. The consolation is the hope it gives you to bear the unpleasant and burdensome weight of the load.
As the race for who occupies Osadebey avenue intensifies, and the desperation expressed by some aspirants, one begins to wonder, if they are not aware that only one person can be Governor of the state at a time.
The admonition of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthian brethren becomes quite handy.
While they are all free to run, only one can get the crown. But it is expected of them to run in line with the rules and regulations of the game.
In the previous series, we have dealt with the #misconception and #miscalculation of the three major contenders within the All Progressive Congress, as seen from the eyes of the masses. But on this issue, the masses seemed to be of the opinion that aside from the incumbent governor, the other two aspirants are not deceived by the mirage.
This is why they were able to sign a gentleman agreement with other aspirants, with the promise to collapse their structure in support of whoever emerges as the party’s flag bearer.
This gentleman agreement is obvious in their campaigns. I have been privileged to hear from two of the aspirants personally as a journalist cum social watcher, and they have both spoken with the utmost respect for other aspirants.
Though I have not been able to listen to the incumbent governor address issues in a ‘closed-door’ meeting, his “4+4 to’gba” #mantra shows gross disrespect for the rights of other aspirants to contest, and also an insult to the sensibilities of the masses, by making it look as if the masses have no choice than to have him for another four years!
The incumbent governor has also taken the desperation to remain in office a notch higher by using state machinery to haunt all those who are against his “to’gba agenda”. The #intimidation and #harassment by issuing #revocation of the #certificates of #occupancy of his opponents and their supporters, or the outright arrest and threat to the lives of all opponents who are not in support of his reelection bid, is a clear indication of not just bad #sportsmanship, but a sign of #dictatorship.
And I believe the governor, who prides himself as an enlightened and learned person should know how #dictators always end.
It is only a matter of days and as with the cases of mirage, the governor would soon wake up to the reality that there was never a second-term agenda for him. It will soon dawn on him that all those shouting ‘#Edo is not #Lagos’ and proclaiming the “#to’gba” like a religious sect on social media, were only just there to have a good chunk of the ‘national cake’, or perhaps, ‘state cake’, as this matter is about Edo state in particular and not the whole nation.
With the timetable for the elections released by INEC, every new day takes us closer to the devil’s river, and with time, we will soon find out that there was never a river there!
Until we write again, we are back to the sidelines.
May Edo Succeed!
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IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.