The Oasis Reporters
Monday, 6th November, 2017
I remain one of the few Nigerians who believe that most educated people in the country can bring about real growth and development in our economy.
Like leadership, good governance is not by age, certificate or whatever but by who the person in government is and what he has to offer.
Since Ekiti State was created in 1996, four indigenous governors have governed the state but out of them, none was a professor though Ekiti State is reputed to have produced the highest number of professors in the country.
Many professors have occupied political positions in the country and in this dispensation; I think a state is being governed by someone who has reached the peak of his career in academics.
In 1999, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State fielded Professor Tunde Adeniran as it’s flag bearer but was defeated by Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
Otunba Adebayo, who is a lawyer by profession was defeated by a HND holder in 2003.
Professor Adesegun Ojo equally aspired aspired to be a governor in 2007 under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and he came second during the primaries but the person who came third, Engr. Segun Oni was the preferred candidate of the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Engr. Oni was the governor of the state until he was booted out in 2010 by a Court of Appeal decision in Ilorin and that ushered in the first Ph.d holder as governor of Ekiti State.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi was in the saddle between 2010 and 2014. And due to the death of his running mate, Mrs. Adunni Olayinka; a professor, Mrs. Modupe Adelabu became the deputy governor to complete the tenure of the late deputy.
In 2014, the same HND holder, Dr. Ayodele Fayose who defeated Otunba Niyi Adebayo in 2003 also defeated Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
As preparations are rife for another gubernatorial election in the state, there are many candidates aspiring to take over from Chief Ayodele Fayose but the governor prefers to be succeeded by a professor who is presently serving as Deputy Governor of Ekiti State.
I believe a professor doesn’t need too much time to study a terrain before knowing what is good for the society. His four years experience in the state’s politics is enough to make him soar if given the leadership mantle of the state.
In my opinion, the people of the fountain of knowledge should rally round the professor to enable us see how good a professor can be in governance.
Though there are still issues to be resolved among party members over the decision of the governor and I believe the aggrieved members of the party will soon mend fences with the governor and pitch their tent with the young professor.
It is obvious that the All Progressives Congress, APC is not on ground in Ekiti. They only rely on the federal might and if the PDP can put it’s house in order, that will be the end of APC.
Let me make another appeal to all PDP supporters in Ekiti State who have nothing to do on social media than to offer harsh criticism on Gov. Ayodele Fayose to think twice.
The governor has done well in the state and I don’t think his popularity will dwindle like that of the immediate past governor of the state.
To some people, Gov. Fayose might not be 100% right for adopting his deputy but he has not done a wrong thing over his decision.
Fayose as a two term governor might have seen what a member of the National Assembly, state lawmakers , commissioners and others didn’t see. He might have seen some outstanding qualities in his deputy.
Fayose as a fast thinker, might have seen what a Prince and Princess didn’t see and as a grassroots politician cum chief advocator of continuity agenda; he might have seen what ordinary supporters of Ekiti State PDP didn’t see.
My belief is that Ekiti will experience a new look under Prof. Kolapo Olusola Olubunmi.
Written by Alonge Olufemi Alonso, a social media commentator.
He writes from Ekiti, South West Nigeria.