The Oasis Reporters
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
“Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.”
~ Daisiku Ikeda
As we gradually move into an election year in Ekiti State even as the political gladiators take on one another, let me make a passionate appeal via this medium to all supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in our dear state to give peace a chance ahead of the 2018 election by playing the ‘siddon look’ card, I mean by sitting on the fence.
Though I am not in a pole position to talk about the rancour among these political gladiators but the Bible says in Mathew 5:9 , “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”.
As a lover of peace and a young party man who has pondered on the dangers which the rancour might cause for the party in 2018, and consider it necessary to come out with a piece to admonish Ekiti PDP youths who are engaging one another in a media war to allow peace to reign in our dear party.
An adage says, “where two elephants fight, the grass around will suffer”.
The problems that ensued among these leaders can make the party lose the election to a party as worthless as the All Progressives Congress APC.
If we lose the election come 2018, who suffers it?
We the youths of course!
I think the young members of the party should know that these leaders know what they are fighting for and we should not cause more problems.
It is obvious that some leaders in the party are currently not in good terms with the state governor but we should not compound the problems. We are expected to be in a position where the matters will be resolved.
It is funny to see supporters of Prince Adeyeye casting unnecessary aspersions against the governor on social media. It is wrong also to see Senator Raji and Olujimi’s supporters abusing the governor.
Majority of us had laboured for the party and are yet to be rewarded, some had spent much on the party and yet to hold any political position. Therefore, we should not allow our leaders to use us in spoiling our chances in 2018.
No doubt that PDP is very popular in Ekiti State but we need to handle or manage our crisis with maturity. Instead of the war of words and daily destruction of the house we built together; we should add more to our political weapons and ensure that those who plunged the state into heavy debts are never allowed access near power in the state. It wouldn’t be wise to let our enemies get a hold of the keys to our arsenal.
We should go back to our leaders and tell them to create an enabling environment for we youth to thrive and put an end to whatever can soil the good name of the party in the state.
One fact we should know is that PDP is not the ruling party now in the country and we should therefore not pave way for those lazy members of Ekiti APC who are bragging about using “Federal Might” against us in 2018. Though their house is not in order and they will continue to be in a state of confusion until after the election but we should end the media war and come back to a round table for dialogue.
Let me state it expressly that in the venture of making a governor, only a naive person will not value the support of a sitting government and that is an obvious truth.
We cannot have two governors at the same time in our party and no one can underestimate political dexterity cum popularity of Chief Ayodele Fayose. His decision on the adoption of his deputy might not go down well with some members but making disparaging statements about the governor on social media by the same members of the PDP is uncalled for.
Scripting derogatory articles to dent the image of our senators and the National Publicity Secretary of the party is equally not in the interest of the party. It can only injure the party.
The feud between Hon. Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (MOB) and Dr. Kayode Fayemi was one of the few things that contributed immensely to the downfall of the APC in 2014.
Also, the strained relationship between Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and Ondo State PDP elders was one of the factors that militated against the party in the last election in the state.
I think we should learn from the mistakes of others and the right time to do so is now.
Let me digress a bit by passing a brief message to those ward leaders and party men who are still unhappy with the outcome of the open local government election primaries held recently in Government house that it is better to have a governor in our party than being in opposition.
If you or your followers didn’t make it through the primaries, who knows whether you and your followers will be among those who will constitute the next government?
Fayose’s government is less than a year to go and we should be ready to work together with him so as to achieve the continuity agenda of the party.
Attacking one another is like exposing ourselves. From within, let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual upbuilding just as the Bible says in Romans 14:9. We have to make peace now and take victory in 2018.
Written by Alonge Olufemi Alonso
He’s a journalist and a member of Ekiti State PDP New Media Team.