By Adebayo Fajinmi
Nobody has shown the axiom, “if you must hurt a man, do it brutally you need not fear his revenge” than Zamfara helmsman, Bello Matawalle lately in Nigeria’s polity. Who came close was Senator Iyiola Omisore who suddenly became a beautiful bride for both PDP and APC when INEC declared Osun governorship election in 2018 inconclusive. The parties were caught in an impasse. Bigwigs, stalwarts, carpetbaggers, megalomaniacs all came to act as suitor. At long last,Omoisore dumped the umbrella he had had as a shield for years and rode horse to marry those have casted him as a slayer. It was a trauma on political libodo of the Osun PDP.
Last Tuesday, Matawalle defied all speculations, took axe on umbrella in Zamfara and nuke it. Citizens spoke with their first fingers for David Umahi and Ben Ayade who earlier defected, but Matawalle shone as a beneficiary of a divided house as governor. Than a boy screaming loud enough to bring the roof down because you deny him lollipop, the PDP has cried. PDP’ s chairman, Uche Secondus has threatened legal action, cum lebelled him an ungrateful fellow. The governor in an interview with the People’s Journalist, Chief Osasu Igbinedion said the PDP can do nothing. Italian political philosopher, Niccolò Machiavelli says in ‘The Prince’ “men could forget the loss of their fathers more rapidly than that of their property. PDP claims ownership of his office, but he has proven that democracy is a big tent and scowled the claim. Secondus had this to say: the APC are convincing PDP governors to defect to rig 2023 general election. Kola Ologbondiyan also prattled in the slough on Saturday, saying the defection was “unpardonable act of betrayal.”
Who will tell PDP that it set the pace when it sat on democratic stool in Nigeria’s fourth republic? The PDP came in a democracy but turned election against citizens.Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said votes should not be “counted but weighed.” The PDP has provided hands to count and scale to weigh votes whichever way it comes. Like in Soyinka’s play, madmen become specialists and specialists become madmen in a democracy.
But Matawalle gave a reason. He decamped so his state can have rest. To join hands with the centre to bring lasting peace. This author quipped, is the centre still holding? Is Kaduna, Niger, Borno, Katsina and others not connected amid the hectoring banditry? No region is exempted from the foray. The nation is afire. The sound of hector now follows everyone, banging each state to bruise and bled emphatically, incessantly and increasingly trenchantly essentially. Yet, the governor is projecting shadows as reality from objects passing in front of a fire behind Nigeria, and giving names to these shadows as against the accurate presentation of the real situation.
This can only be a royal ruse in Nigeria.
Adebayo Fajinmi is Editor with TOS TV Network.