Edo revolution gobbling own children
When opportunism begets opportunism, it is misery guaranteed — and there’s absolutely no mystery about it all. If you doubt, just step into Edo State, and savour cross-opportunism gone sour.
Godwin Obaseki, after falling out with the “powers and principalities” of his own party, sought refuge for second term, in the opposition Edo PDP. Though not a few would side with the governor that he had little choice in the matter, if he was to smell second term, the whole enterprise was rooted in rank opportunism.
The Edo PDP too, not without its own power and principalities, drooled at that sweet, magnetizing aroma — to grab the governorship for itself, while the rival APC duelled to the death. The war cry: disgrace Adams Oshiomhole, and everything would be added onto it!
Well, the war was gloriously won: Oshiomhole was defeated and disgraced, though he wasn’t on the ballot. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was. Still, winning the peace, after the crow of victory, is proving very Herculean.
Between Obaseki and his welcoming PDP, the honeymoon appears well and truly over. Obaseki wants to stamp his imprimatur on his new party. “To be thus is nothing, but to be truly thus,” crowed the tragic Lady Macbeth, as she goaded her husband to doom.
Unfortunately, the Edo PDP screeches, more or less, the same cry: it wants to be “truly thus”; and therefore wants Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, to resign, on the basis of some reported pre-poll agreement, to be replaced by one of PDP’s own!
Again, that would appear as easy and as productive as shooting the breeze, because for Obaseki’s sake, Shuaibu turned proud Judas to Oshiomhole’s cause; and threw his old benefactor and long-time guardian under the bus! Besides, D-G Shuaibu does have gubernatorial ambitions of his own!
Yet, the Edo PDP would probably not rest until it claims what it feels is legitimately its, starting with poor Shuaibu’s scalp! Boy o boy, it never gets more roiling, as the Edo revolution is set to consume its own children!
No tears from this corner, as the factions would rub themselves out. But Obaseki should count himself lucky: had the House of Representatives passed its cabinet-deadline Bill (pushing that the president or governor be impeached if, by 30 days after assuming office, he fails to push his cabinet list to parliament), he’ll probably be facing an impeachment threat by now!
But again, no tears from here. Betrayal always has spiritual implications, and both Obaseki and Shuaibu are not exactly saints on that front — and the Oshiomhole “ghost” would continue to plague both.
Still, beyond the spiritual: the Edo opportunism-gone-awry is again umpteenth lesson to evolve a strong and robust party system, fair to all. That is one sure way to deepen and strengthen democracy.