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South-West integration can take place under multi-party arrangement —Ekiti’s Fayemi

http://www.tribune.com.ng/news2013/index.php/en/component/k2/item/4199-south-west-integration-can-take-place-under-multi-party-arrangement-%E2%80%94fayemi

Above link is a report credited to Dr. Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti State in Nigeria’s Southwest in The Tribune of Thursday, January came as a pleasant surprise.  In an interview that touched various subjects, Fayemi reportedly said:

We can also take the advantage of Ondo’s link to the sea because the gas pipeline is easier in Ogun/Ondo border, to help us achieve faster development since energy is a key problem for us. Even those of us, the ACN governors, are committed to integration, but there is a degree also. Without a doubt, we want it to work, but there are always drivers in every agenda of that nature. It is a challenge, but I don’t think it is fair to say that the government of Ondo under our brother, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, is not interested in integration. It will not be a fair assessment.

Well, if Fayemi’s thinking reflects a change of direction by the Action Congress which controls all but one of the Southwest’s states, it is a very welcome and refreshing change.

I’ve written many times on the destructive path of the last couple of years because it is a road to nowhere, and if we can all really come together to pursue the goals that we all claim is dear to us all: keeping up the progressive legacy of the Awo era, it would serve us all very well.  As the Yoruba say – even in traditional context – ona kan ko w’oja (many roads lead to a market). And there is also agbajo po owo l’a fi nso ‘ya – [sort of] “united we stand, divided we fall” although not quite on the mark!

Of the many essays and comments I’ve written/made on the subject, here are but three:

https://emotanafricana.com/2011/11/03/labor-action-congress-parties-and-the-self-destructive-politics-of-nigeria%E2%80%99s-southwest-a-short-comment/

https://emotanafricana.com/2012/06/22/an-open-letter-to-acns-akande-tinubu-tola-adenle/

https://emotanafricana.com/2012/08/09/3442/

TOLA ADENLE

February 1, 2013

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3 Comments on “South-West integration can take place under multi-party arrangement —Ekiti’s Fayemi”

  1. Fatai Bakare Says:

    I read the interview and from all intents and purposes, Dr Fayemi of Ekiti is a sincere man on governance, government and politics judging from the ways he answered the questions put before him. In fact, if three-quarters of the governors are like him, talk less of the presidency, Nigeria would be a better place.

    I am thrilled by his sincerity. Please, carry on with your good work, Dr Fayemi.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Fatai for this input.

      I was surprised at Dr. Fayemi’s statement but the surprise stems from the way political parties are run in Nigeria these days which is simply that ADHERENTS – I choose that word for its full implications – fall in line or get out as the caricature of Nigeria’s contribution to “political party”, the PDP has perfected.

      The stifling political environment of the top hierarchy of Nigerian political parties is generally tolerated as means justifying ends. In the chase, many, no matter their former/perceived integrity, intelligence, etcetera willingly fall in line with eyes firmly on the goal of Nigerian interpretation of “public service”.

      This was where my surprise came from but it is refreshing not only that Fayemi’s full interview restores a measure of hope for us but also that he can express a believe that is contrary to the dominant SW party to which he belongs.

      Regards, as always.
      TOLA.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Fatai for this input.

      I was surprised at Dr. Fayemi’s statement but the surprise stems from the way political parties are run in Nigeria these days which is simply that ADHERENTS – I choose that word for its full implications – fall in line or get out as the caricature of Nigeria’s contribution to “political party”, the PDP has perfected.

      The stifling political environment of the top hierarchy of Nigerian political parties is generally tolerated as means justifying ends. In the chase, many, no matter their former/perceived integrity, intelligence, etcetera willingly fall in line with eyes firmly on the goal of Nigerian interpretation of “public service”.

      This was where my surprise came from but it is refreshing not only that Fayemi’s full interview restores a measure of hope for us but also that he can express a believe that is contrary to the dominant SW party to which he belongs.

      Regards, as always.
      TOLA.

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