And so the elections tribunal gave its ruling the other day, essentially affirming the (s)elections of “governor” Adedibu as the de facto “thief executhief” of
As was expected, Molete, the seat of government, (you know, they prepare and sign State Budget there these days) and its environs, went agog. Transporters, the core of Adedibu’s support, zoomed through the length and breadth of
Indeed, it was a blissful day for Baba Adedibu. Baba himself led a convoy to the Secretariat, where the offices of “deputy-governor” Alao-Akala and “assistant-deputy governor” Arapaja are located. They danced and jollified. Alao-Akala spoke for the triumvirate. He took the political high road, asking all those that had contested their electoral victories to eschew bitterness and join hands with them for the collective good of the people of
His graceful speech was, however, quickly buried in the deafening din of the gleeful cacophony that emanated from his retinue of hypocritical sycophants, surrogates and hangers-on, led, of course, by Diran Odeyemi, his former cantankerous, combative and tactless Special Adviser on Communications. Within minutes of Alao-Akala’s speech, literally, Odeyemi penned an article published by Nigeriaworld.com. You could tell, from reading the entire rambling and disjointed piece that my erstwhile friend did not give proper thought to what he intended to say. The same absence of mature, professional and perceptive appreciation of events and incidents that characterized his stint as Adviser on Communications, and led to many unpardonable gaffes, is ascetically evident in his current attempt to darken his nose off Alao-Akala’s rear end.
He started off with a conciliatory heading: “Oyo State Electoral Tribunal Judgment; No Victor No Vanquished,” but quickly betrayed his true intent – the continued fomentation of fractious and intractable crises in
In one breath he wrote:
“As far as we are concerned, there is no victor no vanquished; nobody is a loser, we all won.”
And in another, he wrote:
“The battle is from all angles; left, right and centre. The prepared script of the opponents kept changing to such a ridiculous extent that absolute lies were added to fabricated stories just to paint the Governor in black colour.”
In yet another breath, he wrote that:
“A man whose era was dogged by violence, brutality, civil strikes and total anarchy could not be rated above the one that restored peace and hope, wiped off tears from the faces of the oppressed and above all restored injustices of the past” – an obvious reference to former governor Rashid Ladoja who many peace-loving Oyo State indigenes are trying to reconcile with Alao-Akala.
Many readers who know me personally, and know Diran Odeyemi as well, may wonder why I am criticizing him in the public domain. Odeyemi himself may wonder why I did not pick up the phone and call him (again) rather than “trash” him on a website, after all, I have known him (and his wife) since we shared the same hall of residence at the University of Ibadan in the early to mid 80s. To such readers, I want to tell them that I have exhausted all reasonable avenues (phone calls and face-to-face conversations) in order to keep Odeyemi from wrecking himself and taking
In his trademark combative, insulting, arrogant, adversarial and garrulous manner, Odeyemi has succeeded in further driving a wedge between the government of
A contributor to Nigeriaworld.com, Eric Ayoola, writing from London, UK, has aptly described Odeyemi as “a well rewarded professional praise singer, without any sense of shame…) Ayoola must know Odeyemi as well as I do since Odeyemi lived in London immediately preceding his appointment to Adedibu’s cabinet. I am often confounded when I read anything Odeyemi says on behalf of Adedibu or Alao-Akala. Ayoola also described Adedibu as an apostle of Realpolitik, a German coinage that captures the essence of politics without principles. I posit that Odeyemi is a disciple of Realpolitik. Certainly, the Odeyemi that I visited at Alao-Akala’s office, fresh from the widely reported beating he received from then deputy-governor Hazeem Gbolarumi’s thugs, was different from the one I used to know. Throughout our walk from his office down to my vehicle, he looked over his shoulders, afraid that someone might attack him in broad daylight in the official premises of the Office of Governor! A couple of days later when we met at a suya joint, he showed up with armed police guards, ostensibly because his life had been threatened by those on whom he had unleashed his infamous barrage of uncouth vituperations.
I wondered how he lived life like that; seeking trouble where none existed and making hay where the innocent and gullible shed blood. My only answer was that he justified his relevance in Adedibu’s government by doing its dirty job. How else could one explain the sudden retrogression of Odeyemi’s positive political activism (read his vitriol on OBJ and others in his early days as a contributor to Nigeriaworld.Com and prior to fighting for crumbs off Adedibu’s table) to this crass level of ethical and moral decadence?
Michael Egbejumi-David, in his May 2007 article published by Nigeriaworld.Com succinctly captured the Odeyemi saga when he asked and answered his own question:
“Wasn’t Diran Odeyemi uselessly slapped around by the former deputy to Alao-Akala or his thugs? Yet, Diran is still there hanging around for some kind of “boy-boy” job…”
Odeyemi now holds the “enviable” position of Special Adviser on Special Duties. Wow! Might those Special Duties include running “Ghana-Must-Go” bag errands between Molete and Agodi? Or between Agodi and
Certainly, this is not the Odeyemi I used to know. This Odeyemi appears capable of selling his soul in order to continue to hoodwink the “ill-literate” and discredited governor that he serves. And if Odeyemi is half the man that he purports to be, he will quit the government headed by Adedibu, the hydra-headed canker-worm that is feeding fat on the fabric of
“If Adedibu does not die, the people of
Before sitting down to write this piece, I spent two days going through Odeyemi’s past articles. One of these days, I will take the time to cull and publish parts of his old diatribe, back when he pretended to be a social critic. I am convinced that if Adedibu and Obasanjo have access to Odeyemi’s old write-ups, they will discover that the man is a fair-weather friend, “hanging around for some kind of ‘boy-boy’ job”, as Egbejumi-David puts it. It is ironic that Odeyemi describes Alao-Akala’s opponents as members of “AGIP” (Any Government in Power). Alao-Akala should re-examine his coterie of so-called friends. He may have to eliminate some of them. And does not Alao-Akala’s betrayal of Ladoja represent a commitment (on Alao-Akala’s part) to AGIP?
Probably the worst part of Odeyemi’s piece, the one that lost him my respect, is this quote:
“On a final note, and this message is for all political leaders in Nigeria, it takes the praises of sycophants for a good leader to derail, while it takes inner wisdom, self-examination and self-determination including prayer for a wiser person to succeed. Governor Akala is thoroughly brought up in the parlance of elders, he is wise.”
Sycophants? Puleeeeze. Does Odeyemi know what the word means? His entire article drooled like a sycophantic elegy. Who is he trying to fool? The people of
I have never read anything so ideologically bankrupt; so intellectually inept and so politically fraudulent. Does he realize that “government comes and government goes, but the people remain”?