By Felix Eshalomi
The victory of APC in the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti had the ambience of a sweet smelling savor and a breath of fresh air long overdue to the good people of the state who have, for what seemed like eternity, been pathetically subjected to one of the most dehumanizing forms of governance.
So one must of necessity give credit to the winner of the election and governor elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for a battle well fought. Kudos must also go to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for putting in place the structures that ultimately led to the successful wrestling of power from the ruling party and placing it firmly in the hands of a deliverer.
Delta State and Ekiti may be in different geo-political zones but the two states had found themselves in similar political position prior to the July 14, 2018 election. Like Ekiti State, Delta has been bedeviled by the cankerworm called PDP, but for longer period. And this is why we in Delta monitored very closely the political intrigues leading up to the election and the emergence of APC.
It is no shame to say that monitoring the events in Ekiti has provided us with useful tips on how to end the reign of the PDP in Delta. As I have consistently highlighted in my previous article, there is an urgent need to put our house in order and present a united front. We must resist the urge to put individual interest above party interest.
There is no better time for Delta to fall into the progressive governance of the APC than now. But the question is how prepared are we?. That is why the swearing-in of Prophet Jones Erue by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the new chairman of the APC in Delta could not have come at a better time. It is truly the first step in our march forward.
This development, at least, puts to rest all the wrangling amongst party faithful for top spot and gives the party stability at the centre. And now that the centre holds, things will work together. The victory of Fayemi in Ekiti has taught us and we have humbly learnt that defeating PDP is not impossible. With good political planning and the overwhelming support of the good people of Delta, which we have always had, victory for the APC is surely within grasp.
We must now look to and trust the new leadership of APC in Delta and abide by their decisions. Prophet Jones Erue showed that he appreciates the task that lies ahead when he declared at his swearing-in that “for us in APC in Delta, our major concern is to repeat the Ekiti feat, that is winning election and you know what it is to win elections. You must be prepared to bring everyone together and I am prepared as the chairman to bring together those who are willing so that we can pursue one goal and that goal is to win election”.
This goal should be the primary focus of all members and stakeholders of the APC. To repeat the feat of Ekiti in Delta will be lauded as an even greater achievement as we would have put a stop to an unbroken chain of hardship, bad governance and executive impunity nonchalantly meted out to the good people of Delta for two decades.
*Eshalomi, a constitutional lawyer, is resident in Lagos.