THINKING WITH AYOKA ADEBAYO

October 17, 2010 at 8:32 am (Uncategorized)

AYOKA ADEBAYO (76) Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State during the re-run elections. Could it be that this woman is a saint dressed up in soiled garments as she has alluded to? Perhaps I could think from her perspective this once, and away from the public outcry.
She disappeared after resigning citing pressure to do the wrong thing. She never got round to telling us who pressured her and what exactly they wanted her to do. We still do not know (from her) if the result she announced was the pressured one or the authentic one. She has not been interviewed along the lines of what Nigerians would love to know. She knows things that she is not telling us.
Akunyili (the people’s saint!), Michael Okiro (the police mediator) and Michael Aandoakaa (the people’s devil) pressured the woman to return to her duty post. If she ever told them what she was running from, we will never know from the saint, the devil and the mediator. Akunyili did not announce as minister, Okiro did not arrest and interrogate as police, and Aandoakaa did not prosecute as the chief law officer. Now she has been moved to a similar position in Ondo State.
Listening again to her comments in the heat of the crisis, she tells Ekiti people that posterity would prove her. She says they would not write their history without including that one woman, Ayoka Adebayo was there. she has achieved that already but I doubt if she meant that history would vilify her as politics is doing now. I think she meant much more.
I THINK she is saying that she has done something which many would not dare — to speak out, resign, run, hide and reappear. She is correct in so much as there are hundreds who have taken their cut and shut up. There are judges of the electoral tribunals whose hands are said to have been soiled. But this woman spoke out. Some say she should have followed through. It is easy to talk. Under our noses Dele Giwa died, Bayo Ohu died, Dipo Dina died, Bola Ige died, Kudirat Abiola died … perhaps she is not on this list only because she reappeared and realigned.
She is saying that she has given the nation sufficient hint that something was amiss and that someone should pick up. We would be liars if we say that her actions did not help Dr Kayode Fayemi because it did. More that ever, we became convinced as a people that something was amiss and needed to be corrected.
I find myself at a crossroad. Would I wish a woman martyrdom because I need her to fight corruption? Should I absolve her, knowing that her inaction led to the institutionalizing of illegality? Everyone would have to decide and hopefully based on facts.
And while we are at it, we will decide on whose account we should hang the deaths and destruction that visited Ekiti in those trying times. We will come to realize that many people would make the list long before Adebayo Ayoka makes a controversial appearance. So arrage in whatever order you will — YAR ADUA; AKUNYILI; OKIRO; ONI; FAYEMI; AANDOAKAA; IWU; INEC; POLICE; ADEBAYO; PDP; OGBULUAFOR; NATIONAL ASSEMBLY; POLICE; SENATE; NIGERIANS (THAT IS TO SAY, YOU!)

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