Ekiti 2018: My mind goes to Olarewaju Adepoju, by Raheem Akingbolu

As a lover of Yoruba poetry, I hardly missed records of Baba Olarewaju Adepoju, during his active days. Yesterday, I unconsciously inserted the one Baba did when Late Pa Michael Otedola became Governor of Lagos State on the platform of NRC, after the most sought after contestants in SDP; Dapo Sarumi, Igbalajobi and others failed to put their house in order.


After Otedola became governor, Olarewaju said ‘Ote lo dola fun Mikeelii’. To avoid opportunist(s) lashing on this temporary challenge to win the July election, hands must be on the deck to reconcile all differences.


On this note, I want to advise stakeholders in Ekiti to do everything humanly possible to resolve issues the outcome of today’s election could generate.


I was jolted 3 days ago when my oga and a strong promoter of the Ekiti of my dream, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, withdrew. Beyond his passionate literatures on plans to rebuild Ekiti, I have intteracted with him closely on the project and I saw passion, I saw commitment and I saw selflessness.


However, despite all these, he quit. That’s has further confirmed that it’s not about him but about his people and his state. To me, it takes a strong character to do what he did.

Having stated this, I want to urge the distinguished senator not to ‘siddon look’ yet.


Ekiti sure needs his likes as rescuer. The brand equity has been seriously eroded, our values appear to have been thrown into dustbin because the current administration has suddenly taken the advantage of our weaknesses to devalue what we are known for.


After today’s exercise, I want to advise whoever that wins and his promoters to quickly move in and reconcile with all. I think it will be suicidal if anybody is looked down upon.


I drop this this morning because my state has consistently been in the news for close to 15 years, perhaps more than any state in the South West. The recent drama at the APC primary was just another embarrassing one.


‘Tan ba n sa si Ekiti, Ki Ekiti ma sa si ara re.’ We have almost become a laughing stock.

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