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Alhaji Yar Adua, PDP, et al, “let my people go”!

February 16, 2012

Arts & Culture

The Editor,
The Nation
Lagos,

Alhaji Yar Adua, PDP, et al, “let my people go”!

Sir,
Allow me to appeal to the necessary people to please hands off next Saturday’s gubernatorial rerun elections by throwing away all ideas planned to thwart the will of Ekiti people in next Saturday’s gubernatorial election re-run:

Alhaji Yar Adua, Alhaji Bankole, PDP “chieftains”, Army and Police decision makers, Electoral head and Ekiti Resident Commissioner, etcetera, etcetera, P – L – E – A – S – E, “let my people go” come Saturday. Allow every vote to count; allow the people to elect their governor. Do not let blood flow in our towns and villages just because we are tired of overlords whose local and regional representatives understand not – nor have any interest in – the big picture. This is one of the major actions that can earn Nigeria respect among nations. Alhaji Yar Adua, please prove your skeptics from Day One like me wrong: that your path to Aso Rock might have not been straight; that your decision to go against the recommendation of your appointed electoral reform panel NOT to allow the presidency nominate electoral chairman was ill-conceived, etcetera, THAT you are now ready to step up to the plate and bat for Nigeria. Even though I’m one of those who never expected much from Alhaji Yar Adua considering the way retired General Obasanjo and his electoral body rigged him, governors, senators, etcetera in, I still feel Alhaji Yar Adua has got this golden chance to shame people like me who expected nothing good can come from a person who accepted to receive a stolen “mandate”.

“Let my people go”, the Egyptians were once warned as they insisted on continuing the enslavement of a people who were tired of being subjugated. Let Ekiti people go. Let the wishes of Nigerian masses prevail wherever reruns or the like come up. Do not continue to rule over an entity whose large swathe sees you – and the PDP, Alhaji – as representing the interest of a few.

TOLA ADENLE
Ibadan, Nigeria
April 2009.

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