By abiodun KOMOLAFE
There is an unraveling mystery about the Nigerian press. The custodian of this value is
clearly misunderstood and misused in opportunities. But it is for the present crop of
journalists to reinvent themselves into relevance; otherwise, the Nigerian press will remain a
caricature of itself and the ideas of its founding fathers. Nonetheless, the patriots were also
guilty. When it’s time to go back to that story, we will!
Thank God the 2022 Osun governorship election has come and gone! A victor has finally
emerged and the losers have ‘moved on’. However, that the victorious Governor Ademola
Adeleke and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) continue to feast in celebration of the
Supreme Court judgment calls for concern. In sane climes, the governor should be thinking in
terms of the responsibilities that the judgment has placed on him and how to manage the
success therefrom. Yes, this is not the time for buffet parties or the ‘a la Carte’ philosophy
synonymous with our political gladiators. Now that the ‘Dancing Senator’ has danced his
way to Osun Government House, it’s time he actually sat down and fenced the opposition
through the delivery of democracy dividends.
All the same, it is important to note that nothing kills a nagging society than taxation without
representation. In Osun as we speak, people can no longer build walls around their property
unless they have thugs or police backing. To a common man on the street, neither of them is
available. And, since the principle of ombudsman, which is an ingrained ingredient in
professional journalism, has taken flight, no one calls the attention of the government to the
need to remedy this anomaly. The ‘omo onile’ syndrome that is regarded as stale, and dealt
with by the early responsible society, is just rearing its head in the ‘State of the Virtuous’ now
rechristened ‘State of the Living Spring.’ So, it’s always like five steps forward, ten steps
back! While society may be ready for all kinds of the PDP-like anomalies, let the ruling party
not forget that that’s how the decline of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State
Chapter, started. So, ‘he who has ears, let him hear’.
Well, the thinking behind the title of this piece is for Osun APC to achieve a clean break from
the past without residue. It is also to avoid the possibility of an evolution throwback on the
state, and the party as a whole; otherwise, it might just be the laying of a solid foundation for
an indestructible comeback of the ‘IleriOluwa’ faction. After all, ‘The Osun Progressives’,
aka TOP, only saw an avenue to be relevant; and it cherry-picked it. As far as this factional
arm of the party was concerned, it’s a right decision; and the beneficiaries were happier, and
better for it! But now that the party as a whole has found itself in this quagmire, what’s next?
To answer this, we may need to interrogate a seamless chord which links the beginning of the
end to the end of the beginning. If the code is taken for granted, it may spell doom for the
society because in it lies the dynamics of change which is acceptable to the people.
Therefore, if one cannot search into its vortex, it is better not to dabble into it in the first
Whereas IleriOluwa was a creation of political necessity, one crippling feature about the
now-rested TOP was that it consisted of known people, previous palls and previous party foot
soldiers, certainly with a long history of mutual benefits. So, dealing with people like that
would always take its unpleasant tolls. Let nobody be deceived: the longer the relationship,
the deeper the arsenal of weapons; and the more acerbic the contents of warfare! And, in a
political war of attrition, all is fair! To this end, Nigerians should look beyond IleriOluwa and
the defunct TOP organizations. They have little or no relevance in the calculus of the present
situation. But we may need them for mention, just to put the record straight. Anyway, it
couldn’t have been otherwise. After all, in a poverty-stricken society and a public
administration that’s largely laissez-faire, that statement will be true, one million times.
Some political parties that went comatose in the 1960s, truth be said, didn’t get realer than
what Osun APC is going through, presently. People live in denial, and they see certain things
as below their social status. They have over-bloated ideas of who they are, which is what
killed the party in the first instance. Also, social status is like a bubble. It measures nothing,
yet, it assumes everything. But then, assumptions are not reality. That’s why one has to be
careful about how one draws social inferences, because, once the mechanism of social control
becomes terse, with no firm grip, then, trial-by-error tales take pre-eminence.
When we mismanage success, we caress other excuses, forgetting that success itself must be
managed. The fact that certain issues of life always have reverberating effects suggests that
such effects are dealt with – with military precision and finality – to push against an
unpleasant reoccurrence; because, if social sentiments are not well-managed, there will
always be a repeat performance of IleriOluwa in Osun.
Again, here comes the topical issue and importance of the formation of behavioural patterns.
For instance, when people discovered that the behavioural pattern of Osun APC was that of
nonchalance, the masses simply waited for the election to come. In the eyes of a typical Osun
resident, the party was neither whole nor its directives seen to be effective anymore while its
proclamation was no longer supreme among members.
The bitter truth is that the Isaac Adewole-led Committee already has its job cut out towards
reconstructing the destiny of Osun APC. If it’s able to rise above self-inhibitions and
truthfully address the party’s particular woes, then there’s hope. In other words, if it’s able to
find out what actually has brought the party to this pass, then, it can be remedied. But should
the centre break and the falcon develop itching ears towards the strange codes known only to
the initiators, then, welcome the crux of the matter as Osun APC may kiss ‘ground zero’
sooner than envisaged.
The tragic truth is that the largely unrepresentative elected representatives and some greedy,
‘chop-and-clean-mouth’, ‘feed-fat-on-crises’ political appointees also added their own plate.
So, they shouldn’t be glossed over; plus the reward system which is important in political
The media is part and parcel of society. In other words, whatever happens to the media also
happens to society. So, it behooves the Committee to undertake an assessment tour of the
roles of a somewhat touchingly unmotivated, deeply divided and worrisomely uncoordinated
media team as the fighting arm of a would-be-successful government. Well, I hope to come
back to this in the days ahead.
One other thing! Political activists are like gadflies with no fixed address; and this belief
system dates back to the ages. So, those who may be thinking that, at a time like this, carpet-
crossing is a virtue, the time is ripe to see the possibility of holding on to that which is
All said, Nigerians are waiting for the Committee’s next move. If it’s dead, so also shall be
the expectations. Perhaps, the party at the national level may have to step in; for it is the
outcome that will confirm the assuredness or otherwise of au revoir, IleriOluwa; et tu, TOP!’
May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Osun State!