Let me begin with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson that say: ‘wherever a
man commits a crime, God finds a witness….Every secret
crime has its reporter. There is no den in the wide
world to hide a rouge. Commit a crime and the earth is
made of glass’. Charles Anderson Dana says. For dog to
bite a man that is no news but for man to bite a dog
that is news so to say Engr. Rauf Aregbesola who emerged
as the winner of the 14th, April 2007 gubernatorial
elections in Osun state has been sworn in. It is no more
news but to analyze the doggedness the resilience, the
courage and the perseverance of this politician that is
news. To the Governor and my fellow comrade in the fight
for justice, I say felicitations.
Although justice delayed is justice denied but justice
rushed is justice crushed. Now, in the southwest
geopolitical zone, the People’s Democratic Party PDP has
lost it again having only two hopes in Oyo and Ogun. Let
us now see how the rigging market will favour them
particularly in this zone again. Will they claim to win
over 50% of the total votes in the southwest having only
two out of six states in this zone? This time, I think
they will fail in southwest (ceteris paribus) but
nationally, let us see who finally get the ticket as
their presidential flag bearer as this will invariably
go about 70% in deciding their fate but they may emerge
should they endorse Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Two things have happened and both have been proved right
(1823-55) the Danish philosopher called Kierkegaard put
forward a theory that ‘man is a unique and isolated
individual in a meaningless or hostile world,
responsible for his own actions and free to choose his
destiny. Another theory; the theory of fatalism says:
what will be shall be. Oyinlola went for existentialism
but what ought to be has been in existence-fatalism in
the politics of Osun in the life of the optimistic
Aregbesola when the state was at one side preparing for
another elections and at the other enthusiastically
waiting for the attained victory.
The Osun state house of assembly chiefly dominated by
PDP might stand a negative catalyst in slowing down
Aregbe’s success but very soon, they shall take their
leave for us to see what the victorious man is made off
but I think he will deliver because of his strong
affiliation to the Lagos state politics.
Lie may endure for twenty years but one day, the truth
shall catch up with it’ says a Yoruba adage. Although
forensic evidences were earlier rejected but the truth
eventually surfaced. Although Oyinlola postponed his
evil day but was still crushed under the mighty and
egalitarian wheels of justice on the 26th November 2010.
Although he was incited with an ill-hope of rigging that
election with impunity but was later entrapped.
This should send a note of warning to the political
moribund who are intellectually lying prostrate planning
to rig in this forthcoming election. They will not
succeed and should they manage to; when the rain of
nemesis is falling and its sun scourging, nothing can
shield it. As for my fellow Nigerian students, we are
strong no wonder Henry Estienne said ‘si jeunesse savoit;
si viellese pouvouit’ meaning ‘if only the youth had the
knowledge; if only the age had the strength. I implore
us to be wise before and not after this election as
Epicharmus said ‘a wise man must be wise before, not
after the event.
AMANDLA AWETU=NOTHING SHALL DISCOURAGE US!
Olanrewaju Olamide I. (a.k.a Google) Obafemi Awolowo
Obafemi Awolowo University O.A.U.