2018 will go down in history as one of the most eventful years in Nigeria’s political space. With just few months to the 2019 general elections, Nigerian politicians were (still are) in their element. With an unusual (oh well) gale of defections for party tickets, some politicians totally lost it in 2018. As 2018 comes to an end, here are some politicians that should focus on making less headlines in 2019.
If there is any politician who needs to organise a special thanksgiving at the end of 2018, it to be Kogi state lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye. It takes divine intervention to jump off a Police van on high speed enroute Kogi state for your arraignment in court over criminal charges bothering on gunrunning; sit on the floor and threaten to kill yourself then get the hospital hours later lying lifeless on a stretcher; survive hunger in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Hospital, Abuja; poisoning in Kogi and still come out a strong critic of the Buhari administration.
Divinity at work. As a lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye should get the credit for his meaningful contributions in terms of motions and comments on the floor of the red chamber. Other than this, Senator Melaye should take a chill pill in 2019 and not go around cleaning Saraki’s seat before plenary.
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, entered 2018 with some many well thought-out plans. First, move from the Imo State Government House to the Nigerian Senate. Next, install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor by all means possible.
Oshiomhole’s resistance to this plan led Okorocha and other governors to begin an “Oshiomhole must go” campaign. Accused of not delivering on his campaign promises to the people of Imo state, a mentally unstable man believes Okorocha would go to jail. Okorocha was not just in the news for some wrong reasons this year, he taught us a new word – Iberiberism. Don’t ask me what that means.
Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose 2018 was a severely painful year for Fayose. The opposition politician saw pain and defeat, yet, maintained his criticisms of all that the federal government does.Fayose’s attempt to pick his successor as Ekiti state governor was opposed at the polls with Kayode Fayemi’s victory.
Unlike other governors who sneak into the EFCC headquarters, Fayose announced his scheduled visit to the anti-graft agency on social media. “EFCC I’m here” read inscriptions on his navy-blue shirt.
Accompanied by Governor Nyesome Wike, Fani-Kayode, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Deji Adeyanju and other supporters, Fayose marched into the EFCC facility alleging his trial was a plot to silence the opposition in Nigeria ahead of 2019.
Except Fayose is named a presidential candidate of any party that we are yet to know, Nigerians would appreciate it if he enjoys his retirement from active politics in peace.
Senator Ademola Adeleke
Soon after his election to represent Osun-East Senatorial district after the death of his brother, Isiaka, Senator Ademola Adeleke began nursing a governorship ambition. Enjoying the support of his nephew and music start, Davido, Senator Danced his way into the hearts of Osun electorates.
Days after promising to “dance into the Osun State Government House”, Senator Adeleke was defeated by the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
Although he promised to drop evidences of APC’s rigging of the Osun election “one after the other one after the other gba-gam” in court, very little has been heard of the lawmaker. Nigerians only hope he keeps calm and dances only in the gym in 2019.