Governor Mala Buni and those the gods want to destroy
In a May 2, 2021 essay headlined, Buni and APC’S 40 Years in Power Grandstanding, I warned that unless Yobe State Governor and APC Interim National Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, resigned from the uncommon dual office he holds, his party could be digging its own grave.
Buni has worn the strangeness of his twin offices on his lapel Since he came on board the party in June 2020, riding on the crest of a flurry of condemnations against erstwhile party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, whose garrulousness had become uncomfortable infamy in the party.
“Buni’s choice rattled so many party bigwigs,” I wrote in the essay. The main source of concern was why a sitting governor would be picked to oversee the business of a party that had so many deserving candidates for the role. Buni’s inference of being in government for the overarching party interest has been heavily questioned since then.
The PDP has also called on the Yobe governor to leave his dual roles as governor and APC Interim National Chairman, citing a Supreme Court ruling that described the party’s leadership as “irresponsible and dangerous.”
“Technical inconsistencies have landed two major states in the Supreme Court. While the APC in Zamfara State succumbed to an intra-party feud on May 24, 2019, Bayelsa was set to follow suit later. In the Zamfara case, the court ruled that the APC did not organise proper primaries in preparation for the 2019 general election, among other things.
As a result, the APC’s previous victory in the 2019 governorship election was declared null and void, and a subsequent order was issued directing the second-placed party to take office. In Bayelsa, the Supreme Court invalidated the APC victory on February 13, only a day before the governor was sworn in.
“With the casualty that the APC has been dealing with, rather than boasting about its ability to stay in power for the next 40 years, the party should have focused on preserving its hold on the 19 states that it controls, which is under serious threat.
I believe that showing Buni the door and getting its home in order should have been the most important option on the ruling party’s card. The APC recently dodged extinction by a hair’s breadth when an electoral petitions tribunal in Ondo State ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to remove the state’s elected governor.
This should serve as a wake-up message to the opposition. If the tribunal had granted the PDP’s petitions, every action taken by the APC since Buni became caretaker chairman – and there have been a lot of them, including the recent registration exercise – would have been nullified, putting an end to Buni’s peacock claim that the party would be in power for the next 40 years. A stitch in time may not be enough to save the boastful APC from the impending disaster unless it wakes up from its self-inflicted slumber, shows Buni the gate, and reorganises itself.”
The Supreme Court’s decision last week, in which the APC government in Ondo State won by a whisker in a suit brought by the PDP’s Eyitayo Jegede, and the hullabaloo that has surrounded it, are perfect examples of Buni’s arrogance of power, which propelled him to power and is now sustaining him in a party that appears to be filled with perhaps even more capable people. The Anambra APC governorship campaign is already on the verge of collapse, with Buni’s hubris as the nominator putting it in jeopardy. Buni and his other passengers in the same accursed boat have obstinately clung on to this prone-to-snap rope despite the chorus of requests for him to surrender the chairmanship or be relieved of it by educated lawyers who are also APC faithful. I hope it isn’t a case of the gods first making themselves angry and then destroying them. The gods, in my inflexion, take away the ears of people they wish to kill.
Credit: Dr Festus Adedayo, Adedayo is a lawyer and a journalist.
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