The Toxicity of Edo Politics

By Zainab Suleiman Okino

The way issues are unraveling concerning the September gubernatorial election in Edo State, majority of the people who are least talked about, may rise up one day against their political elite to demand for restitution, especially from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, who exploit them for their power-game and daily traumatise them through their toxic political theatrics.

I’m not talking of the ex-chairman of APC and strongman of Edo politics, Adams Oshiomhole’s tongue-in-cheek apology for giving Edo people a bad product (in the person of Governor Godwin Obaseki), who he supported to win — some will say, who he imposed on Edo State – four years ago. That apology was an emotional blackmail to draw public sympathy and sway votes to his candidate, Ize-Iyamu, who, by the way, he called a thief four years ago.

Edo people will rise up against them, for being public enemies, for their nuisance value, for disturbing their peace and for taking them (the non-partisan people of Edo) for granted. Indeed, the two political gladiators should pay a price for their indiscretion.

I concede though that the two personalities are in a finish-all, deadly end-game at its worst and their political futures are at stake; but their kind of politics is uninspiring, and worrisome.

Robert Greene, in Law 15 of his 48 laws of power, says: “Crush your enemy totally”, which has since become a pattern in the country.

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