Re: Iduoriyekemwen's Frothy Legal Ritual and Political History
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Re: Iduoriyekemwen's Frothy Legal Ritual and Political History

By Roberts Esigie

There are fewer plagues that can be visited on the public than a factually distorted, cumbersome, grammatically displaced, logically skewed and generally egregious article. The public is compelled, out of curiosity, to suffer a horror trip into the mind of its rambling author. Worse, the reader is torn between two courses of action – that of immediately dismissing the offending article, and that of schooling the frisky author to fulfil all righteousness. For the sake of his education and career as a journalist, the public is obliged to slap one obscure Dele Elempe on the wrists for his authorship of an article titled, “PDP Crisis: Iduoriyekemwen's Frothy Legal Ritual and Political History”. 

On a good day, no one should reply to his verbal merry-go-round. Indeed, it is anyone’s preference to engage those who know what time of the day it is and leave others to the misdirection and political darkness their paymasters concoct for their easy glee and amusement. But, where a fellow chooses to engage respectable members of the public warmly and without the politeness of comprehensible language, then the public is morally obliged to offer him an education that will prevent him from future foolhardiness. Recklessness, you see, is the malady that afflicts a person just before they self-immolate.

To this end, I clarify some of the issues incoherently raised by the obscure one named Elempe. He described, in his perambulations, the resort of Hon Matthew Iduoriyekemwen to the courts as “abuse of court processes”. He premised this attribution on the assumption that INEC did not monitor the congress duly organised, from which he emerged as senatorial candidate of Edo South, describing the process as a parallel primary. INEC was, in fact, present there and it was thusly reported by the media. 

Accordingly, Edo state’s commissioner for information and orientation, Barr. Andrew Emwanta, addressed the press on the day of the conducted primaries. Thus, the congress was monitored by the INEC in due compliance with S. 84 of the Electoral Act and Hon Iduoriyekemwen thus had a basis for seeking legal remedy. In fact, Elempe’s projection that the substantive hearing of the matter will demise Hon Iduoriyekemwen’s prayers to the court almost appears like he is trying to influence the decision of the courts or his paymasters perhaps have hatched sordid plots to do so. He must desist from such extrajudicial, unscholarly soothsaying.

Next, he suggests that Hon Iduoriyekemwen should never have contested the senatorial seat as it amounts to nothing more than an “academic journey into futility”. It is this sort of cowardice that makes many men serially underachieve. When a wrong has been done to a person, they must never be afraid to seek redress through the courts which are constitutionally constituted for just that purpose. Should a man refuse to walk for fear of stumbling? Should he fail to climb for fear of falling? Or should he fail to dare for fear of failing? Anyone would be averse to this hesitant, quibbling mode of living. Perhaps, if the faction of PDP in Edo State that has employed Elempe had been more daring and unafraid of “academic journeys into futility”, they would have won something tangible in the years leading up to the able governor’s defection to the party.

The parallel faction of the PDP, whose opinion Elempe no doubt champions, tried to postpone the primary election – a primary election their faction never conducted. Why are they laying claims to have conducted primaries? The public would rather wait for the courts to determine the matter than give further attention to idle and jobless self-imposed journalistic analysts. At the appropriate time, we will hear from the affected parties. It is unfair to wheedle the observant public into thinking the worst of Hon Iduoriyekemwen. Elempe describes him as unfaithful, but those of us in Edo who know the history of things attest that he has made more positive contributions to the PDP than majority of the pussyfooting so-called loyalists who have safely camped in the party since inception. He is a breath of fresh air.

When, for instance, Mr Dan Orbih’s antics failed, he started clutching on to emptiness. An embodiment of PDP’s inability to win anything tangible in Edo state without daring men, he remains a party chairman who for over 10 years did not even win his local government. A man who was never known to be in a ruling party, and a party in government, his faction now wants to drag the state into opposition.

It is befuddling that Elempe assumes history will regard the daring ones with a steely glare when in fact they have already made positive, assertive and decisive marks in state and national politics. Indeed, I argue boldly that it is Hon Iduoriyekemwen’s reformist politics that has brought him into conflict with the more laidback and forgettable strategies of the parallel faction of Edo PDP. History will neither remember that faction, its constituents nor its scribe, Elempe. Let them therefore rest their pens and weary minds and leave all judgements to the courts.

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