The Coalition of Oodua Self-determination Groups (COSEG) has warned the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and a House of Representative member on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Bamidele Opeyemi, not to plunge the state into chaos ahead of the 2014 governorship election.
COSEG’s warning came on the heels of recent reports of disruption of political meetings, maiming and alleged killings, including accusation and counter-accusations on both sides for what had led to the breach of the peace in the state.
The group, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr. Dayo Ogunlana, and Secretary, Mr. Razaq Olokoba, warned the two leaders to guard against any act that could cause irreparable damage to the polity and the socio-economic life of the people of the state in particular and Yoruba nation in general.
While urging the duo to seek amicable ways of resolving their differences, COSEG wondered why two brothers from the same party, who have paid their dues in the struggle of the Yoruba people and Nigerians for democracy could turn arch enemies overnight!
The group, therefore, warned them not to allow their political rivalry degenerate into the kind of ugly scenario witnessed in 1983 between Chiefs Adekunle Ajasin and Akin Omoboriowo, which led to killing, maiming and wanton destruction of properties of which some families, communities and associates are today yet to recover from.
The state is not only a centre of knowledge well known for the industriousness of its people, it is also an important epicentre of Yoruba hinterland politics. Any major crisis in the state would definitely not augur well for the rest of Yoruba land, particularly at this time when grounds lost to political miscalculations about a decade ago have just been regained and are being consolidated.
“And it is on this note that COSEG calls on well meaning Yoruba elders, both within and outside political parties, to join hands in stemming the tide of an impending disaster because a stitch in time, it is said, saves nine.”