There are several reasons why Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose should become Nigeria's president. Here are five of the best.
And he launched it in grand style and with plenty of noise to boot. It wouldn’t be Fayose otherwise.
He was wearing a green Polo shirt with both fists pumping the air intermittently.
He was acknowledging chants and cheers from a handful of PDP faithful. All around him, a band of supporters held aloft posters bearing the inscription: “Ayo Fayose for president”.
And Fayose was loving it. He's a man who craves attention and enjoys adulation.
He was taking it all in with the air of a man supremely confident in his ways and presidency chances.
You’ve got to hand it to Fayose—he’s an epitome of all that is wrong with governance and politicking in Nigeria, yet he wears it all like a badge of honour.
No, we aren’t ruling out a Fayose presidency because anyone can be president these days. Ask the United States.
“I have a penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand, I will take it. I’m going straight to that Villa. I’m the next president”, Fayose blustered recently.
"I want to be the next president of Nigeria. My own won’t be this change that has brought nothing, we are going to represent the people well and tell them the truth”.
So, fellow Nigerians, here’s what to expect from President Ayodele Fayose…
An Ayo Fayose presidency will be good for consumers of Ponmo (hide and skin from cow) and Saki (tripe from cow or other ruminant animal).
It's no secret that Fayose loves Ponmo a whole lot. His bowl of amala is also never lacking in Saki and all 'em orisirisi.
Fayose will fashion out policies that will see to Ponmo becoming a lot more affordable and plentiful.
Ponmo will finally become a Nigerian staple.
And that’s a good thing.
In an Ayo Fayose presidency, all visitors to Aso Rock will be treated to bowls of Amala and more Amala on arrival and departure.
Whenever Fayose visits Abuja these days, he stops by an Amala joint to immerse self in the yam flour delicacy. That won’t be necessary when he becomes president. All the Iya Amalas in Abuja will relocate to the Villa to serve at Fayose’s pleasure.
The Amala value chain will be so enhanced, Nigeria will create Amala related jobs and stuffs.
What’s better, we’ll begin to export Amala, Gbegiri and Ewedu to the rest of the world.
Yes, Fayose for President!
For years, Nigeria's leaders have paid lip service to diversifying the economy away from crude oil.
Under Fayose, there’ll be genuine efforts at diversifying the economy.
In May of 2016, Fayose unveiled three sectors for the Nigerian economy while making the point that he’s more of a grassroot politician than all of his opponents.
“They cannot touch these common people. They cannot go to buy Akara where we are buying it, they cannot go to Agbo-jedi sector where we are drinking Agbo-jedi, they cannot go to Iyan ko l’obe sector…they’ll be in Abuja shouting”.
There you have it.
Under a Fayose presidency, Nigeria will diversify its economy into Akara, Agbo-jedi and Iyan ko l’obe sectors.
Our redemption draweth nigh.
Fayose even has an aide for stomach infrastructure. That’s how seriously he takes the concept.
Stomach infrastructure simply means replacing critical infrastructure with food for the stomach.
Under a Fayose presidency, the roads and bridges can collapse all they want, our schools can rot and remain decrepit, there’ll be no investments in rail and water transportation or healthcare, but guess what?
There’ll be food handouts periodically from Fayose trucks traversing the country.
I don’t know why anyone will seriously oppose the presidential ambition of a man with such a grand masterplan.
When Fayose becomes president (I didn’t say ‘if’, mind you) he’ll open accounts in all the banks in the land.
And as a sign of obedience to the most powerful man in the country, bank managers will make a beeline to Aso Rock monthly to kneel before Fayose in their bespoke suits; while rendering bank account statements.
At last, the end of the cowboy banker era!
Bankers will learn humility under a Fayose presidency and this will impact positively on other critical sectors of the Nigerian economy—like Agbo jedi and Iyan ko l’obe sectors.
I hope with these few points of mine, I have been able to confuse and not convince you, that you should support a Fayose presidency in 2019.
We can’t afford to let this golden opportunity slip by.