Senator Babafemi Ojudu

By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, on Monday told Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to change the perceptions of Nigerians about politics, particularly the electioneering process before the conduct of the 2019 polls.

Ojudu, who disclosed this while speaking in Ado Ekiti during a seminar tagged
’Transformative Leadership’ organized for the youths of the state, said the
era when politics was seen as a do-or die affair is over, assuring that refined politicking, bereft of desperation, will soon become a new order.

The former senator lamented the orgy of violence that greeted the
conduct of elections in some states in 2015, where scores of innocent
Nigerians were mowed down by political thugs.

Ojudu said though the recent elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States
brought some bedlams and confusion, he however noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was not interested in who won the elections, provided due
process was not circumvented.

He accused the PDP of injecting brigandage into the Nigeria’s body polity since the advent of democracy in 1999, assuring that Buhari’s administration would redirect the psyche of Nigerians and make them see election as a civil matter, rather than a war.

“Elections in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and other States in the South-South
under former President Goodluck Jonathan were like wars. The presidency was so much involved and that gave some PDP bigwigs and other interested parties the bravado to terrorize the opposition.

“But President Buhari is not interested in who wins elections. Mr President is only deeply interested in the due process not being jettisoned or INEC or security agencies being biased against a particular party.

“His coming to the Presidency is by popular mandate and Mr President
is passionate about making our democracy a beacon to other fledgling
democracies in Africa. No more killing or maiming and whoever does
that under whatever guise will face the wrath of the law”, Ojudu
stated.

Delivering the lecture entitled: ‘The Ekiti Character as a Development Asset’, a renowned professor of History, Prof. Banji Akintoye, called on all Ekiti people to imbibe the spirit of resilience as displayed by Ekiti progenitors while fighting for their liberation during the Kiriji War.

Prof. Akintoye stated that the state was ranked so low compared to
other ethnic groups in the southwest before 1947 when the first
graduate was produced from the state, disclosing that through
perseverance, commitment and unwavering zeal , Ekiti was able to
overtake and has become the most educated state in the country.

“We have to go to that era where our forefathers didn’t give up so
easily. We should continue to fight towards developing ourselves as
individuals, our state and largely our country. Singapore started like
an underdog and today, with determination, it became one of the
successful economies in the world .

“Ekiti cannot afford to fail because we have the brains that can make
things happen even in the face of difficulty or paucity of funds. We
must be united and see ourselves as one. The youths must be
reoriented on true transformative leadership,” he further said.