The turning point of Edo gubernatorial campaign…
Paul Nosa Ogiehor
There are likely to be notable shifts in the voting pattern on September 19th elections in Edo after the disgraceful macabre dance of APC thugs at the sacred ground of the palace of His Royal Majesty Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare 11. Every Edo man and woman understands the implications of this action, and the attendant consequences to the perpetrators.
The biggest shock for me was the confusing and conflicting official response of the APC hierarchy in Edo. The only plausible response of note is the confirmation by the APC candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, through his Twitter handle that they were indeed his supporters. Despite the fact that others tried hard to sell the plot that they were “ordinary” Edo people, it was never in doubt what their intentions were and who their sponsors were. Anyone who is versed in analysing security issues could tell by just viewing the video clips and pictures that the event was premeditated, planned and orchestrated to achieve one singular objective; to inflict maximum embarrassment on the Governor of the state in the presence of his visitors. But the optimal response of Edo people will be a matter for local democratic decisions reflecting local circumstances.
“The Halcyon Days are over”
The Halcyon myth came to the English-speaking world in the 14th century, when, in 1398, John Trevisa translated Bartholomew de Glanville’s De proprietatibus rerum into Middle English.
By the 16th century the phrase ‘halcyon days’ had lost its association with the nesting time of the bird and had taken on the figurative meaning of ‘calm days’. Shakespeare used the expression that way in Henry VI, Part I, 1592:
“Assign’d am I to be the English scourge.
This night the siege assuredly I’ll raise:
Expect Saint Martin’s summer, halcyon days,
Since I have entered into these wars”.
The Halcyon Days are over for APC in Edo.
Public debate on what APC intentions were in Edo was ongoing, as indicated by public discourse import, with Adams Oshiomhole’s larger-than-life negative image lurking in the background, and then the inevitable happened. APC candidate in Edo was caught on video advising the militant commanders of his campaign organisation to disregard and disobey the electoral laws and few days later, they invaded the ground around the palace. With declining marginal approval ratings in every survey, APC last stunt was to desecrate the royal palace for maximum effect. Who could have advised such a strategy? Who advised the candidate to own up to it instead of condemning the act and even complaining that his supporters were attacked?
As things have turned out, APC have put the final nail on their dying campaign coffin. On September 19th, they will hear from the people, the real people, not the gun wielding thugs they are hoping will turn the tide in their favour.