So I took some days off work to attend a family function and see my folks, well turns out it was a wrong time as it was election week in my home state. Trust me there ain't a wronger time to make a trip to Ekiti, the town is usually charged with strong vibes of political violence at this time and it's best to stay away.
I got to the park quite early and our mini van hit the road almost immediately it didn't take long before the driver and fellow passengers started a conversation. It must have started as an innocent discussion until someone brought up the Ekiti guber polls then things got exciting. Initially I was pretending not to listen until a fellow passenger(who I later discovered was a Mopol officer) said "The Buhari administeration is quite efficient, we just can't see it yet" , I legit looked at him as if to say "oga don't angry me" (it's an online joke). I decided to join in the talks and pointed out that 2019 was virtually here and if we can't see anything now we'd probably never see and that excuse alongside the "the previous administeration scattered everything" is stale. Please you can't be giving us these same excuses three years down the line, also considering the new issues arising, killings that could have been curtailed, same old electricity issues despite a huge increase in unit price and above all our deaf President who neither comments on our constant complaints or acts like he hears us rant. I mean dude can fly a chopper to campaign for Fayemi in Ekiti and open a bus station in Lagos but when there was a fire that claimed lives on Otedola bridge due to an avoidable situation the chopper ain't available? This Buhari man clearly does not care or he's plain insensitive and I won't stand by and watch anyone defend him. I got an "amen" from everyone except oga mopol but he had his face bent and that was enough for my ego.
Now after a couple of inputs from other passengers our journey continued on a lighter note and we started analyzing the Ekiti situation. How there's usually tension and the insatiable Ekiti people, they unitedly chase out a sitting governor and barely four years later they are suddenly clamouring for him, we laughed over that and reached an agreement that the people must have issues. Getting into the state we discovered "oga mopol's" benefit as there were over fifteen checkpoints before the state capital and all it took was a nod from him for them to free us. That was super cool by the way.
By the time we got into town and went through our glorious bridge I absolutely went "awwwwwwwwwwwwww", Fayose deserves an accolade for this. The bridge was not done halfway as per Naija goverment style " 20years project", it was completed and nicely so. Roads were clean, more infrastructure and a welcoming look. This could inadvertently bring companies and some other few parastatal into the state. But oga noh pay salary...for nine months. I fit don dey sleep for front of hin office, nine months no pay in a state where most of them work for the government!!! Even doctors, teachers, nurses, how then are they expected to do their jobs well? I wanted to support him because he undoubtedly has upgraded my town but I can't, I have uncles, aunties and a very young and bright doctor cousin he wasn't paying. People I planned to hang on their necks to come and pop bottles for me now can't, na dulling be this ooo. Anyway it seems supporting Fayose was a not going to be possible, but my town looked dope.
I intended to stay for a week but my journey was cut unexpectedly short as there was even more tension after the alleged assault on our dear Governor. Bike men avoided areas close to the state house and movement was with constraint. I headed back, quite sad I didn't have enough fun or gist with mum more. The journey back was long as there was no "oga mopol" and we got stopped at about 10 spots just in Ekiti. The millitary presence in the state is enough to wade off a war. Within a couple of hours we were back on sane ground (ie. Lagos) and I couldn't be more pissed to get home.