9th December, 2010
The resignation of Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo, Resident Electoral Commissioner of OndoÂ State, South-West Nigeria, has been described as good riddance to bad rubbish.
Politicians and members of the civil society groups who reacted to her resignationÂ also saw it as one of the best things to happen to the countryâ€™s political settingÂ this year.
The embattled electoral commissioner resigned yesterday after a long drawn protestsÂ and opposition by Nigerians against her continued stay in office after the shoddyÂ way she handled the Ekiti State election re-run that saw former Governor Segun Oniâ€™sÂ declaration as the winner of the election in controversial circumstances.
Reacting to her resignation, those who spoke with P.M.NEWS, said they had expectedÂ her to take the decision before now. They also added that she is not the only personÂ that should be shown the way out as there were others who influenced her actionsÂ when she was in Ekiti.
The Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Taiwo Kolawole, saidÂ Mrs. Adebayoâ€™s resignation was a good development.
He, however, disagreed that the woman should be crucified as people would wish,Â saying, â€œif not for her alarm, the whole world would not have seen what actually wasÂ happening in the country and in the state.
â€œShe would learn from her lesson. When she took the decision to act against theÂ usurpers and resign, she should have stood her ground even when she was declaredÂ wanted.
â€œIf we decide to punish the woman, what about those that collected money toÂ influence decisions in Ekiti. She raised the alarm and it is on record that it alsoÂ made the case easy.
For Hon. Adelabu Onibiyo, Chairman of the Lagos State House Committee on LocalÂ Governments, the septuagenarian would always remain a disgrace to womanhood and theÂ country even after resignation.
â€œIt is an indication that the public is reacting positively and if we had startedÂ this earlier, we would not be where we are today.
â€œUnlike before now, thieves show their pride and we watch them helplessly allowingÂ things in the country to degenerate. The people must speak out if you are doingÂ something bad.â€
He added that Ayoka was like a bad dancer who may not have know she was not takingÂ the right steps until she decided to listen to the beats of the drums.
Another lawmaker, Hon. Saka Fafunmi, told P.M.NEWS that with the current awarenessÂ of the people about their rights, people like Mrs. Adebayo, have no choice than toÂ resign.
He said the woman did not fit into the new thrust of the â€˜one man one vote’ mantraÂ of the people, adding that what she did in Ekiti was a proof that she should not beÂ part of a growing democracy.
â€œOf all frauds, the most unfortunate one is electoral fraud and this hampers ourÂ development.
â€œShe is not the only one that should go. The Resident Electoral Commissioner of OsunÂ State should also be made to resign since we are all witnesses to malpractices inÂ the state,â€ he said, adding that the likes of Adebayo were clogs in the wheel of theÂ countryâ€™s progress.
In his reaction, the coordinator of the Anti-Babangida Campaign, Comrade AbiodunÂ Sowunmi, described her resignation as sad because she had not be been tried forÂ electoral offences.
He also said all those who forced her to declare an election result that was notÂ true in Ekiti should be made to also face the music.
â€œThe issue should not just end with her, but others who declared her wanted andÂ forced her to act against her bidding, including men of the Nigerian police, theÂ Administrative Secretary and former Chairman of the Independent National ElectoralÂ Commission, Maurice Iwu,” Sowunmi said.
â€”Kazeem Ugbodaga & Eromosele Ebhomele