“…Forget about Tinubu in Ekiti State because there we are going to separate boys from men. We are not going to leave any stone unturned to make sure the PDP gets back to power. We have done it in Kogi, Cross River, Sokoto, Bayelsa, Kebbi and we will do it in Ekiti.”
“With the kind of people we are arranging for our campaign, people like Tinubu should just stay in Lagos or else it will consume him. So, Ekiti election is a do-or-die affair and i have scheduled one hundred thousand youths to checkmate the opposition and ensure that the election is conducted peacefully……….our boys are on standby because Ekiti election is a test case, not for Segun Oni, but for Nigeria.
–Muyiwa Collins (National Youth Leader, PDP)
Published in Weekly Trust, Saturday April 11, 2009
Since Mr Collins made these ominous declarations, i have been surprised at the unusual silence about it in the media.
As we all know, as the election re-run in Ekiti state draw nearer, accusations,counter accusations and denials have been flying from the two major parties in the election as to who was importing thugs into the state with a view to formenting violence.
But one cannot recall any instance where any of the gladiators or their handlers brazenly admit to trainning “youths” to deploy for the election as Mr Collins has done in this publication. Also his reckless use of the word “do-or-die” reminiscent of ex-President Obasanjo during the infamous 2007 elections ought to be roundly condemned by all stakeholders in this democratic project.
With Mr Collin’s open admission of putting a hundred thousand youths on standby for an election that is going to take place in just about 800 polling booths (lets assume he was even bluffing about that number), does anyone still require any further evidence as to who the harbinger of violence is between the two contending parties ?
It is easy to dismiss his utterances as empty boasts ( afterall for all his boasts, the Action Congress has repeatedly trounced his party in is Lagos State and his outbursts may just be a way of impressing his party’s national leaders to cover up, their serial loss in the much coveted Lagos) yet i believe no effort should spared in telling the Muyiwa Collins of this world that our society will not condone such crude and provocative statements.
Who knows whether, rather than being an empty boast, that is exactly what the PDP is planning and he was just testing the waters. Failure or neglect to take him to task now has the possibility of emboldening others of his ilk to continue to issue such threats with impunity.
For us to attain to a just and democratic Nigeria of our dream, such provocative outbursts like Mr Collins should not be allowed to go unchallenged.
I hope you men of the fourth estate of the realm, civil society and defenders of our common heritage will rise up and challenge Mr Collins’s effrontery. Who knows by so doing you may succeed in saving some limbs or even lives in the up-coming election re-run in our dear state of Ekiti.
Thanks for your time.