The Tinubu-Odigie-Oyegun tiff, in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has landed a most surprising sympathiser-in-chief, Olufemi Olu-Kayode (formerly Femi Fani-Kayode).
Perhaps in no time, his namesake and tag-team partner in peculiar public commentary, Femi Aribisala, would be swooning and talking-in-tongue, in explosive anger, purportedly in Tinubu’s corner — and you could guess: political end-time is here.
With such friends, Hardball can clearly declare, you need no more enemies.
But back to Fani. With an introductory apologia, he dived into the fray, splashing a happy water of confusion to announce his triumphant entry.
Then having quite a swell time, half-sympathy, half-gloating but over all mischievous, he rushed, posthaste, to partition the dramatis personae into saints and sinners.
In Fani’s mischievous realm of logical emotions (no contradictions here, Hardball assures you!), there is no grey. Just black or white — and those two extremes are made even starker than they really are by Fani’s explosive hyperboles!
For the excitable and unperceptive, Fani has firmly billeted himself in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s camp, against his mortal intra-APC enemies. But hey, by his explosive power of emotive logic, only perhaps a Fani can muster; he even appeared to be making eminent sense.
But don’t be deceived: Fani is in nobody’s camp, except his own. So, don’t you be starry-eyed about anything he says. In fairness though, there was some child-like innocence at the end of that intervention — that wish that his comatose Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were strong enough to take advantage; and romp back to power in 2019!
For PDP, everything starts and ends with power, doesn’t it?
So, Fani’s motive is crystal clear: as much as he ripples with rage, he is no mother hen protecting a chick in danger; but an over-excited vulture swooping down at the sight — in any case, the prospect — of carrion!
The APC feuding partisans must therefore know: a fight-to-the-finish would benefit no one but the same reactionary forces, which Fani-Kayode unfazedly represents, that have rendered Nigeria prostrate for too long.
Which is why APC chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun’s measured response to the Tinubu allegations is reassuring. Tempers may be high now; with the feuding camps threatening to go for the kill. But it is always good to keep a measure of calm — such calm that retains justified anger, without vaulting it into madness!
Nevertheless, Chief Odigie-Oyegun’s measured response cannot be enough, though it has helped by not further stoking the fire. The allegations against him are weighty; and if true, concern basic fairness and justice. That should not be tolerated, if APC were to escape the PDP nemesis, of brazen intra-party injustice.
Still, whatever the problems, APC should be mature enough to handle it: right wrongs and ensure justice and fairness.
It should never be the likes of Fani’s call, playing sympathisers-in-chief.
That would be unfortunate, indeed, an epochal tragedy for a nation, if allowed to happen.
Nothing but mischief can come out of Fani’s house of politics.