RECENTLY, the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke was honoured with “The Best Governor of The Year AWARD” by a Lagos based Champion Newspapers in a celebrated ceremony in Lagos.
The ceremony coincided with the governor’s 63rd birthday on May 13, 2023.
I reflected on the award and many probing questions came to my mind which includes, what year was the Governor appraised? Was it in 2022 when he was Sworn-in on November 27th, where he spent only 34 days/five months of 2023?
The tradition I understood was when previous year’s performance is being assessed and if found to be outstanding, the recipient could be selected or nominated for an award for that year. To put it mildly, someone could be honoured for his performance at the end of the year based on the previous 12 calendar months.
Looking at the ceremonial event, I was taken aback, when has such award become so cheap that ones performance would be measured within five weeks that ended the previous year?
Adeleke was Sworn-in on November 27, 2022 and the year ended December 31, 2022, from my layman’s knowledge, Adeleke became the best Governor of the Year within 34-days ahead of other 35 State governors In Nigeria.
That is not to say that the Osun Governor has not done well but what was the criteria or indices used to measure his performance if not hypocrisy?
Immediately I received the details of the event, the following was my spontaneous reaction,
“In all honesty, what has Adekeke done to deserve the best governor?
Which year was he declared best governor? Is it this year 2023 that is yet to reach half or last year 2022 when he spent just 34 days?
What type of hypocrisy is this in Nigeria?
If I were the governor, I will politely reject it.
This is not a political opinion but from the sincerity of my heart.
The same set of people celebrated Oyetola with several awards until they boxed him to a corner.
It is very annoying.
I am neither against PDP nor Adeleke, someone that has just found his feet upon Supreme Court judgement!
If he is awarded as a dogged fighter who fought to reclaim his mandate, very good! But not this type.
This can only happen in a country like Nigeria.
This is my personal opinion.