When a former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu said that corruption fights back, it was a fact born in mystery but stored in an open field.
Over the years, Nigerians have continued to demand for change in the political atmosphere of the country.
In fact the learned, illiterate, poor or rich have felt the brunt of corruption born from bad governance in our country.
As a glaring fact, we all are aware that the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari rode on the mantra of change and a promise to fight corruption as a panacea to get elected in 2015.
However, when President Buhari came into power and started his anti corruption campaign, many wailers began to criticize his fight against corruption. Some bear the sentiment that the anti corruption fight was one sided and targeted at certain individuals and ethnic groups, others queried the usage of the looted funds. While as a matter of fact, some others who had enough cash to influence the courts used their money to hire dare devil Senior Advocates to frustrate their trial.
But irrespective, some still went to jail while others coughed out the money they stole.
This goes to show that even though corruption may fight back, persistency and resilience in the anti corruption fight will surely yield result.
This was however the case of comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomole who though a political party chairman, had a fair share of corruption fighting back in his bid to reform the All Progressive Congress (APC) and bring it to the true democratic reality of the modern world.
As a party chairman, Oshiomhole faced myriads of animalistic characters who felt governance is their birth right. Some even turned their states into a monarchy where governorship position was to be passed amongst their family members and friends while others installed themselves as godfathers that must be worshiped before anyone can get the running tickets of their states, a behavior they learnt and copied during their days in the PDP or otherwise.
But as a true democrat, Oshiomhole kicked against this acts of impunity in the party and as a matter of fact promoted the party constitution and party supremacy above personal interest.
This of course did not go down well with certain individuals who believe governance is their birth right and as such these individuals fought the leadership of comrade Adams Oshiomhole like bulldogs fighting for survival.
However, irrespective of the blows they threw, Oshiomole was resilient and refused to allow them have their way until they got him through a kangaroo suspension upheld by the Supreme Court.
Another wonderful achievement of the Oshimole led APC was the disqualification of Gov. Godwin Obaseki. This disqualification has been queried by some who have asked how come the same man who was qualified in 2016 was all of a sudden not qualified in 2020. Well that question should be directed to Mr. Odigie Oyegun, the former national chairman of the APC who screened Obaseki in 2016.
According to some political pundits, Obaseki’s disqualification represented the progressive motto of the APC, which is aimed at learning from the past to create a better future.
It should be noted that before 2016, no court of law in Nigeria has ever removed a governor elect because of certificate inconsistencies as they did in Bayelsa State to rob the APC of a sweet victory, therefore the national working committee under Oshiomhole should be applauded for a job well done.