When the results of Edo State Election was announced on the 15th of July, 2012, the streets of Benin City was filled with people who were visibly overjoyed by the outcome of the election. The celebrations cut across party affiliations as all the people wanted was a continuation of what they termed “unbelievable development”.
Of notable mention was the red roof revolution of all public schools in the state.
As it is in every election, a tribunal was set up, and few days to the deadline for filing of documentation, we all heard the victory was being contested. Now, the catch is, the Incumbent is not being challenged of rigging, or that he didn’t go to school, rather its simply because he name was not properly spelt in one of his certificates.
Since this matter has been in the courts, ongoing work in the state has been on hold, causing more harm than good to citizens of the state. Is an individual bigger than a State, or should the State come before an individual? As we await the judgment of the supreme Court on Friday 11th January, 2013, on what name is suppose to be in a certificate (laughable), we hope a premium is placed on the good of the many rather than on individuals.
Written By Osaro Agho