Members of the All Progressives Congress can’t seem to differentiate between Ayo Fayose and Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
For avoidance of doubt, Ayo Fayose is the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, while Kayode Fayemi was once a governor of the state and an ex-minister of mineral resources who is seeking to return to Ekiti as governor for the second time.
Fayose is rooting for his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Trouble started when the Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, was campaigning at the APC mega rally in Ekiti on Tuesday.
Standing right behind him was the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
As captured by Channels TV in a wildly trending video, Ngige was carried away as he attempted to tell Ekiti people to vote for Fayemi.
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However, in an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Ngige said, “…Ekiti people won’t make the mistake they made in 2014…
“If you marry two wives, you go know which one wey better. Fayose is the better wife.
“E dey cook, E de give husband food, E no de give am trouble.
“You must bring back Fayose on Saturday…”
Realising the faux pas,Dabiri-Erewa taps Ngige gently on the back to draw his attention to his blunder, even as the listeners shouted in embarrassment.
And, while the APC is still reeling from Ngige’s gaffe, Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, did as badly, what with a tweet via his verified Twitter handle captioning a photo of Buhari and Kayode Fayemi as “H.E. @GovAyoFayose,” effectively confusing Fayemi for Fayose! (Punch)
This is almost twice as much as the speaking fees Hillary Clinton charged for three speeches to Goldman Sachs after she left the State Department. She later came under immense criticism during her campaign for receiving so much money to speak to Wall Street firms. According to the Washington Post, her husband and former president Bill Clinton “earned more than $16.3 million for 72 speeches” in 2012 — averaging around $226,000 per speech. CNN also reported he was once paid $750,000 for a speech to telecom firm Ericsson.
Obama will address a health care conference scheduled for September and the 44th president will reportedly be the keynote luncheon speaker for one day of the event. Although Obama has already signed the contract, the early reports indicate that Cantor Fitzgerald is still in the process of coordinating the details with the former president. Obama can still reportedly pull out of the deal if there are scheduling conflicts or if he finds himself on the receiving end of negative publicity.
And Obama’s already received boatloads of negative publicity.
“Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee will undermine everything he believes in,” wrote Vox’s Matthew Yglesias this week. “To fight the rising tide of populism, mainstream leaders need to raise their ethical game,” he argued.
“The more that Wall Street firms give out-of-office presidents and big-name politicians these paydays, the more they become the norm,” Aaron Blake of The Washington Post wrote. “Other presidents will know that such payments are on the table, and it risks coloring their decisions with regard to Wall Street and special interests.” A point Vox’s Yglesias agreed with:
Indeed, to not take the money might be a problem for someone in Obama’s position. It would set a precedent.
Obama would be suggesting that for an economically comfortable high-ranking former government official to be out there doing paid speaking gigs would be corrupt, sleazy, or both. He’d be looking down his nose at the other corrupt, sleazy former high-ranking government officials and making enemies.
Which is exactly why he should have turned down the gig.
The election in France earlier this week shows that the triumph of populist demagogues is far from inevitable. But to beat it, mainstream politicians and institutions need to shape up — not just with better policies, but with the kind of self-sacrificing spirit and moral leadership that successful movements require.
Blake also pointed out that bans on lobbying by former government employees are usually written because “it became so normal for former aides to cash in afterward and basically use their government jobs for a future payday on behalf of well-heeled special interests. The prospect of future wealth became a given.”
Of course, the criticism continued on Twitter:
It’s so heartwarming that @barackobama is willing to speak to Wall Street for only a $400,000 hourly fee. A true man of the people.