Politics in Nigeria is always riddled with funny displays from politicians displaying funny acts many times not worthy of someone that should be called a leader. Chief of politicians in this category are immediate past Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye.
At many times, both politicians have been known to have exhibited situations filled with humour. We compare both politicians, as we look at the king of comedy.
Fayose is never far from controversies, courting one as soon as he gets away from one. The former Ekiti governor, who is popularly known as Oshoko is loved by the people of the state coined the famous “stomach infrastructure”.
Here are Fayose’s funny momment:
1. “I’m in pains”
In the build-up to the governorship election in the state, Fayose alleged that he was attacked by the police while on a campaign walk in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. The ex-governor was quick to wear a neck collar, crying on national television.
Fayose said, “I was slapped and beaten by mobile policemen in my own state. They shot at me. As I speak with you, I am in severe pains, I am experiencing pains.
“I plead with the international community to intervene. Nigeria is in trouble. Ekiti is in crisis.
“In the last few days, they have arrested PDP members, teachers, and civil servants. People of good conscience should come and save Ekiti.
“They said they were under strict instruction from the Presidency to kill me and my deputy, who is the candidate of our party.
“This is an army of occupation who are here to occupy our land. I want you to stand and remain standing, I pray they don’t kill me and put Ekiti in crisis.
“I plead with the international community to intervene and save Ekiti from this siege. How can a state governor be treated like this in his own state?
“I am passing through these pains because of my people. I will go back to hospital after addressing you to receive further medical treatment.”
2. ‘EFCC, I am here!’
Immediately after Fayose’s deputy, Kolapo Olusola lost the governorship election in the state, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC tweeted signifying its intention to commence its probe of the governor.
Although the EFCC later disowned the tweet, it sent a letter to Fayose, asking him to present himself to the commission after he had finished his tenure as governor.
Fayose also sent a letter back, informing that he was going to present himself for questioning, Tuesday, October 16, 2018, by 1pm, a day after leaving office.
On the day he was to appear at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, Fayose created a scene when a wore a t-shirt with the inscription, “EFCC I’m here”. He also took a bag with him he claimed contained his toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries.
3. Bangs the gavel during budget presentation
Budget presentations every year for Fayose has been filled with one drama or the other. At one of the presentations, the governor was dressed in a military khaki. But at the the presentation of the 2018 budget, his last as governor, the ex-governor went to the house of assembly with gavel.
Taking the role of the speaker, he asked if everyone wanted the budget to be passed urgently, and then banged the gavel after getting an affirmative response from everyone.
Whenever you think you have seen it all with Fayose, you will come to remember there exists a certain Dino Melaye. The Kogi born senator became popular June 2010, when he was suspended by the Dimeji Bankole-led House of Representatives over his involvement in the fight that broke up in the assemble chambers.
Although Melaye failed to secure re-election in the 2011 election, he was eventually elected to the Senate in 2015 where he has continued to court more controversies.
We bring you top three moments if drama and comedy by Melaye.
1. Release of musical singles
If Dino Melaye were to choose another career asides politics, it will definitely be in music. His state governor, Yahaya Bello was the first to get a dose of Melaye’s music, with the senator releasing ‘ajekun iya’ to mock him.
He later sang another song again to mock his governor after the previously released one.
While also planning to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he also released another song to talk about how much he had missed the party.
2. “I will kill myself”
Asides his numerous fights with Yahaya Bello, his governor, Melaye’s other contender in the last years has been the Nigerian Police.
On numerous occasions, Melaye had either been invited or arrested by the police over different cases. In one of those cases, when the police was transporting him to Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state, Melaye reportedly jumped down from the vehicle conveying it, threatening to kill himself.
3. Sleeps outside in DSS facility
The Nigerian Police had laid a siege for days at Melaye’s house, after the Senator failed to answer their invitation. He eventually came out days later in a ‘sick’ state.
After the Senator surrendered himself, the police kept him in their hospital, before he was eventually transferred to a DSS facility.
At the DSS hospital, Melaye failed to enter, insisting on sleeping outside.
Who among the two do you feel is the king of comedies? Drop your comments.