One can, therefore, understand the weight of expectation and the consequent elation or disappointment when Judicial pronouncements are made in matters regarding the legality or otherwise of a political process such as is pending before the court in the matter pertaining to the true identity of Ize-Iyamu’s running mate in the governorship election slated for September 19, 2020.
Not until his choice as the deputy governorship aspirant to Pastor (or is it Alhaji) Ize-Iyamu, the APC gubernatorial candidate(?) in the forthcoming guber election in Edo State; no one knew the depth of deceit that this man had played on the unsuspecting public with his multitude of identities. For those who may not yet know, he swore to an affidavit, a legal document, that he is “Audu Abudu Ganiyu”, while his WAEC certificate reads “Audu Ahudu Ganeyu” his voters card, reads “Audu Abdul Ganiyu” while he is registered as an APC member under the name “Audu Gani”.
One cannot help but wonder what informed his decision to use multiple identities in his dealings with society. How can society, Edo people, in particular, be sure about whom they are dealing with, or who seeks to lead them in government?
There are two possible perspectives from which we can look at the case now pending before the High Court in Abuja on Monday, August 24, 2020.
The first is that Audu, which is the only consistency in his names as seen from the aforementioned, may have within the very sanity of his mind deliberately sort to use these multiple names to mislead the public in order to hide some tainted past he may now be wary of coming to light in view of his changing status.
As we have often seen, it is those who are fugitive from the long arm of the law or who have some sordid past history that they do not wish that others learn about that alter their identities. This is often achieved by falsifying records of one’s name, age, place of birth or other such relevant information as may easily lead to their being found out. Or perhaps, the discrepancies in his legal names are as a result of masquerading as someone else, as we experienced with a certain Evan(s) Ewerem. Otherwise, why would anyone choose to consciously legalize not two, but FOUR different names knowing full well the implications of such act?
If the sworn affidavit had been to correct a previous error in the spelling of his names; there should have not been any more such errors in his subsequent submission in the other names used in the other instances.
Considering that the controversy raised by Audu’s act is not one resulting from typographical errors, but rather, a willful act to deceive the people by using fictitious names to which he was even deposed and sworn to by law; one must conclude therefore that Audu (and by which another name (s) that may be truly his) is not the kind of man that can be trusted with the affairs of a state. He has shown that he is a multi-faced man with no recognizable identity. A man who cannot trust his people with his true identity cannot expect the people to trust him either. In fact, he does not deserve the trust of the Edo people.
The second possibility regarding this matter is that Audu suffers from “Dissociative Identity Disorder” (DID), also known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), is a “mental disorder” characterized by the maintenance of at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states. The disorder is accompanied by memory gaps beyond what would be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
From the foregoing, while one may feel some sympathy for Audu’s condition; it is fortunate for the people of Edo State, however, that his case has come to the fore as the possibility of having a mentally ill person as an aspiring deputy governor of a state could have been disastrous in the long run.
What this implies is that, should the reason for these multiple names be as a result of his suffering from DID; Edo people could have someday; either as a result of the absence, incapacitation, impeachment or death of the governor be governed by a mentally unstable deputy.
The two possibilities adumbrated above are certainly not ones that the good people of Edo State would want to see happen. We cannot and should not allow a man, who either deliberately deceives the people about his true identity or one who is so mentally unbalanced as to be able to tell who he really is, to have the opportunity to lead a people as sound-minded as we are.
While we have the power, through the ballot system to not only reject such possibilities but to also prevent it; we the Edo people are equally feeling confident that the judicial precedence set in the similar case of the Bayelsa APC governorship election will doubtless prevent a miscarriage of justice in the case of APC deputy governorship aspirant in Edo State. The law should forbid that he, Audu be an option for the office he so desires.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph of this article; the learned men and women of our courts understand the tenets of the laws; and while not preempting the judgment of the court, we also know that they do not need to be prevailed upon to allow for the law to speak clearly in this matter. After all, one of the ways by which we come by our laws is through judicial precedence. And in this matter, it would be an unthinkable miscarriage of justice to have a decision that is contrary to what we all know to be, not only the right thing to do but also the moral and lawful one.
In conclusion, there is a palpable sense of hope in the air in Edo State that the judiciary will continue to enable our fledgeling democracy by ensuring that there is no miscarriage of justice when judgment is eventually made in the case of the Multiple Personality Disorder of Audu Abudu Ahudu Abdul Ganiyu Ganeyu Gani on Monday 24 August 2020.
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