Lagos Commissioner for Public Transportation Mr. Kayode Opeifa, got more than he bargained for as he strayed into Gani Fawehinmi ‘Night of Tributes’ occasion organized to commemorate the late radical lawyer and advocate for the masses in Lagos.
The ‘Night of Tributes And Socials’, attended by left-wing activists including Femi Aborishade, Lanre Legacy, Okei-Odumakin as well as members of Civil Society Organizations and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) was the second event for the day after a morning lecture in which Prof. Omotoye Olorode lashed out on Minister of Economy Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, the Goodluck Jonathan-led government and the entire PDP.
At the morning lecture, Mr. Muiz Banire, a former Lagos State Commissioner for environment was invited due his acclaimed initiation of the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota as one of those who benefited from Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s mentorship activities during his life-time.
Public opinion has it that Mr. Muiz Banire is one of those secretly nominated to succeed Governor Fashola in Lagos State, an office the disgraced commissioner, Mr. Kayode Opeifa is also gunning for the position of governor.
Mr. Opeifa thought that, since Banire shone at the morning lecture, he could also show-off as a current commissioner during the night event, but he rather got his fingers burnt .
Mr. Opeifa was publicly shamed, drenched with water and driven away with chants of “Ole-ole-ole-ole… ” meaning “thief-thief-thief-thief” in adaptation of a popular international soccer fans’ song.
As a way of defending his flatulent ego, Mr. Opeifa threatened he’d sue those pelting him with water. Although some of the organizers initially tried to quell indignations, but the participants soon took it against the organizers, alleging betrayal so that organizers soon disowned Mr. Opeifa, denied inviting him, declared that he intruded and asked him to go away.
The stray-commissioner’s intrusion was said to be one of his deceptive moves to pacify the public in preparation for 2015 Lagos Guber race, a trick similar to those who worked against interest of the public while in office but feign friendly once out of the office or those seeking re-election into same office.
“The sucker commercialized all public roads in Lagos, banned fairly used Taxi cabs and asked us to compulsorily buy his own at N4million each. He did not allow us buy the same type anywhere else at their real market prices, now the hypocrite wants to form familiarity at our hero’s memorial event. Who born am?”, one of the protesters said.
Taxi drivers in Lagos alleged that Mr. Opeifa’s gluttonous introduction of only “specific cabs” which must be purchased from him with payment in installments was his own way of profiting from the acclaimed Lagos Mega City Project. One of them said the Taxi-cab type Opeifa asked drivers to compulsorily patronize him on or leave the road, actually sell at almost 45% lower than his own price in market, but he denied them the right to purchase from market.
Mr. Kayode Opeifa, the stray-commissioner’s intrusive presence caused event to dramatically end as participants left the event for not counting it worthy to be at same occasion with him.
“We deported him from our event and that’s to show him sample what it feels like for his master, Fashola to deport people from Lagos”, another protester said.