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Governors are no longer at ease - 9 months ago, 11 July 01:28

Okech Kendo

Members of Parliament are beneficiaries of ‘breaking corruption’. Governors on the radar of accountability know MPs, who have a penchant for handouts, are a necessary burden to them.

Add MCAs, woman representatives and senators to the pool of rent-seekers, then governors are easily candidates for pity in a political culture that thrives on handouts. First-term governors have to keep MPs in their pockets, literally, happy and pampered. They will need these leaders when seeking reelection. Their goodwill is political capital.

The way to keep MPs, senators and MCAs grinning, with spurious praises for their governors, is to place them on regular retainer. Or giving them tenders for ghost projects. Recall how MPs were grinning around that sugar baron - like moths taking to bright light? That is how they crowd around governors. Second-term governors also entertain MPs to help them sustain false hope among the electorate. Governors need lackeys to praise them ...
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