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Demola Olarewaju @DemolaRewaju
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@toluogunlesi is a ghost of his former self who has sacrificed a future of glory on the altar of a politics he neither believes in nor even understands.

His end shall be like that of Esau who for a bowl of porridge traded his birthright.

The only thing Demola owes Tolu is PITY.
A lot of things in this electoral season continue to be a lesson to us and one that has been on my mind to share after this period is the example from ‘professionals’ in politics.

A call from someone last night on an issue and this Tolu foolishness stir me to share it now.
When some of us gave ourselves to political engagements, we took it as a calling and wrote our principles clearly in our hearts - with an understanding of what will push us to walk away or guide our decisions.

With the Ogunlesis of this world, there are no such lines.
If you ask me today: “Demola, what will PDP become that will make you abandon the party?” I may not answer but I have my answer inside me.

When a leader whom I love so much left PDP, I didn’t follow him - I knew why I am where I am and my decisions were guided by principle.
But these professional who come into politics suddenly and without principles, who routinely wait for electoral period to jump into the fray and make some money: they’re the ones who ruin things woefully either by grandstanding with oversized egos or doing too much.

Like Tolu.
They have no principles and they misunderstand basic concepts like loyalty - they do not understand that loyalty is a two-way street: your principal and you as his aide should both be loyal to each other or at worst, your principal must be loyal to a cause you both subscribe to.
What exactly is Tolu’s loyalty to: a generational cause or the curse of an older generation?

What will make a young man, whom I have no qualms admitting we once admired as one of the brightest of our generation, look down upon himself so much as to be an attack-dog for Buhari?
It is a misunderstanding of politics: people like Tolu see it as an ego thing - because he’s the DOG of the king, he assumes that he is automatically the king of DOGS, which even if true, still makes him a dog.

Some of us see ourselves differently even in relating with leaders.
In this electoral season, I’ve seen professionals lie so much to principals that I’m tired.

I’ve seen them fight too many territorial battles, I’ve seen them scramble for money and I’ve lost respect for them that I wouldn’t if they had never joined us.

They have no principles.
The most recent that makes me want to share this is a call from @nicholasibekwe last night.

He wants to interview a candidate, I told the candidate and shared his number with Nick.

Candidate refers Nick to his media aide - a professional journalist - and stupidity starts.
The professional journalist starts trying to show superiority, talking about how they know his bosses, blocking a simple interview and so on - ego sets in, doing the principal more damage because they’re unable to understand that such role is solely for the principal’s glory.
There are core politicians around Buhari who with an eye on their own future have carefully insulated themselves from Buhari’s mess.

Many of them are reaching out to some of us clandestinely to ensure that History will record that at least they tried to rebel, but not Tolu.
That one has therefore become the hunter’s dog, destined to be lost and therefore deaf to the whistle of the hunter.

He has my pity but I share his lessons because the idea of professionals in politics is something I love; but they must understand politics.
I will say this clearly and let heaven witness it:

I have never ass-kissed with any political leader and I will never - it’s not pride, it’s dignity and understanding of one’s role.

My loyalty to any politician is only based on mutual respect, shared goals and shared values.
A leader called me yesterday to ask why I wasn’t in his state for a mass PDP rally they held recently.

I said I hadn’t known it would hold and wasn’t invited - he said “Do you need any permission to come to your father’s house?”

I laughed and apologised and we moved on.
We understand that what we carry is a generational hope - not the errand of slaves.

So even when they send us to do the tasks of slaves, we add our value of sonship to it and deliver results even better than if we had done it slavishly.

Let Tolu come and learn from us...
We’ve asked them before, in private:

“What is the worst thing your principal will do that will make you resign?”
They had no answer.

“Okay; if you want to resign, how will you go about it?”
They mumbled incoherently...

And this is why I think it is too late to learn.
So we waste no words any longer on them - come what may, what we will become is a journey on which path we won’t deviate from.

But even from their doggy behaviour and slavish mentality, we can learn and what we learn, we must share for others to learn from:
Young people of my Generation and below:

Before you ever go into politics or accept any position politically, develop your own ideals, principles and values.

These things will be your guide when access to power, money or popularity try to lead you astray.
I’m the assumed political person; this fellow is the assumed professional in politics.

But who is kissing ass? Who is being foolish and who is burning bridges in an effort to secure his position?

As dog of the king that thinks himself the king of dogs?

I feel only pity for him
Let me add this one, maybe his brain will reset:

“Why don’t they send Bashir to come after Demola? Bro, why you?”

The answer is because the ‘enjoyment’ an Abobaku receives while in position is because when the king dies, he dies too.

And Abobakus Never Reign on the Throne.
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