How Ayo Fayose Set Up Zenith Bank.

It was all a setup. This is how Ayo Fayose, the elected governor of Ekiti State knows how to play it.

There is absolutely nothing illegal in bankrolling any politician in Nigeria unless it is against the constitution. I am aware there are stipulations to the amount each political party is restricted to for political campaigns. However, every Nigerian is aware that stipulation is for ‘show’, and unenforceable in a country where statistics and data recording is an exercise in theory. So, it is not illegal for any organisation to financially support a politician. 

You all have seen photographs and video of supposed members of Zenith bank on their knees, apparently pleading with the governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose. I am yet to be convinced they are real members of staff of Zenith Bank and I will point out some of my observations. What was all that about? Is civilisation so removed from Ekiti State and Nigeria that Bank employees go on kneels at official meetings? 

It is well-known dress code or habit that male members of staff of Zenith bank are seen in their red ties. The supposed Zenith Bank staff on his kneels before the Governor has on, what appears to be a dark blue tie. My question is, the man on his knees, is he really a staff of Zenith Bank? Or was it just a set up made to look like he accompanied the two gentlemen in red ties seated on the sofa. These were the people who were briefly interviewed, not the man on his knees. Perhaps, that man, a staff member was serving a punishment. The whole scene now looks more likely to be a setup to me. 

Observation One. It is well-known dress code or habit that male members of staff of Zenith bank are seen in their red ties. The supposed Zenith Bank staff on his knees before the Governor has on, what appears to be a dark blue tie.  My question is this. Is the man on his knees really a staff of Zenith Bank? Or was it just a set up made to look like he accompanied the two gentlemen in red ties seated on the sofa. After all, the men in red ties were the ones who were briefly interviewed, not the man on his knees. Perhaps, that man, a staff member was serving a punishment, Ayo Fayose style. The whole scene stinks of a setup to me. 

Observation Two. Where in the world does a Governor seat in on an official meeting when a camera crew bursts in, in an attempt to catch the Governor’s guest off guard? Which was precisely what took place between supposedly Zenith bank officials and Ekiti State Governor. This act was not only childish but  disgraceful. The video recording of the dramatic event was awful. It wasn’t discreet. It was amateurish.  It reflected the hogwash administration of Governor Ayo Fayose. But then again, Ayo does not mind plenty of dirt. That is his style. Getting disgraced! I say this not to mock anyone, but the people of Ekiti State deserve their leader. They wanted him. They collected his money and they voted for him.

From Zenith Bank’s point of view, by now, I would have expected a press statement from one of Africa’s most recognisable banks.  From the top echelon, I am aware there is a structure in place which has a strict and well-disciplined operation.  However, the more the remain silent, the more harm it does to their brand. 

With regards the person that knelt before Governor Fayose, until I am informed he is indeed a staff of Zenith Bank, I remain to be convinced he is a staff of Zenith Bank. When did Ayo Fayose become a cultural governor where bank officials kneel before him?

Seriously, Nigerians and shareholders need to be informed of Zenith Bank’s position on this saga. It is the least we expect from this reputable organisation. This discrepancy can not be swept under the carpet.

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Governor Ayo Fayose with Zenith Bank officers

In my opinion, Ayo Fayose typifies the average Nigerian Politician’s mentality. The only difference between Ayo and majority of the rest is that his acts are less discreet.

Jide Salu
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