When I was still working for a democracy institute in South Africa I briefly met Kayode Fayemi, then running an anti-corruption institute in Nigeria. Not surprisingly, for someone with Fayemi’s talents, he moved onto bigger things. Most recently, he ran for governor of a state in southwest Nigeria in 2007. The elections, by all accounts, were rigged as Fayemi lost to a candidate of Olusegun Obasanjo’s People Democratic Party. Fayemi challenged the result and there was a partial rerun last month. But once again the elections were rigged (this time again with full knowledge of electoral officials). Fayemi is not done yet and is raising a stink about the process.
This interview with Fayemi by London-based “Africa Confidential” lays out the background and the issues at stake.