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Omo-Agege: Where is Urhobo mandate? By Kparobo Ehvwubare

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Life is really full of lamentation. Little wonder the book of lamentations captured it this way when it noted… how solitary the city was, full of people and how she became a window. She that was great among the nations; and princess among the province; how she has become tributary.

Similarly, the book of Ecclesiastes described life as vanity upon vanity which it notes was all vanity. The thing that has been, that which shall be and that which is done is that shall be done and there is no new thing under the sun (Eccl. 1:9).

As the world is becoming smaller and Nigeria and of course Delta Central as part is becoming so minute.
Activities of the ‘then and now’ are two opposite poles. The Delta Central of Bar. Akpor Ewherido, the sojourn of Ighoyota Amori in the senate and that of ours today are antagonistic of trio.

If the representation of Bar Akpor Ewherido brought 60% people oriented legislative development to Delta Central, and Ighoyota Amori should upgrade it to 80% during his sojourn in the House, where he brought almost all Nigeria senators to Delta Central was a pointer that Amori was out for serious business and it was the expectation of the good people of Urhobo nation that his successor or robber should do better.

Before now, Mr. Augustine Ovie Omo-agege was aclaimed to be God sent occasioned by his pretence to be humble and as someone who is closer to the people, would ameliorate the plights of the people through massive people oriented laws favourable, but what went wrong? How does our mandate went into oblivion in Abuja?

In his first two years in office, he pretended to be who he was not, painting Ighoyota Amori to be enemy of Urhobos among other Urhobo patriots, who has paid their dues in Urhobo land.

Being overzealous as he is, before his eventual suspension, he was said to be brimming stones and fire within the political party that brought him to power. Mr. Omo-agege was said to have told Otega Emerhor pointblank that he was now the leader of the party in the district, a development that spark off mixed reactions among party members.

Omo-agege was alleged to have sponsored some members of his political party to endorsed Great Ogboru as sole candidate governorship of the All Progressive Congress in Delta State, a move that was highly rebuffed in Abraka in attempt to endorse Ogboru in the said meeting. Omo-agege’s plan was to ride on Ogboru back come 2019. Since then among other dubious activities of his made party faithfuls to be uncomfortable with him.

Instead of Mr. Omo-agege to build bridges among party faithfuls, or even concentrate on his legislative business, he bought his way to, he was busy casting aspirations on Urhobos, and knocking horns with those he perceived to be enemies.

I was in sober yesterday, seeing my representative at the senate being booted out of plenary with 90 days suspension, trying to be more Catholic than the Pope and overzealousness to be in the good book of the Presidency.

Omo-agege was said to have bite more than what he could shew, thinking that the red Chambers was Urhobo land where he can insult people and usurp power and go free.
And I asked myself, who bewitched Urhobo? Was this the son of a noble Chief Judge? Why can’t Omo-agege maintain the integrity of Justice Omo-agege of blessed memory?

Well, some of the answers to the above questions find expression to the kind of person Ovie Omo-agege is made of, few years after the people are already fed up with him occasioned by his empty promises, vague decisions and subtle deeds. Truth is like a water prove, if buried remains the same.

Of course it behooves on Urhobos to elect Urhobo patriot to represent us at the National Assembly come 2019, with Omo-agege representing Urhobo at the senate, it seems Urhobos are caused. What is unveiling at the moment is a pointer that Mr. Omo-agege bought his way to the senate against the wish of Urhobos, they could not cry more than the bereaved, but have to endure what they could not cure, but it seems that God and the gods of Urhobo is on revenge.

Omo-agege why did you decide to disgrace Urhobos this way! It is so unfortunate that Omo-agege has brought our name to ridicule; I know Urhobos will not forget you in hurry.

Omo-agege! Thank you for disgracing us, may God bless you.

Kparobo Ehvwubare, is a public affairs analyst, social critics, media consultant, writes from Oghara-Delta State. Could be reach on marksbare@gmail.com or +2347067546856 (sms)

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Hammed Olamijuwon to youths: Vote wisely, shun violence and don’t sell your vote

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Young and dynamic, Hammed Solomon Olamijuwon has urged youths across the country to vote massively for young and vibrant candidates into respective position that would represent their interest in different level of government in the forthcoming general elections.

Olamijuwon in a statement issued at the weekend, implored Nigerian youths to be an active participants in the February 16 and March 2 elections.

His words: “In few days to this time, we shall be taking a major decision concerning our nation by electing leaders that will steer the affairs of this country. Our decision in the next few days will determine our next four years. The people we decide to elect to the position of power will determine a lot concerning you and I.

“I argue youths to go out and vote during the general election. If we all sit in our homes claiming that our votes won’t count, remember that some persons go out on that day and vote. If they vote-in the wrong people; we will have no choice than to be bound by their decisions over this nation for the next few years to come.

“If you have your PVC, kindly makes sure you go out to vote. Vote wisely. Vote credible and responsible candidates. Do not sell your vote. We must ensure that the right people are elected this time.”

Olamijuwon, a Real Estate developer and Managing Director of HSO Global Limited, while stressing the need for Nigerian youths to play active roles in the forthcoming elections, said the youth votes has the potential to be extremely influential in Nigeria.

“I believe the youth vote has the potential to be extremely influential in this country. Young voters notoriously neglect the importance of voting, but their voice is an important one on both sides of the aisle. Key issues in every election increasingly relate to the concerns of students and professionals between the ages of 18 and 35, making it essential for members within that age group to educate themselves on political issues and take to the polls,” he said.

On his political ambition; the Ijesha man who hail from Ilesa East Local Government Area of Osun State and founder of a Non-Governmental Organisation, HSO Foundation whose youthful political pedigree has endeared him to young and old in the town especially those in the grassroots, disclosed that: “I am taking my time and consulting political stakeholders across the country and my state to know the next step regarding my ambition of serving my people. By 2023 I believe the youth is taken over full time and I can assure my people I am ready to serve them.”

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This is what next level means, By Tunde Ajose

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When the news hit the media that the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, gave a press release, calling the attention of the federal government to his fears towards the 2019 presidential election and beyond, it is not surprising that the media took a mere advice out of proportion.

Right to free speech is a fundamental human right and well recognised by the Nigerian constitution.

In the release, OBJ as he’s popularly called while stating his desire for a change of government, insisted that Nigerians must vote in his preferred candidate to replace the incumbent, President Mohammadu Buhari, and send the country back to the dark days better forgotten.

The question that one would have expected to be asked should have been whether this was because he loved Nigeria or there was a selfish motive behind it all. Why?

It is not coincidental that his preferred candidate happens to be the same person he once ruled the country with. This same preferred candidate is the one same OBJ had rubbished severally in the media as unreliable and even went to the extent of writing a book; dedicating substantial pages to why Alhaji Atiku Abubakar must never be allowed to smell power again.

I could remember an interview Chief Obasanjo gave a long time ago, when he was also faced with cries of non performance. He was asked why it was taking like forever to fix Nigeria based on his promise. Obasanjo answered, “As a farmer, I know where I can hit a storey building with a caterpillar and it would all collapse within few minutes. But it takes months to build the same without changing its specification.”

Obasanjo believed that many years of military misrule can’t just be undone with few years of democracy as it would take time.

This is the same belief of the Buhari led government. That 16years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s rule, where money meant for national projects were shared by the privileged few. The insurgency caused by Boko Haram which has been greatly decimated by our gallant men of armed forces would have been a thing of the past if PDP 16 year rule has not diverted the fund meant for standard arm procurement into few pockets.

President Mohammadu Buhari came into power with the believe that even though the corrupt elements had already done havoc to the national treasury, he could not comprehend extent of rot he eventually met.

So with the believe that you can’t build a solid house on a rotten foundation, Buhari, despite enormous expectations placed on him, decided to start rebuilding the foundation into a stronger institution for the country in his first term and hope to consolidate and erect a befitting edifice, where corrupt elements, insurgency, unemployment and many social vices would be things of the past.

And this is the next level.

 

– Ajose, wrote from Lagos, Nigeria.

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Atiku’s US Trip: So much ado about nothing, By Tunde Ajose

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For good watchers of the Nigerian politics, one thing has come to stay in our political experiment at getting it right in this country and that is the ability for smart politicians to easily sway the electorates with mundane issues.

The campaigns are no longer issue based but media sensationalism.

Latest of such was the sudden appearance of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the United States of America! Then one begins to wonder why the opposition would think such is the needed magic wand to win the election.

And the euphoria may not be unconnected with the report that Atiku was barred from entering the States because of his fraudulent nature but the question is, why would any serious opposition believes such action would immediately translate into winning the Aso Rock.

One would have wondered why Atiku has chosen to travel with the current senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki? Could it be that he actually traveled under the diplomatic immunity of Saraki’s official delegation?

Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity that ensures diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country’s laws, but they can still be expelled.

We need to be circumspect as we move forward as a nation and be more discerning. The current government of Nigeria is focused more than before in ensuring that Nigerians, regardless of the class or status has a befitting country they could fall back to and call a home.

It is quite obvious that while the opposition are playing to the gallery, the presidential campaign organisation of president Mohammad Buhari is busy rolling up its sleeves and getting down to fields where the real electorates are and connecting with them.

This past week especially has been full of activities for the president despite his age. Within a spate of two weeks, Buhari had sat down to two interviews in-between journeying from the length and breadth of the country in getting the message of hope down to the people.

The president does not rely on his privilege as an incumbent, but insisted on talking to his people and ensuring that Nigerians are united as they go to polls come February.

No one is in doubt that his message also resonates well with the citizens as they troop out en masse to welcome and listen to what he has to say. With the multitude of crowd recorded today as he presented the gubernatorial flagbearer of the party to the good people of Delta State and the ovation that greeted it, there is no doubt that Buhari is truly loved.

As we count down to the elections, Nigerians need to bear it in mind that the 2019 election is about building on a new foundation which the present government has been able to achieve in the first four years and giving the solid foundation out to the marauders to destroy along with the better forgotten 16years in power.

If Atiku is in the United States today, there is no way the intelligence agencies of the federal government of Nigeria would not know about it.

 

Tunde Ajose, a political commentator, writes from Lagos.

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