I have said this repeatedly, that the major integrant of Kogi East political menace are the educated elites. They use English to bamboozle people’s mind especially when the subject matter doesn’t seem to favor them or their paymasters. And until issues of national cores are twisted to suit their aspiration, they won’t relent. At best, they group as progressive minds but their interest is restricted within the stretch of an arm. They have no agenda that recognize and advocate due processes in democracy. Rather, they seek to constricts the deepening process through concocted and brandished propaganda.
I woke up this morning, and decided to browse the internet for latest news, only to find out that the most mud-slinging article had been published in kogireports.com.
Ordinarily I would have skipped due to it’s flatulence. But for the smoothest lies embedded in the heading- Purported adoption of Adoji A Predetermined Hatchet Job To Manipulate Kogi East Elders. Wait a minute, could it be that the writer qas in the figment of his Imagination or just the usual bidding to fulfill all righteousness? What is Dr. Usman Ogbo asking for that the elders have not provided? Or are you simply aggrieved because the outcome of the interaction did not favor your candidate? Let me ask further, could it be that you are pained because the elders council in question refused to subject themselves to the totalitarianism of those you represent? Oh yes! I guess your headache in the entire process is that, the elders decided to hold the meeting in Abuja to avoid been distracted and at worst, killed by those messenger of vices otherwise known as thugs. Of course, you and I know that ‘democracy and it’s principles were murdered the moment some tyrannic power blocs resonated to the podium of governance. So how possible could it be for such historic events to have taken place in Kogi state amidst political hostilities occasioned by a high level desperation of these cabal?
To further proven the writer’s hatred for justice, equity and transparency, he pretended in the article that the Elders have not done the needful. Therefore a categorical statement is needed to back their judgement. This is a grand hypocrisy and a travesty of democracy.
For heaven’s sake, our elders have been fair enough in this exercise. All contestants were duly contacted. And those who honored the invitations were mentioned. The names of the committee members (which include two professors) that conducted the exercise were listed along side their signatures. The procedures that formed the basis of the interaction was listed. Contestants individual rating was published, followed by their position. And most importantly, a statement duly signed by the Chairman of the committee, Chief J S Odawn and the secretary, Prof. S O Ejima was issued to that effect. So, i wonder what Dr Ogbo is still asking for. An excerpt from the fictitious article reads: We are using this medium to call on the Kogi East Elders’ Council to issue categorical statement on the purported endorsement report before it further compounds the already polity in Kogi East.
Ironically, this write up is not only biased, its a semblance of lies sponsored from the pit of hell to distract and absorb in the mind the negative impact of governance which they represent. But, the good news is Kogi Easterners have stepped up beyond this myopic insinuation. They now know who is for them and who is against them. In 2019, they shall speak with one voice. Therefore, since its a proven fact that Dr Victor Alewo Adoji was not the only contestant present at the venue, no amount of lies can distract our elders from championing the course of their children.
I am not also unaware that, the writer mentioned the slated date (7 – 8 December). But he tactically attested to his write up as been sentimental by cunningly boycotting the details attached to it.Part of the reports delivered to the committee by the sub-committee and anchored the interaction reads; Letters of invitation were sent to the candidates identified through their campaign offices/officials and e-mails. This was followed by phone calls and text messages. Candidates were also requested to indicate any of the two dates (7 & 8 December) that was convenient for them.
Fellow Kogi Easterners, while other contestants, actually responded, Aidoko purportedly sent his P.A to check the calibre of people hosting the event, as that will form the basis with which he will honor the invitation. Echocho on his part never responded. All text messages and calls put across to him were left unattended to.
Significantly, the two gladiators (Aidoko and Echocho) are not taking into cognizance the ideology of rooting their aspiration with the masses. Why? Because, its a known fact that Aidoko is a staunch loyalist of these power blocs. And as far as 2019 is concerned, the only alternative to ensure the expansion of their wealth is to vouch for him. Echocho on the other hand is riding on the horse of incumbency, and he is so relaxed with it that the needed assessment has to wait. All hail the king, at least an APC stalwart and member of the Elders council has endorsed him. So its now the case of a lone ranger versus the masses. But, in the end we shall see whose idea prevails.
Fellow Kogi Easterners, let me unequivocally state that Dr. Ogbo and his write up cannot be taken serious, and i will prove that very quick; First, the members of the so call group he currently chairs are in the payroll of the state government. Dr. Ogbo himself is known to be a character assassin and a betrayer to the core. Comrade Austin Okai and ASUU,Kogi state chapters can testify to this effect. Having said this, its apposite that Ogbo is simply doing his best to keep his newly-found source of income.
But, its appalling that a learned gentleman of Ogbo’s status has lost his sense of morality and social value to crumbs. I wonder what became of the authorities under his watch at Kogi state university as a former don.
Nevertheless, 2019 general elections will be historic. The masses are ready and they will speak volume. There is be no place for political malpractice this time. Moreover, DVAA movement is an idea whose time has come, to liberate Igala/Bassa from the shackles of poverty, undo politicking and unite Igala/Bassa in common fronts.
Let me also remind Ogbo that Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji is a household name in the realm of humanitarianism. He is a role model and the people have seen him as their mouth-piece.
Therefore, no amount of propaganda and cheap lies can deter this movement.
JOHN PAUL (OPERATION WIN BACK KOGI STATE) WROTE FROM KOGI STATE.
Hammed Olamijuwon to youths: Vote wisely, shun violence and don’t sell your vote
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.
This is what next level means, By Tunde Ajose
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.
Atiku’s US Trip: So much ado about nothing, By Tunde Ajose
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.