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Re – Victor Adoji: A merchant or victim of fake endorsements, By John Paul

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Let me clear the air; The writer of the piece bearing the above heading should not personalize this rejoinder. For your write up is borborygmus and typical of fifth columnists who write without facts. Please do ensure you are in possession of a well researched fact before putting pen on paper. However, this rejoinder is sine-qua-non owing to the numerous circumstances which seems to have prompted the write up.

Without mincing words, DVAA and family (supporters) have stepped up beyond this smooth lies sponsored by those who believed his political mandate is their worst nightmare. We do not see other contestants as rivals. But as brothers and friends in the same struggle.

No doubt, this stance alone has given the convener an edge over every other contestants. Besides, the DVAA movement is known for its groundbreaking achievement in terms of socioeconomic impact with regards to the ongoing campaign and what is embedded in the mantra. Therefore, factuality is the indelible fact that thousands of youths have been lucratively engaged and taken off the street where other politicians come to pick them as merchants of vices. And like the Buchi Emecheta’s Joys of Motherhood, Dr Victor Adoji’s fulfillment is in the emancipation of the society at large, and not the kleptocracy or political gimmickry plunging Igala/Bassa to abyss. It’s also a known fact that Dr Victor Alewo Adoji is a silence achiever, and his achievement spree the space may not be enough to mention. So, if all aspirations is about the betterment of our senatorial zone, DVAA’s innovative movement should be embraced by all and sundry instead of compounding the already hostile political hemisphere.

Back to the central thrust of this article. You see, the manner in which envy and selfishness drives some people is laughable. Our willingness to accept our fate in certain ways is always outweighed by greed and inconsequential human conceits. First, the said statement resonated on the Facebook page of an APC e-kid. And of course, those enjoying some crumbs from the state government confers munged with it. And the uninformed writer took up his pen to write. And gradually, the good people who sees a better Kogi East as a no alternative non are getting misinformed.

Luckily, i ran into the purported copy of the letter bearing Kogi East elders’ denial that it has endorsed Dr Victor Adoji. Fellow Kogi Easterners, i urged you all to be attentive here and pass your judgement thereafter; When the news broke that the sub committee of Kogi East elders forum has recommended Dr Victor Alewo Adoji for adoption as Kogi East senatorial candidate comes 2019, every information that was disseminated was backed up by a categorical statements. Ranging from the constitutional mandate of the sub committee as conferred by the forum to the statement credited to the Chairman of the sociopolitical group, Chief J S Odawn and the secretary. More credibly, the aftermath statement issued and signed by the aforementioned personalities was contained in a letter-headed paper of the group as a standard socio-political organization. Now, fellow Kogi Easterners, a stint comparison between the statement affirming Adoji as the elders’ adopted candidate and the purportedly signed denial by the general secretary will confirm some masterminded actions of agent of political malpractices and mischief. While its still baffling that the general secretary could address the public on such weighty issues without recourse to the executive chairman, the said letter was typed, sent to someone via mail and printed on ordinary A4 paper which in all ramifications, is degradable of such sensitive group.

Barely 48 hours after Adoji was unanimously endorsed, Chief Aurelius Yusuf Adejoh, an APC stalwart and member of the Elders council endorsed Echocho. And now, this is coming from his camp again. Fellow Kogi Easterners, it would be disrespectful questioning the audacity of Chief Adejoh especially when its obvious that the elders had wonderfully played their roles. But let it be registered in the mind that some people are out to destroy the better Kogi East we all quest for. The essence of good governance we are trying to install will be constricted if they are not called to order. As a matter of fact, they have reformed as progressive minds preaching good governance that is in a nutshell, subject to their own interpretation. They are merchandise of betrayals, cacum of demonic antics with mundane premonitions to hold the entire kogi East to ransom.

I have mostly expected the aspirants to counter the allegations that they were informed of the interactions. But thanks to the almighty God, there was nothing of such. Rather, its the usual shenanigan from the pretender democrats.

Dr Victor Adoji’s political abode is clean. His social history is untainted. His aspirations is not birthed by the necessity for continuity of some tyrannic politicians, but a burden to liberate Kogi East from the shackles of poverty. Between godfatherism, sycophancy, loyalty and the essence of good governance stood DVAA movement to champion the cause of humanity. And when the battle is won and the much dreamed Kogi East becomes a reality, i shall wait to hear how this evil doers will justify their inaction. For now, let me assure our brothers who have refused to move on because the news of Adoji’s endorsement caught them unaware, which ever part that is transparent, that Adoji will honor. We have asked them to write His Royal Highness expressing their dissatisfaction. And if the need be, an open debate where every aspirants will prove themselves is very necessary.

Be that as it may, Fellow Kogi Easterners, its pertinent to note that the brand in which APC’s e-kids patronizes before us is a representative of few individuals vying to remain in power at all cost. He has no motivational objective for the senatorial post other than to be there and pave way for his sponsors. A close look at their campaign says it all. He is very silence, not taking into cognizance the necessity of convincing the people. Contrary to what other aspirants do to win the heart of the electorates, he only supervises where politically deceitful project is ongoing. He was in Ajaokuta steel complex recently only to exhibit his usual incompetence; revamping Ajaokuta steel is not a one man show. This statement is only fond of those without political will. We all know developmental process is gradual, but it comes with individual commitment.
It might also interest you to know that the said aspirant has been called upon severally by Nigeria’s anti graft agency for interrogation but, he is been shielded by political godfathers.
Now, my question is; Of what importance is the struggles to wrestle power from the notorious mandate snatcher when we know it will be given to someone whose character, moral and political standing is pernicious?

DVAA’s family is an advocate of due process. We frown vehemently at political gimmicks and other acts inimical to our progress. We believe in effective recalibration of Kogi East. We believe the grass-root are the chief pioneers of these project. And we will stop at nothing to ensure that Igala/Bassa reclaim their lost legislative glory Therefore, the endorsement of Dr Victor Alewo Adoji as Kogi East senatorial candidate comes 2019 is self evident, both in merit and privilege. We want use these medium to advise other contestants to shun an act of character assassinations as embolden in the propagated lies as a better Kogi East remains the top priority.

Kogi East will be great again.

JONH PAUL (OPERATION WIN BACK KOGI STATE)

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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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Red alert on Kogi 2019 elections, By Omahi Umar

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2019 Kogi elections may end up being the bloodiest and the most rigged election in the history of Nigeria. This is not a question of being an alarmist. It is rather because the incumbent governor, having failed woefully in governance has principally resorted to the use of security agents to rig and manipulate the outcome of the elections in favour of the ruling government.

A taste of what to expect in the elections in Kogi has started manifesting. In the Kogi Central Senatorial District where the governor hails from, members of the opposition are now harassed, harangued, maimed, killed and kidnapped on regular basis. The latest victim is one Enesi who was recently killed by armed men while several others went missing in recent night raids and hunts for men of the opposition parties in the Kogi Central.

In the same central, it is an open secret that the houses of Commissioner for Water Resources, the Commissioner for  Local Government and many of the local government administrators have now turned armouries where a huge number of sophisticated guns and ammunitions are off-loaded at nights purportedly by “men in uniform” unchallenged. It was being speculated that over 3000 assorted automatic weapons have been acquired by the governor and hidden in different locations across the state. The state local tabloids and social media have the news of the governor vowing that he was ready to kill anyone who stands on his way in the coming elections.

The Kogi East will definitely be a battleground of sorts too. It is the home of the all powerful Chief of Staff who has vowed to deliver his constituency to the governor at all costs. Recently in Idah, many vehicles belonging to Atai Idoko were destroyed by APC members while on campaign rallies. Pockets of violence from Kogi East are reported on daily basis and will be on the increase as we approach elections. The most troubling aspects of this violence is that they are often committed in the glaring eyes of security agents who choose to look the other way while these crimes are being perpetrated.

It has been rumoured that the Ogohi of Anyigba’s palace is the armoury for Eastern Kogi with brother, the administrator of Dekina Local Government, Alhaji Isiaka and Alhaji Ahmed, the Kogi East Zonal chairman of the APC as field commanders.

The Western Senatorial District appears calm as of today but we believe it is an uneasy and heavily pregnant calm.  This Senatorial District is the home place of Dino. The governor is betting it everywhere with his life that he would rather die than allow free and fair elections  that would produce Dino. Since Dino enjoys cult followership in these areas, the modus operandi here will be to scare away many people from voting units so as to allow for heavily falsified results against Dino and Atiku.

The number of militants in training in Kogi is becoming very scary, worrisome, alarming and really frightening. The men of the Vigilante Service are now being secretly trained on the use of sophisticated weapons. The first batch of about 1000 men and women have passed out. Currently at the Lokoja Stadium, there are over 700 vigilante men/women in camp undergoing military training for the elections. Police and military uniforms are smuggled into the state for use in the elections.

Apart from this number being trained in the state, reliable information is that over 1000 militants are currently undergoing training in Yobe State for Kogi elections. The whole stories are really very worrisome.

The intention is to kill and harass opposition members as much as possible. It is also intended that many strong opposition members would be kidnapped prior to the elections. Information is that many should be scared away from voting, especially in the opposition strongholds.

By and large, the elections in Kogi may witness tales of anguish and failures except urgent steps are taken to counter the devilish plans of the state governor. The goings on in Kogi State must be exposed to the whole world by all means possible. This is a situation where a stitch in time will save nine.

 

  • Umar wrote in from Lokoja, Kogi State
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Wait! Before you vote Atiku, By Musa Mohammed

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While the clamour for change in government from president Mohammodu Buhari to Atiku Abubakar may have been something that has taken over the national discuss and rightly so as the elections draw near, it may be noteworthy to pause and reflect on the character of the prospected replacement.

The big question on our mind should be can we trust Atiku? What really is the new thing he is coming to offer bearing in mind he was once the number two citizen of this great nation for 8years? If we insist the position of a vice president is not as powerful as the president, haven’t the achievements of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo knocked out such narrative?

The Nigerian vice president has proven times without number that he is as useful as the president of Nigeria and records are there to show for it. Where are the achievements of Mr. Atiku?

If you ask Nigerians, most of what they would remember about his days in office would be the national assets he sold to his colleagues and the long running battle he had with his principal, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Aside from the fact that there should be no vacancy in Aso Rock, Osinbajo is more presidential than Atiku. Don’t take my words for it, below were some of the things his then boss said and wrote about him chronologically.

2003 “I regret picking Atiku Abubakar as my vice”.

2004 “I can no longer work with Atiku, his integrity is in question “.

2005 “Atiku cannot be trusted “.

2006 “Atiku cannot escape justice over corruption cases ”

2007 “Do not vote Atiku he is corrupt”.

2008 “Atiku is a corrupt leader”.

2009 “Nigerians can never forgive Atiku”.

2010 “Atiku is not an option to leadership in Nigeria “.

2011 “I have never seen a leader as greedy as Atiku “.

2012 “Nigerians should pray for leaders imbued with integrity not Atiku “.

2013 “Atiku should apologize to Nigerians over his political sins”.

2014 No political party with the aspiration to assume leadership should think of Atiku”.

2015 “Nigeria has grown beyond a corrupt leader like Atiku”.

2016 “I will never reconcile with Atiku “.

2017 “I never knew Atiku was this corrupt ” “I can never be on the same page with Atiku. God forbid!”.

2018 January to August “God will not forgive me if I support Atiku “.

2018 August “Atiku has the capacity to save Nigeria’s economy from collapse”.

If such verdicts could come from Obasanjo who was his direct boss, what doubts should Nigerians have in rejecting such bad market and move on to the next level with the present administration bearing mind that Obasanjo once said, “As an engineer, I know a point I can use tractor to hit and a storey building would come down within few minutes, but it would take years to erect such.”

Nigeria is undergoing transformation. The administration of president Mohammodu Buhari has used his first term to lay a good foundation for him to start building on in 2019 and it only make sense to key in.

God bless Nigeria.

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