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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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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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