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Breaking News: Tompolo’s Operation Wipe out N-PDP Chieftains Exposed

29 Sep

BY Alabo Booby Jackimage

The report reaching JackalaboReports, a soon to be launched online news portal, from an insider in the camp of Tompolo, a well-known former Militant leader, now one of the Federal Government Contractors handling the policing of oil pipe lines in the Niger Delta who feel uncomfortable with the manner the so called New PDP are going about their activities, particularly for stating that President Jonathan a son of Niger Delta is not entitled to run for second term has threatened to wipe out four of their chieftains.

According to the Insider who pleaded anonymity revealed to JackalaboReports that some of them have been detailed to track down four of the key members of the NPDP. Top on the list to be assassinated are, Alhaji Kawu Baraje the National Chairman, Prince Oyinlola, Mr Timi Frank’ the Youth Leader and Chief Eze Chukwuemeka, the garrulous/noisy National Publicity Secretary who has been releasing almost on daily basis scathing press statement considered to be disadvantageous to the Goodluck led-administration.

For the plotters, the operation will absolutely dispatch the likes of Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Eze Chukwuemeka, Timi Frank and Prince Oyinlola to their early graves to teach them not to insult a heaven-sent President like Jonathan in their next world.

They threatened that there will be no peace should President Jonathan fail to win the 2015 election adding that nobody should contemplate of stopping him from contesting.

Efforts to reach Chief Eze C the Publicity Secretary of the new PDP on this dangerous development proved abortive as his phone was put off!

Alabo Booby-Jack

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An Open Letter To The Youths Of Akwa Ibom State

29 Sep
By Clayton ”Bane” Udoh
Clayton Udoh

Clayton Udoh

My Dear Brothers And Sisters,
                                                  
                                                  The bible talks about the children of Issachar who were experts in discerning the times and seasons. Hence they were able to make educated decisions. 
So where should I begin ? I will start by saying I am not an elitist. I am someone who was whipped in Primary School back home. Went through all the rigors of doing Morning duty in boarding school and cutting grass with a highly barbaric cutlass in the name of compound duty.  I was a person who went to the stream like others and fetched water with a highly unsafe iron pail and walk with the water on my head uphill. Yes at some point, I had the size 50 container put on my head and I would need people to bring the water down from my head. 
I experienced the black outs and the lack of water running from a faucet.
My university days was something else and when I look back at the practices of the lecturers in the name of enriching themselves, and enlarging their lives, their freedom to sleep around with their female students, while we received a substandard education, it was as criminal as it gets .Then there was the lost,cult boys,future 419 guys, everybody thinking that you had to work for an Oil company to be called human etc. 
                              However, I finally went for my Youth Service and I met an Igbo guy that would forever change my life. We used to discuss and drink beer into the wee hours of the night. I told him I was an American citizen by birth and he made it clear to me that he had no story to tell than the fact that he would contact me once he was out of Nigeria. One thing was clear to both of us,we needed to get out. He always thought big and he refused to be a hero worshiper.
So what is my point in this story ? It was first a dream ,we held onto a dream and we believed that it will happen no matter what. Our lives were sworn to the dream and we made up our minds that we will rather die than the dream be cut short. Our drive was simple, we will not be involved in the corruption and that we want to live good too. Our dream was the only way our descendants would have a chance at a real life.
I had seen it all, the dehumanizing effect of fighting over money given to the youths by corrupt politicians. While I was standing in the hall, watching the youths engage in slapping the life out of each other over the crumb money, I would wonder,”How come he has the money and we are killing ourselves over the crumbs?” 
Yeah,after sitting in a Taxi cab that had us packed like Sardines from Abak to Uyo ,then you would finally make it to the “secret” location for a political meeting only to discover it was jam packed .Someone would come to address you , some political fat cat and you could see it oozing out of him. He is privy to information that is withheld from you,he is privy to funds that is withheld from you ,he is privy to opportunity that is withheld from you ,he is privy to the life you so desperately want to have. I mean the playing field is so uneven and you just stand there in the crowd listening to someone speak that in normal cases nothing he says would be worth your time and emotions. 
The person addressing you is not the sponsor involved in the scholarship that was awarded to you, or the Agricultural grant given to your Dad, or the new job your sister acquired and is packing her things to go for training in Germany. His standing to talk to you is based on a system in which he has taken all that rightfully belongs to you !
It was amazing that I would revisit the lives of such individuals while I was still in Nigeria ,teaching in a Senior Secondary School and behold even with all that they had acquired and had looted they had become broke like church rats. 
So what was the use ? The politics I was struggling for, is the same that my Father’s mates were trying to get into and is the same that men, old enough to be my Grand Father,were still marking time for. When would they ever retire and allow me to have a chance ? They hustle until the day they die and hence you hear of the professional politician ? People playing politics like it is an everlasting job ?
Today I would never describe myself as a millionaire but I can tell you that I am self-sufficient. I have seen enough that no man can wow me and I have developed myself enough to the point that I can never be under anybody based on a system that deprives me of all that I am entitled and gives it to the political fat cat. I can say to every youth I would meet ,that your dream should be about breaking out of the system and becoming sufficient to where the stolen money and the proceeds from it does not wow you. 
Last week in my Linked In account, I received an email from one Geophysical Engineer residing in Dublin working for Shell. It was Okoro the Igbo guy I knew during my Youth Service. He stuck to his guns and he followed his dreams and he made it. In the letter he reminded me about how stupid our dreams sounded then but like he told me, he was not going to sacrifice his dreams for a life of servitude to men. Nor was he ready to spend a whole lifetime regretting about what he could have been in the end. He stuck to his dreams and he pursued it relentlessly and one day he realized that ,” This is me drinking a glass of beer here in Scotland” . 
What is your dream ? When will you realize that no man on earth can make your dream come true?  When will you realize that there is always a price to pay for anybody who claims he will do the most for you (nothing is free) ? When will you realize that you are the only person that can execute your dream more than anybody can ever do for you,because only you can perceive the dream in your mind. 
I have heard the complaints about the lack of money and resources. What would you say ,if I told you, that less than 0.75 % of the successful people on earth, had the resources at hand to execute their dreams. For others,they knew there was a dream but how it would come to fruition was another story entirely. It was like driving in the night on a highway,you could only see so far, but as the journey continued the pathway was continuously revealed to you by the headlights.
Like the Children of Issachar could you ever study the system and the season and begin to make decisions that are not because of your own selfish desires but for the good of your descendants ? Could you explore and bring to bear a ruthless determination to succeed that overshadows the nonsense and darkness the politicians have brought on the land ? 
The internet has the phone number of  hundreds of  Admissions Officers for the myriads of university websites worldwide,could you rather call that number and begin an adventure that could surprise you ? Instead of recording another person with that phone to go and give to a political fat cat so that he could give you crumbs ?
Could you learn another language or skill or do something that can put you in a position in which you are needed badly in Tokyo ? Do you have a dream fit for a living God ? A dream that makes God stand up on his throne because such dreams can only be executed by a God?  Or does your dream revolve around PDP and the political fat cats ? Does your dream revolve around four year political terms in Nigeria which involves you being covered in juju to survive every cabinet shakeup ? Does your dream involve you wishing  that the political fat cat depends on you to kill his enemies? Do you also feel those people you will destroy will die in vain and that your descendants will be blessed ? Does your dream revolve around Obong owo ? Honorable ?
I leave you with one fact,you cannot attain anything that you cannot visualize. The guy with a private Yacht worked towards it and knew that when it is time he will get it. The guy driving a Ferrari worked towards it with intent. That’s why a man can have a lot of money and drive a Lexus or Mercedes Benz while another would drive an Alfa Romeo or Maseratti,you can only acquire what you know. You can only acquire what you visualize in your dreams. For some of us our place of origin has become our death trap.
I almost fell into that trap when I was in Nigeria, trying to be the perpetual holy person, fasting, praying, attending prayer night, attending prayer convention, waiting for my message from Angel Gabriel. Using the blood of Jesus all over my body like one would use soap while bathing. Meanwhile faith without works is dead.
You have prayed for Twenty to Thirty years now. From the time you popped out of your Mom you have been taken to church and you have been in church ever since. Is God deaf? When will you finally make that move knowing that God is with you and it is time for you to rather put your God to the test as it is written in the scriptures ? I say this knowing that I received emails from my classmates in Uniuyo from places like Equatorial Guinea to Canada to Australia to Alaska to Algeria. What are you waiting for ????? 
On the other hand ,if your dream is in Uyo, for how long can you smile with the guy that behaves like you are a second class citizen?  You are not fit enough to be privy to information,you are not fit enough to be privy to funds like he is,you are not fit enough to have a job like he has, your right to begin to live a little bit decently will be considered based on how well you praise and worship him. You will spend your life watching every single project be completed in the state and you will not have any information to become part of it and you will not be allowed to even supply a pencil to the cause, there will be no jobs paying a living wage just so that you remain poor so that he can use you to do his bidding.
However a new day has come, you do not have a job and you are surrounded by a myriad of empty promises. Yep, you have fine roads in your neighborhood but it wil take a miracle for you to even have a car to drive on it. Forget marriage you cannot afford it. Paying the rent is like climbing a mountain.Your intelligence has been insulted, you are broke as hell, trying to survive by being a member of a facebook team of a political fat cat. He doesn’t care !!!
For sure when you see him you will call him “Honorable” or  “Obong” no matter his conduct as an administrator,so why should he be careful of how he handles your future?  Have you not stared at the Volcano enough? It releases smoke and shakes the ground and is huge and hot and releases lava with promises of an eruption or earthquake that never happens but what have you gained from it ? It is time you went and found your own fishing net and stop collecting fish from the fat cat.
At what point do you realize that it is time you stopped screwing around ?  “Honorable” never found you a dime when your Mom was on the hospital bed, he was no where to be found when you were trying to survive during Youth Service, he never paid a single dime towards your school fees and some of you have slept around enough to raise the money, In every key point of your life “honorable” did nothing to help. What makes you think he cares about you now? The governorship campaign crumbs ? Find your vision and run with it . Everybody cannot be a politician !  
When you are successful in life, it is hard for you to even consider getting your nice clothes dirty by running with the ballot box in your hands in the bush. You will not enjoy sitting on those low benches in the primary schools for those local political meetings,the only way to make you do that is to keep you poor and our leaders know this secret and will always give you the crumbs to eat. Then there is the thing Oyinbo call the “Butterfly Effect”. 
If you have spent your life worshiping a person it is most likely your children will also worship their children. It is the curse of the peasant.
You do not have to go far to see this, in London there are a lot of people who worshiped Queen Elizabeth and their children are now worshiping the Queen’s Grandkids(William and Henry).A worship that unfortunately has nothing to do with a personal knowledge of the character in question.
There are a lot of American Congressmen whose parents also served in the congress and their supporters now are the children of those who supported their parents. Guy claims he comes from a long line of pilots in his family and you claim that you come from a long line of those who sit in a plane as passengers !There is the butterfly effect and what are you going to do to make sure that your lot in life is not repeated among your children? 
The secret is you changing your dreams and your belief system and the world around you will change. The colors you see now is based on the glasses you are wearing to perceive things around you,change the color of the glasses and what you see changes also.   
Do not forget the children of Issachar,they studied the atmosphere and were able to discern things that looked flashy but had no iota of stability in it and rather made wise decisions not based on the hunger in their stomach but based on the love they had for their unborn children.
They knew what was worth taking serious and what was not worth taking serious and they pursued things that were honorable before God. Things that are pure and honorable devoid of bloodshed, juju, political nonsense and greed. The divine dream.
The nation perishes for lack of a vision and the people die for lack of knowledge as written in the scriptures. However there is salvation for the person who visualizes the pathway for themselves and their descendants and begins a journey with God to attain that promise made to them from the beginning of time.
 —Udoh writes from Mesa, Arizona

Prince Tonye Princewill breaks his silence on Amaechi and Jonathan’s Political Entanglement By Nwaorgu Faustinus Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill is a member of the PDP and a key player in the politics of Rivers State. After a long period of silence, the young man who quite easily has one of the most respected voices in not only Rivers state but the Niger Delta Spoke on his relationship with president Jonathan and Amaechi, his view on the battle between them, the 2015 governorship race and a plethora of other issues that affect our region. Excerpts You’ve been silent for a while. Why? Sometimes in life we need to listen more than we talk. As you rightly observed, I have been doing a lot more listening lately. My political career is just beginning and so I have a lot to learn. I have seen a lot of mistakes that I Tonye Princewill cannot afford to make. And it is only by watching the people dancing in the town square that I have been able to see their backs. I have resisted the temptation to join them because neither side are short of sycophants. There are no vacancies in that department. And since I am not a sycophant, I want to continue look either of them in the eye and tell them the truth. And what is this truth? None of them are saints. All of us are sinners. So we all need peace. I am an advocate for peace, but in the meantime I am taking a lesson in how not to play politics. What is your position on the Amaechi /Jonathan saga? Whose side are you on? I am not taking sides. If all of us take sides, who will work for peace? There is still plenty of time to make peace between now and 2015 so allow me to preach my peace and avoid trying to make me a warrior. When the time to fight comes, if it does, we will see who the true warriors are. 2007 is still fresh in our memories. I laugh at those people who are looking for Amaechi or Mr President to make them Governor or Minister or LGA chairmen and whatever. Their hope is that their side will win and that since in PDP politics it is the winner who takes all, they will decide who gets what, where and when. This time they will be in for a big shock. Neither of them alone will produce the next Governor. God will do that and he will use people who do not have big names, so blind loyalty which hides the truth is a recipe for disaster. Count me out of that. They must work together. They have both made mistakes and are still making them. My responsibility as a son of the soil is to tell them the truth and find a way out of the mess. Since I am fortunate enough to have their ear, I tell them what they don’t want to hear. I blame my friend and brother Amaechi for this mess but where Amaechi erred, the President should have called him aside and told him so and as an older brother he should have forgiven him. Do you know what Amaechi has done for this President when nobody gave him any notice? And on the other side, do we know what Wike has done for this Governor? They have all at one time or the other conspired against me and many others. Now they want me to fight their war? I won’t. They should go and settle or else, God will settle them. In 2008, Amaechi and Wike conspired against me for the Local government elections, the LGA structure we see today was “engineered” into place by these same people fighting each other today. In 2011, Amaechi refused to work with Atiku but went to work for Goodluck against my friendly advice. When he won and Jonathan won, did they look in my direction? Please let me have peace. Amaechi won the Governor’s forum election, intimidating him is unnecessary and counter productive even if he is not totally innocent. The sacking of the Obio Akpor council was wrong as was the refusal to recognise the Felix Obuah led PDP in the state. What goes around comes around. I have told Amaechi this. What happened when a parallel PDP was formed in Rivers state? To be fair, both Amaechi and Atiku have listened to me when I have given advice. They were both ready to work with Jonathan even when it appeared that he was not willing to work with them. At first when I sat with the President, he acknowledged the need to build bridges with them. I can only think that there are people around him who saw advice like mine through a jaundiced lense and proceeded to act counter to it. Go to the streets of Port Harcourt and ask people. They will say Amaechi and Tonye are twins. How? Why? Go today and ask people they will say Atiku is my father. I will follow him to the grave. How? Why? My loyalty is to the people. The poorer they are, the more loyal I am. What will benefit them is what I will advocate for. In 2011, I advocated Atiku. For now, we watch but I refuse to fight Jonathan so Sule Lamido can be my President. Is Lamido a better option for my people? Currently peace between these children of God (Amaechi and Mr President) is what will benefit my people. I will work for peace. Not take sides and call one side a saint and the other side a sinner. People don’t like to look well before they talk. I do. Man no be God is what I will say. 2015 is not by power, it is by faith. The child that does not want his mother to sleep will not sleep either. We abused Obasanjo, God gave us Yaradua, we cried and lamented, he died on us and along came Jonathan. Some of us including those who voted for him only two years ago are abusing him too. Ask yourselves, who next? Sule Lamido? No way. Our leaders should quickly move away from the current politics towards the politics of persuasion before they make enemies out of potential friends. Re 2015, Amaechi is not Mr President’s problem or vice versa. Fighting each other will not work. Nobody should underestimate anybody. Even Atiku. If you can’t even attempt to win my vote by simple persuasion, how can you lead me? Are you going to run in 2015? Yes. It appears I will. Things have to be done right but it appears that all I need, to do what has to be done, is either in place or will be. Initially I was concerned about the moral and financial support but that is no longer a concern for me. The next step is to consult more widely, identify real leaders old and new and engage our youth even more. Unless they are central to what I am doing, I will not succeed. People who know me know that I have a passion for youths and women, especially rural women. Orphans and disabled people will also enjoy my government too but my focus will be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. That affects every household. If Ikwerre and Ogonis have the population, how will you win? That is the same question my Governor asked me on January 6th, 2012. “By the hand of God” is my answer. It will take a miracle for me to win and that is why I have to contest. Rivers state needs a miracle. I expect Ogonis and Ikwerres will not look at me just as a Kalabari man but more as a people’s man just the same way I look at all of us as Rivers people. We need people who can bring us together not pull us apart. Just the other day, I heard someone say that I will make history as the first Kalabari Governor. I said to the person while that may be true, I prefer to make history because of where I will take Rivers state and not because of where I come from within it. To win we must reach out to all, majorities and minorities. In the end we must bring out our best. Many people will agree that they have had sons and daughters representing them before now and yet crises and poverty have not gone away, it has even increased. So Rivers people know who cares about them even when there is no election and who opens their door when there is nothing to gain. They will not forget. They know who has the ideas and who represents change you can trust because they know the Prince will and that the Prince means well. I don’t have the political baggage of the others, I have no cult affiliations and have never had I have done all I have done from my own pocket without even a political office. They know what I will do if I do attain more. My message to my Kalabari brothers and sisters is that they should talk to their neighbours and make them see what they see. Politics should be about persuasion not power. Numbers are irrelevant in the eyes of God, otherwise Odili would never have been Governor. Our upland brothers know fairness when they see it but if you try to dictate fairness its name changes to intimidation and nobody will be intimidated in 2015. The state belongs to all of us. You have been outside PH quite a lot, is that how you will rule Rivers state? No. Like I said it is deliberate. Since you have asked so bluntly let me open up to you. 95% of my income does not come from Rivers state. Amaechi my friend knows that I do not disturb him for money and that I go about my business irrespective of what is going on. Schools and hospitals were given to political friends and enemies to execute all over the state, he didn’t give me any, refused to give my political allies and in the end all I had to boast of was the single contract I did in 2007 finished in 2008 and didn’t get paid for till 2011. This contract was given to all governorship candidates in 2007 that decided to work with Amaechi at the time even though I probably spent more on the 2007 election than all of them put together. I am a net looser so far in this government and I doubt anyone in my position has brought more into this state and taken less out. That comes with its consequences. But I am not bitter. My time will come. To keep afloat I have to keep my businesses afloat and since many of them are outside the state, I have to be outside the state. Also and more importantly, I wanted to improve my relationship with God and so I took time out to fellowship with him and get to know him one on one. This has involved a rigorous fasting and prayer routine which sometimes made me think I was going to die but now I am stronger than I have ever been and physically much more fit. So my reason for my absence is not as a habit but for a purpose. It has also shown me who can survive without me and yet still stay focused. So all in all it has been a revelation. What of the political structure needed to win elections? Only a greedy man wants to rely on himself alone for victory maybe because he wants to chop alone. I cannot do this alone. Government is big. I can only occupy one position so we need a team. My job is to find that team. The structure that will win the election will respect local interests, community interests and state dynamics. Let us not sit down in one place and write a new story for each community where one already exists. My job is not to build a structure from scratch but to bring together other structures into one big one. Political structures, religious bodies, youth groups, women groups, the disabled, market women, unemployed graduates, community organisations, etc. I will lead but I cannot do it alone. A leader needs generals and that is what I am busy looking for now. Politics is too important to be left to politicians alone. Our structure will make politicians of non politicians. It is never too late to learn something new. I entered politics in 2006 and ran for Governor in 2007. What structure did I use to defeat Sgt Awuse and shake PDP? What structure did Fashola use to win Lagos and what structure did Goodluck Jonathan use to win the Presidency? God gives structures. Has Jonathan done well? Yes. In certain areas he has, but in certain areas he needs a lot more work. I think as far as recent Presidents go, he is better than both Yar Adua and Obasanjo and IBB and Abacha but for this time, this is not good enough. He can do better. Especially in the politics. Where we are today could have been avoided. I wouldn’t want to say more than that for now. The President knows my views on this. Judgement will come at the end of the tenure so he still has his destiny in his hands. Has Amaechi done well? Same difference. He is the best since Diete Spiff without a doubt in my mind but he has not done well in some areas. Especially in the politics. Before the political space became heated I felt he was drifting a little but now it is clear to me that governance has been sacrificed at the altar of politics. This is typical politics and so I predicted it. It could have been avoided but the Governor was the Chairman of the forum and that tied his hands. If he hadn’t been, maybe we wouldn’t be here today. But he is so here we are. Let us see what happens before full time. This is only the beginning of the second half and just like the President, Amaechi is a child of God so anything can happen. What do you think of Wike? I think he is the best politician amongst them. He is less interested in what you think about him and more interested in getting results. He is an asset to any team and right now the President is using it to his advantage just as Amaechi has used it to his benefit in the past. He has served others in the past and may harbour ambitions for others to serve him in the future. You can’t deny him that. My job is to make sure that when the dust settles, we are not fighting each other. Wike is somebody I will not fight unless I have to. I begged the Governor to settle with him when this first started but I do not believe that he exhausted the options for peace. Maybe he felt that there was no point. I disagree. Tell us about PDM PDM is the mother of PDP and to cut a long story short because I know where you are going, it decided recently at a meeting of its national executive management committee to move away from remaining a movement to becoming a party. For two main reasons. 1. PDP was drifting and needed to be reminded that people had options and 2. We heard that some unscrupulous elements were planning to do likewise and register the party so we the custodians decided to beat them to it. Even though we have given PDM life, some of us have remained inside the PDP because becoming a political party in Nigeria is not going to be business as usual just because you have a certificate. it needs to have a clearly defined position on major issues, tell Nigerians how it will be different and show the youths how much better it is than PDP or APC. Also I believe that it should concentrate on grassroots politics for now and remove its eyes from a Presidential election till 2019. It can fight for elections at state and local levels but support any of the other two at Presidential level if they set a people’s agenda PDM can subscribe to. These are the tasks and considerations before the new leadership of the PDM. We await their final position but I remain inclined to a PDM/PDP alliance than a PDM/APC one. But you never know. Registration has commenced online at www.pdm.ng . The first political party in Nigeria to do so exactly one month after INEC registered it. Amazing. Manual registration commences shortly. No more hoarding of party cards as is currently the case. PDP and others need to take note. If you become Governor, what will you do different? I will never underestimate anybody, I will find peace wherever it hides for the sake of my people’s development and I will learn from others who came before me. Odili, Omehia and Amaechi have a lot to teach me about what not to do and I will be willing to lean a lot from their examples

28 Sep

By Nwaorgu  Faustinus 
ImagePrince Tonye T.J.T Princewill is a member of the PDP and a key player 
in the politics of Rivers State. After a long period of silence, the 
young man who quite easily has one of the most respected voices in not 
only Rivers state but the Niger Delta Spoke on his relationship with 
president Jonathan and Amaechi, his view on the battle between them, 
the 2015 governorship race and a plethora of other issues that affect 
our region. Excerpts 
 
You’ve been silent for a while. Why? 
 
Sometimes in life we need to listen more than we talk. As you rightly 
observed, I have been doing a lot more listening lately. My political 
career is just beginning and so I have a lot to learn. I have seen a 
lot of mistakes that I Tonye Princewill cannot afford to make. And it 
is only by watching the people dancing in the town square that I have 
been able to see their backs. I have resisted the temptation to join 
them because neither side are short of sycophants. There are no 
vacancies in that department. And since I am not a sycophant, I want 
to continue look either of them in the eye and tell them the truth. 
And what is this truth? None of them are saints. All of us are 
sinners. So we all need peace. I am an advocate for peace, but in the 
meantime I am taking a lesson in how not to play politics. 
 
What is your position on the Amaechi /Jonathan saga? Whose side are you on? 
 
I am not taking sides. If all of us take sides, who will work for 
peace? There is still plenty of time to make peace between now and 
2015 so allow me to preach my peace and avoid trying to make me a 
warrior. When the time to fight comes, if it does, we will see who the 
true warriors are. 2007 is still fresh in our memories. I laugh at 
those people who are looking for Amaechi or Mr President to make them 
Governor or Minister or LGA chairmen and whatever. Their hope is that 
their side will win and that since in PDP politics it is the winner 
who takes all, they will decide who gets what, where and when. This 
time they will be in for a big shock. Neither of them alone will 
produce the next Governor. God will do that and he will use people who 
do not have big names, so blind loyalty which hides the truth is a 
recipe for disaster. Count me out of that. They must work together. 
 
They have both made mistakes and are still making them. My 
responsibility as a son of the soil is to tell them the truth and find 
a way out of the mess. Since I am fortunate enough to have their ear, 
I tell them what they don’t want to hear. I blame my friend and 
brother Amaechi for this mess but where Amaechi erred, the President 
should have called him aside and told him so and as an older brother 
he should have forgiven him. Do you know what Amaechi has done for 
this President when nobody gave him any notice? And on the other side, 
do we know what Wike has done for this Governor? They have all at one 
time or the other conspired against me and many others. Now they want 
me to fight their war? I won’t. They should go and settle or else, God 
will settle them. 
 
In 2008, Amaechi and Wike conspired against me for the Local 
government elections, the LGA structure we see today was “engineered” 
into place by these same people fighting each other today. In 2011, 
Amaechi refused to work with Atiku but went to work for Goodluck 
against my friendly advice. When he won and Jonathan won, did they 
look in my direction? Please let me have peace. Amaechi won the 
Governor’s forum election, intimidating him is unnecessary and counter 
productive even if he is not totally innocent. The sacking of the Obio 
Akpor council was wrong as was the refusal to recognise the Felix 
Obuah led PDP in the state. What goes around comes around. I have told 
Amaechi this. What happened when a parallel PDP was formed in Rivers 
state? 
 
To be fair, both Amaechi and Atiku have listened to me when I have 
given advice. They were both ready to work with Jonathan even when it 
appeared that he was not willing to work with them. At first when I 
sat with the President, he acknowledged the need to build bridges with 
them. I can only think that there are people around him who saw advice 
like mine through a jaundiced lense and proceeded to act counter to 
it. Go to the streets of Port Harcourt and ask people. They will say 
Amaechi and Tonye are twins. How? Why? Go today and ask people they 
will say Atiku is my father. I will follow him to the grave. How? Why? 
My loyalty is to the people. The poorer they are, the more loyal I am. 
What will benefit them is what I will advocate for. 
 
In 2011, I advocated Atiku. For now, we watch but I refuse to fight 
Jonathan so Sule Lamido can be my President. Is Lamido a better option 
for my people? Currently peace between these children of God (Amaechi 
and Mr President) is what will benefit my people. I will work for 
peace. Not take sides and call one side a saint and the other side a 
sinner. People don’t like to look well before they talk. I do. Man no 
be God is what I will say. 2015 is not by power, it is by faith. The 
child that does not want his mother to sleep will not sleep either. We 
abused Obasanjo, God gave us Yaradua, we cried and lamented, he died 
on us and along came Jonathan. Some of us including those who voted 
for him only two years ago are abusing him too. Ask yourselves, who 
next? Sule Lamido? No way. 
 
Our leaders should quickly move away from the current politics towards 
the politics of persuasion before they make enemies out of potential 
friends. Re 2015, Amaechi is not Mr President’s problem or vice versa. 
Fighting each other will not work. Nobody should underestimate 
anybody. Even Atiku. If you can’t even attempt to win my vote by 
simple persuasion, how can you lead me? 
 
Are you going to run in 2015? 
 
Yes. It appears I will. Things have to be done right but it appears 
that all I need, to do what has to be done, is either in place or will 
be. Initially I was concerned about the moral and financial support 
but that is no longer a concern for me. The next step is to consult 
more widely, identify real leaders old and new and engage our youth 
even more. Unless they are central to what I am doing, I will not 
succeed. People who know me know that I have a passion for youths and 
women, especially rural women. Orphans and disabled people will also 
enjoy my government too but my focus will be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. That 
affects every household. 
 
If Ikwerre and Ogonis have the population, how will you win? 
 
That is the same question my Governor asked me on January 6th, 2012. 
“By the hand of God” is my answer. It will take a miracle for me to 
win and that is why I have to contest. Rivers state needs a miracle. I 
expect Ogonis and Ikwerres will not look at me just as a Kalabari man 
but more as a people’s man just the same way I look at all of us as 
Rivers people. We need people who can bring us together not pull us 
apart. Just the other day, I heard someone say that I will make 
history as the first Kalabari Governor. I said to the person while 
that may be true, I prefer to make history because of where I will 
take Rivers state and not because of where I come from within it. 
 
To win we must reach out to all, majorities and minorities. In the end 
we must bring out our best. Many people will agree that they have had 
sons and daughters representing them before now and yet crises and 
poverty have not gone away, it has even increased. So Rivers people 
know who cares about them even when there is no election and who opens 
their door when there is nothing to gain. They will not forget. They 
know who has the ideas and who represents change you can trust because 
they know the Prince will and that the Prince means well. I don’t have 
the political baggage of the others, I have no cult affiliations and 
have never had I have done all I have done from my own pocket without 
even a political office. They know what I will do if I do attain more. 
 
My message to my Kalabari brothers and sisters is that they should 
talk to their neighbours and make them see what they see. Politics 
should be about persuasion not power. Numbers are irrelevant in the 
eyes of God, otherwise Odili would never have been Governor. Our 
upland brothers know fairness when they see it but if you try to 
dictate fairness its name changes to intimidation and nobody will be 
intimidated in 2015. The state belongs to all of us. 
 
You have been outside PH quite a lot, is that how you will rule Rivers state? 
 
No. Like I said it is deliberate. Since you have asked so bluntly let 
me open up to you. 95% of my income does not come from Rivers state. 
Amaechi my friend knows that I do not disturb him for money and that I 
go about my business irrespective of what is going on. Schools and 
hospitals were given to political friends and enemies to execute all 
over the state, he didn’t give me any, refused to give my political 
allies and in the end all I had to boast of was the single contract I 
did in 2007 finished in 2008 and didn’t get paid for till 2011. This 
contract was given to all governorship candidates in 2007 that decided 
to work with Amaechi at the time even though I probably spent more on 
the 2007 election than all of them put together. I am a net looser so 
far in this government and I doubt anyone in my position has brought 
more into this state and taken less out. That comes with its 
consequences. But I am not bitter. My time will come. To keep afloat I 
have to keep my businesses afloat and since many of them are outside 
the state, I have to be outside the state. 
 
Also and more importantly, I wanted to improve my relationship with 
God and so I took time out to fellowship with him and get to know him 
one on one. This has involved a rigorous fasting and prayer routine 
which sometimes made me think I was going to die but now I am stronger 
than I have ever been and physically much more fit. So my reason for 
my absence is not as a habit but for a purpose. It has also shown me 
who can survive without me and yet still stay focused. So all in all 
it has been a revelation. 
 
What of the political structure needed to win elections? 
 
Only a greedy man wants to rely on himself alone for victory maybe 
because he wants to chop alone. I cannot do this alone. Government is 
big. I can only occupy one position so we need a team. My job is to 
find that team. The structure that will win the election will respect 
local interests, community interests and state dynamics. Let us not 
sit down in one place and write a new story for each community where 
one already exists. My job is not to build a structure from scratch 
but to bring together other structures into one big one. Political 
structures, religious bodies, youth groups, women groups, the 
disabled, market women, unemployed graduates, community organisations, 
etc. I will lead but I cannot do it alone. A leader needs generals and 
that is what I am busy looking for now. Politics is too important to 
be left to politicians alone. Our structure will make politicians of 
non politicians. It is never too late to learn something new. I 
entered politics in 2006 and ran for Governor in 2007. What structure 
did I use to defeat Sgt Awuse and shake PDP? What structure did 
Fashola use to win Lagos and what structure did Goodluck Jonathan use 
to win the Presidency? God gives structures. 
 
Has Jonathan done well? 
 
Yes. In certain areas he has, but in certain areas he needs a lot more 
work. I think as far as recent Presidents go, he is better than both 
Yar Adua and Obasanjo and IBB and Abacha but for this time, this is 
not good enough. He can do better. Especially in the politics. Where 
we are today could have been avoided. I wouldn’t want to say more than 
that for now. The President knows my views on this. Judgement will 
come at the end of the tenure so he still has his destiny in his 
hands. 
 
Has Amaechi done well? 
 
Same difference. He is the best since Diete Spiff without a doubt in 
my mind but he has not done well in some areas. Especially in the 
politics. Before the political space became heated I felt he was 
drifting a little but now it is clear to me that governance has been 
sacrificed at the altar of politics. This is typical politics and so I 
predicted it. It could have been avoided but the Governor was the 
Chairman of the forum and that tied his hands. If he hadn’t been, 
maybe we wouldn’t be here today. But he is so here we are. Let us see 
what happens before full time. This is only the beginning of the 
second half and just like the President, Amaechi is a child of God so 
anything can happen. 
 
What do you think of Wike? 
 
I think he is the best politician amongst them. He is less interested 
in what you think about him and more interested in getting results. He 
is an asset to any team and right now the President is using it to his 
advantage just as Amaechi has used it to his benefit in the past. He 
has served others in the past and may harbour ambitions for others to 
serve him in the future. You can’t deny him that. My job is to make 
sure that when the dust settles, we are not fighting each other. Wike 
is somebody I will not fight unless I have to. I begged the Governor 
to settle with him when this first started but I do not believe that 
he exhausted the options for peace. Maybe he felt that there was no 
point. I disagree. 
 
Tell us about PDM 
 
PDM is the mother of PDP and to cut a long story short because I know 
where you are going, it decided recently at a meeting of its national 
executive management committee to move away from remaining a movement 
to becoming a party. For two main reasons. 1. PDP was drifting and 
needed to be reminded that people had options and 2. We heard that 
some unscrupulous elements were planning to do likewise and register 
the party so we the custodians decided to beat them to it. 
 
Even though we have given PDM life, some of us have remained inside 
the PDP because becoming a political party in Nigeria is not going to 
be business as usual just because you have a certificate. it needs to 
have a clearly defined position on major issues, tell Nigerians how it 
will be different and show the youths how much better it is than PDP 
or APC. Also I believe that it should concentrate on grassroots 
politics for now and remove its eyes from a Presidential election till 
2019. It can fight for elections at state and local levels but support 
any of the other two at Presidential level if they set a people’s 
agenda PDM can subscribe to. These are the tasks and considerations 
before the new leadership of the PDM. 
 
We await their final position but I remain inclined to a PDM/PDP 
alliance than a PDM/APC one. But you never know. Registration has 
commenced online at www.pdm.ng . The first political party in Nigeria 
to do so exactly one month after INEC registered it. Amazing. Manual 
registration commences shortly. No more hoarding of party cards as is 
currently the case. PDP and others need to take note. 
 
If you become Governor, what will you do different? 
I will never underestimate anybody, I will find peace wherever it 
hides for the sake of my people’s development and I will learn from 
others who came before me. Odili, Omehia and Amaechi have a lot to 
teach me about what not to do and I will be willing to lean a lot from their examples

New PDP Demands Immediate Recall of Emordi

25 Sep

By Nwaorgu Faustinus

ImageThe Alhaji Baraje led-PDP has called on the presidency to recall Senator Joy Emordi who was sacked as Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters because of her candid advice that inducing members of the National Assembly financially to impeach their principal officers would be counter-productive.

The party in statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze stated this on Sunday, 22 September 2013.

 “If this is true, we hereby demand her immediate reinstatement. For Senator Emordi to be bold enough to tell Mr. President the implication of such a corrupt inducement of the lawmakers should earn her commendation rather than a sack. Instead of sacking such a forthright and patriotic Amazon, the President should sack those hawks around him planning to ridicule him by encouraging him to embark on acts capable of making him very unpopular amongst his supporters and followers”. 

The statement also called for the sack of Princess Stella Odua.

 “Mr. President, if it is true that the Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Odua, has abandoned the remodeling of the Port Harcourt International Airport while completing those started at the same time because of the assumed conflict between you and your brother, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, we demand her immediate sack before she causes further damage to your administration.

“We plead with you, Mr. President, not to embark upon any further act or impunity that will endanger the peace and unity of our troubled nation”, the nPDP appealed.

 

2015 – DON’T RUN, Abubakar Baraje led NEW PDP tells Jonathan

25 Sep

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The Abubakar Baraje led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan not to seek re-election in 2015.

The faction said it decided to advise Jonathan after reviewing the state of the nation and the pulse of Nigerians on his ambition to contest the poll, saying doing so would be against the interest of the country and its people.

 

In a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chukwuemeka Eze, the party noted that the President has given enough clue of his intention to run, even although he has not declared it openly.

 

“The latest of such clues came on Sunday in New York, United States. Speaking at a luncheon with Nigerian professionals in the U.S, President Jonathan insisted that he is eligible to contest in 2015 as we have a constitution that makes a provision for a maximum of eight years for anyone who wants to become a president or a governor,” the faction said.

 

Baraje observed that the President had made a similar statement in April 2012, in an affidavit in response to a suit instituted at an Abuja High Court by a PDP chieftain, Cyriacus Njoku, seeking to stop him from contesting the 2015 presidential election.

 

“We are worried that Mr. President is intent on running despite his earlier promise not to do so and in spite of the wise counsel of well-meaning Nigerians, including respected elder statesmen.

The faction reminded Jonathan of a statement he made in Ankara, Turkey in February 2011, during an interactive session with Nigerians and diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU).

 

The statement quoted Jonathan thus: “I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year (2011) but to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow the voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I will not be running for election.”

It also quoted the President to have said further, “Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for the next four years.”

 

The faction said there was no way the President could deny his own statements at this point in time, since he failed to deny the statements over the past two years.

 

“How does Mr. President want Nigerians and the entire world to see him for this volte face? Why can’t he keep his words as a man of honour instead of allowing himself to be misled by selfish advisers to go back on his words, thereby overheating the polity,” the statement added.

President Jonathan Don’t Seek Reelection – Factional PDP

25 Sep

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The factional Peoples Democratic Party spearheaded by Alhaji Baraje, a frontline politician of nPDP has advised the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan to forgo his 2015 presidential ambition as it is not in the “best interest of the country”.

The splinter PDP made its position known in a statement issued and signed by Mr Eze Chukwuemeka Eze.

According to the statement, “as a patriotic group that cares about the present and future of our great country, and that wants President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to succeed, the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after reviewing the state of the nation and the pulse of Nigerians, wishes to advise President Jonathan to abandon his plan to seek re-election in 2015 as this ambition of his is not in the best interest of the country.

Continuing, the faction said though Mr. President is yet to categorically declare his intention to run, he has given enough clue that he is working towards doing so. “The latest of such clues came on Sunday in New York, USA. Speaking at a luncheon with Nigerian professionals in the United States, President Jonathan insisted that he is eligible to contest in 2015 as we have a constitution that makes a provision for a maximum of eight years for anyone who wants to become a president or a governor.”

The breakaway PDP said it is worried that Mr. President is intent on running despite his earlier promise not to do so and in spite of the wise counsel of well-meaning Nigerians, including respected elder statesmen.

The rest of the statement reads:

“In February, 2011 while interacting with Nigerians and diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) in Ankara, Turkey, President Jonathan clearly stated: “I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year (2011) but to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow the voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I will not be running for election.” Mr. President went ahead to add: “Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for the next four years.”  

“This is a historical fact which Mr. President himself cannot deny now since he had two years to deny that statement but never did so. How does Mr. President want Nigerians and the entire world to see him for this volte face? Why can he not keep his words as a man of honour instead of allowing himself to be misled by selfish advisers to go back on his words, thereby overheating the polity?

“Mr. President should heed the advice of well-meaning distinguished personalities such as constitutional law guru, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN) and Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, all of whom have advised him to correctly read the handwriting on the wall and stay away from the 2015 presidential race.

“By 2015, President Jonathan would have served our nation for six solid years. This, surely, is enough time for him to achieve whatever he is capable of doing for Nigeria. What else is he looking for that is making him desperate to participate in the 2015 presidential election despite warnings that doing so may spark a chain of events capable of culminating into the country’s disintegration thereby bringing to pass the predictions of Lord Lugard that Nigeria as a nation by 2014 maybe history, which was later confirmed by the USA Think-Tank that Nigeria may disintegrate by 2015. Apart from all these, should President Jonathan contest and win by 2015 it means he would have spent ten years in office and will be sworn in three times as the President of Nigeria against the Provisions of the country’s constitution.

“We wish to appeal to Mr. President to abandon this ill-advised move and save our nation from catastrophe. God has been merciful to you, Mr. President, lifting you from being a university teacher to President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in so short a time is something you should be grateful and be contented with. We urge you Mr. President to listen to the voice of reason and avoid overstretching your good luck. A word is enough for the wise”.

Akwa Ibom @ 26

25 Sep

ImageI was thinking of my roots as they say and it occurred to me that I am a long way from home. In that time and place, I remember the seductive rhythms, hypnotic views, sights and the bustle of my homeland andpeople. My State turned 26 yesterday and the journey seems short, for I can remember when we were not. I thought about the sights and sound of the polity leading to its inception and compared it to the now. My sense is that we have grown as a people and it has been very good—very good. You see I have the perspective of having growing up in a different environment as my birth land and I am not referring to my migration out of the country. I always had this unique perspective of people who have come from a place and grown up elsewhere—the Jewish people would come to mind—though we have always been different, being very diverse and accommodating. Many of us speak the same language or at the very least we share the same linguistic base. It is sort of like having an out of body experience, having this richness and bringing it together with our varied experiences, yet understanding that we are all one. My being raised up elsewhere never made a difference because I have mastered the art of adjusting to people, language and culture. I have found out that within the mix we call Nigeria not much is different—so is the story of our dear State—the proverbial coat of many colors. In this sense we are not exceptional but what is different is our openness, willingness to welcome and accept others and especially our peacefulness. If one can only look at our boundaries we will notice that except for a few pockets that we operate seamlessly between the borders. Consequently someone from Ikaland can call out to his cousin from Abangwa, not to talk of Arochukwu and expect them to come out to help—the same with Oku iboku and ikot offiong. We always manage to settle our differences—coexisting peacefully—living to fight and make up another day (like brothers and sisters). Our visitors are never disrespected—our ancestors would never tolerate it. We have been accused of being arrogant but I would not accept this—humility is expected and demanded. One is always welcome to ply their trade without the fear of being disturbed. The last few years have been turbulent if the truth be told. We have almost imploded not because of external forces but due mostly to internal issues. Some have even seen the need to advocate for their own state and space. Me I wonder; how many plots do you think we can divide ourselves into? If one could prove that these divisions will lead us to unity then maybe I would buy it but as it is, experience has taught me that the more we divide, the more we stay divided. I am uncertain what the rancor of ethnicity is all about but if we must have a discussion, let us do that—peacefully. I implore on our leaders to rethink their utterances and behavior. The greatest legacy of leadership is peace and unity as well as up-lifting others. We can sheath our swords and understand that we will either sink or swim together. All have a stake in our survival. Just thinking out loud—happy birthday Akwa Ibom and God bless you all. Now go help someone

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