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How Saraki Got to Control Buhari’s Kinsman, Lawal Daura #illuminatipolitics

8 Aug

-Gimba Kakanda

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I know a lot of you don’t know the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, beyond the media. He seems like a normal person, but if you’ve watched him closely, you would’ve noticed that he closes one eye too often. Why? Saraki is an Illuminati agent, and only a few people knew about this.
 
Those of us who knew Saraki’s Illuminati background are hardly shocked by how he outsmarted every politician from his father to President Buhari. Of course, it’s not ordinary. You don’t need any proof. You only need to study how he has maneuvered his ways to power over the years and managed to resist any gang-up.
 
After the 2015 elections, the CPC and ACN blocs of APC invited Saraki to a meeting. “We don’t want you as Senate President,” they said. Saraki paused as though to reflect, stood up gently, and chanted, “Novus Ordo Seclorum.” They froze. “What did you say?” Saraki asked.
 
“N-nothing, nothing,” they stammered. He nodded and smiled.
 
These CPC and ACN errand boys who met Saraki became his supporters from that night. Everyone in APC was shocked. Our journalists who had interviewed those men in the past couldn’t connect the dots. It didn’t make sense to them, that sudden support from his erstwhile political foes.
 
What Saraki did from that point was the move of an Illuminati master. He visited his senator friends one after the other to appeal to them to support him. All the ones he got to look at with one eye closed while chanting “Novus Ordo Seclorum,” ended up supporting him.
 
Saraki was always smooth. Once he identified a threat, he cast his Illuminati spell to neutralize it. It’s how he got his fellow senators to be submissive. However many of his colleagues know about his spiritual powers, and so they avoid his gaze. Guess who told them. Tinubu!
 
Tinubu too is an Illuminati agent, that’s why the war was tough for Saraki. Tinubu was always quick to reveal Saraki’s secret. It’s the reason Fashola and others didn’t look Saraki straight in the eyes when they were being screened as Ministers. They knew about his powers.
 
Why do you think Hamid Ali was avoiding the Senate? Why do you think the Inspector-General of Police was also afraid? Because they got scared when Tinubu told them about it. That’s also how Danladi Umar of CCT trial was neutralized. He was forming gangster until Saraki got him.
 
Supreme Court justices were the easiest for Saraki. He invited them for tea, one after the other, a day to the judgement in his asset declaration trial. He got to look into their eyes and took possession of their mind. The next day, they unanimously acquitted him of wrong-doing.
 
Now you also understand why Saraki often stared at Buhari, especially when they’re seated in the same row, either at an event or in the mosque. If he could get to our IGP and make him stutter “transmission of transmission” repeatedly before the camera, imagine what would’ve happened if the IG had met him face to face.
 
Since you yet make sense of how Saraki got Buhari’s kinsman, Lawal Daura, to do his bidding, this is how it happened. Unlike the Customs and Police bosses, the DSS boss was naive. He looked into Saraki’s eyes and lost control of himself. And the rest, as they say, is history.
 
If you believed this before you got here, I’ll advise you to first quietly mail your certificates back to the schools that offered them to you. You obviously don’t deserve them. Shebi you see that we all can write nonsense! 🙄
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THE OVERLY #CORRUPT, SELF-LOATHING, BACK-STABBING, FULANI-WORSHIPING, COUNTRY BUMPKIN SENATOR GODSWILL AKPABIO’S INFLUENCE IS LIMITED TO IKOT EKPENE !!!

6 Aug

By Amah Jones

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Goodwill Akpabio is doing what’s best for him personally. Yes, it’s all about his personal interest, that’s all. It has been said that he EMBEZZLED in excess of $2 BILLION from Akwa Ibom; and, with the DARK CLOUD of EEFC prosecution hanging around his THIEVING NECK, he has succumbed to Janjaweed Jihadist Buhari’s “TRUMP CARD”—a well-calculated political BLACKMAIL scheme.

You see, Jihadist Buhari has always had the CORRUPTION thing on AKPABIO. When he talked about having the government of Dubai seizing more $800 Million in stolen funds hidden away there by a former Nigerian governor, he was basically referring to Godswill Akpabio. Now, It’s quite conceivable that Akpabio will give up a good chunk of his LOOT to the A PC in exchange for freedom from EEFC prosecution for agreeing to decamp from PDP.

If Jihadist Buhari approves that arrangement, like he’s already expected to do, that’ll amount to nothing but a RE-LOOTONG OF STOLEN WEALTH—-MONEY THAT REALLY BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF AKWA IBOM STATE.

In fact, Janjaweed Buhari threatened to expose Akpabio earlier on in his presidency but cleverly chose to wait until this moment—-a time when he, Jihadist Buhari, fearing a real REJECTION by NIGERIANS, chose to rein in AKPABIO in a desperate move to cling on to power.

It was the MAJORITY IBIBIO who gave power to AKPABIO in Akwa Ibom, but he so rudely BETRAYED the IBIBIO after becoming governor. He supervised the MURDER of more than 300 IBIBIO CITIZENS.

That, we shall never forget. Not today, not in 100 years. Somebody must be held accountable at some point.

Bottom line, Gov. Udom Emmanuel DOES NOT NEED AKPABIO, period !!!

I Leave Because My People Were Tired Of APC and Buhari’s Blood Govt. – Gov. Ortom

27 Jul
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Finally, after much persuasion from the majority of the stakeholders in the state, Governor Samuel Ortom midweek took a rather bold political step by defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after months of the protracted face-off with the leader of the party in the state. Suffice it to state here that the governor’s defection did not come as a huge surprise to pundits who have been following developments in the state, particularly since the beginning of the year when the killing spree by herdsmen in parts of the state took a worrisome dimension leading to the gruesome murder of over 500 innocent villagers in close to 18 of the 23 local government areas of the state. Gov. Ortom of Benue State

The overwhelmed governor and people of the state had no option but to cry out against the pogrom which saw the blood of innocent children, women including the pregnant and the elderly spewing from all nooks and crannies of the state. Indeed from the beginning of the year, aside from the Agatu genocide, Benue never experienced such horrifying indiscriminate and brutal attacks which all boiled down to the quest for the Benue valley by marauding herdsmen. The killings came on the heels of the Benue open grazing prohibition law that came into effect last November 1 which herdsmen through the leadership of their various socio-cultural organizations at several fora vowed to vehemently resist. And on the new year day, the unimaginable happened, the revolt by herdsmen commenced and Benue became a killing field. While the people and their leaders cried and wailed for help and assistance from the federal government to quell the crisis, those whose responsibilities it was to check the killings rather looked the other way.

Regrettably, human lives in the state were treated like a filthy rag that was meant for the gutters. The people daily buried their dead while many till date remained unaccounted for. Benue bled, the people sobbed and the federal government turned a deaf ear to their convulsive gasps. In fact, the defense minister attributed the killings to anti-grazing law and in what appeared to be a justification of the killings he asked what they wanted the herdsmen to do if their routes were blocked. President Buhari visited the state and begged the Benue people to “accommodate your brothers” in reference to the herdsmen.

In their litany of woes and the adamant refusal of the federal government to heed their cries, the people themselves demanded for a mass burial of the over 73 persons killed in the new year day massacre in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state to attract international attention to their plight. The Ortom led administration was left with no option but to concede to the demand of the people and a mass burial was organized for the identified victims of that massacre on January 11, which obviously did not go down well with the powerful forces in Abuja. That event and the subsequent outburst by the people and government of the state over series of killings that followed, in several communities marked the beginning of the end of Governor Ortom’s romance and political journey with the All Progressives Congress, APC, controlled federal government and powerful forces in Abuja. In fact, it was reliably gathered that on several occasions, the Governor was cautioned by these forces to keep quiet over the killings but he chose to keep crying even when these forces on several instances tried to justify the massacre in the Benue valley which the Defence Minister Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (Rtd) blamed on the grazing law and blockage of cattle routes in the country.

Dan-Ali outburst left the people with the conviction that the APC controlled federal government was complicit in their killings and continuous neglect. At a particular instance, the governor said “I was told to stop talking and crying but how can I stop crying when my people are being killed on a daily basis? “I obviously cannot stop shouting and crying until the killings are stopped and my people get Justice, anything short of that will not stop me from crying out.” Curiously, from that point Governor Ortom fell out of favour with the APC led federal government and a desperate search for his replacement as the gubernatorial flag bearer of the APC in the coming general elections commenced but luckily the governor got wind of the plot and also put machinery in motion to outsmart his persecutors. And finally, Governor Ortom pulled a surprise, he dumped the APC and pitched the tent with his former party the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, less than 24 hours after 37 House of Representatives members and 14 senators defected from the ruling party. His action left his former party rattled.

A critical look at the chances of Governor Ortom picking the governorship ticket of his new party and emerging victorious at the general election and the implication of the convulsion of the APC on the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari still having a firm grip on the north and the expected votes from the zone clearly showed that the APC has run into troubled waters that could eventually trigger its Waterloo if its leaders fail to make hay while the sun shines and that is if that window is still open. In his reaction, a former Minister of State for Education, Prof. Jetty Agada said, as regards Ortom’s chances in PDP, if you saw the way that man has actually stood his ground against the killings in our state you will know that it will give him an advantage in any party he joins. “On President Buhari still having a grip on the North, the fact is that there is a way that man handles his political matters. It seems to me that he looks at himself as the only person who knows everything, while he looks at others as people who do not know what they are doing.
“If not, right from the time people started talking of these defections, at least some measures would have been taken to avert them, but most of the time he was behaving as if it does not concern him, it was the same kind of behavior he put up when they were electing the leadership of the National Assembly earlier in the life of his administration.
“He thinks because people were saying he is a man of integrity he does not think there is the need to do more to be able to maintain that integrity.” On his part, the Convener of the Middle Belt Movement for Justice and Peace, MBMJP, Joe Bukka said “if you recall, when we spoke some weeks back I told you that Governor Ortom cannot actualize a second term in office on the platform of APC if he remained in that party. “I strongly feel that his defection was the right move because the majority of Benue people had urged him to do so and they cannot, at this time, abandon a man who gave his all, risking his life and office to stand for his people. “If Benue people fail to stand for Ortom at this critical time it will mean an aberration to fight in defence of your people. On the chances of President Buhari still having a firm grip on the North after the defections, Bukka said, “unfortunately, the inability of the President to shed his military mentality has become his albatross.

“Nigerians believed in him but he has lost it all, more Nigerians are poorer today as compared to when he assumed office. Herdsmen have continually threatened the cooperate unity of this country and he chose to remain mute. “The fact is that the North Central will not be for him, his support base in the far North is currently divided and even the entire South is pained by the look warm attitude of the presidency to herdsmen killings across the country.

In fact, it will take more than a miracle to have Buhari win another term in office. Also speaking, a former Youth Leader of the APC in Benue South District and former Special Assistant to Governor Ortom on Youth Mobilization and Integration, Anthony Adah who resigned his position last September said the APC had failed Nigerians. “It will interest you to know that I resigned from the APC last September 25th., not because of my former boss Governor Ortom but because of the failure of the APC.

“And as regards what is happening now, based on the cases of defections in the National Assembly, it will certainly affect Buhari negatively. “The reason it would affect him is before now, we thought that Buhari was a saint. Buhari was packaged and sold to us and we innocently believed in what was sold to us. “Even his northern brothers didn’t know exactly the kind of person he was especially this new generation who are not as old as those of us who knew him as a military dictator. “Now before he emerged, we all keyed into the packaging and felt that he was the messiah but today, even the northerners are aware that he is running a bad government. “Buhari is the reason APC will fail in 2019.

The whole of Nigeria is aware that Buhari is a fluke. As it concerns Benue, there is no way any Benue man can vote Buhari. Look at our brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers who have lost their lives all in the quest to acquire land for grazing. “And as it concerns Governor Ortom, he has come out to tell us the reasons he has been failing the state. As far as I’m concerned, we have some months to put him under probation to see whether he is telling us the truth or not.

“If Governor Ortom does the needful as it stands today, we will see truly that the man did not tell us lies and that he was under duress. “And if in the next couple of months he is able to correct his shortcomings we will then know that the man was not lying and as such we will give him a soft landing in 2019 and support him to victory.”
-Vanhuard

APC VC CALL FOR AKPABIO TO DECAMP FROM PDP & JOIN APC IS FRAUDULENT

24 Jul

BY INIBEHE EFFIONG

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The fact that APC members in Akwa Ibom State are trying to lure Senator Godswill Akpabio to their fold has further strengthened my position that the APC and the PDP are one and the same.

It is an insult to the people of Akwa Ibom State for Mr. Hilliard Etta, the APC National Vice Chairman South-South, to ask Akpabio to decamp from the PDP and join APC while asking Governor Udom Emmanuel to account for the money of the State.

Has Akpabio accounted for the trillions he received and mismanaged? Mr. Etta should be ashamed of himself.

Akpabio is the greatest tragedy that has happened to Akwa Ibom State since its creation in 1987. I find it highly reckless for APC to now be enticing the very man who supervised one of the most violent and fraudulent elections ever witnessed in the history of the Akwa Ibom State.

My opinion about the leadership of Mr. Udom Emmanuel is not hidden. However, it is provocative for those who parade themselves as Change Agents to be singing the praises of Akpabio while attacking the very governor that Akpabio imposed on the people of Akwa Ibom State.

The desperation to capture power is driving people insane. You cannot praise Akpabio and attack Udom at the same time. Politicians should exude a modicum of decency.

Under Akpabio, atrocities and criminality were elevated to state policies. Political assassination, cultism, tribalism and massive corruption are evils which were watered by the murderous regime of Akpabio. That is the same person that the APC in Akwa Ibom State is shamelessly luring to join them.

If Akpabio fights with Udom Emmanuel, it is clearly inconsequential to some of us. They can strangle themselves. Heaven will not fall. Akpabio does not have the moral right to complain about whatever misdeeds are taking place under his successor. He sowed a seed and should reap its fruit.

Obviously, the only thing that is important to the APC in Akwa Ibom State today is power. They want to capture power. That is all that matters to them. That is why they are not engaging the State government on policies and issues. It is about political power and politics and nothing more.

It is indeed a shame.

THE VERDICT: APC JUST LOST THE EKITI GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

12 Jul

 

Politics is a game for the wise and the foolish, but who eventually wins is the one with the smarts. For months now, the intrigues of parties participating in the Ekiti gubernatorial election have dominated the nation’s news cycle. It’s normal because the election is happening at a time no other election is scheduled. It’s come down to Governor Ayodele Fayose putting forward his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola for the position and strongly standing by him, while the APC and the federal forces have lined up behind Kayode Fayemi, a former governor, who lost all 16 Local Governments of the state to Fayose in 2014. In the intervening period, Fayose has been a torn in the flesh of the federal forces and a sort of battering ram for the PDP that lost the presidency.
Up to this point, the race has been too close to call. Fayemi has attempted to present himself as a new man. When he picked up his party’s ticket, he apologized to the Ekiti people for his mistakes in the past because he was seen as aloof and arrogant, something unforgivable in politics. Yet, in his march towards taking the ticket, he exhibited all the characteristics of a bully, all the arrogance and pomposity of someone who thinks stolen money and federal power will win it for him. He used these blatantly at the party primary and now, at the real election level, they’ve wheeled in all the instruments of violence, force and coercion into Ekiti. However, possibly unknown to them is the fact that the militarization of the state before the election is a signal that Fayemi’s party is desperate. Fayose has taken to playing the politics of the underdog punching above his weight and despite his many faults, he’s kept a tight ship and a consistent message, which is that the federal forces are presenting Fayemi as the Trojan Horse to conquer Ekiti state.
Then, Buhari and the APC bigwigs came calling. And now what have we got? The federal forces trying to humiliate a sitting governor by using force against him! He wants to do a rally and the police are saying they would have none of it. There is no law stopping the PDP from doing any rally today when the election is still Saturday, but they would not allow him. They barricaded Fayose and his supporters inside Ekiti Government House. Whether on the street or inside Government House, teargas was used. The earlier pictures on social media are showing Fayose sitting on the ground suffering effect of tear gas, surrounded by some seemingly frantic others. Some of his opponents are all guffawing at what they consider to be some amateurish drama. How is it that only Fayose amongst those standing with him and captured on camera is suffering this dramatic effect of tear gas? How is it he’s the only one being reported to have been taken to hospital?Image result for ekiti election
Okay, I have made inquiries with people on the ground in Ekiti and they are all saying it really happened and that Fayose was not the only one affected by the tear gas, but that he was the one people not affected ran to when it happened and all that. Some sent me other pictures of people they said were affected and all. But in all honesty, I was not about to determine the validity of all these since they were all still shots and not videos, but now videos are circulating showing it’s worse than we thought. At any rate, whatever anyone thinks, the only unquestioned part of the whole story, even from known APC supporters I spoke to is that there was in fact teargasing. Indeed, the case of the APC supporters who claim to be on the ground is that it was not such a heavy teargasing that could have affected Fayose the way he’s making out. Amidst guffaws, one of the fellows told me Fayose was rehearsing for his post-governorship career in Nollywood.
But, they miss the point. Whether Fayose is acting up or not is not the issue. The issue is that the federal forces ostensibly put on the ground to ensure a secure, free and fair election have showed their hands and it is not a good show. There was no reason to barricade the Government House; there was no reason to be lured into a Fayose trap, if indeed it was a trap. There was no reason to dispense teargas anywhere around there or near anywhere the governor was! It’s never happened in the history of our country! Whenever high-handedness had been applied against a governor who disagrees with Abuja, they’ve used the mechanism of the law, even when totally mangled to effect their aim; it’s never come to physical force against the governor or around him. A governor is not a slave of the president or federal forces. He is the executive head of a federating unit of the federation with all powers therein. There is a reason the Constitution grants the governor immunity; he’s protected by our laws against anything like this. This should not happen to him or around him, especially when perpetrators can be proved to be persons or security officials acting at the behest of Abuja.
Now, does anyone at the federal level fighting this Ekiti election on behalf of Fayemi think this will win them any vote? Do they think any genuine Ekiti person seeing their governor and their state humiliated like this would be clapping and hailing them for a job well done? Well, except for those who’ve taken partisanship beyond common sense, I do not see many supporting them. They have just lost this election because no matter how they frame this, it is out there that the Buhari presidency is treating Ekiti like a conquered territory and as far as people still have their PVCs, they will fight back. Why, because the national political atmosphere does not favour the APC amidst the hardship and all the killings going on in the nation under their watch and with the president unable to hide his bias for the killers. Whatever anyone thinks of Fayose, majority of the Ekiti people see him as their protector against the rampaging herdsmen via his anti-open grazing law and his proactive actions against elements who want to flout it. The last thing you would expect is for people accused of being thieves to be found with the blood of the stolen meat dripping from their mouths. APC just nailed it’s own coffin. What we see here is enough to send them back to the wilderness in Ekiti. And no, it may not be because they ordered it or want it; it would be because they allowed themselves to come out on the wrong side of the optics.
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Yes, optics matter in politics and they’ve just given Fayose the opportunity to not only create it, but to also define the immediate post-election narrative on his terms, while putting the APC off their game. That’s a huge unforced error, a terrible giveaway by APC! For instance, whether in support or against, this would be the talk in Ekiti before the election. Not every voter is on social media or savvy enough to look at things beyond what they are told. Most would buy the more dramatic versions and spread them far and near. What most rural voters would be hearing is that Buhari attempted to kill their governor when he sent in his goons to attack him and bomb him at Government House. They will hear that their governor escaped an assassination attempt and is now in hospital. Meanwhile, I’m hearing there are processions going to the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti palace to protest this. In the midst of this drama, the APC message will never be heard. They will not add one single vote to their tally, but the PDP might be winning the sympathy vote and some via the propagandization of this matter. In a close election, these little margins matter.
In my view, the APC has scored an own goal and the referee is waiting to blow the final whistle after this tight game where no one had seemed capable of making any headway. For Ekiti people, this is no longer about Fayemi; it’s about sending a message to Buhari and his goons that they are not a conquered people. No matter the machinations of the APC, including any attempt at rigging, this is already a lost cause. I, Kennedy Emetulu, a Nigerian, have called the election for the governorship of Ekiti State for the PDP candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola. You heard it here first. Thank me later.
NB: There’s a caveat. There are things I know APC can do right now to turn this around or limit the damage significantly, but, unfortunately for them, I do not support the APC in this election, even though I’m not exactly a PDP supporter as well. So, no, I wont give the suggestion here for free. They should go and think and try to save their hide (I’m guessing anything they think up on their own will be tantamount to them digging themselves deeper). As things are, this election has been won and lost already.

APC : THE PARABLE OF DEFECTION AND SURVIVAL

5 Jul

APC THE PARABLE OF DEFECTION AND SURVIVAL

Prophecy fulfiled : Attention Otuekong Franklyn Isong

By Osondu Ahirika

The Ibibios have an adage that says, ewa ase kene owo akpon idip, koro mi toro’ke toro, aya kok. Translated, it means, a dog following a man with bulging stomach is full of expectation, for he will either stool or vomit for the dog to lap up. That describes the paradox of defection from one party to another in Nigeria.

A few years back, the PDP enjoyed the boom of defections when the going was good. In the current trend, she suffers a reversal of that fate.
I read a piece, titled, ‘Before PDP Dies in Akwa Ibom’, written by my brother and friend, Franklyn Isong and I had a good laugh. I laughed, because, the adage above instructs me more on what is really going on.
I credit the spur to write this piece to Franklyn Isong. In no distant time, I want his thesis to be pitted against my antithesis, and let tomorrow judge who is right.

Before proceeding, let me share, as I am always wont to do, a short but true story.
In a certain hamlet where families lived in clusters with almost everyone knowing each other, there lived a couple who were of great service to all.

The couple ran a private clinic which was the only medical facility in the area, to which, every ailing resident went for treatment and cure.
The husband of the doctor, let’s call her Johny, was a classic irony to behold. She was skinny, sickly, without appetite and so gaunt looking.
Worst still, she was so lean that, her scrawny, skeletal frame gave her away, in the judgment of all, as a woman who will die, perhaps, the next second, a minute later or the coming hour.

On the flipside, her hubby was a juxtaposing contrast to her famished frame. He was full of life, vigorous in speech, burly and well endowed, even as his shapely figure resonated such machoist energy that disguised his age.
He was a dutiful and loving husband, and served with his wife as the auxiliary caregiver in the clinic.

Whenever his wife was off to the General Hospital in town, or out for any reason, he was responsible to hang a notice on the main entry door to the clinic, which read: DOCTOR, GONE OUT, BACK SOON. Any patient who approached the clinic and saw the sign understood the meaning, without further inquiry. They usually go back to return later when the notice is off.

That is however, not the issue. Soon, the Doctor who was saving lives got very sick. Her husband worked round the clock to support and assist her. He was her hands, legs and all. She was so weak, the whole city mourned and were only counting days she lived on as a bonus of grace. But, as sometimes happens, the husband who was full of vibes and blossom slumped and died.

On that eventful day, the clinic was not open and the ubiquitous signpost on the door wasn’t there either.
Some curious clients made it to the residence and met a dejected and broken Dr Jenny staring into space.
Without waiting to be asked what was amiss, she said to the stunned visitors with all the power she could exert, ”He is Gone, He wont be back Soon!”

Folks’, that story is my approximation of the fate of PDP and the rival APC.
The APC in this case is the husband and the PDP, Dr Johny. Like our elders once said, you may be expecting the dry leaf to fall only for the green leaf to do so.
I am of the conviction that, going forward, the All Progressives Congress may wither and wilt, while the seemingly dying Peoples Democratic Party, like the proverbial phoenix, may reinvent herself.

I am not persuaded by the one-way traffic of defections to the APC, to believe, or conclude, the party is healthy and thriving. Like speed, obesity kills. And believe me if you will, the APC is more than obese.

Let me attempt a forecast of tomorrow for I see the writing on the wall. Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC is still nursing deep seated wounds that have been remorselessly inflicted on him, by disparate and contending forces that were annexed into the APC at formation. He will reassert himself come 2019. Already, he has hinted that, he will run for the Presidency if the conditions are right.

As I can see, President Muhammadu Buhari who was the binding figure that stitched the party together is out of the picture. In a few months, the mother of all battles for the soul of the APC will blow open. When this happens, we will see who stays and what happens with the APC.
Don’t forget, nobody can rein in the ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to become President of Nigeria. Others like former Kano governor Musa Kwakwanso, current Kaduna governor, Nasiru El’Rufai, Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the far Northern flank of the APC will spoil for a showdown if the Afenifere South West bloc of the party dare to put forward a candidate come 2019.
Even the South Eastern caucus of the APC have begun to find their voice to be given a chance in the party. The battle for the parties ticket will be messy and implosive. You can bank on that, believe me. The casualties will lead a major revolt of realignment of forces and APC will disperse from the centre.
Once this happens, new parties will break out of its womb.

Is that good news for the PDP? I don’t think so. The PDP on the other hand must reinvent her narrative and show a new identity. There will be an exodus from the APC and PDP as presently constituted, which will morph into a third force. Then, the three parties will go head-to-head. That is what I see tomorrow. Where that leads, I can’t tell.

Howbeit, the defections from party A to party B is healthy for our democracy.
I had a long discourse with former Commissioner Pastor Ita Udo on the issue and I could not agree more with his thesis.
Those who defect are doing so to seek greener pastures. In the process, some of them have bagged Federal appointments from the APC led federal Government, which was not the case before. If they didn’t defect, Akwa Ibom for instance wouldn’t have all those plum jobs come the way of their illustrious sons.
Ultimately, it is good for all birds to fly as the sky is wide enough for each to find its altitude.The one that says the other shouldn’t fly should have its wings broken an igbo adage says.

Folks, live and let live. That’s what I say to both APC and PDP. Let the defections continue, what goes up, must surely come down.
In his book Arrow of God, Professor Chinua Achebe(peace on his ashes) told us of the scheme of Ezeulu, the embattled Priest of Ulu to his son, Oduche, when faced with the threat of the whiteman’s religion. Hear Ezeulu,
“‘The world is changing,’ he had told him. ‘I do not like it. But I am like the bird eneke-nti-oba. When his friends asked him why he was always on the wing he replied: “Men of today have learnt to shoot without missing and so I have learnt to fly without perching.” I want one of my sons to join these people and be my eye there.

If there is nothing in it you will come back . But if there is something there you will bring home my share.
The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place. My spirit tells me that those who do not befriend the white man today will be saying had we known tomorrow.”
Folks, that is the philosophy of defection. Those going to APC today, do so because the APC is like the whiteman who must be befriended to avoid regret tomorrow. Just that, if in the end, nothing comes out of it as ‘My share’, they will find their way back to wherever their belly directs.
(this piece was first published in July 15, 2016)

SENATOR AKPABIO FIGHTS BACK

12 Jun

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Heated debate on an executive bill, which sought to give ownership and control of the water resources sector to the Federal Government, practically split the Senate along ethnic and regional lines yesterday.

The contentious bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to establish a regulatory framework for the water resources sector in Nigeria, provide for the equitable and sustainable development, management, use and conservation of Nigeria’s surface and groundwater resources and for related matters.”

It has already been processed by Senate Committee on Water Resources which chairman is Senator Mohammed Ubali Shitu (APC, Jigawa State) and was to be considered yesterday on the clause by clause basis before final approval.

But trouble started when Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, drew the attention of his colleagues to the fact that the bill could deprive people living along riverbanks of their basic livelihood.

Shitu, who had presented his committee’s report on the bill to the Senate earlier, insisted that the Federal Government should be empowered to have absolute control over water banks and resources in Nigeria.

Still opposing the bill, Akpabio who raised issues against Clause 3, warned against making a law that would lead to the Federal Government taking over the landed areas of riverine communities, especially communities where the water bodies dry off.

Akpabio made reference to Lake Chad which water he said used to cover 25,000 kilometres of land but had dried up to about 5,000 kilometres. He said it meant that the community now had 20,000 kilometres for farming and other activities, stressing that it would have been out of the reach of the people if the government had possessed the bank.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa-Central) supported Akpabio, noting that there was a need to define what a bank is.

He also pointed out that the Federal Government was about to take over resources in the states at a time when Nigerians were calling for devolution of power.

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe-North), however, countered Akpabio, stating that the lawmaker was arguing in error.

Lawan noted that the clause was in reference to waters like River Benue and River Niger, which flow through several states. He urged the Senate to ignore the issues raised by those opposed to the bill.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) supported Akpabio’s position declaring that the Nigeria Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA) was already having an inroad into Lagos State waters.

Senator Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto) said that the contentious provision was clear and should be adopted.

Senator Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa North) who also said that the clause should be adopted, added: “We should be more Nigerians when we are discussing national issues.”

Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West) cautioned that the entire Bill should be reconsidered since it has become controversial.

In a bid to prevent the debate from deteriorating and creating more trouble, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said that the bill should be referred to an adhoc committee made up of the Water Resources Committee Chairman, Shitu, Deputy Chairman, Bwacha, Chairman of the Senate committee Judiciary, David Umaru, director legal services and Senator Barnabas Gemade, to reconsider the clause and report back in one week.

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