2011 ELECTIONS FALLOUT: FACES AND VOICES WE WILL MISS
It is no more news that Vice-President Namadi Sambo lost at home in all the elections and that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was also roundly thrashed by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to bring back the memories of 1999, when Chief Obasanjo, as Presidential Candidate of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), though Chief Obasanjo won the election as a generally acceptable candidate across the country, he lost in his ward to reflect his unpopularity at home front and rejection by his people, in as much as Arc. Namadi Sambo will still be visible in the polity for the next four years, the political death knell of Obasanjo’s myth and others that lost in the election may have been sounded.
The recently concluded elections came with major upsets, as many big names in the political landscape will be missing out in the next four years or forever. Honourable Dimeji Bankole, the number four citizen, is the biggest casualty of the 2011 election. His loss cannot be unconnected to the overwhelming influence and spread of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), ably led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, all over the South-West. Hon. Dimeji’s tenure as the speaker of the House of Representatives was quite eventful though with several confrontations and skirmishes over allegations of mismanagement of public funds. The political scene will miss Dimeji and his greatest foe Dino Melayi as both are not coming back to settle their scores, most of which were won by Dimeji.
Preparatory to the general elections all eyes were on the Anambra Central Senatorial District, an electoral contest between two gladiators, Prof. Dora Akunyili and Dr. Chris Ngige. Akunyili has bestrode the national political scene as a colossus since her days in NAFDAC followed with her support for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan during the saga of Late President Umar Musa Yar’adua’s illness and eventual demise, when she called some other members of the cabinet as ‘Cabal’ who have hijacked the machinery of government unconstitutionally. Her dumping of the PDP, a platform that brought her to national limelight and joining All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) after her resignation as Minister under Jonathan to pursue her senatorial ambition was viewed by many as an act of disloyalty until she led her new party, APGA, to endorse the candidacy of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of PDP for presidency. She was upset at the polls by Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Ngige, a former governor of Anambra State is regarded by the people of the State as an ‘Oracle’ who during his tenure brought development to the state. The ‘Oracle’ was two powerful for the gap teeth crusader in the battle for Anambra Central. Unless appointed a minister, which is far from reality, she will definitely need spirited effort to come back to reckoning.
Another face that will be missed is from Imo State, the Governor Ikedi Ohakim. Ohakim ranked very high among governors who are ever present on the pages of newspaper and on television screens, the media is always awash with testimonies of his achievements in Imo State as Executive Governor, a seat he won on the platform of Progressive Peoples’ Alliance (PPA), a party he later dumped for PDP preparatory to the election. His cross carpeting was the was the first sign that all is not well with Ohakim in Imo State and his eventual defeat by renowned philanthropist, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, did not come as a surprise. A factor that led to his defeat was that he stepped on many toes and those toes eventually toed away his ambition to rule the state for the second term.
In the league of Ohakim is the ever troublesome Alao-Akala of Oyo State. The ‘Owambe’ governor’s myth was shattered by Abiola Ajimobi of CAN, a no mean feat, judging by the notoriety and recklessness of the incumbent Adebayo Alao-Akala, who many see as an unserious individual with little or no respect for the electorate.
In Zamfara State the Sardauna Zamfara, Senator Alhaji Sani Yerima activated his political machinery and displayed his prowess and acceptance by his people, as he led the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to reclaim the state he once ruled from Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi, his former deputy, who he unilaterally installed as governor in 2007 after the completion of his two terms between 1999 and 2007. Record has it that Alhaji Sani Yerima was the only governor that named his deputy his deputy as his successor and work assiduously for his victory at the polls in 2007. Little did shinkafi took over the reins of power in Zamfara that he turned his back on his mentor and dumped the ANPP for PDP, getting married to daughters of former military President Alahji Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) and General Aliyu Gusau both of PDP and later presidential aspirants in the party. Observers believe that Shinkafi’s moves were aimed at demystifying Yerima’s stronghold in Zamfara, a venture that failed at the end of the election. The then Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari in the state in 2007, who also eyed the governorship seat but later opted for the House of Representatives would now be sworn in May 29 as the baton of leadership change hands.
“Distinguished Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, can we hear your view?” this common tone will be missed by regular viewers of NTA in the voice of Senate President, David Mark. Senator Olorunimbe Mamora from Lagos State is practical one of the most heard voice in the Senate with articulation and proclivity for objective discourse that conforms with the yearnings of the people he represents in the Upper chamber of the National Assembly. Senator Mamora is a true reflection of the people he represents ‘Eko for Show’. He will be greatly missed after he willingly stepped down for Gbenga Ashafa in order to allow development in other parts of his senatorial district and also to ultimately obey and respect the supremacy of his party, ACN.
To be missed also is the incumbent governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Akwe Doma of the PDP who was accussed of misrule and blatant refusal to listen to voices reasoning in his state. His albatross being the sacking of local government chairmen in his state and his failure to rescind the decision even when a competent court ruled in favour of the sacked chairmen, who popped champagnes to celebrate after his defeat at the polls by Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Another image dealt with fatal blow by the Action Congress of Nigeria in the election is Senator Teslim Folarin of the PDP from Oyo State, Leader of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. The senate Leader who was implicated in the gruesome murder of Alhaji Akinsola Tokyo – factional leadr of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State – during the electioneering campaign was crushed at the polls by the superpower and tsunami of the ACN. Iyabo Obasanjo was also consumed by the ACN and helped by the irreconcilable difference existing within the PDP in Ogun State, a crises of confidence created by his father, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the incumbent Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on their insistence to dictate who takes over the state on the expiration of Daniel’s tenure.
In Nigeria, where winners take all, experience has shown that a defeat at the polls is a signal to an end of a political career. Most times taking the grace of God, extraordinary good deeds while in office and sheer determination and hard work to bounce back to reckoning, these losers may likely vanish like ice off the dish from the polity for some time to come in the likes of Jolly Nyame of Taraba; Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State; Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia etc. We shall surely miss them all, so long!
“Only Aketi can defeat Aketi in the coming election”
Who’s Abayomi Ale?
My name is Ale Abayomi Abiodun. I am a lawyer, a transaction advisor, sustainability champion, workplace culture expert, and a politician. I am a family man. I am a proud Owo son and an indigene of Ondo State. I am debonair and conservative by nature. I may be a polymath too. I’m also a health enthusiast.
The Governorship election in Ondo State is approaching, what’s your view about the election?
It’s just another defined term for evaluation of performance. In the overview, we are lucky that Ondo State election won’t be going the rowdy way like Edo States’. Most times when too much emotions get invested in any particular election, it’s the masses and the State’s economy that suffers it the most. Such are usually violent; very expensive, as politicians may be spurred to spend ten naira where they ought to have spent five naira; and its usually difficult to recover from such battles when a winner eventually emerges. Such victories are usually pyrrhic and attended with enormous court battles.
We would have fall into same labyrinth if the estranged deputy governor of Ondo State had won the PDP ticket of the State. Its obvious God has favoured us for peace and prosperity with the way the Primary elections of the two mainstream political parties in the State turned out.
Who is your preferred candidate?
Oh… you can see that from every shade of my body language.
To be frank with you, I am of the believe that this administration has not only performed creditably well in so many sectors, but has set the economic quadrants of the State towards achieving financial sustainability. The latter is one of the reasons I preach that Arakunrin Akeredolu be allowed a second term to consolidate the foundation he has laid before handing over to another illustrious son of the State. This administration has positioned the state on a tripod stand of Industrial Opportunities; Security and Exit Strategy Seaport that will help export value-added produce and products.
This is a diversion that leads to financial independence of Ondo State. It’s a redirection that will gradually reduce our dependency on FAAC droppings from the Federal table. I strongly believe such a vision should be supported for another four years.
Are you supporting Aketi because he is your kinsman?
(Laughs)…..That’s not true. As a fact, I worked for another candidate in 2016 and didn’t support him then. This wasn’t because I didn’t trust his capacity and character then, but because I had the burden of political loyalty. My political teacher and master then supported Olusola Oke….he was even the Director-General of his campaign. There was no way I would switch loyalty midstream. I don’t give less than 100% loyalty to whomever or whatever I believe.
So you are back now with Barr. Olusola Oke to support the governor?
I have been back to support and respect Aketi as the leader of the party in the State right from when everyone returned to APC. I never supported the Unity Group. I returned to corporate practice of Law in Abuja since 2018…… I have learnt that to hold on to an ideology in Nigeria’s polity, you may need to retain and develop your second address; else the only alternative will be to become an apple-polish. I am not very good in bootlicking.
Do you think Aketi will win, or which of the candidates do you think will win the October 10 election in Ondo State?
Aketi will win! Part of my training is to be objective in analyzing products, projects, challenges and service. On this one, I reached the verdict that only Aketi can defeat Aketi in the coming election. In the scale of balances, Aketi is a strong candidate with the advantage of incumbency in the ruling party at both the central and the State. One of his contenders is a weak candidate, but with a good political party structure. The other is a good grassroot mobiliser in a political party that less than 2% of the voters in Ondo State presently can recognize its party logo. This is apart from that the latter has been labeled a turncoat with a vaulting ambition.
All Factors and Indicators point to Aketi’s win. The man is an example of what God meant in Psalm 23:5.
What is your dream for Ondo State?
That we eventually exploit our potentials to maximized benefits. Ondo State is strategically positioned with both land mineral resources and seaport advantage. If the first white man’s ship had berth at our shores, we would have been ten times greater than what Lagos is today. I believe that with the right balanced heads and economic advisers in Alagbaka for a continued period of terms, Ondo state will grow in leaps and bounds. Hopefully, the exclusive list of our federal constitution would be devolved soon. It has been a stone in the wheels of progress to many States in Nigeria.
OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN MERIT AWARD “2020”
Outstanding Nigerian Local Government Chairman Merit Award 2020
- The Executive Chairman, Aba South LGA. Abia State
- The Executive Chairman, Mahia LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Ifedore LGA, Ondo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ovia South-West LGA, Edo State
- The Executive Chairman, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa-Ibom State
- The Executive Chairman, Iwo LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Anambra West LGA, Anambra State
- The Executive Chairman, Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State
- The Executive Chairman, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State
- The Executive Chairman, Ador LGA, Benue State
- The Executive Chairman, Askira/Uba LGA, Borno State
- The Executive Chairman, Akampa LGA, Crossriver State
- The Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State
- The Executive Chairman, Ohaukwu LGA, Ebonyi State
- The Executive Chairman, Egor LGA, Edo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ikole LGA, Ekiti State
- The Executive Chairman, Igbo Eze LGA, Enugu State
- The Executive Chairman, Bwari LGA, Federal Capital Territory
- The Executive Chairman, Balanga LGA, Gombe State
- The Executive Chairman, Obokun LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Oluyole LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ideato South LGA, Imo State
- The Executive Chairman, Babura LGA, Jigawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Kachia LGA, Kaduna State
- The Executive Chairman, Gezawa LGA, Kano State
- The Executive Chairman, Dan Musa LGA, Katsina State
- The Executive Chairman, Argungu LGA, Kebbi State
- The Executive Chairman, Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi State
- The Executive Chairman, Toungo LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Baruten LGA, Kwara State
- The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South-West LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos State
- The Executive Chairman, Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Borgu LGA, Niger State
- The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
- The Executive Chairman, Ilaje LGA, Ondo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ife-Central LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Egbeda LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Langtang North LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
- The Executive Chairman, Girei LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Bodinga LGA, Sokoto State
- The Executive Chairman, Kurmi LGA, Taraba State
- The Executive Chairman, Olorunda LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Iddo LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Karasuwa LGA, Yobe State
- The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
- The Executive Chairman, Ryom LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Song LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State
- The Executive Chairman, Emure LGA, Ekiti State
- The Executive Chairman, Lokoja LGA, Kogi State
- The Executive Chairman, Akoko North-West LGA, Ondo State
- The Executive Chairman, Yewa North LGA, Ogun State
- The Executive Chairman, Odo-Otin LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Afijio LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti State
- The Executive Chairman, Koton-Karfi LGA, Kogi State
- The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
- The Executive Chairman, Orolu LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Mangu LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South LGA, Oyo State
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Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, discarded his hitherto conservative and conciliatory disposition and took to the streets to lead thousands of his members in a protest march against insecurity and killings of Christians across the nation, especially in northern states.
The action is sequel to an earlier directive by the leader of one of the most influential Pentecostal churches in Nigeria that its members should conduct the protest nationwide, with him starting his own action at exactly 11am at the RCCG National Headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos.
The Assistant General Overseer (Admin and Personnel) of the church, Pastor J.F Odesola, in a circular dated January 29, 2020, addressed to all regions and provinces of the RCCG, parishes of the church were asked to end their service not later than 11am on Sunday to enable members “march round their immediate environment, praying for God’s intervention in the ongoing situation in Nigeria.”
The protests are at the instance of the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Adejare Adeboye.
The circular, read: “The Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for all Christians and Christian organisations in Nigeria, has made a clarion call for prayers and advocacy to all Christians in Nigeria in response to the inhumane acts against Christians in the country.”
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