Nigerians have been called upon to use the opportunity of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration to reflect on how to contribute more to the development of the nation and live peacefully as brothers and sisters.
Speaking to Eminent Leaders magazine at his residence in Abuja, Abdulfatah Agunleti, a PDP stalwart, social commentator and public analyst shared optimism of a better Nigeria and declares that the second term ambition of President Jonathan is more of divine and already a done deal, as he chides opposition to desist from denigrating the office of the President through chicanery and name calling.
Agunleti said “My appeal goes to all Muslim faithful to use the opportunity of this Ramadan to reflect on how to coexist peacefully as brothers and sisters, not minding our religious background. I appeal also to politicians not to sacrifice our togetherness on the platter of ambition. Only God crowns a leader and not by anybody’s individual strength.”
Commenting on the state of the nation and next year’s Presidential election, he said “Sincerely speaking, the only way the opposition can get to power right now in Nigeria is through the backdoor and not through the ballot. To me the so called oppositions are not prepared for the task to move us forward.”
“I am really not comfortable with the utterances and actions of most of our politicians especially when it comes to criticism of President Jonathan. Yes criticism is good and opposition is very relevant in democracy but when the Office of the President is been ridiculed by even those aspiring to occupy same office, then there is need to exercise restraint, as that office is a symbol of our nationhood. It is an institution that is even greater than the occupant and should be accorded due respect.”
“When it comes to criticism, the moment I opened my mouth and criticize, it means I have and know of a better workable options than what you have done. Criticism that emanates through bitterness can only be destructive and can never be helpful to the system especially when it comes to politics and governance.”
Speaking further, “APC has always been quick to put the blame of the country on the doorsteps of PDP having presenting Presidents since the inception of this democratic dispensation. If that is right, then what is the rationale behind the move by APC to coopt all the founding fathers of PDP in their move to salvage Nigeria? Why is it that the only people they look up to for direction in their “Roadmap to Power” are those of PDP extraction? They went, in the full glare of the whole world, begging Obasanjo and Amaechi to show them the way. Have they forgotten so soon that Obasanjo and Amaechi were founding members of PDP and both like many others cannot be exonerated from any ills that might have befallen the country if PDP is the problem?”
“Looking at the opposition critically, what exactly have they offered in the various states where they administered so far? The so called achievements of the defunct ACN is quickly been eroded in Lagos State because they have lost focus. BRT is fast becoming a thing of the past. In Ekiti State, APC recorded grave loss at the polls in a Tsunamic manner. They lost 16-0. The pressure is on them in Osun where the only thing their candidate can lure the masses with is a “Free Train Ride” from Osogbo to Lagos in order to get votes, yet that train was one of Jonathan’s revolutions. I’ll leave the achievements of Jonathan for another discourse.”
“Right now there is nothing the opposition can point to as their own achievements in the states that can really serve as a hallmark of good governance or leadership. The only tool available to them now is lies upon lies in the media.”
“I stand to be corrected, Jonathan as President or not will never tell a widow being victimized by agents of government to ‘go and die’ only an APC governor is capable of that. It is only the APC and its leaders that will be going into an election threatening fire and brimstone, blood for blood, as if they are going to war, for Jonathan, no single blood of any Nigerian is worth being shed for anybody’s ambition.”
“PDP lost in Ondo, we took it with good faith, same in Anambra just because a President who do not believe in “do or die” election administers, but I put it to other opposition parties to tell the world how many of all the local government elections conducted in their state has another opposition won?”
“Any opposition built on hypocrisy and falsehood cannot stand the test of time and that is why the opposition has found it too enormous a task to destroy the one they termed clueless.”
“So far, they have nothing to parade that will show their capability to take us to our Eldorado. Nothing have they done and nothing they are capable of but mere blackmail, name calling and propaganda.”
“A virile opposition could have used the states they administer to prove a point that they have something in stock giving the opportunity of a whole geopolitical zone to demonstrate that but they falter.”
“To me the crop of opposition available in our political settings right now is just a handful of power mongers that have failed to impact positively on just six states yet vigorously pursuing, their dream of cornering the wealth of the nation the more, to administer the whole 36 states of the federation. Should that dream be actualized, the task of nation building will definitely be too overwhelming for them and in the end disastrous.”
“Nigeria will be great, even greater than any of us could fathom and to get there can only be a concerted effort where better options are put on the table for all to see. Give or take, Jonathan and PDP is still the best available and I don’t see that changing before the next election. The opposition have gifted him the 2nd term and they should blame themselves for not doing their homework very well.”
“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
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- The Executive Chairman, Egbeda LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Langtang North LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
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- The Executive Chairman, Bodinga LGA, Sokoto State
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- The Executive Chairman, Olorunda LGA, Osun State
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- The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
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- 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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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.
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