Who does Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara thinks he is fooling?
His decision to exit the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] for the All Progressive Congress [APC] could not have come at a more convenient time. A time when the current Speaker of the House of Representative Rt. Hon. Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila mandated the Federal Minister of Niger Delta Affair to put his mouth where his money is – and produce the names of the supposed federal lawmakers who were recipients of the Niger Delta Development Commission [NDDC] contract bonanza and related fraud.
Just when the Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio responded that the recipients were not the members of the current House of Representatives but the members of the previous House of Representative under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Yabuku Dogara – Dogara woke up and discovered the corrupt nature of PDP in Bauchi State – and the pristineness of the APC. He suddenly came to realization he no longer wants a part of it.
Who does he expect to believe the tale he just discovered after more than one year the Government of Bauchi State is corrupt? After partaking in the unholy communion? Who is fooling who? And, who is gullible enough to believe the fairy tale?
The Cambridge dictionary defines a hypocrite as “someone who says they have particular moral beliefs but behaves in way that shows these are not sincere”. And, defines a coward as “a person who is not brave and is too eager to avoid danger, difficulty, or pain”.
If only the Nigerian public knew the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] was hot on his trail and had pulled his files, it would be clearer to understand the predicament Dogara finds himself.
The EFCC had begun investigating his activities while at the Green Chamber – and had concluded on its findings. To arrest the former Speaker was the next move. Dogara was faced with arrest and prosecution – in the same manner Senator Godswill Akpabio was faced with arrest prior to his shameful exit. Like Akpabio, Dogara flipped the switch and crossed over for the political cleaners where his sins will be forever forgiven – and amnesty granted, at the APC.
In Akpabio’s case, he was rewarded for his crossover, and for the synthetically manufactured battle he waged against the Governor of Akwa Ibom – the PDP Governor who took over the Governor’s seat after his exit. He was awarded a ministerial position in return.
In the case of Dogara, the play cards are the same. Off the bat, following his crossover, he launched his version of a synthetically manufactured battle against the PDP Governor of Bauchi State – detailing what he termed as corruption with the Bala Mohammed administration. An administration that has won accolades beyond the boundaries of Bauchi Stare as worthy of emulation. One that has revamped the educational infrastructure within the span of 12months by adding over 350 classroom blocks across the wards that makeup the State. Has achieved the erection of world standard molecular laboratory for the testing of Covid19 that presently serves four neighboring States at over 300 samples daily. Road construction networks in proportions never witnessed in the history of the State – including water treatment plants to accommodate the increase in population due to migration of IDPs.
The question then becomes what is really Dogara’s agenda? It cannot be Bala Mohammed or his administration.
Apart from freeing himself from the grips of the EFCC. He maybe positioning for the Vice President position against the 2023 presidential elections or a Ministerial position.
As a coward battling out of the fear of possible prosecution, it is evident he has sold his rights and integrity to the drowning APC. A vomit he excreted. With which face will he face his former colleagues whom he lampooned when he defected from the APC to the PDP?
After labelling the APC, the party of corruption, he has returned to the party of corruption. Now, he sees the PDP as the party of corruption. Who is he fooling? And to imagine he was the number four citizen of the country for 4years defines the trouble with governance in Nigeria.
“What happened to the N4.6 billion loan taken from a bank and paid directly into a private company’s account?” – was one of the questions Dogara wanted answered. He claimed it led to his decision to exit the party.
Dogara, himself, knows firsthand the truth behind the non-existent loan. But he is earger to play dirty. He wants to play ostrich. Dogara knows the Bauchi Government never secured any N4.6billion loan.
The supposed N4.6billion concerns a legitimate contract awarded to a contractor for the purchase of vehicles for the government. The Bauchi State government, as most clever state governments do, issued the contractor an Irrevocable Standing Purchase Order [ISPO] – which in layman’s term means the Bauchi State government reached an agreement for the contractor to be paid in monthly installments through automatic deductions from the government’s bank account. Armed with the ISPO, the contractor approached a financial institution and presented the ISPO as a collateral to secure a loan. The contractor was awarded the loan – and the vehicles were delivered.
Dogara puzzlingly called simple transaction a loan in an open letter released to the public.
And to know that Dogara was among the recipients of the vehicles is disheartening and exposes his hypocrisy. He collected a Toyota Land Cruiser. Yes, he even wrote a thank you letter to the State government acknowledging the receipt of the vehicle.
Dogara’s defection back to the APC may not be his last defection. It should be understood Dogara left the PDP for his personal gains and not for the benefit of good governance. The fear of EFCC prosecution and/or persecution propelled his exit [cowardice] – but to author a letter depicting the government of Bauchi as corrupt is weak and unnecessary.
Ikenna Ellis Ezenekwe is a Chemical/Environmental Engineer resides in New York
Yahaya Bello and the Fuji House of Commotion Called The PDP – By Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr
How more frustrated can a Party that prides itself as the largest Party in Africa be? The Party has failed to lead a vibrant opposition having lost power at the centre some 6years ago. And the Party has become a rambunctious and rabble rousing entity shooting at everything like an age grade village union.
The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has failed to present before the nation a viable alternative blueprint which is the least a credible opposition party should do. Alas the Party suffering from the frustration of losing her leading lights to the All Progressive Congress APC in the past weeks, have chosen to walk deeper down the path of shame. Or how else can one describe the present outburst, diatribe, and ill-informed assessment of the Yahaya Adoza Bello watch over the State of Kogi?
Show me a PDP State and a PDP Governor that has handled Gender Issues like Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State? Kogi has the highest gender inclusiveness in the whole of Africa, second arguably to Rwanda, and that’s responsiveness and civilization in leadership. The PDP therefore erred in qualifying the Bello Watch as having taken Kogi State years back. Indeed Kogi State under Bello’s watch tops the chart in the United Nations assessment of States that comply with the Millenium Development Goals in Nigeria.
Show me a PDP State or Givernor that has managed Security issues like Yahaya Bello has done in Kogi. It is without equivocation that a State like Kogi State with 9 borders is yet the safest State in Nigeria. The truth is sacred and facts are Olympic, so the PDP must learn some honour by acknowledging that you cannot because of politics rubbish a record so evident as noon day. Knowing that the primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and property, the House of Commotion called the PDP must cover her face in shame, and applaud the young man who has made his State the safest in Nigeria.
Show me a PDP State and Governor that has impacted the citizens in the area of Agriculture like Yahaya Bello has done? Indeed today one of the most functional Rice Mills in the Country is in Kogi State being fed with grains by Rice Farmers in and around the State. And evidently Kogi State tops the chart in the support of farmers in the Country, ask the Central Bank of Nigeria, the records are there.
Need we talk about Religious, Cultural and Ethnic harmony? Is the PDP aware that a multi ethnic, multi religious and a multi lingual State like Kogi tops the chart in peaceful coexistence in the Country? Does the PDP know that the inclusiveness in governance of the disparate ethnicities in Kogi dwarfs any other State in Nigeria? Does the PDP know that Kogi State has the highest level of Youth participation in leadership in Nigeria, and does the PDP know that the young men and women running Kogi State and doing profoundly are eggheads whose commitment to responsible and responsive leadership is second to none?
And does the PDP know that in this period of the Covid pandemic it is on record that Kogi State has generated more revenue and impacted her citizens better than most States in Nigeria because the young man Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello thinks outside the box.
The PDP and her fellow travelers on the path of mendacity must imbibe the ability for frank research, for the knack to poke a deep hole in the balloon of naysayers and purveyors of deceit and tommyrot is what stands out the Yahaya Bello Movement.
PDP and its image makers must therefore seek first to resolve the contradictions in the House of Commotion called the Peoples Democratic Party before seeking to deploy falsehood and perfidy as a tool in her failed effort at discharging the duties of an opposition Party. May these indelible words of Sir Walter Scott ‘O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive’ serve as reprimand to the kindergarten work of the PDP in opposition politics in Kogi State and at the Federal level.
Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.
GOT YOUR BACK NIGERIA (GYB NIGERIA)
Rotational Presidency: Yahaya Bello , Ohaneze and Chief Ogbonnia’s Ignoble Effort to Rewrite History – By Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr
I would not have responded to that uncouth and demeaning press statement penned by one Chief Alex Ogbonnia and credited to Ohaneze Nd’Igbo, but for the tissue of lies, perfidy and conceit that liter that ignoble effort at rewriting history.
First that Press Statement clearly exposes the Ohaneze disrespect and disregard for Youth. Does Youth to Ohaneze mean the inability to follow the events of history properly? Does blackmail legitimize falsehood? And to what end was that mendacious Press Statement credited to Ohaneze Nd’Igbo?
I am a Nigerian of Igbo extraction, and do not subscribe to ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY, and there are millions of Igbo who believe that Competency and Capacity must denominate the entire space of our politics as 2023 approaches.
Again there is also no Constitutional backing for Zoning and or ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY. Infact the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended provides for the freedom of all citizens above the age of 35 who possess the requisite qualification to aspire to the office of President. To zone and or restrict the High Office of President to a particular region or zone is therefore unconstitutional. How does that logical argument of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State merit the kindergarten response of one Chief Alex Ogbonnia who claims to be the Spokesman of Ohaneze Nd’Igbo? Even more curious is the effort to drag a highly respected Socio-Cultural group like Ohaneze Nd’Igbo in the mud by deploying very unworthy and uncharitable language in that foul attempt by Chief Ogbonnia to rewrite history.
Let me state prestissimo that that 1998 meeting at the National University Commission Conference Centre in Abuja referred to in the Ohaneze Nd’Igbo statement did not settle the issue of zoning and or ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY. Yes, there were persuasive arguments on the need for zoning but no such thing was agreed upon. It is on record that a few months after, Chief Alex Ekwueme, Chief Jim Nwobodo and a few others outside the Southwest zone were to contest for the Presidential Ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party against Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was the leading candidate of the Southwest in the PDP primaries. So where and when was zoning/ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY settled?
Noted that Governor Yahaya Bello may have been in Ahmadu Bello University at the period in our history that that Ohaneze statement seek to misrepresent, must they deny the young man the right to an informed position on the Nigerian polity? Must they continue in the ignoble trajectory that denigrates Youths? When will they understand that in the 21st century information is at the finger tip of the Youths? Sad.
If Zoning and or ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY was settled as a protocol on our body polity, would President Mohammadu Buhari have been a three-time candidate before he won the 2015 Presidency in his fourth attempt?
If zoning/ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY were a settled item in our polity would Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have been a four-time Presidential Candidate since 2007? Would the array of Northern and Southern Aspirants who participated in the various Presidential Primaries of the leading Political Parties between 1999 and 2019 have been? To attempt to blackmail a sitting Governor with deceit, falsehood and perfidy is a no no, and this generation has gone beyond such tommyrot.
May I state without an ounce of equivocation that what those who believe in Igbo Presidency should do is deploy tact and diplomacy rather than blackmail and diatribe, because those who believe in competency and capacity as the linchpin for the President we crave come 2023 cannot and will not be cowed.
Finally I implore the eminent leader of Ohaneze Nd’Igbo Chief George Obizor to helm in the rabid Spokesman of the group for Ndigbo are good students of history and do not deploy falsehood, mendacity and perfidy in pursuit of any worthy cause. Ya’gazie.
Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.
AKA Chukwudumebi Nkemcho Nwaokobia CNN.
Convener COUNTRYFIRST MOVT.
Of Zoning/ Rotational Presidency and the Fallacy of the Elite I – By Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr
Any sincere call for Zoning and or Rotational Presidency should be the call for Gender Equity in Governance. A woman has never been the President of Nigeria, so why isn’t the elite calling for zoning of power to Women?
Since 1999 no Youth and or under 50years have been President of Nigeria, why isn’t the political elite calling for Power shift or zoning of power to the largest population demography in Nigeria, the Youths?
Who says that zoning or Power Rotation will quieten the discord that pummels our polity? Did the two major Political Parties in 1999 not field a Yoruba Candidate from the South West? Did Obasanjo’s 8years as President stop the agitation for Oodua Republic? Is the South West not asking for another shot at the Presidency in the name of zoning of power to the South come 2023? Who is deceiving who?
We must debunk the fallacy of the Ruling elite and tell them that not only is Zoning and or Rotational Presidency unconstitutional, it is a self-serving, a self-seeking and a perfidious power ploy. We are not buying their devious epistemology, not anymore.
The Clock says it is time for competency and capacity, the moment says it is Youth O’Clock and the time says that 2023 politics must be dominated by worthy and worthwhile indices other than those of region and religion.
I want to see a Woman or a Youth in the saddle. I want to see the most gender friendly political operator or office holder as President of Nigeria. I want to see competent young persons with capacity to govern emerge as Presidential candidates across the leading Political Parties, and proceed to win the Presidency come 2023. I want to see vibrant issues oriented debate, not whose turn or to what region power must devolve. I want to see a Pan Nigerian candidate. And I want to see a Pan Nigerian President in 2023.
Nigeria is troubled on all sides by the failure of leadership, by the lack of competency and capacity in leadership, and by the absence of Justice, equity and fairness. The panacea to the ills that trouble Nigeria will undoubtedly be good Governance centred on equity, fairness and justice, and not the self-seeking sermonette called zoning and or Rotational Presidency.
May we thumb down the fallacy that takes the solution to our problem away from empirical issues to banal ethnic and regional epistemology. And may we challenge all political operators to a new Creed, indeed one that makes competency and capacity the linchpin in our journey to 2023. God Bless Nigeria.
Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.
AKA Chukwudumebi Nkemcho Nwaokobia CNN.
Convener COUNTRYFIRST MOVT.
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