RECORD KEEPER FOR 15TH – 30TH JUNE, 2013

June 15, 2013

Another death struck just this same month that had recorded so many but yet still haven’t given up. The cold hands of death sneaked into the Mogaji family this Saturday evening and snatched away the mother of former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the

President General, Association of Market Women and Men, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji at the age of 96. Lagosians stormed Mama’s Ikeja, Lagos residence to confirm the authenticity of the story this evening, only to be told that mama was no more.

Mama would however be remembered for her relentless efforts, in many ways, which helped to shape political opinions and decision-making process in the country.

This was really a tough time for the pro-Amaechi disciples, most especially those ones that depended almost 100 per cent on the Federation Account and the proceeds from the Excess Crude Account to pay salaries and do other things in their states. The division within the Nigeria

Governors Forum did not give them the room to address this fi nancial crisis as the Federal Government at present jumped on the available opportunity to withhold some outstanding and continued to play around this issue. Trust those at the helm of affairs, they sure know the meaning of the phrase “opportunity comes but once”, and to the fullest it seemed they were going to utilize this. Meanwhile, the highly favoured factional NGF chairman had decided to take a step, planning to summon a meeting of the governors and the president in a bid to straighten things out on the state of fi nances of the states, most especially when the Forum of Commissioners walked out from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting last Thursday without a resolution. As he strategized on his plans, what remained uncertain was who should be counted in and out. Money matters, you know, this is really not the best of times for PDP.

 

June 16, 2013

Stop impersonating me! The re-elected Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State raised the alarm on this ‘holy Sunday’. He was not talking to you; he was checking his brother, the controversial and acclaimed Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State who called for the NGF meeting. Amaechi noted that it is only the duly elected chairman of the forum that could summon a meeting, he thus caution Jang to stop impersonating him as the chairman of the forum and that he should operate within the confines of decorum. This case, I guess must have first been reported to God at the church service, but Amaechi later decided to send a message through the print media to his counterpart. Impersonation, the constitution states is a criminal offence, Jang take heed.

True or false? This seems to be a serious matter. The emerging opposition party, All Progressives Congress is not relaxing on its oars to get rid of the Peoples Democratic Party, come 2015. APC’s game plan has shifted to the National Assembly as it plans to win over 40 Senators and 100 members of the House of Representatives to its yet to be registered political party. One of the luring gimmicks is the promise of an automatic ticket for the legislators amongst other things. Anyway, PDP, hope they won’t succeed because if they do, na wahala o.

 

June 17, 2013

The unexpected has happened in the Peoples Democratic Party family, President Goodluck Jonathan at last submitted himself to the pressure of the school of thought that opined that Dr.

Bamanga Tukur must relinquish the office of the National Chairman for the party to move out of crises. Though, Tukur won’t be going alone, as other members of the National Working Committee were being directed to forward their resignation letters or risk being sacked. They were however, given a deadline till Thursday.

But this seems to be a double package surprise as the suspension of the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko from the party was lifted. While Wamakko’s membership of the PDP was being reinstated, Tukur that suspended him was being red carded from offi ce, what an irony, what goes around comes around.

Despite the 19 pro-Amaechi governors’ desire to lay claim on the Federation Account and the proceeds from the Excess Crude Account, yet they ignored President Goodluck Jonathan today at the supposed cash crisis talk at the villa. Though, they were all in Abuja but they suddenly reviewed their decision to attend the meeting and reverted. What however prompted that remains a mystery. I hope the states won’t be the victims of their stubbornness.

  

June 18, 2013

On this fateful Tuesday, Bamanga Tukur sent words back to those that want him out of the National Chairmanship office of the Peoples Democratic Party.

You are on a futile mission, Tukur told them. He further boasted that his office was not vacant and would therefore remain in office to run the PDP affairs. Not in this life, try again, the chairman gathered confidence. Seems to serve the PDP is now by force.

They struck again, 22 lives were lost, no thanks to Boko Haram. The insurgent group won’t relent in attacking defenseless citizens of the country; they killed nine future leaders, students of Ansarudeen School writing exams in their classroom. And this made it the second deadly attack on schools within three days, why? 13 fi shermen were also killed in a river bank in

Alau, Maiduguri in a separate attack. Hmmnn…na like dis we go dey die?

 

June 19, 2013

Despite all the bragging and sudden strength, the fate of Bamanga Tukur still hung in the balance as the Peoples’ Democratic Party National Working Committee meeting was slated for tomorrow where the Tukur must go team planned to spring up a surprise. Meanwhile eight members of the NWC whose emergence raised controversy and questions from INEC were confirmed to have resigned from office, this heated up the polity and it was like a season fi lm. I hope you won’t touch the dial.

The rich also defraud. These were the tone of the murmurs from Lagosians this Wednesday as police declared ex-deputy governor, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu wanted for fraud. No, it wasn’t a false accusation, Alhaja herself already admitted to committing the crime, though she blamed it on a genuine mistake of plot identification, she had however, put two of her properties for sale to settle the mess she found herself. Please buy… Alhaja’s property for sale, but buyers should pray before making payment. Anyway, N.B: You would be doing that at your own risk, no wahala sha, life itself is a risk, buy if you get mind.

 

June 20, 2013

At last, the restless National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party could rest now. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur fi nally survived the threat to remove him from office as 20 other members of the NWC tendered their resignation.

The PDP family acted like one this time, the script writer got it all right and the NWC meeting was just exactly the way Tukur wanted it. Meanwhile, at the same meeting, vote of confi dence was passed on President Goodluck Jonathan, don’t ask me if that was part of the script, but it would interest you to know that Jonathan asserted that the PDP must win not less than 23 states come 2015, what a game plan. Mind you, the word was “win” not “capture”.

You surely needed more than words to make many Nigerians understand that there was a real implication in the statement of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, as it announced this day that oil production had dropped further by 150,000 barrels per day. This was as a result of theft and vandalism of crude oil pipelines and the consequent explosions that mostly accompanied such barbaric act.

Such was the fire at a crude theft point on the 28 section on Trans Niger Pipeline at Bodo West in Ogoniland.

Another 53 break points were also discovered along the 97 Kilometre Nembe Creek Trunkline. Now listen, the Ag. Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ms. Tumini Green said the Federal Government lost about N191bn to oil theft and vandalism in the first quarter of the year and that this development would further decrease crude oil revenue by about N83bn that should have accrued to the Federation Account. Ok, stop saying e no concern u ooo, what affects the eye will later affect the nose o!

 

June 21, 2013

Moments of rethink, they were trying a second thought… The Peoples Democratic Party finally realized they were not ready to lose any of their governors to the opposition political parties. Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and Chairman PDP Governors Forum told journalists that there were possibilities of returning the re-elected Chairman of the Nigeria

Governors Forum and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, back to the party. In his words, the party and the governors were already exploring the possibilities of settling the cases instituted by Amaechi over his suspension. I hope e neva late sha.

Almost everything in Nigeria was being fought for or over. Because of the traditional chieftaincy title of Olugbosu, five people had to be shot and houses razed in Ilupeju Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Years back, it was Oni and Fayemi’s political battle ground, now that the political game had not really begun, attention had been shifted to chieftaincy office, all because of the same thing, you know now, later dey will say moni no be problem, Oye Ekiti, u betta wake up…

 

June 22, 2013

Don’t be surprised, the season 2 of the “Tukur Must Go” saga began today. The “I no go gree” governors were not giving up; they never forgot the name of their enemy, neither had they forgiven him. They started compiling “The Many Sins of Bamanga Tukur”, Tukur must go they insisted, either by fire or by force. “If not by litigation, the party’s mini national convention would do it, come July 15,” they seemed to be bragging. Anyway, he who laughs last laughs best.

The Bobagunwa of Ilawe-Ekiti and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal this Saturday orientated his critics within the Peoples Democratic Party that the Speaker of the National Assembly is not a speaker of a political party irrespective of the party he belongs to. The Speaker who was criticized for commending the performance of Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said he would always commend whosoever was doing well, no matter the party he belonged to. Further that he would always speak the truth. Tambuwal, hmmnn… truth is bitter o.

What an observation…. The Former Minister of Defence, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma took his time to call Nigerians attention to the “tattered situation” of the country which he blamed on leadership failure. It was strictly a statement of lamentation at Zaria, Kaduna State where he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Jarmai Zazzau by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu

Idris. While the event was supposed to be festive with a durbar, Danjuma, in his reasoning restricted pomp and ceremony, he noted that the sad reality of the present situation in the North did not require that. He thus lashed the Northern leaders, he said they had been talking too much and doing less for the development of the region which he believed was lagging behind. Trust a military man, he trusts actions not words. But that was another observation, Aboki…your broda talk say you dey talk too much…

Nigeria’s Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar today, joined the school of thought that insisted President Goodluck Jonathan could not solve the Peoples Democratic Party crises. He suggested to the president to give room for the establishment of a non-partisan committee that would have the authority and autonomy to devise strategy in rescuing the party from extinction. Hmmnn… Abubakar, even if you mean well, you are not above suspension o.

 

June 23, 2013

Haba, have you heard? They argued that to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) party chairman you must have a house in Abuja. That was one major factor militating against the choice of Chief Bisi Akande as the Interim National Chairman of APC. Others said Akande didn’t like attending meetings in Abuja. The slot which has been allotted to his party, Action Congress of Nigeria generated a row and factionalisation as some opted for Akande while others were jostling for the Edo Chief, Tom Ikimi. Anyway, success is one powerful achievement that politicians would learn to manage, this katakata fi t obstruct the journey to Canaan land o…

From November this year, Nigerians would have to pay more to secure a British visa. The David Cameron country was not really interested in the money but trying to restrict Nigerians amongst few other targeted countries from entering the UK. The reason was simple, the Home Secretary, Theresa May noted that Nigerian nationals were deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse, therefore, a bond of N750,000 must be paid before securing a visa. Naija…why go abroad?

Don’t be surprised if you discovered it was the old wine in a new bottle. The game had begun, the scheming had started. The pro-Jonathan camp had started plans to gate-keep the anti-Jonathan offi ce seekers come July at the mini convention. They wanted to make it a winner takes all affair, what a politicking. You better know now, it is all about 2015.

 

June 24, 2013

E no dey tire dem… President Goodluck Jonathan and Rotimi Amaechi again! Despite occupying different offices, the duo still remained at loggerheads. President Jonathan went ahead to plan a dinner with an invitation to all the governors, but what baffled all was the choice of time which coincided with a scheduled meeting by the Chair himself, Rotimi Amaechi with other governors. Meanwhile, Amaechi and his team vowed to go ahead with their meeting. Later dem

go talk say dem be brothers…

A serious blow was at the Federal High Court dealt to the personality of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, sorry, Rt. Hon. Ikuforiji, when the highly recognized and infl uential politician was not recognized and could not influence his own matter. Ikuforiji and his aide, who were standing trial for money laundering charges were refused bail on personal recognition. The judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, felt there was nothing to recognize about the likely successor of the Lagos State Governor, he slammed a N1bn bail

on each of the accused with two sureties in like sum. Na wahala be dis o! They were accused of laundering N500m, only to be bailed with N2 billion without mentioning the sureties. Justice, I pray u neva need the assistance of politicians o, u no know person, u say u no know Yemi…

 

June 25, 2013

What again? Amaechi was in the news this Tuesday as always. Don’t get it wrong, it was Governor Rotimi Amaechi v Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu not President Jonathan as you might have insinuated. Amaechi, who alleged Mbu of being biased decided to lead a street protest which had been banned in the state by Mbu. Mbu said any protest in the state without police permit was an offence, but Amaechi determined to dare Mbu, “shoot me if you can” he said. He had forgotten what the Nigeria Police tagged “stray bullet.” Don’t try it, this people are trigger happy. If Amaechi has ears he should heed to the warning of the Holy Spirit…

It could be fire for fire, Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru told British High Commissioner, Andrew Pocock in Abuja at a meeting where Pocock asserted the proposal of

the British government to place a bond of N750,000 on Nigerians seeking UK visa. Ashiru however, described the proposal as discriminatory, noting that the Nigerian government might retaliate the same way.

 

June 26, 2013

Governor Rotimi Amaechi has alerted politicians what may likely happen come 2015. He illustrated with the election and subsequent crisis of the Nigeria Governors Forum, noting that a loser might claim victory come 2015. He however, maintained his authenticity as

the Chairman of the NGF this Wednesday in Abuja at a stakeholders’ symposium on the review of the 1999 constitution while he described Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State and his co-supporters as non-democrats. Amaechi had spoken, using Boys Scout slogan, politicians “always stand-by”.

N160.7bn for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, so said Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs. He however, promised that the Federal Government would pay attention to the project which was awarded to Julius Berger Construction Company and RCC. Anyway, Nigerians won’t query the cost implication as far as they see its manifestation. Okupe, tell your people to get it right because Naija no dey forget words o.

 

June 27, 2013

Wonders, they say shall never end, but this seemed to be getting bitter and it brought to memory the song of Femi Kuti “wonder” where he asked “will African leaders ever unite o?” At the organized mid-term dinner of Mr President, Goodluck Jonathan, his brother, Rotimi Amaechi was bounced by a security guard; “You can’t see the president” Amaechi was told while he approached the President’s table to exchange greetings. The reception was said to be

cold as the operative was also mumbling some words. The sound of the trumpet was however what was blown into it. Amaechi got the message, “I no wan wahala” he said to himself and made a u-turn. Meanwhile, the Presidency had reacted to the development. The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak said Jonathan didn’t meet Amaechi for security reason.

And Nigerians wonder again: “when did Amaechi turn a threat or terrorist?” In Gulak’s words, the issue should not be politicised that it was purely a security matter and should be treated as such. But why did Gulak react and not Jonathan’s adviser on security matters? You wonder, too? Because I dey wonder o…

 It was indeed a dramatic Thursday as another drama ensued at the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja. The Federal Government, this day against normal procedure failed to recognize either the authentic Chairman or the self acclaimed Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum. Meanwhile, the seating arrangement placed the chair of Governors Rotimi Amaechi and Jonah Jang side by side. However, the lead comic actor in the episode, Comrade

Governor Adams Oshiomhole, thus identifi ed and introduced Amaechi as the NGF Chairman and Jang the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party extended faction to the press.

 

June 28, 2013

The Presidency today gave a new dimension to the crisis between President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Rotimi Amaechi. The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak tagged Amaechi and his team as disrespectful governors for coming late to the mid-term dinner organized by President Jonathan. He further alleged that Amaechi had refused to cooperate with Jonathan. I hope he won’t say again that this was not political.

They were always blood thirsty, more than dare devil. Only God knows when Plateau would know peace, courtesy of the insurgents. This day, they killed another 28, though they lost 20 of their group members too in a cross fire with the soldiers. But since their own lives worth no kobo, can’t they let the sleeping dog lie. Haba, stop the killing.

 

June 29, 2013

Peoples Democratic Party is not the only party in the country Governor Rotimi Amaechi said this Saturday at the 60th birthday thanksgiving service of the former president, Nigeria Bar Association in Port Harcourt, while reacting to questions from Rev. Ignatius Kattey.

He said if the PDP decides to suffocate him and his people in PDP, they would move to another party. He described his NGF battle as between him and the Villa but promised one thing, to open up on several issues including the crisis of the oil wells. “You will hear the truth of this fight in December, January. I will address the state and I will tell you the truth of the fight.” Amaechi no vex ooo, u better beg him naw…

This is seriously getting out of hand. If it were not insurgents it would be kidnappers. Boko Haram killing students in the Northern part of the country, Kidnappers kidnapping corps members in the Southern part. They refused to be tutored, they rejected education, yet they target the educated that could change the face of the nation. During the early hours of the day, the people of Abua/Odua Local Government recorded the unbelievable as 3 corps members were kidnapped from their lodge while they were fast asleep. The police as always however started investigation and were already on top of the situation, the same old story. Anyway, I no dey blame anybody o. But while we couldn’t walk the streets because of stray bullets, couldn’t board a flight because of plane crash, couldn’t go to church/mosques because of Boko’s bomb, now we should not sleep at home because of kidnappers. Na heaven we go goo?

June 30, 2013

Not at all, it wasn’t a movie; it was real: Prison break at Akure Olokuta Medium Security Prison. This Sunday, while you were at the church service, 30 bandits that won’t go to church invaded the prison and set free 175 inmates. This was achieved with the use of a dynamite and sporadic gunshots. But it seemed that the military officers at the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army known as Owena Barracks which was just less than one kilometer away had all gone to church, so they could not help. God save you and I.

The month ends on a sad note, yes, as Thompson Oliha, the “Midfield General” died in the early hours of today in Ilorin, Kwara State after a brief illness at age 44. The late footballer, who was until his death a coach at the Kwara State Football Academy, Ilorin was however, the third member of the 1994 Super Eagles squad that had died. His death threw the nation into grief, a member of the Golden Generation passed on. Adieu Oliha.

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