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    Why Obi cannot impose governor on Lagos

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    In the run up to the February 25 election, Peter Obi campaigned mainly in the enclaves of Igbo urban immigrants. The outcome of the election has since confirmed Obi was riding on Igbo ethnic sentiments. If the defeat of Tinubu in his Lagos stronghold through clannish voting pattern was not enough confirmation, cornering 85% of Igbo votes in the five southeast Igbo states by Obi were unarguably a reflection of reality.

    Obi has been dressed in borrowed robes of the messiah of Nigerian youths by his ‘Obimedia’ who are as much of a threat to the health of our nation as his unquestioning ‘Obidients’ with battle cry of “end INEC and Nigeria” if their principal’s imaginary ‘stolen mandate’ was not restored. There has been similarly no word of caution from Obi as his children of anger fed with misinformation are left to run riot in Ikeja, threatening peace with provocative declaration that for next Saturday governorship election in their host’s land, “it must be Igbo endorsed governorship candidate or no one else”.

    It was Ahmadu Bello who first admonished Nigerians to understand their differences. The problem is that some of those given refuge by host communities seem not to remember that we are a multi-cultural society where our ethnic nationalities at the time of contact with the Europeans were at different level of cultural development. Whilst according to PC Lloyd, there were groups that were more developed than Europe using urbanization as index of measurement, there were also the ‘unfriendly inhabitants of the Mama Hills, the anti-social Mumuye of Muri Province’ and those Clifford in 1920 identified as ‘cannibals inhabiting some hill tops’, and ‘the naked warriors of the jungle’.

    Quite often, our culture defines our worldview. Those celebrated as heroes by some cultures could be villains in others. It was perhaps for this reason the policy thrust of our departing colonial masters was “a ‘regional government that secures for each separate people, the right to maintain its identity, its individuality and its nationality and its own chosen form of government which have been evolved for it by the wisdom and by the accumulated experiences of generation of its forbearers’. .

    For instance, leadership among the Yoruba is earned through service to the people. In the run up to independence, the Yoruba’s new emergent political elite first became chiefs in order to understudy their fathers. They thereafter engaged in months of robust intellectual debate by experts from different disciplines, rounded up with various scientific surveys across the country before unfolding their manifesto of free education, free health and full employment.

    \According to professors Oluwasanmi and Aluko, they also set up, Western Regional Marketing Board, the Western Nigerian Development Corporation, the Western Nigerian Housing Corporation, the Western Region Finance Corporation, the Western Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation and the Western Nigerian Printing Corporation “to perform functions that are of fundamental significance to the economic, social cultural development of the people of Western Nigeria. That the old West was to later become the most educated part of Africa and most prosperous region in Nigeria was not by accident.

    Bola Tinubu merely took a queue from his illustrious forebears. He paid his dues by staying in the trenches along with other NADECO leaders fighting against military dictatorship in the aftermath of June 12, 1993 debacle. Upon becoming governor in 1999, he challenged the best brains among his people to come up with a Marshall Plan for Lagos. That was the foundation of today’s Lagos’ massive infrastructural development, the reactivation or the metroline derailed by Shehu Shagari since 1983, the Lekki Free Trade Zone, the Lekki Deep Sea Port and airport and the Atlantic City in Victoria Island.

    In politics, Tinubu has remained faithful to Yoruba progressive politics of Afenifere (wanting what is good for yourself for others). He worked hard to build consensus among progressive northern politicians who were later to ensure he emerged as APC presidential candidate and garnered 5.2 million northern votes for him during the last presidential election.

    On the other hand, all Igbo political elite needed to do to win the minds of their unquestioning “Zikists or Obidients” is to play the victim card by misinforming those who look up to them for direction with claims such as ‘Nigerians hate Igbo leaders because of their resourcefulness’.

    In 1947, NCNC went on tour of London to protest some obnoxious laws in Nigeria. On their return, Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Prince Adeleke Adedoyin and Dr A B Olorunnibe, members of the group accused Zik of mismanaging the thirteen thousand pounds raised for the trip. All Zik did to get the sympathy of his people was to claim he was under attack because he was Igbo, forcing Igbo urban workers and their Yoruba counterparts in Lagos to buy off cutlasses in Lagos market in preparation for war.

    In 1952, Zik insisted on becoming the first premier of the West after rejecting Akinloye’s suggestion that a Yoruba member of NCNC be appointed premier to secure the support of six Ibadan members elected on the platform of Ibadan Peoples Party (IPP). At the end, five of them, except Adelabu, joined Awolowo to form the government. Zik accused Yoruba of tribalism and his people believed him. But it was no more tribalism when Zik and his supporters later removed Prof Eyo Ita, minority leader of government in the east, to pave the way for his emergence as premier.

    Fast forward to 2023. It is still the same Igbo persecution complex. Peter Obi was governor of Anambra under APGA. He is best remembered for creating disharmony between the Catholics and Anglicans and for sacking of non-Anambra Igbos working in Anambra civil service. After his tenure, he joined PDP where he rose to become Atiku Abubakar’s running mate in 2019. Then on the eve of 2023 election, sensing the PDP presidential ticket would elude him, he resigned and ran back home equating his personal loss to Igbo nation’s loss. Of course he got the backing of his people. While Tinubu with all his years of preparation for recognition by his very critical Yoruba people got only 56% of Yoruba votes, Obi secured 85% of Igbo vote.

    Of course the Igbo ‘Obidient’ and ‘Obimedia’ are at liberty to determine who their hero is under a democratic parliamentary federal system. What they cannot do is to question the right of the Yoruba to put their faith in Tinubu who they have continued to vilify, abuse and ridicule.

    And lastly, ‘Obimedia’ should stop their unpatriotic attempt to undermine the integrity of an election many honest Nigerians including President Buhari believe may turn out to be one of the most credible elections since 1999, won ‘round and square’ by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. This was an election where President Buhari lost his state, the President-elect, his Lagos stronghold and the ruling party losing half of the 22 states it controlled in the run up to the election.

    Finally, Obi’s surreptitious attempt to foist a governor on Lagos is a sad reminder of how NCNC/NPC coalition in 1962 attacked economic backbone of Yoruba in order to bring Yoruba to her knees. Lagos a product of long years of planning by our illustrious forbears including Awolowo who was spending 60% of Western Region’s health budget on her cannot be handed over to an unquestioning ‘Obidient’.

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    Makinde suspends Oyo monarch

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    The Oyo State Government, yesterday, suspended Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Gbadewolu I) as the Onido of Ido in Ido Local Council of the state.

    The government, in a letter dated February 2, 2024, and signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, said Governor Seyi Makinde approved the suspension on February 1, 2024.

    “I wish to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sub-section 1&2 of Section 26 of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 28 Vol I, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000 and by virtue of all other enabling powers in that regard, has approved your suspension as the Onido of Ido in the area of authority of Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State,” the letter read in part.

    It directed Oba Babalola to hand over all government properties in his possession to the chairman of Ido local council.

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    Bauchi Agog as Tribunal Affirms Mohammed Bauchi Gov

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    Bauchi State capital and environs erupted in jubilation yesterday following the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s affirmation of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as the duly elected governor of the state.

     

    The 3-man tribunal led by Justice PT Kwahar, dismissed the petition by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and its gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar.

     

    The tribunal affirmed that Mohammed, who was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the gubernatorial election, actually won the election with the majority votes cast.

     

    The tribunal dismissed the APC petition for lack of credible evidence to discredit result of the gubernatorial election as declared by INEC.

     

    The tribunal’s premises, however, erupted in Jubilation by members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in drumming and praises to show joy and happiness over the victory.

     

    Reacting to the verdict, Mohammed commended the tribunal for upholding his victory despite the indiscriminate demonisation of the country’s judicial system.

     

    Speaking shortly after the tribunal affirmed his election, he called on his opponents to sheathe their swords and join him to harness enormous resources of the state to create a modern economy that would benefit everyone within Bauchi State as Nigeria’s pearl of tourism.

     

    “Today, the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Bauchi, revalidated the mandate that you gave to me last March. It was a profound judgment that will continue to resonate within multiple circles as a demonstration of judicial rigour and common sense and an affirmation of the sovereign will of the people over political brinksmanship and an entitlement mentality.

     

    “Our victory today is by the grace of Allah, who gives power to whom he wishes and takes it without consulting the holder. We are once again reminded that all power is held in trust on behalf of God.

     

    “It is an unambiguous statement that despite the mischief of political merchants who arrogate to themselves kingmaker status and deceive some of our unsuspecting compatriots into believing that they can determine the destiny of others, God still reigns in the affairs of all his creations,” he said.

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    Adeleke to Fix Lasting Infrastructural Projects in Osun, Says PDP Chieftain

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    Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke will soon commence fixing of long lasting Infrastructural projects in the state as part of the promises made to the people of the state.

    Speaking with Freelanews in Osogbo, former Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party ( PDP) in the state, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, noted that all abandoned projects within the state would be revisited for timely completion.

    Adekunle stressed that roads will also be constructed in all local government areas in the state, while the federal constituencies would equally benefit immensely in the developmental agenda of the state governor.

    He remarked that since the enthronement of the present administration, all promises made are being fully followed to the letter.

    According to him “Adeleke had surpassed people’s expectations considering the situation met on ground because he has done well based on Infrastructural development so far.”

    He also recalled the medical outfit for the people of the state in all the constituencies, saying the governor had surpassed people’s expectations on Health.

    The PDP chieftain remarked that health palliatives for the people of the state is under way as all health facilities would be given face- lift in all ramifications.

    He emphasised that all general hospitals in the state would receive a boost in order to turn them to a world-class medical centres which will serve as medical tourism to other state to visit.

    Adekunle stressed that there are enough medical personnel to make the state proud of being a world-class medical tourist attraction.

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