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PETER OBI AND THE MOMENTUM:

PETER OBI AND THE MOMENTUM:

Momentum in physics taught under Newtonian Mechanics in my undergraduate class is the product (multiplication) of the mass and velocity of an object. It is a vector quantity, possessing a magnitude and a direction.


Let me explain it better, the organic growth and support for Peter Obi are vector quantities gaining traction daily, growing in size and magnitude. Three months ago, no one gave Peter Obi any chance at all, some claimed Labour Party has no structure, some alluded to the fact that its just a social media stuff. But in few months Nigerians are in euphoric state now with support for Obi-Datti growing nationwide in all nooks and crannies 


Now that folks have seen the appreciable positive progress made in the last few months, some are asking if the massive turnouts during the rallies will traslate to victory and if the supporters have their PVC's, some went further and also claimed the rallies are in urban centres that rural dwellers do not know anything about Peter Obi or the Labour Party, but little I know folks who are rural dwellers are also abreast with events in the country and will join the train also 


If we apply Newtonian Mechanics. For a constant mass, force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration. The Obidients are the critical mass ,it will keep growing and the support will become more potent. The question you all should ask, what are the factors (velocity) driving the growth among the youths and the commoners. Few of them; economic displacement, despondency, marginalisation, the widening gap between the haves and have nots. 


From 1999 till date, Nigerians knew that the combined APC and PDP platforms foisted poverty, misery and calamity on them and the only way they can respond is through the ballot,  by voting for a new party as it is done elsewhere and seek for a new vista from 29th May 2023. We are all waiting with bated breath and will see how it all pans out in the next few months


#justscribblingmythoughts

Momentum in physics taught under Newtonian Mechanics in my undergraduate class is the product (multiplication) of the mass and velocity of an object. It is a vector quantity, possessing a magnitude and a direction.


Let me explain it better, the organic growth and support for Peter Obi are vector quantities gaining traction daily, growing in size and magnitude. Three months ago, no one gave Peter Obi any chance at all, some claimed Labour Party has no structure, some alluded to the fact that its just a social media stuff. But in few months Nigerians are in euphoric state now with support for Obi-Datti growing nationwide in all nooks and crannies 


Now that folks have seen the appreciable positive progress made in the last few months, some are asking if the massive turnouts during the rallies will traslate to victory and if the supporters have their PVC's, some went further and also claimed the rallies are in urban centres that rural dwellers do not know anything about Peter Obi or the Labour Party, but little I know folks who are rural dwellers are also abreast with events in the country and will join the train also 


If we apply Newtonian Mechanics. For a constant mass, force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration. The Obidients are the critical mass ,it will keep growing and the support will become more potent. The question you all should ask, what are the factors (velocity) driving the growth among the youths and the commoners. Few of them; economic displacement, despondency, marginalisation, the widening gap between the haves and have nots. 


From 1999 till date, Nigerians knew that the combined APC and PDP platforms foisted poverty, misery and calamity on them and the only way they can respond is through the ballot,  by voting for a new party as it is done elsewhere and seek for a new vista from 29th May 2023. We are all waiting with bated breath and will see how it all pans out in the next few months


#justscribblingmythoughts

Meet DELE ABIOLA, LP House of Rep candidate for Ogbomoso federal constituency II

Meet DELE ABIOLA, LP House of Rep candidate for Ogbomoso federal constituency II

 *For those of us who want to know Comrade Oludele Abiola*

Hon Abiola is the candidate of Labour Party in the forth coming elections, contesting for the Federal house of representative slot of Ogbomoso South, North and Oriire Federal constituency in Oyo state.













His agenda is to:

 

*>Restore Ogbomoso to the fore front of national politics via qualitative and vibrant representation of the constituency*


*>Quarterly reports and town hall meetings with the constituents*


*>Ensuring that the constituency projects are excecuted as at when due*


*Promote grassroots education and grassroots sports*


*Agricultural support programs that increase farmer's food production and attract more profit.*


*Mobilize youth to have their own voice in the digital economy via blockchain technology.*


*Sponsors of bills that will bring about security of lives and properties, promoting economy recovery and growth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.*


*Working towards building Ideologically based political party is an integral part of my agenda as it has become paramount to build a formidable pro Nigerian party other than the current prevalent ruling and aclaimed corrupt country rulling and opposition parties.*


Ogbomoso is our home, its suppose to be comfortable for everyone of us, her development is Paramount to us. Let us together restore Ogbomoso's glory . God bless us

 *For those of us who want to know Comrade Oludele Abiola*

Hon Abiola is the candidate of Labour Party in the forth coming elections, contesting for the Federal house of representative slot of Ogbomoso South, North and Oriire Federal constituency in Oyo state.













His agenda is to:

 

*>Restore Ogbomoso to the fore front of national politics via qualitative and vibrant representation of the constituency*


*>Quarterly reports and town hall meetings with the constituents*


*>Ensuring that the constituency projects are excecuted as at when due*


*Promote grassroots education and grassroots sports*


*Agricultural support programs that increase farmer's food production and attract more profit.*


*Mobilize youth to have their own voice in the digital economy via blockchain technology.*


*Sponsors of bills that will bring about security of lives and properties, promoting economy recovery and growth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.*


*Working towards building Ideologically based political party is an integral part of my agenda as it has become paramount to build a formidable pro Nigerian party other than the current prevalent ruling and aclaimed corrupt country rulling and opposition parties.*


Ogbomoso is our home, its suppose to be comfortable for everyone of us, her development is Paramount to us. Let us together restore Ogbomoso's glory . God bless us

PHOTOS: Tinubu absent as 2023 Presidential candidates sign peace pact

PHOTOS: Tinubu absent as 2023 Presidential candidates sign peace pact


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was absent on Thursday as the presidential candidates of other political parties were physically present for the signing of the now-customary peace pact ahead of the 2023 presidential election.


However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing.


Credit: Twitter | MrBanksOmishore


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was absent on Thursday as the presidential candidates of other political parties were physically present for the signing of the now-customary peace pact ahead of the 2023 presidential election.


However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing.


Credit: Twitter | MrBanksOmishore

#2023Election: We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage, Peter Obi says in Jos

#2023Election: We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage, Peter Obi says in Jos

 Mr. Peter Obi Remarks at a rally in Jos, Plateau State. 


My fellow Nigerians and OBIdients, I join you today as we mark the formal start of the 2023 campaign season.  We must all reflect on the journey we are embarking upon.  We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage.


As we head into her next presidential elections in 2023; we aim to canvass for electoral legitimacy, as means to governance legitimacy. So we must do three things urgently


We must pray for peaceful and successful elections; for the turnaround of our country and for the security of the members of the OBIdient Family and every participant including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC throughout the duration of the exercise


We must summon up courage. The courage to stand up for what is right; to make the much needed sacrifices and ultimately, to rescue our country from those who have perfected State Capture







We must recommit ourselves to an issues-based campaign. Let us pray for a peaceful and issue-based campaign that will eventually lead to God's desire for a president that will be best suitable for our great country moving forward.


The Obi-Datti administration represents, the HOPE, AND PROMISE for a united, secure and productive Nigeria and a transformative leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment.  These 4Cs,are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around.


As a President elected by all Nigerians,

Plateau state will not only host several potato chips processing companies, which will create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, but other parts of the North will be dotted with several agro-processing industries


I promise Nigeria’s equal opportunities in all sectors, improved power generation, practical war against insecurity and other forms of criminality, access to education and an end to endless unfulfilled promises







Our administration will ensure that Nigerians are fully protected in their homesteads: and that their lives, properties and means of livelihood will always be secured. That, after all, is the Primary Responsibility of government


We have no other country but Nigeria and we must learn to respect each other, tolerate and do things accordingly in order to create an atmosphere that will usher in unity, progress and the greatness we were destined for from inception.


God Almighty has blessed Nigeria. It is our job to make this country flourish once again, to regain her pride and to be a nation, where no one is oppressed. Thank you all. God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 Mr. Peter Obi Remarks at a rally in Jos, Plateau State. 


My fellow Nigerians and OBIdients, I join you today as we mark the formal start of the 2023 campaign season.  We must all reflect on the journey we are embarking upon.  We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage.


As we head into her next presidential elections in 2023; we aim to canvass for electoral legitimacy, as means to governance legitimacy. So we must do three things urgently


We must pray for peaceful and successful elections; for the turnaround of our country and for the security of the members of the OBIdient Family and every participant including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC throughout the duration of the exercise


We must summon up courage. The courage to stand up for what is right; to make the much needed sacrifices and ultimately, to rescue our country from those who have perfected State Capture







We must recommit ourselves to an issues-based campaign. Let us pray for a peaceful and issue-based campaign that will eventually lead to God's desire for a president that will be best suitable for our great country moving forward.


The Obi-Datti administration represents, the HOPE, AND PROMISE for a united, secure and productive Nigeria and a transformative leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment.  These 4Cs,are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around.


As a President elected by all Nigerians,

Plateau state will not only host several potato chips processing companies, which will create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, but other parts of the North will be dotted with several agro-processing industries


I promise Nigeria’s equal opportunities in all sectors, improved power generation, practical war against insecurity and other forms of criminality, access to education and an end to endless unfulfilled promises







Our administration will ensure that Nigerians are fully protected in their homesteads: and that their lives, properties and means of livelihood will always be secured. That, after all, is the Primary Responsibility of government


We have no other country but Nigeria and we must learn to respect each other, tolerate and do things accordingly in order to create an atmosphere that will usher in unity, progress and the greatness we were destined for from inception.


God Almighty has blessed Nigeria. It is our job to make this country flourish once again, to regain her pride and to be a nation, where no one is oppressed. Thank you all. God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dear Obidients you can March and hold your rally anywhere of your choice in LAGOS, says the Court

Dear Obidients you can March and hold your rally anywhere of your choice in LAGOS, says the Court

 







On Wednesday, the suit against OBIdient's rally in Lagos coming up on the 1st of October, 2022, came up for hearing .


 The court objected to the applicant's application to stop the OBIdient's rally coming up on Saturday, the 1st October 2022. The court ruled that we can hold our procession anywhere in the state, and we can march from Lekki pass through the the Lekki Toll gate and to any destination of our choice. 

It is a resounding victory. Our legal team was ably led by Alex Ejiseme SAN standing at my left. On white native, is Architect Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour the Labour Party's governorship aspirant in Lagos State. 

The matter was adjourned to 4th of November to hear the substantive suit. 

Here is the photograph of our Legal team in court today. 


Dear, OBIdients go out and march, victory is ours!


#peterobi4president2023

 







On Wednesday, the suit against OBIdient's rally in Lagos coming up on the 1st of October, 2022, came up for hearing .


 The court objected to the applicant's application to stop the OBIdient's rally coming up on Saturday, the 1st October 2022. The court ruled that we can hold our procession anywhere in the state, and we can march from Lekki pass through the the Lekki Toll gate and to any destination of our choice. 

It is a resounding victory. Our legal team was ably led by Alex Ejiseme SAN standing at my left. On white native, is Architect Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour the Labour Party's governorship aspirant in Lagos State. 

The matter was adjourned to 4th of November to hear the substantive suit. 

Here is the photograph of our Legal team in court today. 


Dear, OBIdients go out and march, victory is ours!


#peterobi4president2023

PHOTOS : Peter Obi in Ile Ife, Osun State

PHOTOS : Peter Obi in Ile Ife, Osun State

 



 



Is this your price? why you must reject APC

Is this your price? why you must reject APC

 *FACTS ABOUT NIGERIA UNDER APC: (Part 1)*





When they failed
 to deliver on
electoral promises!


1. 2nd Most Terrorized Nation in the world.


2. World Poverty Capital.


3. 22M out of school children. 


4. 53.40% youth unemployment.


5. ASUU Strike.


6. Twitter ban


7. Crypto ban.


8. Silly and unintelligent boarder closure.


9. Naira at N710/$ and heading to be N1k/$.


10. Oil theft at the highest level since discover with Government agencies pointing fingers at each other. 


11. Unprecedented borrowing. Highest in the history of Nigeria. 


22. Fraudulent subsidy payments, breaking any previous records. 


23. Billions spent on unproductive refineries yearly. 


24. Unprecedented corruption. 


25. Lack of transparency in governance. 


26. N20 trillion Ways & Means or CBN’s reckless printing of money. 


27. Lowest FDI in recent years.


28. Terrorism, mass abductions, kidnapping & UGM.


29. Terrible roads, with FERMA dead. 


30. Poor power generation, with highest number of national grid collapse in recent years. 


31. Lies and propaganda raised to the level of policy of state. 


32. Conniving and toothless National Assembly.


33. Compromised Judiciary.

34. Fraudulent school feeding program


35. Fraudulent deworming program


36. Conditional cash transfer fraud


37. Over $500m NTA digital switch fraud. (NTA will be better than CNN- we still dey wait)


38. Worse inflation rate (20.52%) in 17yrs


39. Connivance with Boko Haram terrorists to invade correctional facility in Kuje where senior Boko Haram members were freed.


40. Fake Rice Pyramid in Abuja filled with unprocessed/unmilled rice.


41. Ogoni clean up scam.


Oya APC followers come and defend all these. Una better open eyes

 *FACTS ABOUT NIGERIA UNDER APC: (Part 1)*





When they failed
 to deliver on
electoral promises!


1. 2nd Most Terrorized Nation in the world.


2. World Poverty Capital.


3. 22M out of school children. 


4. 53.40% youth unemployment.


5. ASUU Strike.


6. Twitter ban


7. Crypto ban.


8. Silly and unintelligent boarder closure.


9. Naira at N710/$ and heading to be N1k/$.


10. Oil theft at the highest level since discover with Government agencies pointing fingers at each other. 


11. Unprecedented borrowing. Highest in the history of Nigeria. 


22. Fraudulent subsidy payments, breaking any previous records. 


23. Billions spent on unproductive refineries yearly. 


24. Unprecedented corruption. 


25. Lack of transparency in governance. 


26. N20 trillion Ways & Means or CBN’s reckless printing of money. 


27. Lowest FDI in recent years.


28. Terrorism, mass abductions, kidnapping & UGM.


29. Terrible roads, with FERMA dead. 


30. Poor power generation, with highest number of national grid collapse in recent years. 


31. Lies and propaganda raised to the level of policy of state. 


32. Conniving and toothless National Assembly.


33. Compromised Judiciary.

34. Fraudulent school feeding program


35. Fraudulent deworming program


36. Conditional cash transfer fraud


37. Over $500m NTA digital switch fraud. (NTA will be better than CNN- we still dey wait)


38. Worse inflation rate (20.52%) in 17yrs


39. Connivance with Boko Haram terrorists to invade correctional facility in Kuje where senior Boko Haram members were freed.


40. Fake Rice Pyramid in Abuja filled with unprocessed/unmilled rice.


41. Ogoni clean up scam.


Oya APC followers come and defend all these. Una better open eyes

YORUBA land for Labour Party as Afenifere Reiterate support for Peter Obi

YORUBA land for Labour Party as Afenifere Reiterate support for Peter Obi

PRESS CONFERENCE BY CHIEF AYO ADEBANJO, LEADER OF AFENIFERE, ON THE 26TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2022, 11:00AM,

AT WHEATBAKER HOTEL, IKOYI, LAGOS STATE.

 

WHY AFENIFERE SUPPORTS SOUTH EAST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR 2023 PRESIDENCY.

Before the political parties conducted their primaries, a journalist asked what is my view about the 2023 general election? I answered and said the country should be restructured before the general election, and he followed up by asking if there should be an election, which zone should the Presidency come from? And I unhesitatingly said, of course, the South East





À profile picture


After the primaries and the candidates emerge with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from the South West, APC, Atiku Abubakar on the platform of PDP and Peter Obi on the platform of Labour Party and I announced Afenifere’s support for Peter Obi, not a few Yoruba leaders question why I should be supporting Peter Obi a candidate of Igbo extraction against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a Yoruba.

I took my time to explain that the presidency is not a contest between the Yorubas and the Igbos and to a large extent I was able to convince many.  

But ever since social media has been filled with comments tending to ethnicize the campaign instead of making it issue-based.

Afenifere has therefore decided to address you today and through you educate the public on the ideological and equitable principles which have influenced our decision.

Let me state here for the benefit of those who may not know that Afenifere is the Yoruba interpretation of the social welfarist ideology of Action Group, a political party founded by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his colleagues in 1951 with strong advocacy for federalism as the best form of government to give the federating units the requisite autonomy to thrive and peacefully compete among themselves for the ultimate development of Nigeria.

The system was eventually agreed to by our founding fathers, Sir Ahmad Bello, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and endorsed by the Colonial Secretary, Sir Oliver Littleton in 1954 and embodied in the 1960 independence constitution. 

This is the modest contribution of Afenifere in shaping Nigeria into a federation where no person or ethnic nationality is oppressed.

In the countdown to the 2023 General elections, long before the parties conducted their Conventions to elect their National Executives and candidates, we had insisted and still advocate restructuring before the elections proposing a synthesis of the identical Resolutions of the 2014 National Conference and the APC El Rufai 2018 True Federalism Committee. We did this as Afenifere and on the wider spectrum of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF). We did this, when politicians, in spite of the monumental crises confronting the nation, carried on as if the attainment of power was all that mattered, the SMBLF unanimously proposed that the minimum condition for a peaceful transition from the disastrous 8years of Buhari’s government headed by a President of northern extraction was to have the next President from the South.

This position was also supported by all the southern governors, irrespective of their political parties at a meeting held in Asaba, Delta State.

 Incidentally, this North/South consideration which is at the very root of our amalgamated federation is also the most important testament of all political parties in Nigeria. The principle of federal character enshrined in the constitution dictates that the government of the federation or any part thereof shall not be concentrated in any ethnic group or a combination of such groups.

 It is therefore preposterous to adopt this principle for employment in public service admissions in educational institutions, political appointment, the composition of the executive committee of a political party only to jettison it in the most important question of rulership of the federation.

In this quest for peace, based on equity and inclusiveness, the Yoruba took the first turn at the zoning arrangement in 1999, and that led to the emergence of Chief Obasanjo, the current Vice President is a Yoruba man and equity forbids us for presuming to support another Yoruba person for the presidency in 2023. The current President is a Fulani from the Northwest and by virtue of the zoning arrangement that has governed Nigeria since 1999, power is supposed to return to the south imminently. The southwest as I have pointed out has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-South has spent a total of 6years in the Presidency, but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.

We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalize and exclude them from the power dynamic. 

Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and to back, he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office. 

We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a frontline candidate. 

It is on this same principle, we condemn the PDP for sponsoring Atiku Abubakar, a Northern Fulani Muslim to succeed General Muhammadu Buhari another Fulani Muslim who will soon complete 8 years of uneventful and disastrous rule. One can imagine such a high degree of political insensitivity.

On our part, we are certainly not alien to sacrificing personal interests in the quest for a National coalition to put Nigeria on the proper pedestal.

In this regard, the starting point is Southern solidarity for which we first enacted a handshake across the Niger, which had dovetailed to the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum. We enjoin the labour movement, students, youth organisations, women associations, and every institution whose foundation is built on fairness and justice to join hands in this task of enthroning a democratic government by supporting Peter Obi. If we are sincere and honest about keeping Nigeria together in peace, the slogan henceforth should be 

‘To keep Nigeria one, everyone should be Obi/Datti compliant.’

In the final analysis, let it be said that we have no apologies but due courage of our conviction that Nigeria can only prosper in righteousness.

For me, in the twilight of my sojourn on earth at 94, it is too late to derail me on the track of true federalism and National inclusiveness on which I have travelled for over 70 years of my life as one of the few surviving initial prophets, I prefer to ascend on a chariot of fire, fueled by justice and equity.

Thank you all                                     

And may the good Lord bless Nigeria

 

Signed

CHIEF AYO ADEBANJO

Leader of Afenifere

PRESS CONFERENCE BY CHIEF AYO ADEBANJO, LEADER OF AFENIFERE, ON THE 26TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2022, 11:00AM,

AT WHEATBAKER HOTEL, IKOYI, LAGOS STATE.

 

WHY AFENIFERE SUPPORTS SOUTH EAST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR 2023 PRESIDENCY.

Before the political parties conducted their primaries, a journalist asked what is my view about the 2023 general election? I answered and said the country should be restructured before the general election, and he followed up by asking if there should be an election, which zone should the Presidency come from? And I unhesitatingly said, of course, the South East





À profile picture


After the primaries and the candidates emerge with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from the South West, APC, Atiku Abubakar on the platform of PDP and Peter Obi on the platform of Labour Party and I announced Afenifere’s support for Peter Obi, not a few Yoruba leaders question why I should be supporting Peter Obi a candidate of Igbo extraction against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a Yoruba.

I took my time to explain that the presidency is not a contest between the Yorubas and the Igbos and to a large extent I was able to convince many.  

But ever since social media has been filled with comments tending to ethnicize the campaign instead of making it issue-based.

Afenifere has therefore decided to address you today and through you educate the public on the ideological and equitable principles which have influenced our decision.

Let me state here for the benefit of those who may not know that Afenifere is the Yoruba interpretation of the social welfarist ideology of Action Group, a political party founded by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his colleagues in 1951 with strong advocacy for federalism as the best form of government to give the federating units the requisite autonomy to thrive and peacefully compete among themselves for the ultimate development of Nigeria.

The system was eventually agreed to by our founding fathers, Sir Ahmad Bello, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and endorsed by the Colonial Secretary, Sir Oliver Littleton in 1954 and embodied in the 1960 independence constitution. 

This is the modest contribution of Afenifere in shaping Nigeria into a federation where no person or ethnic nationality is oppressed.

In the countdown to the 2023 General elections, long before the parties conducted their Conventions to elect their National Executives and candidates, we had insisted and still advocate restructuring before the elections proposing a synthesis of the identical Resolutions of the 2014 National Conference and the APC El Rufai 2018 True Federalism Committee. We did this as Afenifere and on the wider spectrum of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF). We did this, when politicians, in spite of the monumental crises confronting the nation, carried on as if the attainment of power was all that mattered, the SMBLF unanimously proposed that the minimum condition for a peaceful transition from the disastrous 8years of Buhari’s government headed by a President of northern extraction was to have the next President from the South.

This position was also supported by all the southern governors, irrespective of their political parties at a meeting held in Asaba, Delta State.

 Incidentally, this North/South consideration which is at the very root of our amalgamated federation is also the most important testament of all political parties in Nigeria. The principle of federal character enshrined in the constitution dictates that the government of the federation or any part thereof shall not be concentrated in any ethnic group or a combination of such groups.

 It is therefore preposterous to adopt this principle for employment in public service admissions in educational institutions, political appointment, the composition of the executive committee of a political party only to jettison it in the most important question of rulership of the federation.

In this quest for peace, based on equity and inclusiveness, the Yoruba took the first turn at the zoning arrangement in 1999, and that led to the emergence of Chief Obasanjo, the current Vice President is a Yoruba man and equity forbids us for presuming to support another Yoruba person for the presidency in 2023. The current President is a Fulani from the Northwest and by virtue of the zoning arrangement that has governed Nigeria since 1999, power is supposed to return to the south imminently. The southwest as I have pointed out has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-South has spent a total of 6years in the Presidency, but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.

We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalize and exclude them from the power dynamic. 

Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and to back, he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office. 

We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a frontline candidate. 

It is on this same principle, we condemn the PDP for sponsoring Atiku Abubakar, a Northern Fulani Muslim to succeed General Muhammadu Buhari another Fulani Muslim who will soon complete 8 years of uneventful and disastrous rule. One can imagine such a high degree of political insensitivity.

On our part, we are certainly not alien to sacrificing personal interests in the quest for a National coalition to put Nigeria on the proper pedestal.

In this regard, the starting point is Southern solidarity for which we first enacted a handshake across the Niger, which had dovetailed to the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum. We enjoin the labour movement, students, youth organisations, women associations, and every institution whose foundation is built on fairness and justice to join hands in this task of enthroning a democratic government by supporting Peter Obi. If we are sincere and honest about keeping Nigeria together in peace, the slogan henceforth should be 

‘To keep Nigeria one, everyone should be Obi/Datti compliant.’

In the final analysis, let it be said that we have no apologies but due courage of our conviction that Nigeria can only prosper in righteousness.

For me, in the twilight of my sojourn on earth at 94, it is too late to derail me on the track of true federalism and National inclusiveness on which I have travelled for over 70 years of my life as one of the few surviving initial prophets, I prefer to ascend on a chariot of fire, fueled by justice and equity.

Thank you all                                     

And may the good Lord bless Nigeria

 

Signed

CHIEF AYO ADEBANJO

Leader of Afenifere

2023 - Obicracy is the way

2023 - Obicracy is the way








We are tired of the old system. We are tired of the establishment and its men, which Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu are one and the same, among others. Remember, they foisted the current perfidy in Aso Rock on us. Any mistake, including INEC rigging to bring any of the two in, will perpetrate the perfidy for another 4 years. Remember, as establishment men, they both have vested interests and enormous structures to oiled and assuage. To start with, we have just learned through Wike that Atiku Abubakar invested N1billion in PDP National Chairman to get nominated. This investment will have to be recouped. We need a total breakaway from them.

 Obicracy is the way

Abuja rally










We are tired of the old system. We are tired of the establishment and its men, which Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu are one and the same, among others. Remember, they foisted the current perfidy in Aso Rock on us. Any mistake, including INEC rigging to bring any of the two in, will perpetrate the perfidy for another 4 years. Remember, as establishment men, they both have vested interests and enormous structures to oiled and assuage. To start with, we have just learned through Wike that Atiku Abubakar invested N1billion in PDP National Chairman to get nominated. This investment will have to be recouped. We need a total breakaway from them.

 Obicracy is the way

Abuja rally



Meet The Church: Dogara hits APC, says Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail

Meet The Church: Dogara hits APC, says Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail


Dogara


The adoption Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presential election is a fruitless political effort that has been doomed to end in spectacular failure, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara predicted on Tuesday.


He also took to cleaners the insistence by the presidential candidate of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on presenting Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, despite a national outcry.


Dogara expressed his views in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition with the theme: ‘The role of the church in nation-building’.


He said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavor is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization


“I am so elated that today’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.


“In a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and visions, the APC adopted a same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood.”


According to him, long before the adoption of the same faith ticket, the church had warned against it through the Christian Association of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat, ECWA and so many other Christian organisations.


Dogara said, “These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.


“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light.


“It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter. To this end, it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation-building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed in nation-building were destroyed by elite complacency.”


The former Speaker also called on Christians to resist the temptation to waste their votes in the 2023 general elections.


“Every Christian knows that our God does not tolerate waste. It is unchristian for the church to waste anything given to us from above as we own nothing except what is given to us from above.


“I have gone to great lengths to demonstrate that the church must not waste its votes or sow same on unproductive grounds.


“Every Christian must see his vote as talents given to him by God to trade with and as seeds that must not be wasted.


“The only way we can build a nation out of Nigeria is by doing the right things. A united, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria is possible if we go to work. We can start building that Nigeria of our dreams if we don’t waste our votes in the next election circle”, he said.


At the event, the convener of NNCC, Apostle Titilope Oluwadare, regretted that the church at present is playing a mere reactionary part in Nigeria’s political process.


She said that in every great nation the main stakeholders engage and negotiate power, positions and policies.


Oluwadare said it was time for Christians to understand that until the church engages and brings forth her interests and drives them into ideas and fashions out political strategies, the system will not be sanitised.


“Therefore, we may continue in the circle retrogression in the nation and the situation continues to deteriorate even further,” she said.


The Vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Senator Uche Ekwunife, told religious organisations and groups to show interest in engaging not just a political class, but the three arms of government as major stakeholders in Nigeria projects, especially on sensitive national issues.


He explained that by doing so, a lot more would be achieved in nation-building.


Okowa said although it might seem long overdue, Christians should navigate their way into the process of leadership in Nigeria.


He explained that Nigerians were tired of politicians who chant the problems bedeviling the nation but lack concrete solutions to the challenges.


“We know the challenges. We don’t want people to come and tell us our challenges. We want people to tell us the solutions to our problems because our problems and tomorrow’s anybody engaging your political platform”, he said.


Dogara


The adoption Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presential election is a fruitless political effort that has been doomed to end in spectacular failure, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara predicted on Tuesday.


He also took to cleaners the insistence by the presidential candidate of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on presenting Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, despite a national outcry.


Dogara expressed his views in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition with the theme: ‘The role of the church in nation-building’.


He said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavor is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization


“I am so elated that today’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.


“In a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and visions, the APC adopted a same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood.”


According to him, long before the adoption of the same faith ticket, the church had warned against it through the Christian Association of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat, ECWA and so many other Christian organisations.


Dogara said, “These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.


“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light.


“It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter. To this end, it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation-building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed in nation-building were destroyed by elite complacency.”


The former Speaker also called on Christians to resist the temptation to waste their votes in the 2023 general elections.


“Every Christian knows that our God does not tolerate waste. It is unchristian for the church to waste anything given to us from above as we own nothing except what is given to us from above.


“I have gone to great lengths to demonstrate that the church must not waste its votes or sow same on unproductive grounds.


“Every Christian must see his vote as talents given to him by God to trade with and as seeds that must not be wasted.


“The only way we can build a nation out of Nigeria is by doing the right things. A united, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria is possible if we go to work. We can start building that Nigeria of our dreams if we don’t waste our votes in the next election circle”, he said.


At the event, the convener of NNCC, Apostle Titilope Oluwadare, regretted that the church at present is playing a mere reactionary part in Nigeria’s political process.


She said that in every great nation the main stakeholders engage and negotiate power, positions and policies.


Oluwadare said it was time for Christians to understand that until the church engages and brings forth her interests and drives them into ideas and fashions out political strategies, the system will not be sanitised.


“Therefore, we may continue in the circle retrogression in the nation and the situation continues to deteriorate even further,” she said.


The Vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Senator Uche Ekwunife, told religious organisations and groups to show interest in engaging not just a political class, but the three arms of government as major stakeholders in Nigeria projects, especially on sensitive national issues.


He explained that by doing so, a lot more would be achieved in nation-building.


Okowa said although it might seem long overdue, Christians should navigate their way into the process of leadership in Nigeria.


He explained that Nigerians were tired of politicians who chant the problems bedeviling the nation but lack concrete solutions to the challenges.


“We know the challenges. We don’t want people to come and tell us our challenges. We want people to tell us the solutions to our problems because our problems and tomorrow’s anybody engaging your political platform”, he said.

Tinubu no longer in the race: THE DANGER OF PLAYING ETHNICS, REGIONAL OR RELIGIONS POLITICS IN NIGERIA (Part 1)

Tinubu no longer in the race: THE DANGER OF PLAYING ETHNICS, REGIONAL OR RELIGIONS POLITICS IN NIGERIA (Part 1)


    Countdown to 2023 General election, Some magic and mysterious event would come to reality. Few of us foreseen those things and we are not silent about it,  But don't say we don't warned you.                        

             The enemies of Nigeria state and her God given potentials have their Plan A,B, and C. to get to the sit of power. TINUBU refusal to step down for the Younger  candidates like PYO and co is an act of selling the Yoruba's and the entire nation to Fulanis.

We are not prophets but God helped  some of us to know their evil plans, and we would be informing you about their next line of actions,  we are not going to be  silent about it. 

         


 Bearly two months after our very own, Baba Asiwaju  Bola Ahmed Tinubu Struggled to buy his way to the Villa with his lifelong Ambition, he has been sidelined just as we predicted. he is very much aware of the Northern Fulani agender but He was solely relying on his Initial and Known political Strategies to climb the sit of power,Ignoring the fact that Northern Fulani want to Dominate Nigeria just as they succeeded in Iloring,Northern Nigeria and some other West African states.

From fake Bishops at Shettima unveiling, to Shettima representing BAT at the NBA conference and Down to this Movement, BAT has being override by The Northern forces on account of his age and Health conditions.

            Just the way PMB was silent and made to act their scripts, BAT has not been Elected but has been systematically  substituted and replaced by This Bokoharam  commander (Shettima)  in the name of Representation. 

They even plan to Rig this coming election but certainly not for BAT for the Fulanis/Terrorist.

Fellow Nigerian People, wake from your slumber, get your PVC, should there be any Election in 2023, This Bokoharam Comnander must be stopped by all mean.

            "TINUBU IS NO LONGER IN THE RACE" I stands to be Quoted anywhere.

            Incase you are still hiding and Queueing behind Yoruba,Hausa or Igbo political Theories and Religion sentiment, am here to tell you that you are one of the ignorants ana potential victims of Ignorance and unforeseen circumstances. You may need to run to your village for safety when the time comes but unfortunately, Killer herdsmen are now everywhere whether North ,south or West and their  Attacks on innocent People are most likely to start from the village that you intend to run to and if after all our Efforts, struggle to expose these wicked to people and you still go ahead and vote Shettima in place of Jagaban, God will not allow you and your family to excape the Consequences of your action or inaction, Your visa would be Rejected by the foreign country. and all of us would be here to witness the outcome.   

Don't say we didn't Tell you.

BAT is no longer in the Race to the Villa. 

Everything about his Ambition is now shrouded in Secrecy. 

#OBIdient


    Countdown to 2023 General election, Some magic and mysterious event would come to reality. Few of us foreseen those things and we are not silent about it,  But don't say we don't warned you.                        

             The enemies of Nigeria state and her God given potentials have their Plan A,B, and C. to get to the sit of power. TINUBU refusal to step down for the Younger  candidates like PYO and co is an act of selling the Yoruba's and the entire nation to Fulanis.

We are not prophets but God helped  some of us to know their evil plans, and we would be informing you about their next line of actions,  we are not going to be  silent about it. 

         


 Bearly two months after our very own, Baba Asiwaju  Bola Ahmed Tinubu Struggled to buy his way to the Villa with his lifelong Ambition, he has been sidelined just as we predicted. he is very much aware of the Northern Fulani agender but He was solely relying on his Initial and Known political Strategies to climb the sit of power,Ignoring the fact that Northern Fulani want to Dominate Nigeria just as they succeeded in Iloring,Northern Nigeria and some other West African states.

From fake Bishops at Shettima unveiling, to Shettima representing BAT at the NBA conference and Down to this Movement, BAT has being override by The Northern forces on account of his age and Health conditions.

            Just the way PMB was silent and made to act their scripts, BAT has not been Elected but has been systematically  substituted and replaced by This Bokoharam  commander (Shettima)  in the name of Representation. 

They even plan to Rig this coming election but certainly not for BAT for the Fulanis/Terrorist.

Fellow Nigerian People, wake from your slumber, get your PVC, should there be any Election in 2023, This Bokoharam Comnander must be stopped by all mean.

            "TINUBU IS NO LONGER IN THE RACE" I stands to be Quoted anywhere.

            Incase you are still hiding and Queueing behind Yoruba,Hausa or Igbo political Theories and Religion sentiment, am here to tell you that you are one of the ignorants ana potential victims of Ignorance and unforeseen circumstances. You may need to run to your village for safety when the time comes but unfortunately, Killer herdsmen are now everywhere whether North ,south or West and their  Attacks on innocent People are most likely to start from the village that you intend to run to and if after all our Efforts, struggle to expose these wicked to people and you still go ahead and vote Shettima in place of Jagaban, God will not allow you and your family to excape the Consequences of your action or inaction, Your visa would be Rejected by the foreign country. and all of us would be here to witness the outcome.   

Don't say we didn't Tell you.

BAT is no longer in the Race to the Villa. 

Everything about his Ambition is now shrouded in Secrecy. 

#OBIdient

(VIDEO) Labour Party, pick the power from the streets now- Falana

(VIDEO) Labour Party, pick the power from the streets now- Falana


Femi Falana (SAN) speaking at the
@NgLabour party National Retreat, Abuja
 he also, met with the incoming President
H.E @PeterObi. #PeterObi4President2023




Femi Falana (SAN) speaking at the
@NgLabour party National Retreat, Abuja
 he also, met with the incoming President
H.E @PeterObi. #PeterObi4President2023



APC: "WHO ARE THESE OBIDIENTS?

APC: "WHO ARE THESE OBIDIENTS?

 FFK AT HIS CEREBRAL BEST! Lucid, insightful, and instructive.


(Pls don't read if you are impatient with long essays and hasty in judgement) 


Let me make this clear from the outset. I am a member of the APC and a supporter of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. 


This contribution does not in any way derogate from that and my analysis is more of an academic and intellectual exercise than anything else. 


I am NOT a supporter of Peter Obi and I have NO intention of becoming one. I am however interested on what his supporters represent and stand for and that is the subject of this essay. 


They are worthy of my attention only because their rise and relevance in the political configuration of our nation, just in a matter of weeks, is meteoric and phenomenal. 



In order to counter and defeat them or to keep them in their place we must at least attempt to understand them and figure out how their minds work. 


The following are my findings. 


Those that are the supporters of Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, are known as 'Obidients' and they are EVERYWHERE. 


Those of us in the larger political parties like the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, treat them with contempt and ignore them at our own peril. 


The truth is that they are far more dangerous to our collective cause as a ruling class than many of us can possibly conceive or appreciate. 


Only the discerning can appreciate this and know precisely where this whole thing may be heading. 


They may not have structures or elected representatives in the legislative and executive arms of Government but they have IDEAS and VISION coupled with a clear ideological and philosophical bent which can and will  endure for far longer than mere political platforms and structures. 


Unknown to them as well as virtually everyone else, therein lies their power. As they say, an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped. 


Long after we are all gone they will still be here because structures and political alliances rarely endure but IDEAS and VISION last forever. 


Again they will outlive and outlast us all because they are not a political party in the true sense of the word but rather a growing national movement which scales and spreads across ethnic, religious, political and regional lines and traditional boundaries. 


They also represent a generational and paradigm shift which is increasingly attractive to many and they are bound tightly together by a common purpose, common cause and common objective: namely to rid Nigeria of the old order and usher in the new. 


That is really what they want to do and that is the primary and strongest source of their inspiration and motivation. 


They are far more dangerous to what the French describe as the 'Ancien Regime', the old political class and the entire system itself than anything we have ever seen before because most of them, bar their leader and a small handful of political tried and tested veterans and old war horses around him, are NOT politicians and have never ventured anywhere near the political arena or the circles of power. 


In the main they are an innovatively aggressive and frightful array and association of angry and determined young men and women who clearly have the courage of their convictions coupled with the audacity, fury, daring, rage and firm resolve of those that were involved in the Endsars protesters and the fiery footsoldiers that effected  the 1917 Russian Bolshevik revolution led by Vladimir Iliyich Lenin. 


There is also something Rawlingesque and intimidating about them. 


That is to say they are like the late, great and mighty son of Africa and leader of Ghana, President Jerry Rawlings, who also led a successful revolution in his country in 1979 and who, on his second coming in 1981 when he toppled yet another Government said, "if there is no justice there can be no peace!"


That is the spirit that is in the Obidients and that is what moves them. 


Yet though they do not like to hear it their chances of winning the presidential election next year, short of a miracle, are very slim and deep down they all know it even if they refuse to publicly acknowledge it.


Despite that they are determined to fight to the end, hope for the best, work hard and give it their best shot and, of course, therein lies their victory. 


In this game courage is the key. As they say, 'he who dares wins'. Again as they say, 'fortune favours the bold' and these young people are both daring and bold. 


That they can challenge the status quo and vie for the sacred and awesome power that has been shared by the two major political parties or their ancestral variants over the last 62 years is commendable in itself. I am not part of them but I certainly commend and applaud their efforts. 


They too have a right to fight for their rights and future and to be heard. They too have a dream and a story to tell and we must never begrudge them that. 


Yet if the truth be told they are not only interested in winning an election but, perhaps even more importantly, they are interested in making a profound and defiant statement, registering their protest against the status qou and the powers that be and triggering and engendering a full scale, comprehensive and all-embracing social, cultural and political revolution. 


They want a real and fundamental change and not a fake one. They want to pull the whole house and system down with everyone in it and rebuild a new one in their own image, with their own values and on their own terms. 


Most important of all they want to see the back of those of us that are in any way associated with the old order or that have been in Government or the corridors of power at ANY point in time over the last 62 years. 


That desire and sentiment is the force that is driving and propelling them and that is kindling their fire and swelling their ranks.  


They are like the Robspiers and the Marats of the bloody French revolution between 1789 and 1799 whose battle cry was "liberty, equality and fraternity", who brought an end to the French monarchy, Royal family and nobility, chopped off their heads and established a proud and strong new order and proud Republic. 


Like Robspier's tiny cabal of French revolutionaries they are led by a small cell of intellectual and idealistic hardliners and are bolstered, girded and supported by a volatile, massive and increasingly dangerous support group and power base who threaten violence and hurl insults at their perceived detractors at the drop of a hat and as a consequence of years of pent up anger and frustration. 


If they ever get power many heads will role and many of today's and yesterday's leaders will run into exile or go into hiding. 


This is especially so of those who have something to hide or who have skeletons in their cupboards. 


That is what makes them so threatening and I repeat, those of us that are in the larger political parties or that are members of the existing and ancient ruling class underestimate them, ignore them and display disdain for their firm resolve and rising anger at our own peril. 


Most of my political associates, friends and colleagues across party lines tend to dismiss them with contempt. 


They regard them as being inconsequential and argue that they only exist on social media. I beg to differ. I see them in the streets and I see them in the Churches. 


I see them amongst my staff and amongst those that regard themselves as being amongst the oppressed and downtrodden.i see them amongst the professionals and those thst are bankers, lawyers, doctors and artists. 


 I see them in the North, West, East and South. I see them everywhere and not only on social media. 


I see them as being a very powerful and potent rising force which, if properly managed, will develop into a major political power over the next few years with a strong ideological and electoral foundation and massive structures. 


That is the potential that they have and that is how dangerous they can be. 


The sooner those of us that are in the larger political parties get off our high horses, display a little humility,  try and understand their mindset, reach out to them, take them more seriously, appreciate their anger, restore their hope, make the necessary concessions and try and abate their rage and rising angst the better it will be for us all. 


They may not have today but if we do not play our cards right they may end up having tomorrow. 


May God help us all."

 FFK AT HIS CEREBRAL BEST! Lucid, insightful, and instructive.


(Pls don't read if you are impatient with long essays and hasty in judgement) 


Let me make this clear from the outset. I am a member of the APC and a supporter of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. 


This contribution does not in any way derogate from that and my analysis is more of an academic and intellectual exercise than anything else. 


I am NOT a supporter of Peter Obi and I have NO intention of becoming one. I am however interested on what his supporters represent and stand for and that is the subject of this essay. 


They are worthy of my attention only because their rise and relevance in the political configuration of our nation, just in a matter of weeks, is meteoric and phenomenal. 



In order to counter and defeat them or to keep them in their place we must at least attempt to understand them and figure out how their minds work. 


The following are my findings. 


Those that are the supporters of Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, are known as 'Obidients' and they are EVERYWHERE. 


Those of us in the larger political parties like the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, treat them with contempt and ignore them at our own peril. 


The truth is that they are far more dangerous to our collective cause as a ruling class than many of us can possibly conceive or appreciate. 


Only the discerning can appreciate this and know precisely where this whole thing may be heading. 


They may not have structures or elected representatives in the legislative and executive arms of Government but they have IDEAS and VISION coupled with a clear ideological and philosophical bent which can and will  endure for far longer than mere political platforms and structures. 


Unknown to them as well as virtually everyone else, therein lies their power. As they say, an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped. 


Long after we are all gone they will still be here because structures and political alliances rarely endure but IDEAS and VISION last forever. 


Again they will outlive and outlast us all because they are not a political party in the true sense of the word but rather a growing national movement which scales and spreads across ethnic, religious, political and regional lines and traditional boundaries. 


They also represent a generational and paradigm shift which is increasingly attractive to many and they are bound tightly together by a common purpose, common cause and common objective: namely to rid Nigeria of the old order and usher in the new. 


That is really what they want to do and that is the primary and strongest source of their inspiration and motivation. 


They are far more dangerous to what the French describe as the 'Ancien Regime', the old political class and the entire system itself than anything we have ever seen before because most of them, bar their leader and a small handful of political tried and tested veterans and old war horses around him, are NOT politicians and have never ventured anywhere near the political arena or the circles of power. 


In the main they are an innovatively aggressive and frightful array and association of angry and determined young men and women who clearly have the courage of their convictions coupled with the audacity, fury, daring, rage and firm resolve of those that were involved in the Endsars protesters and the fiery footsoldiers that effected  the 1917 Russian Bolshevik revolution led by Vladimir Iliyich Lenin. 


There is also something Rawlingesque and intimidating about them. 


That is to say they are like the late, great and mighty son of Africa and leader of Ghana, President Jerry Rawlings, who also led a successful revolution in his country in 1979 and who, on his second coming in 1981 when he toppled yet another Government said, "if there is no justice there can be no peace!"


That is the spirit that is in the Obidients and that is what moves them. 


Yet though they do not like to hear it their chances of winning the presidential election next year, short of a miracle, are very slim and deep down they all know it even if they refuse to publicly acknowledge it.


Despite that they are determined to fight to the end, hope for the best, work hard and give it their best shot and, of course, therein lies their victory. 


In this game courage is the key. As they say, 'he who dares wins'. Again as they say, 'fortune favours the bold' and these young people are both daring and bold. 


That they can challenge the status quo and vie for the sacred and awesome power that has been shared by the two major political parties or their ancestral variants over the last 62 years is commendable in itself. I am not part of them but I certainly commend and applaud their efforts. 


They too have a right to fight for their rights and future and to be heard. They too have a dream and a story to tell and we must never begrudge them that. 


Yet if the truth be told they are not only interested in winning an election but, perhaps even more importantly, they are interested in making a profound and defiant statement, registering their protest against the status qou and the powers that be and triggering and engendering a full scale, comprehensive and all-embracing social, cultural and political revolution. 


They want a real and fundamental change and not a fake one. They want to pull the whole house and system down with everyone in it and rebuild a new one in their own image, with their own values and on their own terms. 


Most important of all they want to see the back of those of us that are in any way associated with the old order or that have been in Government or the corridors of power at ANY point in time over the last 62 years. 


That desire and sentiment is the force that is driving and propelling them and that is kindling their fire and swelling their ranks.  


They are like the Robspiers and the Marats of the bloody French revolution between 1789 and 1799 whose battle cry was "liberty, equality and fraternity", who brought an end to the French monarchy, Royal family and nobility, chopped off their heads and established a proud and strong new order and proud Republic. 


Like Robspier's tiny cabal of French revolutionaries they are led by a small cell of intellectual and idealistic hardliners and are bolstered, girded and supported by a volatile, massive and increasingly dangerous support group and power base who threaten violence and hurl insults at their perceived detractors at the drop of a hat and as a consequence of years of pent up anger and frustration. 


If they ever get power many heads will role and many of today's and yesterday's leaders will run into exile or go into hiding. 


This is especially so of those who have something to hide or who have skeletons in their cupboards. 


That is what makes them so threatening and I repeat, those of us that are in the larger political parties or that are members of the existing and ancient ruling class underestimate them, ignore them and display disdain for their firm resolve and rising anger at our own peril. 


Most of my political associates, friends and colleagues across party lines tend to dismiss them with contempt. 


They regard them as being inconsequential and argue that they only exist on social media. I beg to differ. I see them in the streets and I see them in the Churches. 


I see them amongst my staff and amongst those that regard themselves as being amongst the oppressed and downtrodden.i see them amongst the professionals and those thst are bankers, lawyers, doctors and artists. 


 I see them in the North, West, East and South. I see them everywhere and not only on social media. 


I see them as being a very powerful and potent rising force which, if properly managed, will develop into a major political power over the next few years with a strong ideological and electoral foundation and massive structures. 


That is the potential that they have and that is how dangerous they can be. 


The sooner those of us that are in the larger political parties get off our high horses, display a little humility,  try and understand their mindset, reach out to them, take them more seriously, appreciate their anger, restore their hope, make the necessary concessions and try and abate their rage and rising angst the better it will be for us all. 


They may not have today but if we do not play our cards right they may end up having tomorrow. 


May God help us all."

Why Is the Ovation Loudest Wherever #PeterObi Appears?

Why Is the Ovation Loudest Wherever #PeterObi Appears?

By Fashe Olakunle


The question on people's lips today is, "Why is the ovation so loud wherever #PeterObi appears?"




Be it Church, weddings, airports, Bar Association and even market places? 


It is not because he is Obi, it is because for the first time Nigerians have seen a pathway to escape from the prison of our taskmasters. 


All tags on Obi could not hold. 


They tagged him structureless it did not hold, tagged him corrupt no evidence, tagged his followers violent it got no traction, tagged him IPOB it had no traction, tagged him importer of fake goods, it had no traction, they even sat together and created fake videos and WhatsApp groups to attack themselves and turn around to blame his followers, that too did not work. 


Desperate and evil men will stop at nothing! 


They think Obi is the problem, no, their albatross is the faceless Obedients. 


They attempted to change from electronic collation to manual with inec, they met a backlash and backed down, at the end, no tag on him has worked. 


Their biggest fear is not Obi, don’t be confused, Obi is a mere man, after all 


“Obi is a Boy”, their fear is the transformation of our freedom fighters into the #OBIdient movement. 


#OBIdient is an event whose time has come, it cannot be stopped. 


Again don’t mix it up, the target is not Atiku or Tinubu, it is a Class warfare. It is a battle between the “haves” and “have not” a battle between “ the rich vs the poor”, the bourgeoisie vs the proletariat. 


The target is opening the jailhouses of poverty, misery and joblessnesses among Nigerians, freeing the captives to, “Let my people go”.


They are scared poverty will be reduced and the poor will not be there to serve them and massage their ego again. 


They are scared the poor will be liberated to speak for themselves, they are scared a new Nigeria will advance the equitable distribution of goods and services, the bourgeoisie is scared of the rule of the proletariat and the common man. The fear is real! 


If they have a way to round up all #OBIdients and lock them up under the pretense of Revolution, they would have done this long ago, unfortunately we are playing the game using a play book they designed themselves. 


If you are a young man or woman, join the team of freedom fighters, don’t align with our oppressors. 


Let your children tomorrow grow up to know you were part of the “new Nigeria” and you played a positive role. 


It is now or never, the Obedients are here to stay. No tag will stick except the tag of, “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!"

{Honest Arena}

By Fashe Olakunle


The question on people's lips today is, "Why is the ovation so loud wherever #PeterObi appears?"




Be it Church, weddings, airports, Bar Association and even market places? 


It is not because he is Obi, it is because for the first time Nigerians have seen a pathway to escape from the prison of our taskmasters. 


All tags on Obi could not hold. 


They tagged him structureless it did not hold, tagged him corrupt no evidence, tagged his followers violent it got no traction, tagged him IPOB it had no traction, tagged him importer of fake goods, it had no traction, they even sat together and created fake videos and WhatsApp groups to attack themselves and turn around to blame his followers, that too did not work. 


Desperate and evil men will stop at nothing! 


They think Obi is the problem, no, their albatross is the faceless Obedients. 


They attempted to change from electronic collation to manual with inec, they met a backlash and backed down, at the end, no tag on him has worked. 


Their biggest fear is not Obi, don’t be confused, Obi is a mere man, after all 


“Obi is a Boy”, their fear is the transformation of our freedom fighters into the #OBIdient movement. 


#OBIdient is an event whose time has come, it cannot be stopped. 


Again don’t mix it up, the target is not Atiku or Tinubu, it is a Class warfare. It is a battle between the “haves” and “have not” a battle between “ the rich vs the poor”, the bourgeoisie vs the proletariat. 


The target is opening the jailhouses of poverty, misery and joblessnesses among Nigerians, freeing the captives to, “Let my people go”.


They are scared poverty will be reduced and the poor will not be there to serve them and massage their ego again. 


They are scared the poor will be liberated to speak for themselves, they are scared a new Nigeria will advance the equitable distribution of goods and services, the bourgeoisie is scared of the rule of the proletariat and the common man. The fear is real! 


If they have a way to round up all #OBIdients and lock them up under the pretense of Revolution, they would have done this long ago, unfortunately we are playing the game using a play book they designed themselves. 


If you are a young man or woman, join the team of freedom fighters, don’t align with our oppressors. 


Let your children tomorrow grow up to know you were part of the “new Nigeria” and you played a positive role. 


It is now or never, the Obedients are here to stay. No tag will stick except the tag of, “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!"

{Honest Arena}

Don’t be afraid, We can’t allow those who are supposed to be in a nursing home handle the affairs this Country - Baba Ahmed

Don’t be afraid, We can’t allow those who are supposed to be in a nursing home handle the affairs this Country - Baba Ahmed

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed has said Nigerians should not entertain any fear as a lot may happen in the next few months.

Baba Ahmed said the affairs of the country can not be left in hands of  those who are supposed to be in a nursing home.


"A lot will happen in the next 7 months. The election is close, don’t be afraid as we will not allow this country to sink.


There’s no aspirant older than Obi that has a better idea than Obi… We can’t have people who are supposed to be in a nursing home handle the affairs of this country. Be part of this change by getting your PVC and voting for Labour Party. "


Follow my Instagram account @Yusuf_dattibaba.


#obidatti2023 #HopeAgain2023

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed has said Nigerians should not entertain any fear as a lot may happen in the next few months.

Baba Ahmed said the affairs of the country can not be left in hands of  those who are supposed to be in a nursing home.


"A lot will happen in the next 7 months. The election is close, don’t be afraid as we will not allow this country to sink.


There’s no aspirant older than Obi that has a better idea than Obi… We can’t have people who are supposed to be in a nursing home handle the affairs of this country. Be part of this change by getting your PVC and voting for Labour Party. "


Follow my Instagram account @Yusuf_dattibaba.


#obidatti2023 #HopeAgain2023

OPINION: Revisiting Nigeria’s political trajectory By Abiodun KOMOLAFE

OPINION: Revisiting Nigeria’s political trajectory By Abiodun KOMOLAFE

 May 1, 2022 



The political formation, which eventually secured Nigeria’s independence, was powered by the ideals of independence and the expectation of Nigerians was that the country’s domestic affairs would be wholesome. However, immediately the independence issue got sorted, her internal socio-political contradictions and gray public administration dynamics became manifest. To put it mildly, things that were hitherto not so clearly observable, even by the political gladiators, were thereafter obvious to the public, especially, the educated Nigerians. The transfer of power was just a ceremony; government’s policy contents and implications on the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day administration became dawned on the people onto whom the power was transferred.


Contextually, Nigerians might have been thinking that, once Nigeria attained independence, it was only a matter of time before she would access non-negotiable, reckoned greatness and enter into the Promised Land, where all things would be bright and beautiful. But then, it is unfortunate that Nigeria’s political trajectory is one of missed and/or messed-up opportunities; nothing but a wholesale fraud! The experiential reality of Nigeria is that of a confused society experimenting at the concept and unclear idea of an independent state. Sad that so far, the pathway through which leaders emerge in Nigeria is lined with malignant cancerous cells which have for long been left unattended to. So, leadership remains problematic.


Though debatable, Nigeria’s problems as a nation-state have not been unconnected with how to move the country forward. They were not very many; but, while some Nigerians already had advanced knowledge of how the country should run and develop, others were held back by the primitive ideas of their forebears. For them, truncating this age-long mode of living could be likened to a descent into slavery. Jephthah was careless and lost his only child! Needless to highlight therefore the lack of consensus or an agreeable definition of development among the critical mass of Nigerians; even the elite, till date! The level of education or lack of it, across board, has also not helped matters. Ability to interpret and process information for the use of the country’s handlers is also at its ebb.


Well, while it is easier to blame the government or third party, it becomes a different ballgame entirely when one is saddled with the responsibility and the power to execute government policies. So, issues like differences in ethnicity, religion, culture and differential geographical locations not only became manifest, post-independence; they also constituted the fault lines in Nigeria’s geopolitical space. Perhaps, they remain the topical issues till tomorrow!


Take the Hausa culture as a case study! A section of the North never forgave the late Obafemi Awolowo for attempting to introduce western education to the region. Awolowo was already going on the path of Lin Kuan Yew by making education free and compulsory in the then Western Region. Depending on how buoyant the economy was, he had wanted education to be free up to the university level. In his view, the sane option was to train all, regardless of tribe, religion, or gender; because today’s untrained children were most likely to become the future’s serious liability. Whereas the novel idea was embraced in the Western Region, the Northern Region drove Awolowo away with his Free Education and allied ‘jargons.’ With the helpful knowledge of hindsight, is it any wonder that almajirai still thrives in parts of the country, decades after independence? Had we trekked this now-lost path, wouldn’t the country have long overcome the basest challenges that have now paralysed its faith? And, if we may ask, can there be any meaningful development without education?


It is interesting to note that majority of Nigerians still cling to the hope that dear country would develop. Why did I say so? It was a tug of war among the regions before the leaders could agree that there should be independence. As fate would have it, the region that welcomed it the least is the region now enjoying the benefits therefrom the most. Come to think of it, immediately Awoism was removed from the system of government, Nigeria began to retrogress. Even, in the Southwest, our pride as the economic powerhouse and epicentre of civilization for the country began to wane. A peep into WAEC results in the last five or six years would confirm how backward the zone has become in its much-touted prowess in education because the status enhancement, hitherto attached to it in this part of the world, has taken flight. Since the leadership is insensitive to anything, the pursuit of excellence via education no longer has any meaning. So, all the efforts of leaders like Awolowo have become redundant!


I have argued elsewhere that Nigeria’s major challenge is the absence of leaders with known aggressive pursuits towards knowledge, innovation and/or development. On December 31, 1983, the Buhari/Idiagbon regime identified gross indiscipline and corruption as the main reasons for Shehu Shagari’s ouster as Nigeria’s president. In replacement, the junta cheerfully tormented the county with military fiat even as Nigerians hailed the ‘timely’ intervention. But the regime was soon to be accused of high-handedness, especially by Ibrahim Babangida and his gang who put a balm, albeit, temporarily, on the accusation and whetted the appetite of the bureaucratic machinery with subversive generosity and populist rhetoric to the admiration of Nigerians. But the ‘evil genius’ would soon betray his colour! Sani Abacha rode to power on the anvil of Nigeria’s _‘imminent collapse.’_ He reduced the pump price of the _premium motor spirit,_ pms, and Nigerians clapped into high heavens! But, by the time the apple reportedly dealt him a cruel and decisive blow, Sani had looted the treasury blind! Welcome Abdulsalami Abubakar, the reluctant Head of State! He was wise and calculative. For obvious reasons to boot, he never rocked any boat. Instead, Abubakar ran a calculatedly-permissive administration with all the perks to his kitty, until he, too, went his own way.


Those who understand the game of power would admit that Nigeria’s democratic experience is like a statue – with neither functional hands nor useful legs. Like butterflies, in search of nectar, the same old guards have been repositioning themselves at the expense of the masses. The same Alhaji Samanja Tumbuleke who contested in the parliamentary election of December 12, 1959, was refurbished and resold to Nigerians as ‘the man to beat’ during the Second Republic. He came back as the gubernatorial hopeful in 1992; and was a Senatorial top-notch in 2019. Elsewhere, one leader leaves office and replaces himself with his son. But, so far, it’s been a repeated circle of circus – same old story! We keep on doing the same thing, the same way, repeatedly, all the time; still, expecting different results. How do we expect Nigeria to overcome her challenges?


This is the Year 2022! Disappointingly, we are still in the business of hoping to develop. Nothing has changed. Ours is leadership without conviction! Due to the lopsided social status structure and its debilitating effects on social interaction, the masses work for the leadership; not the other way round. Added to these is the culture-induced feudalism which makes the leadership to consider the mass of the people as mere subjects, not citizens with constitutional rights. So, where do we go from here and how do we make Nigeria a country for all? Since we have imposed upon ourselves a sociocultural value which we want to uphold at all costs, isn’t it a matter of time before Nigeria self-repudiates?


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*KOMOLAFE wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

 May 1, 2022 



The political formation, which eventually secured Nigeria’s independence, was powered by the ideals of independence and the expectation of Nigerians was that the country’s domestic affairs would be wholesome. However, immediately the independence issue got sorted, her internal socio-political contradictions and gray public administration dynamics became manifest. To put it mildly, things that were hitherto not so clearly observable, even by the political gladiators, were thereafter obvious to the public, especially, the educated Nigerians. The transfer of power was just a ceremony; government’s policy contents and implications on the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day administration became dawned on the people onto whom the power was transferred.


Contextually, Nigerians might have been thinking that, once Nigeria attained independence, it was only a matter of time before she would access non-negotiable, reckoned greatness and enter into the Promised Land, where all things would be bright and beautiful. But then, it is unfortunate that Nigeria’s political trajectory is one of missed and/or messed-up opportunities; nothing but a wholesale fraud! The experiential reality of Nigeria is that of a confused society experimenting at the concept and unclear idea of an independent state. Sad that so far, the pathway through which leaders emerge in Nigeria is lined with malignant cancerous cells which have for long been left unattended to. So, leadership remains problematic.


Though debatable, Nigeria’s problems as a nation-state have not been unconnected with how to move the country forward. They were not very many; but, while some Nigerians already had advanced knowledge of how the country should run and develop, others were held back by the primitive ideas of their forebears. For them, truncating this age-long mode of living could be likened to a descent into slavery. Jephthah was careless and lost his only child! Needless to highlight therefore the lack of consensus or an agreeable definition of development among the critical mass of Nigerians; even the elite, till date! The level of education or lack of it, across board, has also not helped matters. Ability to interpret and process information for the use of the country’s handlers is also at its ebb.


Well, while it is easier to blame the government or third party, it becomes a different ballgame entirely when one is saddled with the responsibility and the power to execute government policies. So, issues like differences in ethnicity, religion, culture and differential geographical locations not only became manifest, post-independence; they also constituted the fault lines in Nigeria’s geopolitical space. Perhaps, they remain the topical issues till tomorrow!


Take the Hausa culture as a case study! A section of the North never forgave the late Obafemi Awolowo for attempting to introduce western education to the region. Awolowo was already going on the path of Lin Kuan Yew by making education free and compulsory in the then Western Region. Depending on how buoyant the economy was, he had wanted education to be free up to the university level. In his view, the sane option was to train all, regardless of tribe, religion, or gender; because today’s untrained children were most likely to become the future’s serious liability. Whereas the novel idea was embraced in the Western Region, the Northern Region drove Awolowo away with his Free Education and allied ‘jargons.’ With the helpful knowledge of hindsight, is it any wonder that almajirai still thrives in parts of the country, decades after independence? Had we trekked this now-lost path, wouldn’t the country have long overcome the basest challenges that have now paralysed its faith? And, if we may ask, can there be any meaningful development without education?


It is interesting to note that majority of Nigerians still cling to the hope that dear country would develop. Why did I say so? It was a tug of war among the regions before the leaders could agree that there should be independence. As fate would have it, the region that welcomed it the least is the region now enjoying the benefits therefrom the most. Come to think of it, immediately Awoism was removed from the system of government, Nigeria began to retrogress. Even, in the Southwest, our pride as the economic powerhouse and epicentre of civilization for the country began to wane. A peep into WAEC results in the last five or six years would confirm how backward the zone has become in its much-touted prowess in education because the status enhancement, hitherto attached to it in this part of the world, has taken flight. Since the leadership is insensitive to anything, the pursuit of excellence via education no longer has any meaning. So, all the efforts of leaders like Awolowo have become redundant!


I have argued elsewhere that Nigeria’s major challenge is the absence of leaders with known aggressive pursuits towards knowledge, innovation and/or development. On December 31, 1983, the Buhari/Idiagbon regime identified gross indiscipline and corruption as the main reasons for Shehu Shagari’s ouster as Nigeria’s president. In replacement, the junta cheerfully tormented the county with military fiat even as Nigerians hailed the ‘timely’ intervention. But the regime was soon to be accused of high-handedness, especially by Ibrahim Babangida and his gang who put a balm, albeit, temporarily, on the accusation and whetted the appetite of the bureaucratic machinery with subversive generosity and populist rhetoric to the admiration of Nigerians. But the ‘evil genius’ would soon betray his colour! Sani Abacha rode to power on the anvil of Nigeria’s _‘imminent collapse.’_ He reduced the pump price of the _premium motor spirit,_ pms, and Nigerians clapped into high heavens! But, by the time the apple reportedly dealt him a cruel and decisive blow, Sani had looted the treasury blind! Welcome Abdulsalami Abubakar, the reluctant Head of State! He was wise and calculative. For obvious reasons to boot, he never rocked any boat. Instead, Abubakar ran a calculatedly-permissive administration with all the perks to his kitty, until he, too, went his own way.


Those who understand the game of power would admit that Nigeria’s democratic experience is like a statue – with neither functional hands nor useful legs. Like butterflies, in search of nectar, the same old guards have been repositioning themselves at the expense of the masses. The same Alhaji Samanja Tumbuleke who contested in the parliamentary election of December 12, 1959, was refurbished and resold to Nigerians as ‘the man to beat’ during the Second Republic. He came back as the gubernatorial hopeful in 1992; and was a Senatorial top-notch in 2019. Elsewhere, one leader leaves office and replaces himself with his son. But, so far, it’s been a repeated circle of circus – same old story! We keep on doing the same thing, the same way, repeatedly, all the time; still, expecting different results. How do we expect Nigeria to overcome her challenges?


This is the Year 2022! Disappointingly, we are still in the business of hoping to develop. Nothing has changed. Ours is leadership without conviction! Due to the lopsided social status structure and its debilitating effects on social interaction, the masses work for the leadership; not the other way round. Added to these is the culture-induced feudalism which makes the leadership to consider the mass of the people as mere subjects, not citizens with constitutional rights. So, where do we go from here and how do we make Nigeria a country for all? Since we have imposed upon ourselves a sociocultural value which we want to uphold at all costs, isn’t it a matter of time before Nigeria self-repudiates?


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*KOMOLAFE wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

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