Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

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Adam Oshiomhole, the coronation

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, former governor of Edo state and one-time labour activist, Adams Oshiomhole, was formally crowned the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the party’s long overdue national convention.

The coronation of Oshiomhole, known for his garrulousness and ability to bend the arc of facts, was one foretold since he completed his tenure after two terms as governor.

Wanting to stay relevant and in the corridors of power at all cost, Oshiomhole became desperate and threw caution overboard the APC ship and engaged in barefaced lies as to how the United States gave a list of corrupt officials and it listed an unnamed minister that stole $6 billion under President Goodluck Jonathan amongst other unfounded allegations.

For a man known for his double-dealing as labour leader, many have wondered how saintly is the APC when tons of evidence abound as to Oshimhole’s malfeasance while in office.

Well, the APC needs a talk-machine, one with the ability to surpass Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture in alternative facts as the battle for 2019 reaches febrile pitch.

The telling aspect of his ascension is the claim that other candidates to the office of national chairman willy-nilly stepped down on their own. Nothing can be farther from the truth than this.

The powers-that-be wanted him, and every other candidate including immediate past chair of the party, Chief John Odiege-Oyegun, were whipped into line.

In all, the crowning of Oshiomhole bears worrying signs like the coronation of Princess Selene in Marissa Meyer’s WINTER.

Meyer writes: “As if the sky itself were listening, the dome overhead darkened, and three enormous screens lit up against the black backdrop.

"People of Luna," said a feminine voice, "please give your full attention now to this mandatory broadcast, live from Artemisia Palace. The royal coronation ceremony is about to begin."

“A wicked grin pulled at Winter's lips. She stepped away from Jacin, faced the people, and raised her arms to her sides... Our revolution is about to begin.”

 

 

The case of Abaribe and a Mafia State

Last Tuesday, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe was picked up by operatives of the State Security Service, though they prefer to be called the Directorate of State Security, DSS, at the Transcorps Hilton in what the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as ‘commando fashion.’

The action by the Service, at the hotel liked mostly by foreigners, raised not a few eyebrows as the Abia senator is well-known and has never been a no a flight risk by all intent and purposes that he should be harangued and taken away like a common crook.

The action of the DSS, few days to Abaribe’s appearance in court over his standing surety for the missing leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has left tongues wagging and conjectures as to the reason of his incarceration.

There is growing worry that since the day he was picked and as at late Sunday evening, nothing has been heard from those keeping him.

 Abaribe’s high-profile arrest and detention is just one of many examples of a larger trend in Nigeria of the resurgence of government’s crackdown reminiscent of the days of late General Sani Abacha.

It is alarming that over the past three years since the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari, there has been a dramatic expansion in the clamping down on key opposition figures over one nebulous corruption charge or ‘state security.

Now, Abaribe you have to make benediction to the One who controls the affairs of men and cannot be controlled, to help you out of an apparent dragnet that was set by the government when its military raided Nnamdi Kanu’s home sometime last year and has not been found since then.

 

For Musa Kwankwaso, it is yet dawn

How the tide of political fortune has turned for Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano state and chief promoter of the Kwankwasiyya ideology.

There were days when Kwankwaso was the lord of the manor in Kano. His presence was larger than life and to show how he was the Big Boss, his appointees and even elected representatives of the people went for the red fez cap of the former governor.

Public infrastructures were emblazoned with the ubiquitous red associated with Kwankwasiyya. That is even beside the point.

With the troubles in PDP by 2014 and former President Goodluck Jonathan not showing his mettle, Kwankwaso assumed a larger-than-life stature that the Jonathan became insignificant before him not minding he served in that government as minister of defence.

As the days rolled into weeks and Jonathan had settled that he will be seeking reelection, Kwankwaso became bellicose and was reputed to ignore the president or even respond to his phone calls.

For those close to the corridors of power, the former governor held the then president in such contempt some people feared if there was something more personal than the scramble for power.

Fast forward two years into having helped the APC to power, the one who thought he had bagged a bag of gold found out too late that he had only clutched at straws.

It is a crying shame that a state he ruled twice on different occasions became a no-go area for him. If he thought he was spiting GEJ, he now knows better as he has lost out completely in the APC power architecture so much so that he was nowhere near Eagle Square for the party’s national convention.

Is it not said every man has his day of awakening? For Musa Kwankwaso, such reality is here.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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