Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

PERISCOPE Indeed, you are the son of your father

Indeed, you are the son of your father

The political turf is not for the lily-livered or those not given to chicanery. It is therefore something of little wonder that witch hunts are part of the political space.

For those given to historical narratives, they will recall how Senator Senator Joseph McCarthy of the United States in the 1950s put to practice the definition of witch hunts.

McCarthy was adept at making accusations about people without evidence and forcing the accused to prove they weren’t guilty.

Like in all thing without foundation, McCarthy’s witch hunt fell flat when there was a lack of evidence to justify the large-scale effort.

It was telling enough that the US Army’s chief counsel, Joseph Nye Welch, said in defense of a National Lawyers Guild member, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

As it was in the 1950s in the United States, so it is with Nigeria of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

No sooner had Buhari ascended the pinnacle of power that he went for the jugular of principle members of his party like the president of the senate, Bukola Saraki, whom he felt needed to be cut to size to assert his own authority.

Saraki was propped on the false altar of fake assets declaration and will trudge through the mire of Code of Conduct Tribunal trial.

For over three years, Saraki was dragged and mauled through the ignominy of a trial that was no doubt predicated on sheer witch hunt. But like the true scion of Oloye, the late grand old man of Kwara politics albeit Nigeria, the senate president was declared free of the malicious charges.

Now, he walks tall and in a better position to face his traducers without the albatross of a trial designed to see his fall as the Supreme Court has affirmed.

For now, those who engineered the trial will be planning a new set of cockatrice of falsehood, but like Welch asked, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”


Kemi, please tell us, it is not true

It was Judith Lewis, better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, the author of ‘Clockwork Prince’ who said “lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.”

Last Saturday, July 7, 2018 was one in which the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adesoun, will repudiate as her integrity and all she has worked for stands on a balance.

Premium Times, the online newspaper known for its investigative depth, alleged that our phoney-speaking minister is not only a forger, but is dishonest and should be in jail.

According to the newspaper, Adeosun who graduated from the Polytechnic of East London in 1989, at the age of 22 not only skipped the mandatory national youth service, but forged her exemption certificate.

This will not be the first time that a public official will be in the news for certificate forgery. It will be recalled that a one-time Speaker of the House of Reps, Salisu Buhari, was accused of forgery and he fell from the perch of his high office when it evident that he did.

Given the weight of the allegation and the ‘facts’ so far adduced by the newspaper, our starry-eyed minister owes not only herself the honour to dispel the allegation but save a government that touts itself as peopled by saints the dignity of redemption.

Madam Minister, it will not be enough in this circumstances to keep quiet or offer any explanation but to seek legal redress if in your heart you know this is perfidy from the pit of hell. Anything less than this na wash!


Buba Galadima, can you carry this weight?

The sheaves are being brought in as the 2019 elections draws nearer by the day. This means realignment, falling out, falling in, new alliances, breakaways, and all those things that add drama to political life.

So it was last Wednesday when a one-time ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Engr Buba Galadima, unveiled the Reformed All Progressives Congress, APC.

At a press briefing in Abuja, Galadima gave reasons why the rAPC was birthed: local and state congresses as well as the national convention of the APC as undemocratic, inequities, injustice and poor management.

Without a doubt, Galadima is not a neophyte when it comes to power politics having been in the trenches with the president in the Congress for Progressive Change as national secretary.

Now that things fall apart and Galadima has found himself in strange waters like his principal who teamed up with less-than-holier individuals to form the APC, does he have what it takes besides his intellect to navigate the new terrain?

While speaking at the event announcing the new faction, the factional chairman sounded more like a voice of another.

He said, “The nPDP had shown good faith and commitment to the party, but it has been rewarded with indifference and even contempt. It is obvious that the leadership of the APC has decided to shut out members of the APC, as well as other members who have raised genuine grievances and a desire to improve the responsiveness of the APC to the desire of members for a party founded on democratic principles.

“Under the circumstances, patriotic elements and most of the original founders of the APC have found themselves in the opposing side of this charade. Most of the delegates who bought and paid for forms for the congresses and convention and were elected as delegates have come together to take control and give legitimacy to APC to be now known as and called Reformed -APC (R-APC).”

One will think he will speak of elements of the CPC that have been left out of the bazaar of power.
















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