Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

And Atiku picks Peter the Rock

He is not the Biblical Peter on which Christ built his church and the gate of hell cannot prevail against it.


But in some ways, Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra state, is rock of a man. With a towering academic credential, Obi has come far and well such that even his traducers can’t find as much as a sheaf of chaff to tar him.

As governor, Obi is reputed to be the most frugal governor, still in doubt if the record has been broken.

Given his parsimonious nature, the one that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has chosen to be his running mate in the 2019 general elections, placed Anambra on a sound economic footing that the state can boast of being amongst the very few that is viable.

Hate or like him, Obi is like a gold fish without any hiding place and his walk through life was not paved with gold.

Though reputed to be rich, Obi is divested of the showmanship of the average Nigerian money man.

He at one time shocked his audience by revealing that he has owned a single watch for nearly three decades.

Besides his Spartan lifestyle, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP is coming into the race without any of the baggage of his principal, Atiku Abubakar.   

While his pick has continued to generate enthusiasm amongst a broad section of the country who see him as a viable addition to the Atiku albeit the PDP’s, there are those who think differently.

Their argument is not that Obi is not a worthy choice, but that political expediency trumps ability and integrity which his candidacy brings to the table.

According to those in this school of thought, with the South East heavily PDP leaning, it would have been political tactical to have a vp nominee from the South West and have Obi either as Secretary to the Government or the powerful position of Chief of Staff.

But given that the call has been made, there is little barney that Obi will bring a whole lot of fact-based discourse into the political space and could possibly have a sparring match with the equally gifted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

For now, Obi is on the rise and who knows what the future holds.


Kachikwu, why?

Will he be the next to bite the dust? But, do they really bite the dust even when the evidence is clearly stacked against them when it comes to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari?

Last week, it emerged that another Nigerian minister had made false claims as to his academic qualification.

Before now, a former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, was caught in a forgery debacle that eventually saw her falling from her princely perch.

But some have been lucky to still be in office. The minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, and Okoi Obono-Obla, presidential aide, are all in a cobweb of academic fraud of varying degree.

For Kachikwu, he is alleged to have claimed to have bagged a first class honours which fact-check by DUBAWA and PREMIUM TIMES has shown it is fabu!

The minister, the platforms say, made the claim during the 17th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja two years ago, as well as having same dubious appellation on his official profile on the website of the ministry of petroleum resources.

Without taking anything from the minister, he is a brilliant fellow. But his intelligence going by the available records show that he is tainted though as some lawyers have argued he fell into the sin of ‘mere puffery.’

Now that the minister has insisted that he has never made such claim, how come he was caught on video saying so ditto on his official profile?

It will make sense if the minister explains how on two different occasions, he was misrepresented and by whom?

If Kachikwu is convinced that there is some mischief brewing somewhere, then he should save all of us the drama and sue those that have alleged that he is wearing a garb he should not be wearing. If not, he should forever hold his peace.


Saraki, Lord of the Senate

It is said those who must survive, ought to learn from those that had gone ahead. Without a doubt, Bukola Sarki, the first of Oloye, learnt well from his father and possibly from people like Pharaoh Ramesses.

After his decamping from the ruling All Progressives Congress, the party chieftains including those at the Senate threatened fire and brimstone if he fails to resign his position as senate president.

As missiles flew and thunder clapped, Bukola kept to his ambition of clinching the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party for president as if nothing was amiss.

Though he lost to Atiku Abubakar, his mien remains that of one who is self-assured that the heavens of the APC will not rent if did not resign.

True to his conviction, Saraki who has become the nightmare of Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, has demonstrated in no unmistaken terms that he is the Lord of the Senate, and Champion of Gladiators as well as the Slayer of APC who has Mastered of All.

If anyone was in doubt, the matter that Saraki remains and will remain the senate president, except the water pot broke tomorrow, came from no less a person than the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who put the final nail on the talk of impeaching Saraki.

“We definitely have to bury our hatchets for us to work for Nigeria and Nigerians. Perhaps that might have informed the disappointment of many people that there will be crisis in the National Assembly.

“I don’t know what informed your view to anticipate crisis but let me tell you that National Assembly will continue to remain focus on national issues, we must be patriotic, nationalistic,” he said.



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