Atiku’s Tall Ambition And His Miserable PDP By Joe Igbokwe

They tell me APC should stop the blame game and focus on the jobs that need to be done.
by Joe Igbokwe Dec 06, 2017

“Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third, it is regarded as self-evident.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

They tell me APC should stop the blame game and focus on the jobs that need to be done. I agree but those who destroyed our yesterday should keep quiet while we fix what needs to be fixed. The destroyers of yesterday do not show any remorse, they pretend that nothing went wrong in 16years, and they talk as if we are the ones that should apologize to them.

The shenanigans in their wildest imaginations think that we have all forgotten the pains they inflicted on us, how they frittered away billions of dollars of our hard-earned resources in the days of the oil boom, how they left Nigeria desolate, decimated and at best desecrated. They stole al the food, all the Children’s food and broke the pots and destroyed the plates and even the kitchens.

Come to Apapa and Tincan Island Ports and see the ruins they left behind. They were busy looting everything in sight and could not think about raising up the minimum wage. They were busy stealing every kobo in sight forgetting that a wise person saves for the rainy day. They even forgot one of their own, the South East that has been voting for them since 1999. They left Enugu-Onitsha Road to go under, they left Enugu-Port Harcourt road to go under, they abandoned Nnewi-Okigwe road to decay and then forgot the critical 2nd Niger Bridge.

Billions of dollars ‘invested’ in the Power Sector went under the drains, which opened the highways and byways to private properties in Europe, America, and Asia. Nigeria they left behind became a dumping ground for imported rice and other items which can be produced here.

While the massive looting was going in all fronts, our educational systems, Hospitals, Infrastructure, our National carrier could not be restored, security of the nation suffered without measure, and our Foreign Reserves depleted with reckless abandon. We woke to behold recession.

Today the idiots in PDP tell us that Nigerians are suffering, nothing is working and nothing is going on. They are Liars from the pit of hell, all. They have no shame, no regrets, and no remorse. They are planning to come back. They cannot even wait for what they destroyed to be fixed. They are pretending that the past never existed or that Nigerians have short memories. They have lost their thinking caps. They cannot trace their navigational compass. They missed the road to the promised land. They got lost in the land of Patmos.

Look at their man Friday, Atiku Abubakar, a sad reminder of our ugly past. He is talking tough as if we are strangers in Nigeria. The excess baggage is just too much to ignore. They want power back at all cost. Absolute nonsense! They play politics without principles. They seek power without responsibility. They seek wealth without work. A foolish constituency is the hobgoblin of small minds. The level of greed ravaging them is yet to be discovered scientifically. They are over bloated kids with a protozoan intellect. They have eyes but cannot see. They have ears but cannot hear. They need to receive brains.

Ah, ah, the fundamentals have changed. The era of Epicurean spirit is gone and gone forever. Great soldiers, great writers, great journalists do not die in their beds. In the fullness of time, we will checkmate their infantile hunger for power and wealth without responsibility. We will do our duty to the fatherland. We will tell them 1999-2015 story. The story of avaricious tendencies and rapacious greed on all fronts. A story of Alibaba and the forty thieves. The story of vicious plunderers and congenital thieves without conscience.

APC should not lose sleep over Atiku and PDP’s road to nowhere. Let us fix our eyes on the ball, doing the needful, fixing what needs to be fixed, and telling the story as it is.

This is Alhaji Atiku’s last chance and he knows it. President Buhari will retire him from politics in 2019, and that will be the end of the story.

In Chief Paul Unongo words, by 9.30am on the election day, Atiku would have been permanently retired and disgraced out of politics. It is only then that Turaki and his gang will know the difference between a leader and a dealer, the difference between light and darkness and the difference between Egbe( gun) and Egbe( kite).

Joe Igbokwe
LAGOS.

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PDP’s Only Legacy Is Corruption – Joe Igbokwe

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party for saying the APC had reversed its accomplishments in its 16-year rule.

Rising from their meeting in Akure, on Wednesday, South-West leaders of the PDP said the ruling APC had not demonstrated the capacity to resolve the economic challenges facing the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, however, Igbokwe said the legacies the PDP left were corruption and poverty.

Igbokwe asked the South-West PDP leaders to list “the woeful legacies that led to the total rejection of the PDP by Nigerians last year.”

He said, “We wonder what legacy a failed and corrupt party like the PDP is talking about if not the legacy of corruption, shameless looting, infrastructural wreckage, ineptitude, decay, disease and hunger.

“If a ruined economy and infrastructure collapse were the reversed legacies of the PDP, then it is good riddance. One question that Nigerians have been asking is if anything good can ever come from a PDP that in its 16 whole years of rule, notoriously looted the country’s treasury and left every sector of the Nigerian economy bare.

“If in 16 years and with oil averaging over $100 per barrel, the PDP presided over the total ruination and bankruptcy of the country, we have no doubt that its legacies are only the negative fallouts of its corrupt acts which brought Nigeria to its knees.”

The APC urged the PDP to focus its energy on serious soul-searching rather than crying over spilt milk having been rejected by Nigerians during the last general election.

Igbokwe said for the PDP to redeem its image, the party needed to seek forgiveness from Nigerians and stop making spurious claims of achievements.

Dubious Lawyers, Dubious Senators Et Al By Joe Igbokwe

A fierce battle is going on in Nigeria today between the Agents of Change and the Agents for the maintenance of status quo. It is one of the worst battles I have witnessed ever in Nigeria in recent times. It is a fierce battle for the soul of Nigeria between those who want their original country back and those who want to keep Nigeria as the conquered territory to be pillaged and milked with reckless abandon. It is a war between truth and falsehood, a war between darkness and light, the war between reason and unreason, and war between the brains and the brainless.

I saw this dangerous war coming even before last year’s Presidential elections when it became obvious that PDP is gone. I alerted APC leaders to be prepared for it. I did not know then whether they took notice of my warnings. It took the bizarre, the most outrageous, and the most treacherous betrayal inside the hallowed chamber of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Senator Saraki and his gang for APC leaders to pay attention. Today the resultant effect of this betrayal is telling a big story in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria, laying ambush on this government’s monumental fight against corruption. PDP leaders, Senators, Lawyers, Judges, Petroleum Product Marketers, Civil Servants, Electricity workers, etc. are hitting from all corners to circumvent government efforts to take back Nigeria.

In far away Panama, a consortium of lawyers using their law firm Mossack Fonseca founded Ramon Fonseca, have been able to generate 11.5 million papers that linked government officials and looters across the world who siphoned money to Tax Haven in Virgin Island.

This leak, the biggest ever in recent history has led to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson. In Nigeria, one of the persons mentioned in the criminal deal is the present President of the Senate of Nigeria, Senator Bukola Saraki.

While the Mossack Fonseca lawyers worked tirelessly for years to do this great work for humanity, Nigerian lawyers, 90 of them are following the same Saraki to Code of Conduct Tribunal to render court process nugatory. Their professional colleagues in other climes are helping their countries to stop corruption but not these Charge and Bail lawyers here. They are neck deep into corruption and proceeds of corruption. They are worse than infidels.

The lawyers have been very busy searching for their birds of identical plumage in judges whether in High Court, Appeal Courts or Supreme Court to help truncate Saraki’s case. The corrupt Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not left out in this show of shame. From 81 right from the onset, the number of Senators following Saraki to CCT has reduced to 12 as at yesterday. Even with the heavy and weighty evidence before CCT, these woeful and useless Senators are still chasing shadows, making a mockery of themselves and people they represent. But the bigger they come, the harder they fall.

In the oil industry, the marketers and subsidy fraudsters are holding sway, gripping Nigeria by the throat and ready to squeeze without caring a hoot. In the power sector, the looters and their agents are working round the clock to reduce power generation to zero megawatts. If they are not pulling down transmission towers, they are busy blowing up gas supply to the power stations. I see this as an attack on the corporate existence of Nigeria as a political entity. I see this as a threat to national unity and cohesion. I see these attacks from all corners as acts of treason.

Now I do not think President Buhari and his cabinet need to offer any more excuses. I do not think it is necessary now. What is needed is a concrete and practical solution. President Buhari needs to use the enormous power of the presidency to do the needful. The economic saboteurs are so powerful so rich, well connected and potentially dangerous to set the people against the President if President Buhari still treats them with kid gloves. These people must be identified, crushed and defeated.
Nigerians voted for President Buhari to fight corruption, stop the drift in Nigeria, restore hope and build a new Nigeria. I know that the President is doing his best, and I also know he can do more. President Buhari must not fail. If he fails, Nigeria may not recover again. We must kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria.

APC leaders must move now to help their President to succeed. This is not the time for blame games, this is not the time to point accusing fingers, this is not the time to look the other way. This is the time for collective responsibility and concrete action. Let us fire on all cylinders now that we have a budget. Let Nigeria become a huge construction site. Let the power sector work. Let petrol flow endlessly for now. Let us secure Nigeria. I know that the change but let it start now to manifest. No further, no excuses again, no blame game. Let the change begin with us now.

Now we must protect power installation by all means possible. We must defeat saboteurs, fraudsters and enemies of Nigeria. Yes, we must clear the Augean Stable for Nigerians to have breathing space. I trust this President and like Dr. Tony Momoh, I offer myself to be stoned if President Buhari fails. Case Rested!

A Silent Prayer For President Buhari At A Time Like This By Joe Igbokwe

Oh God Almighty in whose all Almighty hands are the destinies of nations and individuals please protect this president and his cabinet members. A time comes in the life of any country when good men take the centre stage to reorder the course of events. A time comes in the life of any nation when men must stand up to say enough is enough. I have been screaming from the roof top to anybody who cares to listen that President Buhari is doing the unthinkable in Nigeria. President Buhari is digging the deepest well in Nigeria. This man is breaking his back for Nigeria to come alive again. President is jumping from California to Catalina Island, a distance of 26 Kilometers even though it looks an impossible task. President Buhari is going the whole hog to clear the Augean Stable PDP left behind in 16 years. This man is going extra miles to recover the soul of Nigeria stolen for 16 years. This man is bitting bullets to retake Nigeria that has been plundered and pillaged to bones in 16 years.

I am a student of the Bible and at a time like this what we are told as Christians is to pray for the leader whom God has chosen at a time like this. Given the magnitude of corruption, impunity , lawlessness and brigandage in our country today every right thinking person must rise up to offer a helping hand. Forces of darkness who want the maintenance of the status quo are very rich, very powerful, and well connected. They are capitalizing on the massive poverty they have created in the land to take advantage of the weak and the vulnerable. They have used massive poverty as an instrument to work on the psychology of our people. Now our people are poor , weak , dejected and confused. Our God , our Helper must do something for his people who are down, robbed and plundered.

Throughout history I have known that our Creator cannot send you on a battle and leave you empty handed. He always arm those who genuinely love him and even those who do love him for a purpose and care for His people. You do not need to be a Christian for God to recognize you. After all Cyrus did not know God as written in Isaiah 45  and yet God blessed him. President Buhari did not emerge as president last year for nothing . God has a purpose for putting this man in the saddle at a time like this. If money, soldiers, police , secret police, powerful men and women, political structures, networks etc were the yardstick for winning the 2015 Elections PDP would cruised to victory. But God was on the side of APC and President Buhari. From the unexpected quarters he raised Buhari to come and restore hope in the land. But will this job be easy as milking a cow. We are seeing that it is not an easy task. Corruption is fighting back in the from all directions; the judiciary, MDAs, National Assembly , Banks, and from a vast preponderance of other institutions in Nigeria. This man needs all the support from all and sundry to succeed.

I am therefore invoking Psalm 20 on this day of March 21 2015 to encourage this President at a time like this. Please pray with me:

“The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble;
the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
Send thee help from the sanctuary,
and strengthen thee out of Zion;
Remember all thy offerings,
and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Grant thee according to thine own heart,
and fulfil all thy counsel.
We will rejoice in thy salvation,
and in the name of our God we will set up our banners:
the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.
Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed;
he will hear him from his holy heaven
with the saving strength of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought down and fallen:
but we are risen, and stand upright.
Save, Lord:
let the king hear us when we call.”

You can be an APC or PDP member, a Christian, Muslim , a professional, a trader, a market man or woman, student, artisans , labourer, carpenter etc and you firmly believe in President Buhari’s drive for a new Nigeria, all you need to do is to key in to this project to pray for the president to succeed. If you like what the president is doing today, if you are a lover of good things, if you are lover equity, Justice and FairPlay, if you hate corruption, and impunity, if you believe in the project Nigeria under Buhari, if you want our country to join the comity of civilized world, if you want our economy to grow, if you want Nigeria to rebuild her infrastructure,please key in to this project.

Light and darkness have no meeting point. Hope and hopelessness have no meeting point and so it is good for leadership and bad leadership. A country deserves the kind of leaders it gets. As man thinks so he is. The Holy book says we should not cast away our confidence in God which has great reward. Corruption must not defeat Buhari and Nigeria. If God is with us as a mighty terrible one, the enemies of Nigeria will crumble and they will not succeed no matter how powerful they are. Their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.This should be our prayers at a time like this. Amen!

Joe Igbokwe
Lagos

PDP Bent On Scuttling Anti-Corruption War

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

He said corruption must not be allowed to defeat the President.

In an article entitled, “Wanted: Real men and women to help Nigeria,” on Wednesday, Igbokwe said leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party who stole from the national treasury were bent on frustrating the anti-graft war.

He said, “President Buhari needs our help to build a new Nigeria. I want committed, decent, honest men and women of deep character to stand up for Nigeria. I know millions of Nigerians out there are silently praying for this President to succeed.

“I want this men and women to rise up for a change. Leaders of the PDP and their cronies have amassed enough wealth in the past 16 years and they can use this to bring down the system if we permit it. We sleep all the time but the looters are awake every hour.

“They need to be defeated and crushed. They are fighting in our various courts, they are fighting in the National Assembly, they are fighting in the local governments and the markets. Corruption must not defeat President Buhari. He loves Nigeria. He is honest and has integrity.”
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The APC chieftain said it was unfortunate that those who allegedly diverted the $2.1bn arms fund showed no remorse for their actions.

While describing the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party as heartless, Igbokwe said the looting of state funds was also responsible for the inability of the government to pay workers’ salaries.

He said there were no serious road projects in Nigeria in the 16 years that the PDP ruled the country.

He added, “After nine months, my eyes have seen a lot and my ears have heard enough to believe that leaders of the PDP have no conscience. It was a big scramble for the leaders of PDP to take everything within their reach. They stole dollars and naira in billions and trillions.

“No wonder nothing is left to even pay the salaries of workers. I did not see any road project in Nigeria in 16 years. There was no serious investment in modern infrastructure – good roads, bridges, resorts and high-speed rail projects. There was no serious investment in security, education, health, agriculture, transportation, human resources etc. It has been a case of looters take it all.”

Lagos APC Calls For Peace In Mile 12

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has decried the recent crisis that engulfed Mile 12 Market which led to scores of death and destruction of several property. The party said the crisis was needless and targets the peaceful coexistence that has existed in Lagos.

In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party urged the various groups and factions in the crisis to maintain the peace and follow the processes laid down by the Lagos State government to restore peace in the area.

It urged leaders of the various ethnic communities in Lagos to respect the rights and interests of other ethnicities and ensure that the state continues to play its role as a huge entrepôt of diverse shades of Nigerians.

“As a party that believes in the peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians in all parts of the country, we see the recent bloody crisis in Lagos as a drawback to the peace and well being of the country and the peaceful coexistence of its diverse ethnic nationalities. We express this sentiment because we see the crisis as needless and grossly in contrast with the existing amity that has endured in Lagos fir a very long time.

“We believe that all ethnic groups in Nigeria must imbibe tolerance and compromise for us to forge a united and prosperous nation and the taking up of arms at the slightest excuse. We did not see what reportedly happened in Mile 12 as capable of igniting the kind of violent reaction that followed it if we all see ourselves as united and we believe the leaders of the various ethnicities as well as religious leaders must intensify efforts to promote tolerance and peace among Nigerians.

“We condemn the crisis in its entirety and throw our weight behind the efforts of the present state government to find lasting peace to the Mile 12 crisis. We therefore urge the various contending interests to maintain the peace, sheathe their sword and key into the peace efforts of the state government

“Lagos APC mourn the lives lost in the crisis and condolence with those that sustained injuries as well as those whose properties were destroyed in the crisis. We urge all to tap into the new vision for Lagos which requires every Lagosians to leave at peace and harmony with each other irrespective of tribe or tongue.”

Develop Infrastructure And Your Economy Will Grow By Joe Igbokwe

“Trillions of naira meant for Nigeria’s development went unremitted by the various government agencies in charge of their remittance; TheCable has learnt. About 600 government agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) all under-remitted revenues generated”-The Cable.

When some Nigerians talk about growing the economy of Nigeria, when they scream that President Buhari knows nothing about growing the economy, when they quote uncountable books on micro and macroeconomics, I laugh and laugh until tears start coming out of my eyes. Now, why do I laugh? Yes, I laugh because we have not done what needs to be done to grow the economy of Nigeria. I laugh because we have not laid the real foundation for the real economic growth. We have been very busy for years chasing shadows and playing politics of the stomach while the world is leaving us behind. Our leaders either by acts of omission or commission have forgotten that you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs. Every sensible person knows that he cannot try to travel to America or UK without a Visa and an International Passport. You cannot grow your economy on nothing. You must pay the price. You must develop your infrastructure first, and every other thing shall be added unto you.

The above quotation from The Cable, an online publication powered Simon Kolawole tells a big story of where the rains started beating us since 1999. Civil Servants and political appointees in 600 government agencies have pocketed trillions that would have been used to develop our roads, our schools, hospitals, airports, transportation, security, agriculture, manpower, power sector, tourism, petroleum sector in the past sixteen years. If Nigeria had invested wisely in the past sixteen years, Nigeria would have been a world destination today. Today those who have stolen the nation dry and even stolen what they do not need are the fools telling us about the economy and how one dollar now sells for N500 under Buhari. The Alibabas and the forty thieves who brought the country to its knees through actions and deeds are the ones giving us lectures on the economy. They should now shut up and allow President Buhari to begin to lay the foundation for the growth of the real economy and not the voodoo economy and the fraudulent so-called rebasing of Nigeria’s economy they claimed surpassed that of South Africa. They are liars from the pit of hell. Their narratives were simply pathetic. They are simply economic saboteurs.

The pathetic fraudsters should ask why Dubai continues to commission new power stations as their economy grows? Why is Dubai building the biggest Airport in the world? Why is Dubai building the biggest and the best Hospital in the world? Why is everybody going to Dubai today? What is pushing families in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, America, etc. to troupe to Dubai every other day?  Have seen their roads, airports, malls, schools, markets, housing estates, security architecture, hospitality, transport architecture and tourism just to mention but a few of them? Why is Indonesia paying China 5 billion U.S. dollars to build a 150 km high-speed rail project?  Why did Norway spend billions of dollars to bore through a mountain just to create a 28-kilometer road just to link another city? Why is Turkey spending billions of dollars to build an undersea highway to connect to Russia? Why did the UK spend millions of pounds to build the first undersea highway in the city of London few years back? Have you been to China recently to see how much they are investing in infrastructure development to meet the demands of the 21st Century? Have you seen the transportation system in Japan? What is the difference between Nigeria and South Africa regarding infrastructure development? Have you seen the decay in our airports, our roads, our hospitals, our schools, and other critical institutions?

If Nigeria had invested heavily in the areas of infrastructure development during the time of oil boom things would have been different today. The dollars were frittered and stashed away by Nigeria’s thieving elites and their cronies. Go to Abuja, Europe, Canada, U.S. Dubai, South Africa West Indies, etc. and see where the miserable idiots took our money to. These are the shenanigans who tell naira/ dollar relationship. These are the common criminals who educate us about the economy. These are the ‘ experts’ who lecture us about the economy these days. They should hide their faces in shame and allow President Buhari to clear the Augean Stable they left behind. They should bury their heads in the sands and know that those that who created yesterday’s pains will not be the ones to rebuild or control tomorrow’s potentials. They are worse than armed robbers. They left thousands of Nigerians dead as a result of rapacious greed and political irresponsibility.

Throwing your frustrations and annoyance on President Buhari for winning the 2015 elections will not help matters. Hitting your heads against the wall because feeding bottles were forcefully taken away from your mouths will not help either. What will help Nigeria now is that those who destroyed Nigeria should just keep quiet and allow President Buhari to do the needful by changing the way we think, the way we reason, the way we do our jobs and the way we perceive the project Nigeria. The good for nothing Wailers may not see anything good in Buhari’s monumental display of courage and political sagacity in dealing with those who stole everything in sight, but the man is getting it right. President Buhari is laying a new foundation in Nigeria not based on corruption and impunity but hard work, integrity, honesty and character. I may not know what he has recovered from our past leaders whether military or civilians but I know that they run into trillions. This is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.

We elected President Buhari to do what he is doing now in Nigeria, and woe betides anybody who cannot see what is going on today. Woe betides anybody who thinks President Buhari is not building the economy of Nigeria.  Mr President, please do not listen to them. If you reduce corruption by 80%, the money that would have gone into private pockets would have been released for infrastructure development which will kickstart the real growth of our economy. The money that we need to develop this country is in private pockets. We need to take it by force if need be, and I know that Buhari will not be cowed in doing so. Now my advice to the President: collect all the stolen funds and invest it in infrastructure development. Plug all the loopholes and leakages and invest the proceeds in infrastructure development. This is the way to go. Anybody who thinks we need a magic to grow Nigeria’s economy cannot get it.  That person may still be living in the past. He may be trying to solve a 21st Century problem with 10th Century solution.

Joe igbokwe
Lagos.

Come Back To Nigeria And Clear Your Name, Igbokwe Tells Obanikoro

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has advised a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and two of his sons to return to Nigeria to answer the allegations of fraud levelled against them.

While Senator Obanikoro has been accused of helping the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to rig the June 21, 2014 election, his sons, Gbolahan and Babajide, are being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly receiving N4.75bn from the Central Bank of Nigeria Imprest Account of the Office of the National Security Adviser under Sambo Dasuki between June 6, 2014 and December, 12, 2015.

Senator Obanikoro, who is a citizen of the United States, has since the defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan relocated to the US, where he is currently studying History at Oglethorpe University in Georgia. His sons are also currently in the US.

They have all denied the allegations levelled against them.

However, Igbokwe said the matter was a serious one and that the Obanikoros should come to Nigeria to clear their name.

He said issuing statements from the US was not enough.

The APC spokesperson said Nigeria had an extradition treaty with the US, adding that President Barack Obama had even promised to assist Nigeria in fighting corruption.

He, therefore, argued that even if the Obanikoros did not come back of their own volition, the US government could repatriate them.

Igbokwe, therefore, warned that it was better for the Obanikoros to come back to Nigeria honourably than to be disgraced.

Igbokwe said, “I advise the Obanikoro family to come back and prove that they have nothing to do with these allegations. They must come to clear their family name. It is important that they do this because the money that we are talking about is too huge for them to just brush aside.

“Issuing statements is not enough especially when there is evidence that cannot be ignored. So, they better come back because if they don’t, America, which has promised to support us, will extradite them.”

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Can We Allow The Travesty In Kogi State To Stand In A Democracy? By Joe Igbokwe

I am writing this piece as Joe Igbokwe not as APC Publicity Secretary Lagos  State. I am writing as an independent writer and a public commentator on national affairs. Please permit me to air my views before we swear in Alhaji Yahaya Bello who never won the governorship election in Kogi State. The System may have decided in their own wisdom to swear in Mr Bello but l want history to record that l saw a travesty and an aberration coming and raised an alarm. The alarm may be ignored but history which neither personal wealth or power can circumvent will be my witness.

The truth here and nothing but the truth is that the late Chief Abubakar Audu/ James Abiodun Faleke won the November 21 2015 Governor election fair and square before Audu’s  death in the early hours of Sunday, November 22  2015. When the news filtered into the public space that Audu had died what the State INEC Returning Officer, Professor Emmanuel Kucha would have done is to do an urgent truthful and honest consultations, carry out a simple Arithmetic, check the number of registered voters, check the number of those with PVCs in 91 polling Units. The world was told that there are 49,000 Registered Voters in the remaining 91 polling Units and out of that 49,000 Voters only 25,000 have PVCs. But the late Audu was leading with 41,000 votes. Assuming that all the 25,000 persons with PVCs voted for PDP, Abubakar Audu would still have beaten Governor Wada silly with 16,000 votes. This professor turned sound reasoning upside down by saying the election was inconclusive and ordered for supplementary election in the remaining 91 polling units. Now what was the result ? Only about 10,000 votes were garnered in the futile exercise that wasted everybody’s precious gift of time, energy, money, strength and power.

Now a combination of ethnic politics, Primordial sentiments, and fear of the unknown led APC Kogi and APC National to do the unthinkable by pushing Alhaji Bello who lost the primaries, and may not have supported the APC candidate in the cause of the elections proper to steal the mandate won by Prince Audu and James Faleke in a keenly contested exercise fraught with excruciating pains , doubts, apprehension,anxiety, fatigue, panic and unease . What was their excuse? Faleke did not partake in the primaries. Now do Deputy Governors take part in Primaries? This is the absurdity that led to the emergence of an interloper and intruder, Alhaji Bello. After the travesty, I saw BELLO’s Family members singing and dancing the music titled ‘Na God Win’. No, No, our God is a God of justice and equity. You cannot reap where you did not sow . Another will not plant and another will harvest.

I rely like other eminent Lawyers in Nigeria who are not being economical with the truth on Section 181 (1)of the Constitution that says’ if a person duly elected as Governor dies before taking and subscribing the oath of allegiance and oath of office, or is unable for any reason whatsoever to be sworn in , the person elected with him as the deputy governor shall be sworn in as governor and he shall nominate a new deputy governor who shall be appointed by the governor with the approval of a simple majority of house of the assembly of the state’ I rely on this because the election had been won and lost before Prince Audu died. This has been proved beyond reasonable doubts by the miserable outcome of the useless supplementary election. This grave injustice and open stealing of another person’s mandate taking cover in a confusing and complicated Document called the Electoral Act. They tell me in the Human rights community that when a law structured in such a way that it will encourage injustice the law must be broken. In international jurisprudence they say It is better to set 1000 criminals free that to convict one innocent person.

The shenanigans and ethnic champions in Kogi State never bothered to think about the huge sacrifices and pains Prince Audu went through to win the election. They have not cared to remember that he went into elections with ill health and still managed to come out victorious through dint of hardwork though he died thereafter. Did any of these people bother to think about the family he left behind? What about what he expended in the cause of the elections? Did Bello transverse the length ad breathe of Kogi State canvassing for votes as did Audu and Faleke ?  Did Bello support APC during the election? What is going to happen in Kogi State on Wednesday January 27 2015 frightens me as an activist and believer in equity and social justice. It worries me to the marrows that there is deafening silence in town as if all the decent men and women who should speak out have suddenly lost their steam and voices. I am told that the truth that must be spoken never forgives silence. Evil triumph in any society when good men do nothing.

I know fully well that Supreme Court of Nigeria will do the needful when Faleke gets there in the fullness of time. Audu/ Faleke got the majority of votes in Kogi governorship election and got the mandate to preside over the affairs in that state for four years. That Faleke refused to accept the poisoned chalice as deputy governor should serve as a signal to the interlopers and intruders in Kogi that Wednesday event is not the end of the matter. Those dancing the music ‘Na God Win’ are using the name of God in vain. They will dance ‘Our God Na God of Justice’when the chips are down. James Faleke please go to sleep. You are the owner of the game when common sense returns even though common sense is not common. I rest my case.

Joe Igbokwe

Lagos