PDP crisis: Tukur, Baraje fight dirty

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… An empty boast –Baraje
Impostors will be flushed out –National Chairman

From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja

The crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rather than abate, it is worsening as the embattled National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidency may have shut the doors to reconcile with the break-away faction led by some governors and ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar.

Last weekend in Abuja, Atiku, Governors Rabiu Kwankwaso, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Magatarkada Aliyu Wamakko, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Murtala Nyako and Sule Lamido of Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa and Jigawa states respectively, stormed out of Eagles Square venue of the Special National Convention in protest against the disqualification of certain candidates and imposition of a” Unity List” by the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Chief Tony Anenih.

They were later joined at Shehu Yar’Adua Centre by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who had since been suspended from the party.

Former Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and ex-former National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola were announced as Chairman and secretary, respectively.

“It was learnt that at a meeting with nine PDP governors loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday night, it was resolved that Jonathan should call the bluff of the aggrieved  governors.

At the meeting were Alhaji Tukur, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim and the Political Adviser to the President, Ahmed Gulak.

The governors in attendance were Mukhtar Ramallan Yero, Gabriel Suswam, Theodore Orji, Liyel Imoke and  Seriake Dickson, governors of Kaduna, Benue, Abia, Cross River and Bayelsa states respectively.

Others were Governors Godswill Akpabio, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, Idris Wada and Mallam Isa Yuguda, of Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Kogi and Bauchi states, respectively.

Emboldened by the resolve of President Jonathan and the nine governors, Alhaji Tukur yesterday declared that there was no faction of the party in existence and threatened that “any person who is not duly-elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be  made to face the full wrath of the law”.

The full statement from  Tukur reads: “Gentlemen of the press, you are aware of the current developments in our great party.

“Our reason for being here is  to inform you without any iota of doubt that the Peoples Democratic Party has no faction and there is neither room nor reason whatsoever for such a claim under any guise.

“The PDP has only one duly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) under my Chairmanship. I wish therefore, to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of NEC or any other organ of our party are impostors and I urge all Nigerians, especially the security agencies and other institutions of democracy to regard them as such.

“Let me state categorically that the PDP as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians and who in the last fourteen years has lifted high the banner of democracy will not fold its arms while some  undemocratic and unpatriotic elements destroy our common destiny by causing divisions and confusion among the people.

“Consequently, we shall ensure that any person who is not duly elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law.

“We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that such persons and indeed any other individual who attempts to subvert the leadership of the PDP shall reap in full, the consequences of such actions.

“I wish to emphasize that the PDP has adequate mechanism for internal conflict resolution. All party members are therefore, advised to ventilate their grievances through this medium.

“There is only one lawfully-recognized PDP and I am firmly in charge”, Tukur said.

Reacting, the factional Chairman, Alhaji Baraje,  dismissed Tukur’s threat to seek for the recall of any federal lawmaker who fraternises with his faction as an empty boast.

“They are all jokers. They don’t know what is party politics. We aren’t surprised, because he is ignorant of party politics. In any case, the process of declaring seats vacant or recalling lawmakers from state Assembly or from National Assembly is well known.

“To wake up and threaten to recall shows he is ignorant. He isn’t fit  to be called the National Chairman of the PDP,” Baraje noted.

However, it was also learnt that the Presidency would soon drop Bamanga Tukur, but it is wary of giving the impression that it did so under pressure from the aggrieved governors.

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  1. It is time for GEJ to stand up and be counted. If he continues to cave in at every opposition, he might as well throw in the towel. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen. I have always advised him not to deceive the Igbos, because if he is not running he should let them know ahead of time to enable them field their own candidate.

  2. Ejike, New York on

    I am not bothered about the empty threats of bamanga Tukur. I am here just to tell him and his undemocratic NWC that history is about to be made again in the U S. It is about the military action in Syria which the Obama administration is talking to the Congress about through the U S Secretary of State John Kerry, the Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Dempsey. As the Congressmen are listening to the pros and cons of the “limited war” they are taking positions and also speaking up on whether they support the exercise based on the feelings of their constituents, the American public or not. No official of the ruling party is dishing orders to the congressmen to vote YES or NO to the Obama plan in Syria, rather what the President and his men are doing is consultation with the lawmakers to try to convince them of the imperativeness of the action. On September 9, they will vote either for or against according to their conscience and pulse of the people they represent. What will the PDP do if U S was nigeria, one chairman will give orders to the lawmakers elected under it’s party that they must vote “YES” to the proposal or risk suspension and expulsion at the same time.The president’s men like abati and gulak will advise the president to begin a witch-hunting campaign by threatning the lawmakers, their investments and friends. Then every other person will shout O ! Yes, they are disobeying, disrespecting and insulting president God for voting NO to his proposal. PDP, the presidency led by the president and every ordinary nigerian as the men in power refer to them must begin to learn the characteristics of liberal democracy and also imbibe them. Democracy is about consultations, negotiation, bargaining, criticism and all the other features that make it thick. It is not armtwisting by anybody, it is not blackmailing people, it is not using the EFCC to witch-hunt dissenting voices, it is not unleashing the machinery of state against those who disagree with you. If nigeria will continue to lay claim to the practise of U S presidential democracy, it must do it right like it is done here or simply embrace dictatorship so that the world will know that nigeria is not a democracy. I urge everyone especially Bamangar Tukur and his men to watch the debate live and then the voting finally on the 9th of this month. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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  4. The PDP National chairman is a (Stranger in Moscow) so the amargeddon of the brain rocking PDP will either make the party strong or weak. It is advisable for Mr Tukur to stop responding to the so called Bastard PDP in order to hold his political integrity as the legitimate PDP national Chairman as wisely said (sillence is the best answer for a fool). A Stranger in Moscow will undoubtedly see danger so Mr Bamanga even if the danger consumed you or preserved you, your legacy of discipline, Justice and political maturity will remained forever in the history of Nigeria Democracy.

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  6. Ejike! D issue u’r referring 2 is different 4rm d situation in Nigeria, plebiscite or referendum is normal in any democracy. But u see, majority of Nigerian politicians sometime acts with impunity & dis is a serious problem, d United state lawmakers u’r talking abt believes in party supremacy, no elected or appointed officials of government sees his or herself as bigger than d party. I’m not a beneficiary of dis government, by d grace of God I’m com4table as a young man, but we must call a spade a spade, if there’s any administration dat believes in wider consultation in d history of Nigeria, it is d present administration of GEJ & I stand 2 be challenged. D simple truth is dat in Nigeria if u believe in true democratic tenets & d rule of law, u’ll be seen as being feeble- minded & dat’s why most time I commend OBJ’s leadership style, coz most of dis rubbish GEJ is taking 4rm some idiots who call themselves party men, OBJ wld not tk in his days. Those idiots including a frustrated Atiku Abubakar going 2 form a parallel party Exco, are d fighting d interest of d generality of Nigerians or personal interest? And Atiku is even d arrowhead, probably coz he feels he can realise his inordinate ambition 2 rule Nigeria there, un4tun8ly dis is a man who has over d yrs rather than help dis country grow, only succeeded milking d country dry, starting 4rm his days in d custom service till his days as vice president. Ejike! I just hope u sit down & ponder over dis, those five Northern lepers going abt causing confusion in dis country, what do they want? Oh! They want power back in their region, where is their sense of patriotism if they can’t allow power go round? D North hv rule dis country 4 almost 40yrs with absolutely nothing 2 show 4, where is d place of South-south & south-east in d political equation of Nigeria? Or has leadership become an exclusive right of one region? I pity some southerners like Amaechi, who rather than read btwn d lines, wld go 2 pitch tent with d North 2 cause confusion, coz some day posterity will judge all of us.

  7. Now we have known those PDP rebels and their antics so mr president should be firm and not pander to their evil mechinations. It is all about 2015 presidential polls which the rebellous governors wanted to grab PDP ticket. Since they violently stormed out of the PDP convention to organise its own parallel meeting contrary to PDP’s constitution i only hope the judiciary should be invited here to look into their action whether it conforms with the law otherwise they should be expelled and declared null and void.

  8. KINDERGATEN, LEADERSHIP, JUST LISTEN TO THE KINDS OF WORDS AND ADDRESS COMING FROM A MAN WHO IS A CHAIRMAN OF A RULLING PARTY OF A GREAT COUNTRY LIKE NIGERIA. IF THEY BREAK AWAY ARE NOT IMPORTANT, WHY SEEK PEACE WITH THEM? I SAID THIS 4 WEEKS AGO BEFORE THE EVENTS OF THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT BAMANGA TUKUR HAVE BEEN DESTINED TO BE THE CHAIRMAN WHO PRESIDE OVER THE DEAD OF PDP.. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PDP, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS PURE KINDERGATHEN, ONE WHO IS A CHAIRMAN OF A PARTY CAN NOT EVEN MAKE A GOOD POLITICAL STATEMENT IN A CIRCUMSTANCE LIKE THIS. PLEASE LET THESE KINDERGATHEN LEADERSHIP BE FLUS OUT EVEN BEFORE 2015..

  9. Ejike, New York on

    Julius, Party supremacy in nigeria is taken too far by the operators especially the PDP. You are aware that in the last election by the House of Reps in which they elected their leadership, the PDP gave directives to its members in the House to ensure that one woman who I have forgotten her name now emerged the Speaker of the House. Party supremacy in nigeria is put above personal and individual freedom to choose . Agreed that a political parties like any other organisation, inorder to maintain law and other in its fold have to have codes and rules and regulations that guides its relation with members and the society, such codes must not tamper with the rights of members to vote and be voted for in any kind of election. Party supremacy just like the individuals rights and priviledges must not be absolute. Limits must be placed on them. Thank you.

  10. Ejike aboki why don’t you goat answer your father name aboki man,through your comment we know were you are coming from.Your rebellion aboki have no right what so ever to tell a siting president not to contest,what a country is nigerians that will decide the president faith and not one set of idiot group that want power to go back to north,gone are those days they rule us by force throught militry,we the south south will fight to the end,we have the presidency and the oil is in our back yard,so get that stright in your sinck head ewu 10.000.

      • @Ejike: You have started using the style I use to love and respect people for. Constructive argument and respect for others opinion and not trying to reply insults with your own insult.
        Kudos! My respect.

        • Ejike, New York. on

          Seriously, thank you so much. When I started out here, I was not abusive, it was long after Owerri and co who felt humiliated that I always attach New York to my name began the insult that I began to return it back to them.

        • Ejike, New York. on

          Seriously, You see, when I started out on this forum, I did not start with abuse. it was long after Owerri and co who felt humiliated that I attach New York to my name began their abuse that I began to reply them in like sense. You can even see that tina up there. Thank you.

  11. Mr green or goat i think you and fake aboki Ejike need a check up,becouse you people are very sick,some idiot aboki rebellion are asking a siting president not to contest in 2015 and you are here talking rubbish,which right do they have to make such useless comment,anyway almagalmation end 2014,let every region go and rule himself.

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  13. The PDP crisis is advantage for APC party as an alternative ruling party by 2015 this would ensure of BUHARI/OSHIOMOLE dream not doubt.

  14. The PDP crisis is advantage for APC party as an alternative ruling party by 2015 this would ensure of BUHARI/OSHIOMOLE dream not doubt to save nigeria tackle problem of corruption.

  15. Ejike don’t make noise. America is over 200 years as well as her democracy. Nigeria is less than 60 years old and her democracy less than 15 years. Or do you think that America’s democracy started from former president Clinton?. Nigeria is waiting for you to bring home what you learnt where you sojourn rather than heaping abuses on the leaders.

    • Ejike, New York. on

      Okolie emeka, it is my right to make noise and your right to close your ears if you do not waaaant to hear me. But, I will keep talking. Heaping abuses on your leaders according to you is only in your imagination and thinking.
      You can help make it better by telling your leaders the global trends of democracy but when you urge them on in their illegality. then, believe me, change is far far far far far far far far far far away.

  16. As Karl Marx prophetically remarked, each epoch contains the germs for its own destruction. The PDP has reached its summit. It’s time to decline into oblivion. It’s a natural occurrence and nothing will stop it.

  17. @ Uzobekee, if you think the PDP is Nigeria’s problem, you are wrong. Have you pause to ask yourself why is it that every ruling political party in Nigeria seems to be anti masses ? Until you can answer this question, you will then realize that the parties we have is a reflection of our incompatibility unless some magical formula is introduced to redress the anomalies .

  18. My advice to the president is that he should use his mandate or power freely given to him by nigerian electorate as he wants to get what he wants,legally and constitutionally.This is the first time in the history of Nigeria or any nation where sitting state governors are measuring up or ditching out conditions to a sitting president.@ Ejike,New York,tell me the last time you saw state governors or party members walk out on a sitting president of United States.It appears some people want to be the president of Nigeria at all cost,Their agenda are,either they hijack P.D.P machinery or weaken P.D.P for the benefit of their newly registered party,APC.All these move is about 2015 presidential election.They want to remove Bamanga Tukur at all cost,so that President Jonathana’s chances of winning the next election presidential primary under P.D.P will be weakened.

    • Ejike, New York. on

      ositadinma, the president was not official state duty when they walked out on him. He was attending his party function and disagreements and walk-outs are all parts of party politics. When we are ignorant of what should be, it makes things worse for the society.

  19. IF GEJ WANTS TO BE RESPECTED BY HIS PARTY MEMBERS HE HAS TO ABIDE BY THE RULES OF HIS SO CALLED PARTY,BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THIS PDP HAS GOT SOME RULES GUIDING THEM NOT HIM GEJ TRYING O BE HIGH HANDEDAND A DICTATOR IN A DEMOCRATIC REGIME ALL BECAUSE HE IS THE NUMBER ONE CITIZEN,TAKE FOR INSTANCE WHEN YOU RUN AFTR A GOAT UPTO TO THE EXTENT THAT THE GOAT NO LONGER HAS AN ESCAPE ROUTE IT TURNS BACK AND CHASES YOU THATS WHATS HAPPENING IN PDP NOW.BOTH GEJ,ANENIH,TUKUR,ABATI ND CO HAS GOT SOME VERY BIG LESSON TO LEARN AND A LONG WAY TO GO.BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER SEEN A PRESIDENTS WIFE NAME THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE NEWS FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE REASONS LIKE PATIENCE GEJS WIFE,WHY IS ALL THESE HAPPENING?I KNOW THIS HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH WHATS ON GROUND NOW BUT WHAT AM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT FOR GEJ NOT TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE CONTROL OVER HIS OWN IMMEDIATE HOUSE HOLD AND HIS PARTY HE IS NOT WORTHY TO RULE OUR GREAT COUNTRY.OKOLIE EMEKA AND TINA PLEASE SHUT YOUR MOUTHS IF ALL YOU KNOW IS TO INSULT A REASONABLE HONOURABLE MAN LIKE MY HIGH HONOURABLE EJIKE..

  20. The happenings in the PDP is apt & fullfilme-nt of the Biblical sayn that whatever u sow, that u shall ultimately reap.Im only concernd that Old-Paa Bamanga Tukur is at the centre of the PDP morbid game to receive hard knocks & bricks bats, frm the highly corrupt strange bed-fellows, cabals & deceitful oportunists,whose only interest were to loot & share the Nati-onal economy at the expense of Nigerian masses.However, the ongoings in the PDP is proof that God has answered the cries & prayers of Nigerian masses,whom the leadership of PDP ve delibrately schemed out,pauperized, chasitized, brazenly intimidated & played against each other for this agonizing I4 uneventful years.This deve.is Indeed a good pointer that Naiga shall overcome the prediction of the USA about the Nation for 2OI5,but shall wtness the emmergence of robust & participatory Democracy wt birth of the Progressives,the remainant of the Conservatives in the PDP & the Centrists to contest for elective positions in an issue based,electioneering campigns,devoid of thugery & all forms undemocratic antics which has characteris -ed all the elections in Naiga,since the advent of Civilian Democracy in this I4 years,the PDP led Fed.Government has held sway.Let the endemic crisis in the PDP,which the leadership,have often cald family affair continue,unabated until 2OI5,General elections,when the masses shall be in Gd position to vote in the political leaders of their choice and true Reps.of the peple in a free/credible elections to be conducted by transperent and impartial INEC.SO MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD HELP NIGERIANS TO OVER COME IN JESUS NAME,AMEN.!!!

  21. MY BROTHER MY FRIEND MY HIGH HONOURABLE EJIKE AM SORRY FOR STAYING AWAY FOR SOMETIME WIITHOUT INFORMING YOU,SORRY ABOUT THAT,SOME THINGS CAME UP .AM BACK NOW SO GUESS ALL IS WELL?THANKS FOR KEEPING THE FLAG FLYING I REALY APPRECIATE.GOD BLESS YOU.

  22. Ejike, New York. on

    My High Chief, it is well with you and your family. No evil shall befall you. The Lord must send back any evil arrows directed at you and your family to their senders. God Bless You.

  23. Iyobosa and Ejike is good to see both of you blending with each other .
    Can you please tell Femi Fani Kayode that that’s the way we should be looking after each other and not the other way round . KEEP IT UP GUYS

  24. @ IYOBOSA, I have no time to waste for praise singers like you, rather I spend my time with reasonable people analyzing issues. You can only tell me to shut up in a mask like this forum, but fear will not let you when I stand before you. If not to contribute my quarter to the nation where I was born before my sojourn and to help educate people like you, I wouldn’t have given a damn over what ever goes on in your polity. Why apologizing to Ejike, you should have been brave and let your chairman know that you need some cash to buy air time, as for me, I spend my time with people who are virile..

  25. @ 12chas, it seems you are new in this forum, Ejike is an ofemanu using Igbo name to inflict and perpetrate carnage against South East and South- South political interests. Tell him to remove his mast if he is not faking.

  26. Folk, behold the grievance against PDP by the 5 renegade crooks led by Rabid Kwasoko as reported by Tribune. 9/3/13

    I said it Gernor Rabid Kwasoko is a green snake in a green grass.

    The Meeting, please read below

    “Stalemate as PDP govs disagree at parley There was a sharp division among governors of PDP at the peace meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday night. The meeting, which lasted till early hours of Monday, however, resolved to continue today.

    A source, however, said much of the submissions by the G7 governors bothered on flimsy excuses, adding that if the president should follow that path, he would have nothing to show Nigerians in 2015.
    “It appears the aggrieved governors want the president to fail, so they can easily take his job in 2015,” a source said.
    Sources close to the meeting, however, told the Nigerian Tribune that a sharp division ensued among governors at the meeting, following the declaration by the Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, who spoke on behalf of the G7 governors that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had become a thorn in the flesh of state governors, calling on the president to order the commission to stop probing of governors.
    Besides Kwakwanso, Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, also asked the president to put a stop to activities of the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
    Kwakwanso, the first to speak among the aggrieved governors who, on Saturday, teamed up with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to form the New PDP, said they were angry over four issues.
    He said they were being stalked by the EFCC, while the commission was also harassing the son of the governor of Jigawa State, also one of the G7 governors.
    He said as PDP governors, they should be protected from EFCC harassment, adding that members of the ruling party should not be so exposed to EFCC probe.
    Kwara State governor also told the meeting that he had been facing EFCC probe since he served in the cabinet of Senator Bukola Saraki, adding that there was an atmosphere of fear in the state over activities of the anti-graft agency.
    He said as a PDP governor, the government should not only protect him, but also protect his predecessor, who was being investigated by the EFCC.
    The claims by the two governors, however, elicited reactions from Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Gabriel Suswam of Benue.
    The trio opposed the request that President Jonathan should put a stop to EFCC activities.
    Jang was said to have insisted that EFCC should continue with its job, adding that he was also a victim of the probe by the commission for the first three years of his first term.
    He said the fact that the commission was a federal agency did not mean the president should take control of its activities.
    Suswam also told the meeting that his government had been severally investigated and that he never attributed the situation to the president.
    Akpabio, according to a source, said that the governors should strive to keep clean books, since nobody would be in office for life.
    Sources said Kwakwanso, who presented a four-point grouse, also mentioned the issue of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) election, the Adamawa PDP crisis and the Rivers situation as some of the grouse of the aggrieved governors.
    He was also quoted as saying that the president should find solution to the crisis rocking Adamawa PDP, as delegates loyal to the governor were stopped from attending the mini convention on Saturday.
    Kwankwaso also stressed the need for PDP to discuss party structures, with the president ensuring inclusive government.
    According to him, the list of those who were appointed into positions and boards of parastatal agencies in his state, for example, did not emanate from him, adding that those people had been giving him a lot of problems.
    “We don’t want to leave PDP, but we want to ensure the right things are done. We need a united NGF and we want the president to intervene and help sort out the crisis,” he was quoted to have said.
    The governors, however, insisted that besides the listed grievances, they did not intend to leave the party, adding that their action on Saturday [8/31/13] was aimed at driving home their grievances.
    A governor at the meeting further confirmed that Jang was angry at the mention of the NGF crisis and that when he was given the floor, he accused his colleague governors of playing a deceitful game.
    He told the president that he was drafted into the NGF election by his colleagues who adopted him as a consensus candidate, adding that he was shocked to discover that the same people who drafted him later said they were deceiving him.
    He also said the action of the breakaway governors on Saturday was premeditated, adding that they had planned to hold a parallel convention long ago.
    According to him, the governors could not just wake up and get the venue decorated within few minutes of their leaving Eagle Square.
    He insisted that political leaders must do away with politics of deceit if the PDP must get to the roots of the problem.
    A source said President Jonathan, who rounded off the discussions, said the problems enumerated were all human problems, promising that all of the issues would be resolved.
    According to a reliable source, the president declared that those within his powers would be resolved by him, while he would readily refer issues of the party to the party leadership for appropriate action.”

  27. The article below posited on the eve of PDP mini convention could not have been more Farsighted

    Presidency, call Kwankwaso to Order or to a Conference.

    The entire crisis in PDP was manufactured and given breath of life by the five governors among them are those that believe that certain section of the country was born to rule. The most dangerous but evilly quite among these five governors is Kwankwaso. This man is a tribal xenophobe in the ranks of Ahmadu Bello. Kwankwaso dislike southerners, Christians especially Igbos in the manner and level Sardauna did. Kwankwaso was the reason the national assembly jettisoned new state creation especially in the South East when he cried wolf, accused, and charged Iheodioha and Ekweremadu of leading Igbo conspiracy for more Igbo states, a similar conspiracy charge of Igbos penchant for domination that preceded the 1966 Igbo massacre or pogrom in the North and South West. Kwankwaso government few months ago accused the Minister of Aviation Ms Oduah of abandoning Aminu Kano International Kano for the new commissioned Akanu Ibiam International airport in Enugu even as evidence showed the Ministry had invested more and commissioned more renovation work at Kano airport than in any other airport in Nigeria. The Governor even shamelessly accused the Minster as being responsible for the very low patronage of the Kano Airport even when he knows that bombing and terrorism are the reason businesses and travelers are avoiding his death trap state.

    Just last week this tribal ignoramus religious zealot called for the sack of Odimegwu, an Igbo, and the chairman of National Population Commission. He called Odimegwu a drunkard and unfit to lead NPC. Thank God Kwankwaso did not say that Odimegwu is an Islamic fundamentalist blood sucking vampire like himself. He called for Odimegwu’s sack just because Odimegwe rightly berated the highly manipulated 2006 census and promised credible head count backed with biometric. Sources had it that Kwankwaso demanded the sack of Odimegwe as condition to reconcile and back Jonathan for 2015. And Jonathan by sending query to Odimegwu is succumbing to Kwankwaso’s mischief, antics, evil mechanization and political manipulation at his own political peril. Jonathan should be reminded that even before Odimegwu made the statement in which he rightly criticized the past censuses, Rabi’u Kwankwaso had already mortally opposed his Presidency and 2015 ambition. He was already going all over Nigeria campaigning against Jonathan’s 2015 ambition and romancing the president’s perceived political enemies. It is on record that the Muslim North have consistently opposed credible head count in Nigeria because the status quo benefits them. The attacked Odimewgwu today is only but a smoke screen to mask North’s long opposition to accurate head count and attempt to kill Odimegwu’s lofty goal of credible head count backed with Biometrics.

    Jonathan must not be naïve and must learn from recent history when during the civil war north incited the south eastern minorities against the Igbo. To cause disaffection and disunity in the south east during the civil war north evilly manipulated the south east minorities, indoctrinating them that they would be better off in Nigeria than in Biafra. They told them falsely that the Niger Delta oil wealth would be best protected for the Niger Deltans in Nigeria than in Biafra. Lacking simple knowledge of arithmetic the South East minorities bought the North’s poisonous pill, rebelled and abandoned their natural and cultural brothers, the Igbos. What followed immediately after the civil war was the absolute takeover of the Niger Delta oil wealth by the North; the construction of South South-Kaduna oil pipe line, (the first of its kind even in moderate economic powers of the world); the north’s complete ownerships of Niger Delta oil rings, the Yoruba complete control and administration of the production of Niger Delta oil. Not until recently, what did the Niger Delta get from the civil war deal against Igbos, environmental damage and degradation and meager 5% of oil derivative.

    I am not a champion of Biafra State but knowledge of simple arithmetic and not rocket science would have been enough to intimate South East minorities that, one divided by many is far less than one divided by few; that is, Niger Delta oil wealth shared by the old south easterners Igbo included would have given more dividend per capita than as it is being shared by the whole Nigeria today. In fact if Niger delta oil wealth was shared only among Biafrans, the dividend would have satisfied everyone’s greed no matter the degree of greed of the people. Not only did Niger Delta Mortgaged its oil wealth to the North it also since the civil war pitched its political tent with the north and have supported the north politically. Since that civil war anti-Igbo deal, it has been politically a one way street from the South South to northern leadership of the country. But for providence, a Niger Deltan, by God’s will was positioned to occupy the high office in the land for the first time and perhaps the only time and may be the only time in the foreseeable future it would ever again happen. Now for their long support of Northern hegemony, for mortgaging their oil wealth to the north, for selling their brothers and next door neighbor to a faraway friend one would be compelled to ask, what has Niger Delta gotten in return from the north since 2011, when out of providence (and not out of North’s reciprocity) a Niger Deltan was position to occupy the exalted office of the presidency. Since 2011 to present the strongest and even deadly opposition to Niger Deltan, Goddluck Jonathan’s presidency is from the north, the same North that promised the Niger Deltans comfort and equality in a united Nigeria. The North has threatened to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan and lo and behold they delivered on the threat. They threatened to make his second term ambition a pipe dream and they are currently delivering on this by splitting and weakening the PDP platform upon which Jonathan would contest for his second term. The biggest irony yet is that Jonathan since 2011 to present enjoys his biggest unalloyed support from the Igbos, the same people his fathers and people were told to be afraid of, to not trust. The same Igbo brothers Niger Delta abandoned in time of great need, the same Igbo it conspired against with a distance northern fair weather friend are the ones hedging Jonathan’s North’s abandonment. Yet Igbos being people with bad fate in Nigeria but love by their creator would still be despised by their Niger Delta brothers tomorrow because hate is irrational. Yet, I would still ask Igbos to continue to show leadership, maturity, big brotherliness and one Nigerianess because to err is human, to forgive is divine. Because hate only destroys the hater while the hated innocence goes home hearty and unscathed

    Among the 5 governor rampaging against Jonathan’s presidency and 2015 ambition, Kwankwaso though less boisterous, not laud like the other four is the tribal northern hegemonic brain behind the rebellious 5, he is not persuadable. Lamido is only being a politician with presidential ambition and north hegemonic, given a good deal his is persuadable. Nyako with rebellious nature wants a northern presidency not necessarily for himself or for hegemonic control but as the North’s turn to produce the president, difficult but his is persuadable to support Jonathan, he need an assurance. Alieu Babagida have presidential ambition that is fueled by his age and his belief that the north must produce the presidency in 2015, not for hegemonic control but as north’s turn to produced the president. If not for his age he could be persuadable. He believes that 2015 is his last chance to aboard in Aso Rock. Like Kwankwaso Wamako has no strong presidential ambition. He strongly believes that it is north’s turn to produce the president. It is difficult to read if he nurses northern hegemonic feelings like kwankwaso hence it is not yet known if he is persuadable. For a 2nd term Jonathan must find a way around these 5 Governors. He may have to cut a deal with them. Or he must have to find a way around them and then divide, conquer and reduce their influence in their states. As for Atiku, only in Nigeria would a crook like him be walking freely on the street. His American partner in crime Congressman Jefferson is still serving his long prison term in America prison for receiving $100,000 bribe from American oil firm that he arranged to bribed Atiku with $3M for oil deal in Nigeria.

    Any decent Nigerian Knows why Kwankwaso and Islamic far North is against and will fight to finish against credible head count in Nigeria. The past manipulated censuses gave the semi-arid desert Islamic far north underserved manipulated overstated population demographic that gave them 13 states and over blown local government councils. It’s only in Nigeria that desert means tropics, where deserters are more populous than Riverain and tropical dwellers. The past censuses under represented the Northern minority and Christians as the past military juntas led by the far Muslim north instead of carving out minority and Christian dominant states, shredded the northern minorities and Christians into dominant Muslim states thereby reducing northern minority, politically relevancy and influence. The most credible yet not so accurate census of 1959 put Hausa/Fulani, (North West and North East), Igbo, Yoruba, Northern Minority and Southern Minority at same population demographic tally. Yet Hausa/Fulani occupies the 13 states of NW and NE with ruminants scattered in the 5 other north central states. I am not a proponent of more states but for fairness since the national cake is shared on state bases and Hausa/Fulani have 13 states, Igbo, Yoruba, Northern and Southern Minorities ought to have received 13 states, each.

    In the last months this Kwankwaso used the Kano police establishment to constantly harass the Kano Igbo leader in the state just because this Igbo leader gave accurate number of victims of the last Islamic terrorist bomb attack in Kano. The Igbo leader’s figure was in variance to the reduce number of the victims reported by the Kano state government. It have long been reported that kwankwaso has throughout his leadership of Kano embarked in anti-Igbo policies and harassment. I think it is time that Oha-na- Eze and the presidency call this xenophobe, Kwankwaso to order to desist from harassing or targeting any Nigeria living in Kano.

  28. @12Chas,I concur with Okolie Emeka,that Ejike,New York is fake!He is neither from southeast nor from south-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria.He is just faking Ejike,an igbo name to confuse and deceive unsuspecting Nigerians.He is a masked warrior! Jesus Christ our perfect master said,”by their words we shall know the identity of the speaker.In Ejike,London’s case,by his writings we have known his true identity and his standing.God bless Nigeria my beloved country of green,white,green.

  29. Ejike, New York. on

    Are you guys saying that I cannot differ with you because I come from IGBOLAND ? I really pity the families and people under you. I see dictators in you all.

  30. Igboland is land of liberty and librerlity,but the matter at hand right mow,this moment is not for thoughtless comments.

  31. Igbo land is land of liberty,but the matter at hand right mow,this moment is not for thoughtless comments,afterall all Igbos don’t belong to the same political party,but we call evil evil when we see it.Some are bent on making the office of the president look like that of motor park chairman,simply because he is not from from their region/religion.@Ejike,New york,I have this photo i admire so much that I have in my photo archive.It is a photo of past American president,Mr Bill Clinton bend-downg greeting president Obama,an acknowledgement that he is the present leader of America.But in Nigeria of today a past president’d be behaving as if he is the creator of the Universe,he ‘d not allow a sitting president to do his job.He ‘d be dictating for him if he fail to do his bidding he ‘d be plotting aginst his down fall.

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