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The Resurrection of Apc

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The Resurrection of Apc

By Mamman Mohammed

To those still harbouring weak, doubtful and clouded faith in the strength of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the leading party in Africa’s most populous democracy, the flag-off of the Ondo state APC governorship campaign on Saturday 5th September, provides a convincing clarification to all doubting minds.

The out pour of the people of Ondo state lining up the streets and Akure stadium venue of the launch was unprecedented and unimaginable. It was not just an event based on political party basis but a conglomeration of people who believed in continuity, consolidation and innovation for a better future of Ondo state.

The dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee and the emergence of the Caretaker committee under the leadership of Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, remains the best decision ever taken to rescue a troubled ruling political party from an imminent collapse.

The travails of APC and what seems to be a thing of joy to the opposition parties was however shortlived with the emergence of the Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker committee.

For Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Saturday 5th September will forever remain memorable and historical, his joy knew no bounds as he danced all through celebrating the solidarity and mobilization by the Buni led committee as well as, the massive turn out of the people of Ondo state to attend the campaign signifying a clear commitment to his victory in the forthcoming election.

When the Governor Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee assembled a 104 member national campaign council, headed by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, it became obvious that the party meant business and sent defeating signals down the spine of the opposition parties.

The APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, said “I am happy to state that the chairman and members of the council were carefully selected, based on their personal records of hard work, proven integrity and commitment to the ideals of our dear party.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the rich cream of personalities on this council, with vast electioneering experience, will once again secure the mandate of the people of Ondo State, for the party and its candidate.”

“You are, therefore, encouraged to always engage in team work and collective participation. We are fully confident that by the grace of God, you will succeed and do us proud.

And so the campaign council took the change and did the party proud.

The tumultuous crowd must have listened to
Buni’s appeal “Let me use this occasion to assure the good people of Ondo state that your investment in the party in this election will consolidate the achievements recorded in the last four years.

“I want to assure you that APC will not renege in its drive to build a peaceful and prosperous Ondo State that will be the pride of all,” Buni said.

Lagos Governor and chairman of the Ondo campaign council San-Olu had since the  inauguration of the campaign council expressed confident that APC will win Ondo governorship polls.

“The tasks given to us by the APC Caretaker/Extra Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee will be approached with the highest sense of responsibility. We know that the people of Ondo State cannot afford to return to retrogressive life after experiencing progressive governance offered by the APC.

According  to San-olu, the 104 members of the APC National Campaign Council for Ondo State Governorship election will roll their sleeves and work hard for the victory that APC truly deserve. 

He said the large number of party men serving on the campaign council was necessitated by the number 9f people willing to serve the party at all levels and to secure victory for the party.

Addressing the mamoth crowd in Akure, the party Caretaker chairman reminded the people of Ondo state that, it will not be in the interest of the state and the people to contemplate choosing an uncertainty and move retrogressively while its peers continue to move forward.

“We have seen tremendous Progress by the Akeredolu administration, we must sustain the regime to ensure continuity and consolidation. Let me also inform anyone that is not with us today, that the doors of the party are wide open to accomodate anyone. Your future in APC is certainly bright and promising” Buni assured.

The turn out in Ondo can be likened to the tumultuous welcome the Buni led Caretaker committee received some few weeks ago when it visited Benin city to flag off the Edo state governorship election campaign.

The rebirth of APC with a new energy, focus, commitment and fairness has redefined and repositioned the party to a truly leading political party in Nigeria.

The commitment, sense of belonging and all inclusiveness of the new regime gives the APC a more advantageous position over and above other political parties.

It is now glaringly evident that with massive commitment of the Governor Mai Mala Buni led committee, APC has finally bounced back to life. Thanks to the Caretaker committee for making APC once again Nigeria’s leading party.

Mamman is the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Mai Mala Buni

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Opinion: Ghost Group Should Challenge Governor’s DG Media & Communication Not SSG

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OPINION: Ghost Group Should Challenge Governor’s DG Media & Communication Not SSG

By Fred Oyono

It is laughable reading narcissist, malignant and malicious piece, spitted by some seeming sponsored, group, bereft of decorum and moral sensibility, with some parading themselves as gentlemen of the press, shared via mainly two online media, calling for the removal of the Secretary to the State Government, if Adamawa State Governor would want to return for the second tenure.

The administration is less than two years, yet the uncritical minded are talking about 2023 election, blaming the SSG for the failure they could not get to substantiate, of the government.

If there is the appointed, who ought to be relieved of his assigned responsibility as a result of inefficiency, it should be no other than the Director General, Media and Communication to the Governor whose not only perceived conspiracy of silence suggestive of the support of the mischief and libel against the SSG but also failure to factor in capable and reliable media to promote the activities of his principal.

The online media in question are noted to be antagonistic to the state government. The reason was perceived to be based on the government’s intolerant to their financial demands.

One of the media was said to have suspended the malice against the Adamawa Governor he hitherto accused of failed promises and projects; clearly depicting deception, as a result of the stipend paid to him monthly by the DG Media but shifted the libellous onslaught on the SSG whom the paymaster is apparently not been in good mood with, for unsubstantiated reason.

The the seeming misfit paymaster of the mischievous media ought to have known that an attack on the SSG is invariably an attack on his principal; the Governor.

Suffices to say that the DG Media spends state government’s funds to fund those who libel against the SSG, after having said to have suspended some journalists from enjoying the monthly stipend because of their being critical on the government, considered as being clearly an attack on the governor.

It is not clear why the DG Media should allow such libel against the SSG who would not have tolerated public insult against the former, having nurtured the spirit of teamwork, bearing in mind also that immediately after having been sworn in, the Adamawa state governor appointed both the SSG, Engr Bashir Ahmad and the Director General, Media and Communications, Mr Solomon Kumangar at the same time, on May 30, 2019, sourced from a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary (Administration), Government House, Alhaji Bello Sugu.

With this background, it suffices that the duo ought to work together, defend each other to be able to defend, support and promote their principal, lest he is swept away with the properly tied broom.

The media handling of the activities of the Adamawa State Government is indeed not brilliant. Some journalists attributed the disappointing experience to the selective handling of the journalists by the DG Media, where coined as a similitude to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” some journalists are considered more equal than the others who are being ignored.

However, even the considered more equal journalists are said not to be disenchanted with the way and manner the government represented by the DG Media and Communications manipulate the relationship and this has translated to the poor publicity of the activities of the Fintiri led administration such that the opposition party members seemed to more media favoured.

I wrote a related article three months ago with the title, “Kumangar: Gov Fintiri’s DG communications the worse media aid” where I in part argued that “when media aids to the chief executives are professionally engaged in showcasing activities of their principals for ovation, encomiums and any occasion that calls for commendation, Solomon the drunk Kumangar, Director-General, Media and Communications to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state is busy bringing down his Principal as the liquor he is so much addicted to can get to play the demeaning culture”.

Therefore, if there is a government official whose action could eventually translate to a disappointing 2023 election against his principal that the so-called mischievous media promoted ghost group ought to have called on the governor’s attention, it is no other than the DG Media and Communications.

The SSG said to be a man of principle has no issue with the malicious and malignant, rather mischievous media. He is only incompetent because those that accused him as such have failed to “blackmail him for ransom,” as ane piece would render a befitting explanation. Their propaganda apparently failed make the desired public impact against their target.

Fred Oyono is a conflict resolution and persuasive communicator based in Abuja.

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Trump’s African Genes

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Trump’s African Genes, by Hassan Gimba

Outgoing 45th President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump, was said to have German roots. His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, is said to be Scottish. His paternal ancestry is traceable to Bobenheim am Berg, a village in the Palatinate, Germany, in the 18th century. Johann Trump, born there in 1789, moved to the nearby town of Kallstadt where his grandson, Friedrich Trump, the grandfather of Donald Trump, was born in 1869.

However, I think this is shallow. In the spirit of Kunta Kinte, Trump is an African, even though he called the continent a s**t hole. But what do you expect? We Africans love heaping insults on ourselves. It is in our genes. Therefore, the African Union can do well to commission a team of historians and archaeologists to dig up his African ancestry.

Though the 1876 election in the US witnessed a dispute between Republican candidate Rutherford Hayes and Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden, a transition from one government to another has always been smooth in America. But if 1876 was necessitated by a dispute, what of 2020? There was no dispute whatsoever regarding the November 3 presidential election in the US. The Georgia Senate runoff elections, in which the Democrats for the first time in 20 years trounced the Republicans, confirmed that Trump lost fair and square. And this is despite him running away from the remaining two presidential debates after turning the first into a fiasco fit for thugs. He claimed he was affected by Covid-19.

With 16 Electoral College votes, Georgia is one of the original 13 colonies that entered the American Union in 1788. It has been reliably “red” (Republican) since 1972 except for 1976 and 1980 when it supported its Democrat native son, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton in 1992. By 2004 it returned to “red” and gave George Bush 58 per cent of its votes to defeat John Kerry, the Democratic candidate. In 2016, Republican Donald Trump defeated his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, by about five per cent.

Like many African presidents, Trump, who came to power on the back of white supremacy ethos, was an aberration. During his campaigns, he was crude and uncouth in his language, insulting opponents and just about anyone who dared to question his methods, including the media. He loved putting fear into everyone as he was attributed to have said ‘The most important thing is to be feared’ in Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House. And like all bullies, he drove that fear into all contrarian voices within his party and government.

And he won – mostly thanks to the FBI investigation, covertly instigated by the KGB, into Clinton’s use of official email when she served as secretary of state in Obama’s administration. That put doubts in voters’ minds about her integrity. He is like a bumbling oaf in power, sacking aides according to his whims and caprices. He badmouths the same officials he praised to high heavens yesterday once they decide not to follow him blindly.

Sadly, to the fear of peace-loving people and those who looked up to America worldwide, the country became divided against itself on his watch. Its ugly sides came to the fore and, suddenly, the land was no longer the land of hope and freedom. The pastures there turned brown from its acclaimed green for many who saw America as something of the Promised Land. But the worst of all, Trump comes off as a puppet and Russia’s Vladimir Putin the puppeteer. In a way, Russia has gotten America where it wanted without firing a single shot.

It so became apparent that Russia, Israel and Saudi Arabia became the hidden influencers of America’s foreign, and to some extent, domestic, policy: Russia, because of its role in Trump’s ascendancy; Israel, because its Mossad was in the know and Saudi Arabia, being the Father Christmas.

Yet all these are still not indicators of the Africanness in Trump. That he will be among 12 one-term American presidents is also not one of the indicators. Forget about him being among the six American presidents who couldn’t win a second term as well, for it can’t be an indicator. To share the same page with James Buchanan (President from March 4, 1857, to March 4 1861), one of the worst Presidents America ever had, is not an indicator.

That Trump is one of five in the history of America’s 59 presidential elections to have lost the popular vote but became President through the backdoor offered by the Electoral College shouldn’t also be an indicator. Just as among these five, that only three – Trump, Adams and Harrison – ran and again lost the popular and electoral votes cannot be an indicator. Rutherford Hayes did not run for re-election, while George W. Bush ran and won.

His Africanness shines brightly in his love for power, his get-it-at-any-cost and retain-it-at-all-cost stance. Perhaps, his original African genes have been tempered through “contamination” by German and Scottish ones. If not, Trump would have remained in power for the next four years and even go on to become his adopted country’s President for life.

You see, in Africa, the sitting President who loses an election would dissolve the electoral body and arrest its head for collecting bribes. He would charge the cheeky opposition candidate with treason and ban his party for harbouring election riggers and dissidents. Then make a state broadcast annulling the elections and postponing it by two years. And he would tell everybody to go about their businesses. Case closed.

Another way is to roll out the security agents on the streets to intimidate voters after arresting opposition candidates. After that, the electoral umpire, appointed by him, would write out the figures and declare him winner even while voters are still queuing to cast their ballots. Any opposition candidate that takes the case to court will only succeed in according him more credibility. After all, the Supreme Court judges, still appointed by him, would fall over themselves to return the favour. Any judge that may not toe the line would have been disgraced and removed ahead of the polls on allegation of receiving gratifications.

Ah! Our Kunta Kinte brother tried this African monkey business in the Whiteman’s land. At first, he claimed victory knowing full well that mail-in ballots had not been counted. Something in his dark genes told him that all institutions would key into “oga’s” body language. But that only happens where he left his roots. Then he began to shout that he had been rigged out and called for a recount. And recounts he did get. There were recounts in Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona and some other counties. All confirmed he lost to Biden.

Then he shifted to the courts but various state courts kicked out his petitions for lack of evidence. He took his unprovable pleas to the Supreme Court which wasted no time in dismissing him. And then the insults started. He rained abuses on the justices, some of whom he had praised to high heavens when he appointed them. He was expecting a quid pro quo. But America is not Africa; it has strong institutions.

Not done, he played his last but one card: he bore down on the 538 electors that make up the Electoral College to announce him the winner. He failed woefully there.

Bill Weld, a Republican lawyer and former governor of Massachusetts, who lost to Trump in the last primaries, was asked about Trump. He said: “Everyone’s pretending that the President—he’s just a little different. They’re indulging him in his malignant narcissism. A malignant narcissist is someone who’s only happy when other people are losing”. Trump is only happy when he looks up and sees only losers. But when he lost at the electoral game; it was his time to be unhappy, but the problem was in the expression of the same.

His final card was what threatens to consign him to an inglorious dustbin of history. At first, he wanted state legislatures to overturn their states’ electoral votes, which failed outright. Then he wanted the joint Congress with his deputy, Mike Pence, serving as President of the Senate, to find a means to pave the way for him to remain President. Not just that, he incited his supporters, some of them armed, to “march on” the lawmakers in their hallowed chambers at Capitol Hill. They spilt blood, and their blood was spilt. But, ultimately, he failed again.

What many prominent Republicans, including former Presidents Bush (Senior and Junior), former Secretaries of State Colin Powel, Condoleezza Rice and former Governors Mitt Romney feared came to pass. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and revered Senators like John McCain joined them, warning as far back as the 2016 presidential election that America could enter “One Chance”.

A pro-slavery side of America became resuscitated by the rise to power of Donald Trump and his band of ‘rednecks’. His revisionist, nativist and ‘score-settling’ mentality invoked, harnessed and nurtured the worst societal instincts in them fuelled by the alluring seduction of making America great again.

Turning American democracy into a mobocracy, he unleashed a frenzy mob on Capitol Hill in a last gasp show of desperation and hopelessness. He was intent on bending an institution and a system purposely to hold on to power. An act that triggers in the American memory the sad Battle of Lake Erie.

The Battle of Lake Erie, or the Battle of Put-in-Bay, was fought on Lake Erie off Ohio’s coast during the War of 1812, on September 10 1813. Nine vessels of the US Navy defeated and captured six British Royal Navy vessels. In 1814, the British marched on Washington, setting fire to government buildings, including the White House and the Capitol building.

However, in Africa, achieving his wish wouldn’t have been too much of a problem. Ghana Must Go bags to the national assembly members would do the trick, failing which security agents would be drafted in to ‘persuade’ those not keen on the project. After all, some of them have stinking dossiers. And since almost everyone and everything depends on the government for survival, one can kill a rat in many ways than one. But America is not Africa as our genealogical brother found out. Now he must fight to remain on that seat till January 20.

Understandably, this man is venerated by many around the world, especially in Nigeria. Yet, even among us, we have more honourable men than Trump. Our own Goodluck Ebere Jonathan conceded defeat before the election result was declared.

But when looked at deeply, you will see among Trump’s Nigerian supporters the separatists and bigots. Trump sees himself as the best in everything, even claiming that his “first term was the best first term in the history of American presidency”. His supporters everywhere are hatemongers, supremacists and egocentrics. As desperate as he showed to cling to power, his supporters have the same mindset. Give such people responsibility and chaos will be the result.

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How Bafarawa realign with Wammako

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How Bafarawa realign with Wammako


BY Mahmoud Muhammad

Recently, sympathisers as well associates, political office holders, NASS members and also friends, well wishers have been trooping to Gawun- Nama a popular suburb, that former, President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida described Wammako’s styles of Leadership, but unknowingly, his prediction has remain true, he is a technocrat by polling large crowd even though, death of his daughter and his nephew had left thorn on the senator.

However, all time taken by Bafarawa with ego, incarcerating bad about Wammakko has come to an end. The edifice at Gawun-nama has recently, showed that even those politicians that fought Wammakko are now taking full advantage of condolences to re-align themselves with His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Wammakko to seek forgiveness and also re-align for good and progress of their noble state.

Meanwhile, the old rivalry between the two gladiators have during the condolences be forgiven by Wammakko.

It will be recalled that Bafarawa has during bereaved of Aliyu Wammakko’s late daughter paid similar visit, while recently when his Nephew Dr. Bello Coach died, he subsequently paid another condolences to Ex -governor’s residence to pay respect and condole him over his lost.

Now that Bafarawa has shower and believe ego cannot lift him up, has made his last respect to his successor. “Truth sometimes they say is bitter”.

Today, the seat of the caliphate, according to Sokotawas to filled with Sokoto politics have been optimistic that Aliyu Wammako has reform many, associates of his predecessors without looking at the way and manner he was incarcerated by his mentor.

But most likely, Bafarawa to many pillars of Sokoto politicians seems to observed that the re-aliging methodology, he himself with senator Wammako would go a long way to sanitized the state that is today divided toward “politics” not “religion” dimension which Public Opinion Writer and Analyst Suleiman Yakubu of Freedom Radio described as the end of long rivalry between the two gladiators. “We all put blame on Bafarawa who suppose by know spearheading the state to a greater height. It seem Wammakko has taken the glory before, he acknowledged his wrong perception.

But, wammakko has shown maturity and from all indications, what stakeholders saw at social media how people from all facet of life across the country is an indication that he is now that political GODFATHER OF THE SEAT OF CALIPHATE in Sokoto. MAHMOUD MUHAMMAD WRITE AS FORMER REGIONAL EDITOR, ANALYST AS WELL PUBLIC COMMENTATOR OF SOKOTO POLITICS

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