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2023 ELECTION: WHY NIGERIA’S CORRUPT POWERFUL ELITES ARE AGAINST CANDIDATE PETER OBI

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2023 ELECTION: WHY NIGERIA’S CORRUPT POWERFUL ELITES ARE AGAINST CANDIDATE PETER OBI

By Ikenna Asomba

 

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Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and seventh-most populous country in the world is home to more than 200 million people.

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In size, Nigeria is about 356,669 Sq Mi (923,768 Sq Km), slightly larger than the States of Texas and Minnesota in the United States.

 

 

2023 ELECTION: WHY NIGERIA’S CORRUPT POWERFUL ELITES ARE AGAINST CANDIDATE PETER OBI

 

Nigeria, a diverse multi-ethnic country with over 389 Ethnic Nationalities and more than 520 spoken languages is blessed with abundant natural resources, notably large deposits of petroleum and natural gas, including mineral resources such as gold, silver, coal, granite, iron-ore, barite, bitumen, gemstones, clay, feldspar, copper ore, zinc, dolomite, lead ore, limestone, phosphate, galena, gypsum, wolframite, kaolin, salt, magnesium, quartzite, tin ore, fluorite, manganese, tar sands, columbite, diatomite, titanium, marble, uranium, talc and silica.

 

 

 

Aside more than 35 mineral resources which Nigeria is abundantly blessed with; Nigeria produces daily over 1.8m barrels of crude oil.

 

 

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The by-products contained in a barrel of crude oil (about 158.978litres) if judiciously harnessed can see Nigeria transmogrifying into a manufacturing and exporting hub as a barrel can produce a lot such as:

1. Wax for 170 birthday candles or 27 crayons.

2. Distillate fuel to give a large truck (five miles per gallon) for almost 40 miles, if jet fuel fraction is included, that same truck can run nearly 50 miles.

3. Asphalt to make about one gallon of tar for patching roofs or streets.

4. Lubricants to make about one quart of motor oil.

5. About four pounds of charcoal briquettes

6. Gasoline to drive a medium-sized car (17 miles per gallon) for more than 280 miles.

7. Nearly 70kilowatt-hours of electricity at a power plant generated by residual fuel.

8. Liquefied gases such as propane to fill 12 small (14.1 ounce) cylinders for home, camping or workshop use.

9. Enough petrochemicals to also provide the base for 540 toothbrushes.

10. 750 pocket combs.

11. 39 polyester shirts.

12. 23 hula hoops.

13. 135 four-inch rubber balls.

14. 65 plastic drinking cups.

15. 195 one-cup measuring cups.

16. 11 plastic telephone housing and 65 plastic dustpans.

17. The lighter materials in a barrel of crude oil (158.978liters) are used mainly for paint thinners and dry-cleaning solvents, and they can make nearly a quart of one of these products.

18. The miscellaneous fraction of what is left still contains enough by-products to be used in medicinal oils, still gas, road oil and plant condensates.

From the foregoing facts, it’s instructive to state that crude oil is indeed a blessing, not a curse to the Nigerian State, as it is a real industrial horn of plenty. But when you look at the appalling condition of lives of the Nigerian people, particularly, the Niger Delta Region which produces the crude oil, you will weep.

Worrisomely, in its November 2022 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that over 133million Nigerians are living in poverty, representing 63 per cent of the country’s population.

Let me also point that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria as of 2021 was $440.78 billion, far below the GDP of the State of Texas which was $2trillion in 2021.

Howbeit, of all frontline candidates for the February 25, 2023, Presidential Election, among whom are Bola Tinubu (All Progressives Congress, APC); Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP), Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) remains the only man deeply perturbed by the sorry state of Nigeria and Nigerians, despite the country’s abundant natural and human resources.

Critically examining Nigeria’s political firmament, it appears Obi is now on collision course with many of Nigeria’s notorious and powerful criminal elites because at various campaign stops, town hall meetings, media parleys and conferences with several stakeholders across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones, he has continued to reaffirm the determination of his administration when elected to office in February 2023 and assumes presidential duties on May 29, 2023, to dismantle structures of criminality preventing over 200million Nigerians from enjoying the full benefits and potentials of their country.

Addressing Nigerians on October 29, 2022, during his campaign kick-off rally in Nasarawa State, North Central Nigeria, Obi averred that the state’s landmass is vast enough to provide food for the people of the state, pointing that Nasarawa is bigger than Israel’s landmass in square kilometers.

Assuring his readiness to invest in the Nigerian youths to help pull people out of poverty, Obi said: “Remember what I said, Nasarawa has 27.1 thousand square kilometers of land. It’s bigger than Israel with 22.1 thousand square kilometers. Nasarawa would feed itself. We’ll put money here to make sure that we pull the youths out of poverty.”

Obi was right. Nasarawa State measures 27,117 square kilometers, while the size of Israel is 22,145 square kilometers.

Having reeled out several by-products Nigeria can produce from 1 barrel of crude oil if properly harnessed, tie the information to the fact that Nigeria losses about 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day to oil thieves, you will weep for Nigeria, especially when compared in terms of growth and development to other oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, China, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, among others.

Saddened by this development, speaking on September 12, 2022, at the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Standing Committee Meeting, held at St. Matthias House, Abuja, Obi decried that of all 13 countries belonging to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), only Nigeria was not meeting its supply quota, whereas other countries were angling for more.

“In July 2022, Nigeria did not supply 717,000 barrels per day out of its 1.8million barrel per day quota. This amounted to lost revenue of $22,227,000 daily at the rate of $110 per barrel which in a month totaled over $2.4billion. Using an average exchange rate of N550/$1, this amounted to an excess of N1trillion lost in the month of July alone.”

Speaking further at the event, Obi revealed that N1.6 trillion was Nigeria’s January-April 2022 income, while the country incurred N4trillion in expenditures resulting to over N3trillion deficit.

“Every day you hear people are stealing crude oil. The oil is being stolen by people in government. Oil is not sweet (candy) you put in your pocket. For you to steal oil, a ship must come to your territorial waters and must be approved by the Navy. Every ship is registered, and everybody knows where the ship is going to, and the ship must have approval. So, the only people who can steal crude oil are the people in power,” Obi declared.

It would also be recalled that in 2014, the NBS disclosed that from 1961 to 2014, Nigeria had a crude oil production volume of about of 32.7 billion barrels valued at about N118.4 trillion, stating that since the return of democracy in 1999, Nigeria has had a crude oil production value of a whopping N116trillion.

Sadly, after over six decades characterized by several oil booms, Nigeria is yet to morph into a developed economy, even as it has been ravaged till date by endemic public service corruption, successive governments after another.

Countries like China, Indonesia, Malaysia and India that were at par with Nigeria at Independence in 1960 have left her still grappling with teething problems of nationhood, worst of all epileptic electricity across the country.

Of all frontline Presidential candidates, Obi of LP is one candidate who has continued to re-affirm his administration’s determination to dismantle the old order of endemic stealing, public service corruption and machine politics of patronages, nepotism and cronyism.

These among other reasons are why Nigeria’s corrupt powerful elites who are neck-deep in the old order are on collision course with Obi, who has wormed his way into the hearts of millions of Nigerian Youths.

Finally, it is instructive to point out that ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 elections, the country’s apex electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it registered a total of 9.5 million new voters, with 76.5 per cent of them comprising of young people between 18-34 years.

With young people between 18-34 years making up about half of the over 93 million people registered to vote in Nigeria next February, major polls conducted by globally recognized pollsters such as Bloomberg, Nextier and ANAP Foundation/NOI have continued to project Obi as winner of next year’s Presidential election.

This is a welcoming development for Nigeria and over 200 million Nigerians.

Ikenna Asomba is a Journalist and Post-Graduate Student of Political Science, Public Administration and Public Policy, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois, he writes from Charleston Illinois, United States.

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Desperate opposition figures in Kogi behind calls for Yahaya Bello’s arrest despite court process – Activists

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Sahara Weekly Reports That CSOs raise alarm over alleged plots by desperate politicians to use gunmen in military uniform to attack Bello’s residences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desperate opposition figures in Kogi behind calls for Yahaya Bello's arrest despite court process - Activists

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of activists, on Saturday, stormed the streets of Lagos to protest alleged underground moves by some desperate opposition figures in Kogi State as well as other perceived political enemies to unleash terror on the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, using the platform of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

 

The activists, who addressed a press conference and also staged a huge rally, condemned calls by a group called Zero Corruption Agenda in collaboration with another group, Kogites United Against Corruption, for the EFCC to ignore court orders guaranteing Bello’s fundamental human rights and effect an arrest despite the ongoing court process.

 

While raising the alarm that there were speculations going around that some desperate politicians were “even allegedly planning to use gunmen dressed in fake military uniforms to attack Yahaya Bello’s residences”, they called on the police and other relevant security agencies to be vigilant to prevent anarchy in the country.

 

According to them, many Nigerians already suspect that the alleged “endless attack on the former Governor, his family members and even innocent children by the EFCC in the most unprofessional way, despite revelations that showed he was actually protected by the law, have deep political undertones.

 

Comrade Segun Abegunde, who briefed the press on behalf of the CSOs, under the joint umbrella of Citizens Action Against Lawlessness, insisted that the desperation by some opposition figures and Yahaya Bello’s political enemies to hide under the purported fight against corruption to call for the arrest of a man who has a court order for his fundamental human rights to be protected and who is already in court with the EFCC, “almost confirms this insinuation of an evil plan against him by some interested politicians, using the EFCC platform.”

 

“This is not difficult to detect, having seen the composition of the so-called Kogites who made these curious calls, even in London. The videos exposed their ethnic leaning as they were speaking the language of the aggrieved politicians in Kogi State,” the activists said.

 

They alleged that opposition political parties were using the EFCC to fight political battles in Kogi State and called on the ruling Party to be vigilant.

 

“The tribunal judgement on the last governorship election in Kogi State is coming up on Monday May 27th. The desperation by the opposition to have Yahaya Bello in custody has increased exponentially as that date approaches. There seems to be a determination to either keep him out of circulation while they try to steal APC’s mandate in the state or to completely eliminate him for whatever reasons only known to them.

 

“Also, considering the way and manner the EFCC chairman has taken the Yahaya Bello matter so personal, it is glaring that a Yahaya Bello in the custody of the EFCC is not going to be safe at all,” they stated.

 

Abegunde said, “The courts are there to mediate between government and citizens and between two or more contending interests and the court’s intervention is sacrosanct until overturned by a superior Court.

 

“The rallies, both home and abroad, calling for jettisoning of the due process of law and for the EFCC to arrest Yahaya Bello, court orders or no court orders, sponsored by the opposition and his political enemies within, are not only reckless but dangerous to our polity and absolutely condemnable.

 

“Such calls have now given credence to the allegations that some powerful political forces are after Yahaya Bello, not because of corruption allegations, but that they are actually after his life. What have the military got to do with the EFCC that a group would be calling for military intervention to arrest a single citizen in a case where he is already a defendant?”

 

Emphasising the urgent need for President Bola Tinubu to call the anti-graft body to order before it is too late, the CSOs pointed out that the so-called Kogites call for the commission to use military force to arrest the former governor, even when his date to appear in court had already been fixed, was not only reckless but dangerous to the nation’s polity.

 

“There is even a speculation going around now, which may be credible, that some desperate politicians are even allegedly planning to use gunmen dressed in fake military uniforms to attack Yahaya Bello’s residences.

 

“We call on the police and other relevant security agencies to be vigilant. We also call on President Bola Tinubu to immediately call EFCC to order. The Commission seems to have offered its platform for enemies of the former governor to execute their plans against him and the President must wade in, especially with the facts on ground that EFCC has displayed flagrant disregard for the rule of law, all the way, in handling this matter.

 

“We call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, to, as a matter of urgency, call the EFCC to order with a view to staying off political interference. The Commission should concentrate strictly on its anti-corruption mandate by staying within the enabling laws that established it. The EFCC should not be identified with promoting anarchy, no matter what.

 

“The court processes should be allowed to run their course without disruption. That is when democracy and rule of law can be said to be functioning in our nation,” the activists stressed.

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A viral video has confirmed the defection of the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule, his deputy, Dumle Maol and others from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

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Former Rivers Assembly Speaker, Colleagues Caught On Tape Lying Over Defection to APC

According to a letter signed by Maol and read by Amaewhule, their “defection was necessitated by the division in the PDP, particularly, the tussle around who the National Secretary of the party is”.

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Although, there was no information on the date the letter was written, it appears to be in December 2023 when the lawmakers publicly defected to the APC.

Amaewhule had stated that their action was in line with Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which allows serving legislators to defect if there is a division in the party upon which they hold the House of Assembly.

However, a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the state capital, has since granted an interim injunction restraining Amaewhule and others from parading themselves as legislators.

This was after Victor Oko Jumbo, the lawmaker Representing Bonny State Constituency emerged as the new Speaker of the state assembly.

Justice Charles N. Wali gave this order in a case in suit number PHC/1512/CS/2024, filled by Jumbo, Sokari Goodboy, Orubienimigha Timoth and other members of the Assembly.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Amaewhule and the other ex-lawmakers have filed an application at the Rivers State High Court denying their defection from the PDP.

This was as a legal practitioner, Dr Malachi Onyema, said that Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution guarantees freedom of association, which includes the right to join or leave a political party.

Onyema further claimed that Amaewhule and his colleagues were still PDP members as they have had an afterthought of their actions.

But the Centre for Accountability and Good Governance said Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution clearly states that a lawmaker who defects from the party that sponsored their election to another party can be deemed to have vacated their seat.

In a statement signed by its Director, Dr Francis Nwogu, the Centre said the defected ex-lawmakers must face consequences for their actions.

“Defecting from the political party that sponsored their elections is a betrayal of the trust placed in them by their constituents. It undermines the democratic process and destabilizes the political landscape,” Nwogu added.

“We urge the relevant authorities to take swift and decisive action to punish these lawmakers for their anti-democratic behavior. This includes declaring their seats vacant and initiating legal proceedings against them.

“The Centre believes that holding elected officials accountable for their actions is essential for maintaining the integrity of our democracy. We will continue to monitor this situation and advocate for the rule of law and democratic principles.”

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Sanwo-Olu, Cabinet Members Visit Obasa Over Father’s Demise

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– Governor presents condolence letter to Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sahara Weekly Reports That Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday led members of his cabinet to the Agege home of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, on a condolence visit over the demise of Alhaji Suleimon Atanda Obasa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alhaji Suleimon Obasa, father of the Speaker, passed away on Tuesday at 83 with Governor Sanwo-Olu describing the incident as shocking especially as he was hale and hearty a few days before his demise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“On behalf of the government and the people of Lagos State, I want to extend my sincere condolences to you and the entire Obasa family.

 

 

 

 

 

Sanwo-Olu, Cabinet Members Visit Obasa Over Father's Demise

 

 

 

 

 

“No matter how old one’s parents are, one can never want them to go. So one can imagine the shock that the incident came with, but we have the belief that it was the appointed time.

 

“This is something that all of us owe life. We only pray that we live long and leave good legacies.

 

“It is clear that having produced you, your dad actually left a good legacy. So the onus is now on you to carry on with his good works as a community leader and one that brought together the entire family,” the governor said.

 

Sanwo-Olu also commended the Speaker for his effective leadership of the Assembly and his service to Lagos. He prayed that the Speaker will continue to have the capacity to lead the legislative arm as he had always done.

 

In his response, Dr. Obasa described the House as the Governor’s support base adding that the legislative arm is poised to ensure the success of the current administration.

 

Obasa said the visit by the Governor and his cabinet is a confirmation of the love, cooperation, unity and friendship that radiate in government.

 

“The truth is that I hold you in high esteem always. And because we have the same father in Asiwaju Tinubu, we have always worked for the same goal which is service to the people of Lagos.

 

“I always say there is no amount of money one can acquire that would sustain one better than what one has done in one’s community,” the Speaker said noting that Agege has experienced massive progress because of the Governor’s collaboration and intervention.

 

“Like I continue to say, we should continue to be particular about the people, not ourselves because there will come a time when we will leave office and people will make reference to what we have done.

 

“Mr. Governor, you’re my brother anytime and day. Whatever we achieve in the House of Assembly is because you support us. We are there to work for your success and that is why as part of our religion, we must pray for you, the deputy governor and every other person before ourselves. That’s the only way one can grow,” Obasa added.

 

Eromosele Ebhomele

Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly

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