Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category


By James Ibechi
Sorry to say this, and no grudge against any man meant here. No wisecrack either. But to say the truth, in David Mark-controlled Benue South Senatorial District, Igede truly died in all ramifications of the word. Our elders who aided the killing of Igedeland using the PDP, we’re just told, will this weekend change the party. They’re defecting from the PDP to APC in the wake of the broom revolution in the state and in the country in general. Good development. Isn’t it? It is.

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Most of the decampee-elders were the reasons the infamous ‘Otukpo Mafia’ became strong and stradled Idomaland like emperors because these elders caressed and nearly idolised and worshipped Mark, especially during the era of the politics of the stomach, first epitomised by the late strongman of Ibadan politics, Adedibu. 

No time had Igedeland faced relegation to the backwaters of the state and national politics than when these decampee-elders, under the tutelage of Mark, acted like demi-gods in Igedeland.

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By Odeh Ageh

The preparation for the senatorial re-run election for Zone C of Benue State that has Sen. David Mark and Mr. Daniel Onjeh as contenders is reaching a feverish pitch.

many commentators have gone to town with the tale of how highly experienced Mark is in legislative matters. In fact, some fell short of calling him Mr. National Assembly or Mr. Know-all of law making.

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Other commentators, when making a passing remark about Onjeh, call him a greenhorn, a journey-just-come man and somebody who is aiming for something that is way beyond his reach.

While the import of this piece is not to gain-say the near appropriation of the National Assembly as it concerns Zone C by Mark, I will suggest to the promoters of his candidacy not to gloat over the many near-wins of the distinguished senator.

Before we delve into the undistinguished performances of Sen. Mark, it will be nice we take a peep into his background and how that has come to play in his quest for the office and his activities in the National Assembly.

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By Morgan Adikwu

“When things go wrong in the society, truth is always the first casualty but the discovery of the truth must be a ladder towards a genuine reconcilation”…… Oputa

Furtherance to the nullification of the Benue South senatorial election and a re-run slated for 13th February 2016, there has been an impressive campaign disputes across the two major divides in the forthcoming election.

However, my greatest worry, is the inability of the acclaimed social media activists to redirect the parochial subjective campaign to objective issue based. My idea of a Representative in democratic settings, is a person or group of person chosen by the electorates to act on their behalf and more importantly protect their

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(electorates) interests.

What is the major interest of zone C’ for now? ROADS! The quality and nature of roads are indices of categorizing a settlement into Township, a Suburbs or Urban areas. It has the capacity to attracts or mars other essentials of good living, because of it’s multiplier effects.

According to the RAMP reports in Benue State : The Rural Access Mobility Projects consists of 18 Rural Roads Projects which were supposed to be executed by the Agriculture Ministry in Benue South Senatorial District of Benue State. They were the constituency projects for the former Senate President, the distinguished Senator David Mark for the year 2012. The rural roads were meant to give access to farmers to move their Agricultural produce to main markets.

The road projects in Benue South are:
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By Frederick  Obande

“The concept of loyalty is a strange one. The real answer is that may our loyalties never be tested. I always pray that may my loyalty never be tested.” Babatunde Raji Fashola October 14, 2015

The concept of loyalty is indeed a strange one. Unfolding scenarios and expectations in Nigeria prove this adequately. Those who dare speak of loyalty or lack of it must have either never been in the unpleasant condition of having the concept tested in their lives or they are simply beyond being capable of grasping what it entails in the first place.

Examples abound in our recent political history. There was the Ibrahim Babangida and Mamman Vatsa episode, then Babangida and David Mark (of the IBB Boys fame).  Recall that when David Mark was edged out of the power game by Babangida, he retorted in his interview when asked by Dan Agbese if he was an IBB boy “I am not IBB’S Boy! We are friends and that is if we are still friends.” 

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Later, former President Olusegun Obansajo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar created quite a storm in the dying days of their administration as accusations and counter accusations of disloyalty and betrayals flew in the air. The country walked that nebulous era without anyone able to pin down what constitutes loyalty, in the context the nation and both men found themselves.

At about the same time was the Atiku/ Nasir El-Rufai and Nuhu Ribadu mix. Atiku played roles in bringing both men into the government in which he was vice president but it will seem they later ended up on the other side of the spectrum from him while he fought his boss to whom his erstwhile protégées became beholden. (more…)


By Gurgur Japheth

October 23rd, 2000, Oputa Panel began sitting officially, by February 3rd 2003: IBB got a favourable judgment from the Supreme Court that the Panel had “no powers to summon witnesses outside the Federal Capital Territory” and further “that the 1999 Constitution made no provision for tribunals of inquiry”.  Till date, as far as shocking and useful the revelations in the Oputa Panel were, the reports are yet to be published and those indicted are yet to be punished accordingly.

As if the script of IBB versus Okputa Pannel was being mimicked, Justice Iorhemen Hwande in a preliminary order suspended the operations of the both panels pending the determination of the substance of the matter. However, Justice Adam

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Onum in her final determination of the matter set aside the order placed on both panels. The Court held that the commission could resume sitting with immediate effect with a caveat that although it has the right to issue letters of summons on individuals, it is not vested with the power to issue a warrant of arrest on anyone or impose a fine (Berger Alfred MO, 2015)

What is not contestable is the facts that maybe contained in the report, and facts do not really need the imprimatur of a judicial panel or judicial commission to be useful in court of law. What is happening to the Dasukigates: Oliseh Metuh, Dokpesi, Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi etc is purely based on facts submitted to the EFCC. And so far, Nigerians are happy with the process and proceedings. (more…)