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. Read the rest of this entry »


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. Read the rest of this entry »


APPRECIATION.

It is with a deep sense of responsibility that I wish to extend my profound appreciation and gratitude to my teaming supporters comprising elders, stakeholders, youth and women groups as well as non-partisan technocrats who have stood by me in my quest to govern Benue State, a journey which began with formal consultations since 2012.

Because this contest was partisan, the then ruling party, the People’s Democratic

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Party (PDP) provided me the opportunity to contest for the governorship primaries which on Monday, the 8th day of December, 2014 climaxed with my emergence as its candidate for that office, on its platform. The rigorous campaign exercise took me to the nooks and crannies of our dear state, where I had the need to come face to face with development challenges confronting our state. Consequently, I had prepared a sound document which highlighted my developmental programmes, ultimately targetted at ameliorating the sufferings of the people, particularly those living in the hinterlands of our state and are nearly cut off from the urban centres.

On Saturday, 11th April 2015, the general election was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the results indicating that the opposition All Progressives Congress, (APC) as it then was, had emerged victorious at the polls.

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The  Onjeh Senatorial  Campaign  Organisation has congratulated Gov Samuel Ortom and the good People of Benue State over the Supreme Court judgement upholding his election.

The Campaign Organisation in a statement signed by its Director Media and Publicity,  Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi says the judgement

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delivered by the apex court has re-affirmed the popular maxim of Vox Populi, Vox Dei which means the voice of the people is the voice of God, as God has once again confirmed the voice of Benue  people which was overwhelmingly  expressed through their popular  votes during  the 2015 governorship poll.

The judgement according to  Onjeh Campaign Organisation is an affirmation of what God is about to do for the Idoma people through Comrade Daniel  Onjeh at the Senatorial Election slated for February 13th.

It called on the people to further demonstrate their support for President Mohammadu Buhari and  Gov. Samuel Ortom by voting for the candidate  of the All Progressive Congress, APC Comrade Daniel Onjeh during the re-run senatorial election in Benue South Senatorial District come February 13th, to ensure that every nook and cranny of Benue State  is allowed to  experience the good things that God is using President Muhammadu Buhari to do for Nigerians.

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today extended an olive branch to Prince Terhemen Tarzoor, defeated governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP whose appeal was dismissed at the Supreme Court.

Reacting to the judgment at the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Governor Ortom commended Prince Tarzoor for opting for the legal process rather than violence in the pursuit of his political convictions.

The Governor had won the April 11, 2015 Governorship Polls on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and thereafter at both the Elections Tribunal and the Appeal Court.

He stated that now that the apex court had settled the political dispute, he has extended a hand of fellowship to Prince Tarzoor and invited him to join him and contribute his ideas and those of his supporters towards the development of the state.

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“What Benue needs at this time is for all its sons and daughters to collectively tackle the challenges of ignorance and disease afflicting the state,”  he stressed.

He pledged his commitment to offering the people of the state dedicated service that would eradicate those three challenges.
According to the Governor, the fact that he neither saw nor bribed any judge at all levels through which the case passed indicated that there was hope for people to get justice in the country.

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