Fire Service Sector, A New Face In Niger State By Abdullberqy Ebbo

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, for those who’ve followed his government with unsentimental interests, has done quite a lot and much more than his colleagues in other States. The truth is, even though the government hasn’t made noise about its activities, the administration hit the ground running. And if a proper channel of authenticating achievements in different sectors is in place, it’s easy for Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to be placed above other governors in his quick responses to social, economic and administrative challenges.

Out of the matrix of abandoned projects inherited by Governor Sani bello is the fire service sector which has claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed properties worth millions.

This dehuamnising state of our firefighting system is a consequence of the past 16 years of absolute insensitivity to the basic needs of the people by a government that didn’t bother to recognize the sacrifice fire fighters make every day to safe guard lives and properties of the people, registering injustice against humanity. Perhaps the key players in the past governments did not bother to ponder the statistical growth of how their obsessions with misappropriating funds allocated to critical sectors such as fire service have ruined lives and claimed properties of the common people.

Governor Sani Bello deviated from the normal tradition of neglecting developmental issues and took the courage to do that which is right and good. Today our Fire Service sector is witnessing a profound change in the positive direction.

The pictures below is the ongoing total renovation of Fire Service Station along Bosso road with procured Fire Fighting Vehicles, this project is targeting the entire 25 Local Government Areas of the State

May God Guide Our Leaders To Do That Which Is Right And Good.

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Abdullberqy U. Ebbo

SSA, Information and Communication Technology to Niger State Governor.

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NYSC: Tambuwal Doubles State Allawee

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Governor Bello Names Kogi State University After Prince Abubakar Audu

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Friday renamed the Kogi State University, Ayangba , after the late first civilian governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu.

Bello announced the change in the name of the 15- year-old university during a statewide broadcast to mark his victory at the state governorship election petition tribunal.

He said that naming the university was the ultimate honour that could be done to the memory of the late colourful politician who ruled the state twice as the civilian governor from 1991 to 1993 and 1999 to 2003.

Audu himself established the university in 2001 and named it Prince Abubakar Audu University but his successor , Alhaji Ibrahim Idris changed the name to Kogi State University in 2004.

Justifying his decision to restore the university to its original name, Bello said that Audu laid a solid foundation for the growth and development of the state.

“Today, and as always, I celebrate the life and times of Prince Abubakar Audu, the first Executive Governor of Kogi State.

” It is our hope that those who want to lay claim to his legacy will at least develop the same heart for the growth and development of Kogi State that he demonstrated through his lifetime,” he said.

According to the governor, an executive bill will soon be forwarded to the house of assembly to formalise the change in the name of the university.

Audu, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in the Nov. 21, 2015 governorship election in the state, died suddenly on Nov. 22 before the result of the election was announced.

The leadership of the APC consequently substituted the name of Audu with that of Yahaya Bello as the candidate in the supplementary governorship election held on Dec. 5, 2015.

The governor also used the broadcast to thank the people of the state for their support and understanding since his assumption of office in January .

He said that since the five petitions filed against him had been thrown out for lack of merit, the state was now set to witness a new direction and accelerated development.

According to Bello, a blueprint of the administration which will kick start creation of one million jobs for the unemployed youths will be unveiled by next week.

He called on all those who lost at the tribunal, irrespective of their political affiliation, to join hands with him to develop the state, saying “there was no victor, no vanquish.”

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No Link Between Islamic State And Boko Haram, Says US

The United States says Boko Haram’s claim to having allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) jihadists is merely an attempt at getting international recognition.

The claim by the US is coming at a time the Department of State Security Services said it has arrested five Persons Operating ISIS Cell in Kano, North West Nigeria.

US officials told Reuters that they have seen no evidence of operational support or financing for the dreaded terrorist group from IS.

They dismissed Boko Haram’s claim of its recent attack in Niger Republic in the name of the Syria-based jihadists, saying that it was only a move to attract more recruits and possible assistance from IS.

However, the officials said they are closely watching for any deepening ties between both terror groups.

“If there is no meaningful connection between ISIL and Boko Haram, and we haven’t found one so far, then there are no grounds for US military involvement in West Africa other than assistance and training,” a US official said.

The official noted that the onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents was an African fight, saying that the US could assist them.

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Defying The Odds – Girl-Child Education In Zamfara State By Sani Abdulrahman

It’s a particularly humid April morning at the Government Girls Day Secondary School in Gusau, Zamfara State, where Mariam and her 63 other classmates sat with their eyes steadfastly glued to the blackboard as the teacher introduced a new topic in Chemistry to their young and inquisitive minds. It’s one of the marathon revision classes scheduled to prepare these young female scholars for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination starting in a few days. Even my presence and camera did little to break their rapt attention as they tried to absorb every term and equation on the board. The stakes are high.

Two years ago, thousands of miles from Gusau where Mariam and her friends are having their preparations, a larger group of female students were undergoing a similar exercise in a similar institution before tragedy struck. A tragedy that shook Nigeria to its very foundation and held the attention of the whole world for months after 276 female students were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. 57 of them managed to escape and since then the clamour for the release of the remaining 219 is still on.

The Chibok Girls, as they are now known, have proved to be a watershed in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram insurgency. Two years later, the North East communities ravaged by the war are springing to life again, even though the scars remain. A particularly worrying scar is the damage done to female education in Northern Nigeria. While there is no concrete data available yet to compare enrolment rates in primary and secondary schools before and after the tragic incident, it is incontrovertible that some damage was done to the psyche of parents who are desirous of sending their children to school, especially the female ones.

That unfortunately is a rather unpleasant complication to a grim reality. The global figure for out-of-school children is estimated at 121 million, 65 million being girls and over 80 percent of these girls live in Sub Saharan Africa. According to UNICEF, 40 percent of Nigerian children aged 6 -11 do not attend any primary school with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls. Despite a significant increase in net enrolment rates in recent years, it is estimated that there are still 10 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, most of them girls. Of those fortunate enough to enrol, less than two-thirds complete primary school and even fewer girls finish secondary school.

Zamfara State has proved, in recent years, to be the silver lining in the cloud of female education in Northern Nigeria. The state has the highest enrolment figure for girls in primary and secondary school in the North West, and third highest in North West and North East combined. Indeed, Zamfara is the only state in the North West and North East to have more girls than boys in secondary school in the last two years. The number of girls who enrol in school and complete their education up to WAEC have also increased by 40% in the last three years. It doesn’t end there. In 5 out of 14 local government areas in Zamfara State, there are more girls than boys in both public and private primary schools. One of the very few states in Northern Nigeria with such record. These statistics are by no means accidental, but as a result of deliberate moves by and strategic policies of the current administration in Zamfara State led by the Governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar.

Close to the Government Girls Day Secondary School is Government Girls Arabic Secondary School, a manifestation of the strategic purposefulness with which the current Zamfara State government has pursued improvements in girl child education in the state. Most parents do not send their children, especially girls, to school and prefer to send them to Qur’anic schools rather than formal schools. One of the secrets to getting parents to enrol their children in school, especially girls, and keeping them there in Zamfara is the provision of alternative school structures and curriculum, an example of which is the Arabic primary and secondary schools around the state. Government Girls Arabic Secondary School for instance sits close to Government Girls Day Secondary School. Both are girls only secondary education institutions with modern facilities and, but the former places more emphasis on Arabic Studies than the latter. The availability of such diverse options has made it possible for the state government to convince parents to send their girls to school without the fear of erosion of values they hold dear.

The School For Continuing Education for Women in Gusau is yet another example of the determination of the Zamfara State government in ensuring that girls are women in the state are trained, educated and empowered to compete with not just men, but their peers worldwide. Many children do not attend school because their labour is needed to either help at home or to bring additional income into the family. The burden of catering for the family is often placed upon the girl child at a young age, and as a result many of them are unable to complete their education, if they are lucky enough to start at all. This gap is what the Zamfara State government has managed to bridge through the provision of a specialised educational system to cater solely to young married women.

Government Girls College in Talata Mafara is the only female science school in Zamfara State and one of the few that exists in the North West. This is where the future female doctors and engineers from Zamfara are being trained. The school spots one of the best boarding facilities in Northern Nigeria and full housing facilities for staff. An ultra-modern laboratory and well stocked library are pointers to the seriousness with which the government takes the training of these crop of aspiring female scientists.

This story of girls in Zamfara who are defying all odds in the pursuit of education will not complete without mentioning the investments made by the current Governor of Zamfara State in this sector. Yari Abubakar stepped into the governance of Zamfara State and had to take far reaching steps in raising the standard of education in the state. More than 300 new blocks of classrooms were constructed and commissioned in the first year alone. A 7,000 capacity teachers training centre was built in Gusau fully equipped with ICT facilities to prepare teachers for the latest demand in teaching profession.

The current administration has gone to great lengths to take Zamfara out of the bottom rung of WAEC pass rates it was in 2012 by placing emphasis on the education of girls and women. The 2016 budget of the state and amount allocated to education shows the government is serious further reducing the number of out-of-school children in the state. Due to high poverty rates, most families cannot afford the associated costs of sending their children to school such as uniforms and textbooks. This hurdle has been removed by making education free in the state and added to that is the school feeding programme as an incentive to keep children in school and keep the properly nourished for the intellectual rigour of learning.

Just two months ago, an advisory committee set up for the revival of the education sector in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, headed by former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, submitted its report. Governor Yari who received the report on behalf of his colleagues, gave indications that nothing less than 35 percent of the annual budgets of the state will be allocated to education.

This is the kind of good news Mariam and all other girls in Zamfara State need to inspire them for the challenges ahead. If the pace of advancement in girl-child education in Zamfara State is maintained, the Yari Abubakar administration would have succeeded in providing a template for tackling one of the greatest obstacles to the development of the Northern region.

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2500 Jobs Created As Elrufai Commissions State Traffic Agency [Photos]

No less than 2,500 jobs was created by the Kaduna State government on Tuesday with the commissioning of the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency, KASTELEA.

The commissioning of the agency follows the disbandment of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services in the state.

Governor Nasir El Rufai commissioned the agency with himself adorned in the uniform designed for the outfit.

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I Am Committed To A Secured Kogi State – Governor Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reiterated his unalloyed determination to ensuring every inhabitant of Kogi State is well secured against the menaces of kidnapping, robbery and other social vices.

The recent onslaught of social miscreants on the state is considered as a test of the will of the Governor to ensure a safe Kogi that will be home to all, assuring inhabitants of scaled up attempts by his administration to redress the worrisome situation.

Governor Bello expressed shock at the rampant rate of kidnapping in the state, reiterating the readiness of his administration to wage war against those who are determined to give the state a bad name. He said he is prepared to wage war against social menace crusaders and ensure adequate security for the people of the state.

“The lives of our people, those who do business here and thousands of passengers who ply our roads daily, are precious to the people and Government of Kogi State. We will do everything within the precinct of law to protect lives and property within our territory.

“There is a need to look into a number of probabilities. Political saboteurs might be stoking the fire of insecurity in the state to discredit the good job we are doing here. My government will take the fight to the criminals. We will take the fight to them because no defense is as effective as attack.”
The Governor pledged his continued support to all security agencies in the state, hailing them for the gallantry in bursting crime havens in the state as well as ensuring victims of kidnaps are safely freed. He called on the people to help give intelligence to security agents in order to help the apprehension of criminals, saying his administration will heavily involve local communities in ensuring security.

On his part, the Governor promised an iron-cast political will against insecurity, saying he will provide logistics and incentives to enable security agents succeed in their onerous task of ensuring security in the state.

In his words, “Our security agents shall be adequately equipped to fight agents of insecurity. I have visited neighboring states to understudy how they were able to solve their security challenges as well as seek improved collaboration against crime.”

Governor Bello also pledged improved orientation to enlighten the people on their role in enthroning a secured Kogi State.

More importantly, the Governor vowed to refocus the youth of the state to societal responsibility through job creation, sports and empowerment seminars and clinics, making them the bastion of hope for the future.

Governor Bello urged residents of the state to go about their businesses, saying there is no cause for panic and unnecessary tension, as his administration is on top of the situation. He said with concerted efforts, the war on crime will surely be won.

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Usman Tinau Mohammed: A Long Walk To Niger State Pension Board, By Abdullbergy Ebbo

Registering his presence in the labour market as a youth corps member in 1982, Usman Tinau Muhammad embarked on what would become a meritorious career as he rose through the cadres of various organisations in public bureaucracy, aviation, Oil industry, banking, financial management and political service.
Born on February 10, 1960 in the colonial Minna, Tinau is of Chanchaga Local Government Area descent in today’s political formation in Niger State. In his service to the nation and humanity, Tinau has become a model and inspiring figure not only to the people in his place of birth but beyond the boundaries of the organisations that required his skills and training home and abroad, which he exhibited with exceptional commitment.

He embarked on his academic journey at the historic Central Primary School, Minna, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1972 before proceeding for his secondary education at the prestigious Government Secondary School, Minna, where he obtained his West African School Leaving Certificate in 1977.

In 1979, Tinau underwent a pre-degree programme at Bayero University, Kano, which was a preparatory process for his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the same institution, earned in 1982. For his post-graduate studies, he enrolled for Masters in Business Administration at Usmanu Danfodio University, completing the  programme in 1995. He was at the famous Galilee College in Israel, leaving with a Diploma in Small Business and Industry – Development and Management in 1997.

His first engagement on passing out of the youth  corps service was as Planning Officer, otherwise known as Statistician, at the Niger State Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, from 1983 to 1985. He left Minna for Lagos in 1985 for a stint with the aviation industry, working as Market Research Officer at the Nigerian Airways Limited.    He left there in 1987 for Department of Petroleum Resources, a former inspectorate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, on being engaged as Principal Planning Officer, a position he held until 1993.

The same year, specifically in November, Tinau transferred his skills as experienced and pragmatic economist to the Central Bank of Nigeria, heading the state and local government finance office. He was at the nation’s apex bank until his return to the service of Niger State Government in June, 2007, this time as Special Adviser on Economics and Due Process to the Executive Governor of Niger State. This advisory role was extended, a day after termination of the latter on February 15, 2010, as Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Niger State on Economic Affairs until September 16, 2010.

The impressive applications of his learning and experience as diligent economic and financial expert to the everyday affairs of the state government,  which he carried out as a two-time Special Adviser, was rewarded with appointment as Executive Chairman of the Niger State Fiscal Responsibility Commission from August 4, 2011 to March 25, 2015.

In his remarkable career that has spanned over three decades, Tinau was responsive to evolving ideas and innovations in his calling, and thus he participated in various short courses in and outside Nigeria.

Overseas, he was in Vienna, Austria, for the 1988 Working Attachment to the Finance & Economic Division of OPEC. In 1991, he was at the International Human Resources Development Corporation in Boston, U. S. A., for Petroleum Management  Certificate Programme. In 1994, he was at the University of Texas, Dallas, for Project on Advanced International Oil & Gas Financial Management. The same year, he was in Vienna again for a seminar on Industrial Project Preparation, Financial and Economic Analysis for Nigerian Investment Bankers.

As the world strategised for the economic stability and financial security of global economy on approaching the millennium, Tinau was also in the forefront of professionals expanding their ideas to reinvent new methods of managing the affairs of the world. He was a participant at 1998 “Banking & Development Beyond the Year 2000” in Dublin, Ireland. And then, on crossing the millennium, he was in Nairobi for Macro-economic Policy and Financial Management at the Kenya Monetary School in 2003.

In August, 2004, he took park in the programme “Creating and Maintaining Quality and Value for Money” in London. He returned to London four years later for “Managing Budget, Procurement and Strategic Management.” These are among others, home and abroad, that have broadened and updated his professional foresights.

As much is expected from whom which is given, or expected from the vastly learned and experienced, some of Tinau’s managerial practices were recorded as head and member of many organisations, committees and events around his profession and for his organisations. He served as Vice-Chairman of PENGASSAN PID of the NNPC chapter in 1990; Chairman, Departmental Task Force on Integrated Data Management System of Central Bank of Nigeria; Chairman, Niger State Handball Association; Secretary, Departmental Committee on Strategic Business Unit Planning; and has served as member and secretary various political, economic and social causes.

His life of dedication to duty and passion for service comes with tremendous commendations and medals of honours, among which are: Director’s Award on the Preparation of a Seminar on Oil Industry’s Security Preparedness in 1989; 10 Years Long Service Award by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2003; Niger State Executive Governor’s Award in 2008; Merit Award for Meritorious Service to Humanity in 2010; Merit Award as Ambassador of Culture in 2010, amongst others.

Tinau’s skills and experiences have been documented in various publications he authored and published in academic and professional journals and as independent and unpublished papers and research projects, some of which were presented at seminars, workshops and in reactions to charging topical issues.

Tinau is a fellow of Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Nigeria, associate member of United States Project Management Institute and member of Nigerian Gas Association. He’s married and has six children, and speaks English, Nupe and Hausa. His hobbies include public policy analyses, reading, playing table tennis and badminton.

His vast wealth of experience and knowledge is applied to his current engagement as Director-General of Niger State Pension Board

May Allaah guide him to do that which is right and Good.

Abdullbergy U. Ebbo
Senior Special Assistant To Niger State Governor on Information and Communication Technology
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Bailout: ‘I Will Clear State, LG Workers Unpaid Salaries’ – Bello Assures Kogi Civil Servants

Governor Yahaya Bello has promised to fully expend the money on workers salaries following the release of N20 billion by CBN as bailout funds so as to guarantee industrial harmony.

The state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, made this assurance on Sunday in Lokoja while addressing a rally held by Organised Labour to mark this year’s May Day celebration.

Bello explained that the N20 billion was the first tranche of the N50 billion applied for to clear salary arrears of the state and local government workers.

On the ongoing screening of state and local government workers, the governor said that all sorts of tricks were devised to shortchange the workers, describing as worst, the scourge of ghost workers in the civil service.

“Thousands of non-existent workers were being paid from the Kogi State coffers, thus bringing it under undue strain and leaving the real workers either totally unpaid or only receiving meagre percentages of their wages.

“I was a former Federal Civil Servant. I was never owed salaries during my time in service. When we came into Office, Kogi Workers were already on strike for at least 6 weeks, fed up with the then PDP Government’s lack of transparency.

“It hurt me that a so-called Government could receive all the Federal Allocations due to it and still find the heart to leave workers unpaid,’’ he lamented.

According to him, the state government had also been inundated with allegations of collusion between some labour executives and the past administrations in cheating the very workers they claimed to be representing.

“We will of course investigate and anyone found culpable will have a date with the anti-corruption agencies,’’ he said.

Bello drew a wild applause from the jubilant workers when he announced that his administration had started cooking something nice for them and the entire people of the state.

He promised to remain committed to improving the lot of workers and freeing them from slavery and injustices that had been built into the system for long.

The governor appealed to the striking lecturers of the Kogi State University to call off the strike in the interest of the students, saying that government was ready to meet their demands within its limited resources.

Earlier in his address, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC), Mr Onu Edoka, charged workers to remain calm and give their full support to the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello.

He also told them that labour was keenly following the ongoing screening of state and local government workers and assured that the union will not allow any worker to be unjustly treated.

Highlights of the event was the donation of two 18-seater buses to the NLC and the state chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the march-past by members of the affiliate unions.

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We Are In Bad Shape, 36 State Governors Declares

Governors of the 36 states of the federation rose from their meeting on Wednesday night in one accord and with once voice, declaring: “We are in bad shape.”

The N299 billion shared from the federation account for March 2016 is regarded as among the lowest in the 4th republic.

Deductions from the federation account were deferred to avoid some states receiving “negative” allocations.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), led by Abdulaziz Yari (pictured), governor of Zamfara state, has now expressed worry over the continued dwindling resources.

?Speaking to the media after their closed-door meeting, Yari said the governors noted that they were in very bad situation and need to come together and discuss “intensively” about the economy.

“If you look carefully at this month’s federation account, it’s the worst ever in the last six years, so definitely we had to come to a round table,” he said.

“We were elected under different party platforms to perform, not just to pay salaries. It is worse not to be able to pay salaries, so the issue is very, very serious that we are coming back to discuss it and if we have the opportunity we will come back to see our leader, Mr. President.”

The governors want a permanent solution, not just bail-outs, he said.

He diversification is a “long term programme”.

“We are looking for a short term formula for you to live, at least survive before the long term. So on diversification, we are looking on agriculture, which is supposed to be the major focus long time ago but has been neglected by the past administrations,” Yari said.

“Now that we found ourselves in this situation we are working harder to diversify the economy and to look forward to a more permanent solution should oil go out of existence but at the same time we have to look for a short-term solution.”

Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, said he was comfortable that “everybody is concerned about the dwindling economy and we must as leaders of this country come together to find solutions and I agree with all the positions”.?

Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state, ?said no solution can be achieved in a two-hour meeting, saying the current economic crisis was not peculiar to Nigeria.

“It’s a global issue, so you can’t just at one meeting of about two hours fashion out entire solution for the country. We troubleshoot some points, we discuss those points and we have to weigh the impact of those points both the positive, negative, the extreme, the mid-point,” he said.

“Once you are bringing out certain policies, you also need to align those policies with the socio-cultural environment that you are operating in, what may work in this part of the world may not work in other parts, even though it is a good policy.”

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Osun PDP State Congress and Senator Iyiola Omisore’s Macabre Dance By Olayiwola Ojo

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares to hold its ward, local government and state congresses as well as the National Convention to usher in a new set of leadership for the party at all levels in the country, different political camps and divides have sprung up within the party across the states where the congresses are to be held, pushing forward one permutation or the other in support of their standpoint on how best to address the issue.

Due to the enormous rebuilding and repositioning tasks ahead of the party, it became crystal clear that the next set of leadership must be fairly constituted, equitably distributed and be a set of effective people, who can adequately carry the people along in order to restore the lost glory of the PDP across many states and at the centre. This applies most importantly to Osun State, where the PDP has been out of power for over six years despite its wide spread and solid presence in the state, which is largely believed to be a PDP state.

Not a few people were aware of the unity and strength of purpose in the PDP before the run-up to the 2014 governorship election, which literally shattered the peace and understanding within the party. Selfish ambition and lack of political compromise battered the chances of our great party but we soldiered on after the emergence of a governorship candidate albeit with a depleted force, going into an election with about half of the PDP members teaming up with the opposition APC. The rest, as they say, is history. But must we continue to play the kind of divisive politics that has continued to cost us the prize even when bookmakers and informed political observers have, based on empirical evidences and political reality, tipped us to win election? For how long are we going to sacrifice the happiness of teeming party members and the people of the state who were wounded economically by a spendthrift and callous APC government?

Bearing in mind the popular saying that one cannot do the same thing all the time and expect a different result. Notable and credible leaders in the PDP in Osun State had then concluded that forming an all-inclusive and fairly-constituted State Working Committee, which will have the input of all stakeholders and be open to all, is an important precursor to returning the party to winning ways. This, of course, will hurt individuals who have hitherto operated a winner takes all style and took everything for themselves at the expense of the party’s successes. But compromise and consultations have always been key in politics and the stakeholders had decided and explored all the options.

Unfortunately, we have watched the political developments in the party in recent times and continued to hope that these individuals, who have allowed themselves to be blinded by sheer over-ambitiousness and inordinate desire to lord things over others, will come to their senses, toe the path of honour and, for the first time, allow the party to choose its leaders and not impose in a business-as-usual style. The effort to constitute the new State Working Committee (SWC) for the Osun State PDP, therefore, took the positive direction of consultations and deliberations, with all key stakeholders in our great party involved on the need to ensure adherence to our zoning formula and other important parameters. Recognising the need for rebuilding the PDP and strengthening it ahead of the all-important 2018 governorship election in the state, which keen watchers of politics in the country have said is for the taking for the PDP going by the massive impoverishment and destruction visited on the state by the ruling APC, elders and leaders of the party set different machineries in motion to raise a viable executive for the party. But while this goes on, some other individuals, notable among whom was a man we all sacrificed a lot for and followed committedly as a governorship candidate in 2014, a man whom we supported through the thick and thin, Senator Iyiola Omisore, had a different plan. Their plan, which not uncommon in a democracy, is to sponsor different candidates from the one agreed upon by the majority of party faithful and leaders. Of course, congresses are all about elections and in a democracy; it is known that differences of views is allowed.

However, one was quite disappointed at the way and manner Senator Omisore has been conducting himself in recent times regarding the forthcoming congresses, acting as if Osun PDP is a private business and pouring vitriolic on innocent and respected individuals with views opposed to his. The governorship candidate, who should join others to rebuild the platform he used and destroyed, had decided to work at cross purposes with other stakeholders but no one took it against him; we had all respected his freedom of choice. Unfortunately, he took his petty and pedestrian politics too far when he showed in a recent rally he organised to campaign for his candidate for the chairmanship of the party (on 18th April-2016 at the State Party Secretariat Osogbo) by showing that he lacked the capacity to respect the views of others.

Omisore had, in an audio recording of the event held on Monday at the premises of the state party sectariat in Osogbo  attacked the personalities of those not in support of his candidate, describing them as “omo iran k’iran” [those not of noble birth], “thieves” and “people he took from the gutters and made something,” and so on. For the information of those who do not follow the politics of Osun PDP, the stakeholders are desirous of a departure from Omisore’s politics of imposition business as usual and hijacking of party machineries for selfish reasons include but are not limited to Omisore’s running mate in the 2014 election, Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello; two-term member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Wole Oke; the PDP’s 2015 senatorial candidates in Osun East, Osun West and Osun Central, Chief Ade Fadahunsi, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and the Oluomo of Iresiland, Chief Oludaisi Oluwole Aina; former FERMA chairman, Dr Jide Adeniji; the PDP House of reps Candidate from Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency in the 2015 general election, Hon.(Barr) Kayode Oduoye;  Omisore’s 2014 Campaign Coordinator, Akogun  Lere oyewunmi; Chief Kunle Alao  and several other notable names in the party who have resolved to reposition it and ensure that Omisore does not drive it into more mess. It is these people that Omisore called “omo iran k’iran,” leaving one to wonder what that makes him. He also boasted of making some people and bringing them from the gutter as if he is God. But the point is, even God does not make such vainglory. In any case, Omisore knows those he made and even if he did make or create these people, must they remain subservient to him forever? Must we all out of loyalty follow Omisore to the abyss that his self-ambition is dragging the PDP in OSUN to? While I will not like to hold brief for any of those Omisore claimed to have made, the manner he spoke was unbecoming of a leader and a governorship candidate whose ambition consumed the times, energy and resources of all these people in the past and his attack on anyone who followed a different choice from his showed his largely undemocratic tendencies, and living a life of illusion which he had always displayed to the detriment of the party.

In fact, Omisore’s age long politics of use and dump has been exposed by the fact that he could quickly turn against those who served as his foot soldiers and field generals in the not-too-distant past and describe them as “omo iran k’iran” because they chose to exercise their democratic rights; those who left everything and followed him to the nooks and crannies of Osun State, campaigning and facing different degrees of insults for supporting him. Or shall we say that the senator lacked the quality of a good leader to have been unable to know that his supporters in the 2014 governorship election and even way before then were “omo iran k’iran?”

We have since taken the insults and attacks from Omisore in good faith, knowing that like a leopard who cannot shed its skin, some individuals can never rise above their pettiness and thuggery/hooliganism politics, but we sincerely hope that he does not graduate from insulting to physically attacking the leaders who support a different action plan for getting the party out of the abyss he threw it into with his self-conceited ambition and power-drunk tendencies in the last four years.

We want to demand some level of civility in the way we play politics so we can lay the right legacy for the upcoming generation. We therefore call on Otunba Iyiola Omisore to retrace his steps and provide a public apology to the members of our great party he referred to as “omo iran k’iran” for publicly supporting Hon. Soji Adagunodo as the incoming state chairman.

We also call on the teeming supporters of the PDP in Osun State to remain resolved and courageous in the face of all deceits and plots by those against the progress of the party. They must all come out and speak with one voice in electing credible leaders for the party at various wards, local and the state level which will take their party from the hawks and overbearing individuals with political shenanigans.

In any case, since Omisore boasted to his followers that he would win at all cost and rode roughshod on others, noting that they would soon return to him to literally feed from his hands, we hope he too will bury his pride and be bold enough to accept defeat in the aftermath of the congresses when he would have burnt his fingers and return to team up with others to build a virile and better PDP in Osun State.

A word is enough for the wise.

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