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An open letter to Gov. Yahaya Bello – By Okehi Local Government Chairmanship Aspirant, Hon. Sadiq Abdulkodir

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Hon. Sadiq Adeika

Let me first and foremost congratulate you, Your Excellency,
Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello on your re-election victory. It was not a fluke but a fulfilment of destiny-the oil of mercy
and goodness upon your life. You are indeed, an enigma dearly loved by Almighty God, the most beneficent, the
merciful and he has bestowed you with such attributes which
has made you to in returns love your peer group, friends,
mates and colleagues irrespective of clan, tribal, religious
inclinations. A man who vividly remembers yesterday and the
fraternity that exists between him and network of friends,
mates and colleagues. You never forget the very essence of
living; where the life’s hurdles begin. You have allowed to
cling around you the circle of friends and family right from your primary, post-primary,
tertiary, work place and your business entity, known as Fairplus, to the very precious moment
when you contested and eventually through divine providence became the fifth(5) Executive
Governor of the state. It is pertinent to note, Your Excellency, that you are a rare bred whose
magnanimous disposition is a heritage from the very vessels through which you came into the
world; your wonderful parents. In my own critical assertion, it is glaring that you are created
by God to be a son adorned with fear of God, love and respect for elders which you have
always accorded your revered Matriarch,
Our mother, Hajia Hawawu Oziohu, a
mother of inestimable value who took
the whole responsibilities of your
upbringing after the demise of your
beloved father, her husband, Late Alhaji
Bello Ipemida Ochi. You have always
seen your mother as more precious than
gold and knows that parental blessing is
the best blessing one can ever receive
and that made you not to stop when you
are the Chief Executive Officer of
FairPlus to always come around the
Matriarch to get his motherly blessings
and even now as you become the
number one citizen of the state. You have never shy away from letting Kogites, Nigerians and
the world to know the prominent role your precious mother has been playing in your life and
just as you said and I quote: “behind the sculpturing of a man’s destiny is an unseen chisel
that perfects his purpose and heralds his mission in life”- that is how the efficacious
genuflection you are always seen exhibited before your mother for her oil of blessings is and very rare to see such a great personality in the Nigeria of today in such a humble gestures in
political space.
This is indeed, what has perfected your purpose and mission in life as you have accorded
your parents most especially the Matriarch your unfathomable love and care thus making
Almighty God to bless you so richly to bring succour to the entire Ebiraland and the much
difficult to attain Governorship seat of the state, which had not been occupied by any of our
sons and daughters since the State’s creation, was bequeathed on you through divine
providence simply because of your veneration, love and caring disposition for your parents,
the gods of your mothers hearkened to her prayers over you.
To cap it all, both of your parents are from royal families in Ebiraland; the clan of your
father, Late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi is “Ozi-Ehebe” and that of your mother is “Ani-iku”
descendants-the clan of Late Atta and the present Ohinoyi of Ebiraland and surprised not to
see Almighty God decided to crown you with that kingship status today as the 5th and 6th
Executive Governor of Kogi State simply because it runs in the vein and the royal blessings
that your beloved matriarch has always been bestowed on you.
Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, you are indeed an epitome of kindness and magnanimity. In your
magnanimous gestures, you have never deserted any of your networks of friends; be it
childhood, mates, colleagues and business partners. I have therefore, decided to code-name
you with these four (4) aliases in our local parlance. They are: “Ovayioza-obanyi”- The
benevolent one, “Onayiamba-obanyi”- The compassionate, “Onoogumvoh-obanyi”- The
pillar of Support” and finally, “Omeiza-obanyi”-The Cheerful Giver. They are one after the
other elucidated as follows:
(a) You are “Ovayioza-Obanyi” and have thus made you to still reckon with how and where
you were given birth to and the peer group you were surrounded with then by remembering
all of them that are still very much alive. It is the benevolence that is inherent in you that you
have clearly shown your classmates from primary, post-primary, tertiary and business
partners and by extension to the moment you became the Executive Governor of the state.
You brought them all on board and none of them could deny the fact of having not achieved
in one way or another in your leadership. It is indeed rare to find people with such disposition
to do good in Nigeria.
This is what prompted Almighty God to always grant your heart desires. He, through your
benevolence and against all odds made you the Executive Governor to break an age-long jinx
of our seemingly endless wait for an Ebira person to occupy the coveted seat of Governor
after twenty-five (25) years of the state’s creation. You have always shown benevolence, love
care and respect to your mother and as such bless you through that which the Holy book of
God has instructed us all to carry out if we want his rain of blessings. You have not defaulted
in that injunctions of our faith with regards to our good disposition towards our mother and it
is certain as well that even if your late father would have been alive and you are still showing
these acts of love, care and respect towards your mother, God would still not have denied you his blessings This is what has made me to code-name you-“The benevolent One”. You are indeed,
benevolent as if you are not, you would not at the thresholds of your administration bring on
board with you your childhood friends and business associates like the Accountant-General,
Auditor-General, The Deputy-Governor among others to form the clux of your cabinets. You
would do no such if it were not for your heart full of milk of kindness and love for humanity.
(b) “Ovayioza-Obanyi” is whom you are sir.
You are very compassionate to your network
of friends and clearly understand that they
need to be shown love and compassion. This is
what made you not to change any of them
from the positions/portfolios they occupied
against all hues and cry since the inception of
your administration all through the end of your
first term in office. This is indeed,
unprecedented in the annals of governance in
the state. It is your compassionate heart that
would always make you to have a rethink at a
time you nursed the thoughts of having them
replaced as you will reflect on where they were when you brought them- set of friends you
have transfixed from zero to hero and when you think of its aftermath effects on them, you
have no option than to have compassion on them.
(c) Your Excellency, You are the “Onoogumvoh-Obanyi”-A great pillar of supports to
many. You are a good man who has taken majority of your circle of friends from grass to
grace. You have never allow any of them to leave you and from what I reliably gathered with
regards to your kind of personality, that you exhibited the same act of kind-hearted
dispositions by being a pillar of support to your friends when you are the Chief Executive
Officer of FairPlus. You have transformed them from grass to grace, most of have would not
have known how to change the lime to lemon that life had thrown at them but today they
have been completely transfigured from nobody to somebody-another fate that no Governor
in Nigeria has ever created. It is the prayers and oil of blessings of your mother upon you that
have made you to exhibit such pillar of supports role in the lives of your chains of friends and
mates.
(d) My ever security-conscious Governor is “Omeiza-Obanyi” . You are a cheerful-giver and
there are so many attributes of yours that have made you attained such status. This is so as
you remember you have friends and mates. This is what many of our leaders in the past do
not think of and thus brought untold sufferings on us. You are our son who has broken a jinx
which would have nearly made us perpetual slaves in leadership. It is imperative for us as
your foot-soldiers to follow suit through inculcation in ourselves the wonderful and cheerful
leadership qualities of yours as this is a lesson for is all that in the journey of life towards
stardom, one should always know and forget not one or couple of either your primary, post-primary, tertiary, business or workplace partners/colleagues that you should assume and take
as your close-knit person(s). This is your leadership style which had made you surround
yourself with such categories of friends in your government and has not failed you-the good
reason behind the successes you have recorded so far and worthy to note that the oil of
blessings that flow from your mother for having carried out the injunctions of God upon her,
you have never asked God for bread and he in return gave you stone, hence the success of
your re-election.
It is my fervent prayers to God Almighty that as you are successfully rounding up your
second-term administration as the Executive Governor of the state in 2024, and a detribalized
and result-driven Governor, in whom the blood of EBIGO flows; you will be considered
worthy for a higher calling and I want to admonish you to always project your country-home,
Ebiraland and as you will eventually vacate the seat as the Governor of the state, do
endeavour to hand over to a worthy successor who will not derail your good visions of
speedy delivery of all democratic dividends packaged in this your second term administration
for the state.
I have therefore nick-named you “Laylatul Qadr”-an angel like in the Holy Month Of
Ramadan that if any muslim comes in contact with, such fortunate muslim should consider
himself or herself liberated from all turmoils and difficulties of life. This is how God has
created you so uniquely that anyone who has come in physical contact with you is free of
life’s difficulties. The state should be glad to call you such name “Laylatul Qadr” and I am
scheming my way to come in direct contact with ” Laylatul Qadr” to be delivered of my life’s
difficulties and one pertinent issue that my clan and district, “Iyewe” and “Eika Ohizenyi”
respectively have always craved for so as to contribute my own quota towards the growth and
development of my Local Government, Okehi and this is what has brought me finally to a
short story of a small community called “Eika-Ohizenyi” in Okehi Local Government which I
can categorically say is a home to you, invariably your second home .
When the oil of blessing extraordinaire from your mother to
you became manifest, it became imperative for you to settle
down as a full-grown man and you came to Eika-Ohizenyi to
pick up your first and third wife. We have three(3) major clans
in Eika-Ohizenyi-Iyewe, Ohiaga and Avasa. As your mother
gave you her oil of blessings, you are therefore blessed as well
from these women of inestimable values. Among three(3) clans, your First wife,
Her Excellency, Bar. Amina Bello is from Avasa clan- a royal and prominent family and the
second from outside our land, then you finally decided again to come to Eika to marry, Her
Excellency, Hajia Hafisat Bello from Ohiaga clan. In my own assertion, sir, it is good to
allow justice to prevail as I have always known you as a man of equity and fairness and Eika-
Ohizenyi being your second home, the clan called “Iyewe”-Adayi Obege’s clan among the
three(3) major clans have not been fortunate and this is what made us to keep a wife for you
that is as beautiful and good-natured as your wives from the other two clans of Avasa and
Ohiaga respectively. To go down memory lane, the day you came to officially commissioned
the newly built burnt police station by hoodlums at Eika-Ohizenyi, you said and I quote: “Eika has been so good and accommodating to you that I marry two of my wives from this
land and I will definitely marry a third wife from
here”, unquote and it thus remains that you show
equity and fairness”. It was on this fateful day
we went on search party and found and kept for
you, a beautiful, well-mannered and educated
daughter of ours for you of Iyewe extraction and
now that you have not decided fully yet to walk
down the aisle with her, we want to inform you
via this medium that the same clan, Iyewe,
Adayi Obege’s clan whom you so much revered
has not benefited in this government since the
inception of your administration. We have been
marginalized but we are not oblivious of the fact that “a patient dog eats the fattest bone” as
we believe that our share of your good governance is about to be allocated to us-Our clan,
Iyewe said I should act as the mouthpiece and inform you now that time is not ripe for you to
come and take up our precious daughter that we have packaged for you to fulfil the promise
you made; the chairmanship slot of Okehi Local Government in the forthcoming Local
Government polls in the state should be zoned to them because right from the then Kwara
state where Kogi was created out of, there has never been any individual from Eika-Ohizenyi
who has been elected or appointed as either Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Local
Government of Okehi. Do endeavour in your magnanimity consider “Iyewe” as a clan who
have no share at all yet in your administration to assume such position until you are ready to
fully come to the clan of Iyewe for your third wife from Eika-Ohizenyi to fulfil your promise
as promise made is a promise kept, Your Excellency and we know you as a man of your
words.
May Almighty God grant you more wisdom, strength to pilot the affairs of the State.
Long Live Your Excellency,
Long Live, Kogi State
Long Live Ebiraland
Long Live Okehi LGA.

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Have A Choice To Make History – Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa

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As things stand, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu have a date in court over 700Million fraud. As a matter of fact, he will soon appear in court over 700Million fraud case.

However, Should Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu decides to go court to challenge the People’s Mandate freely given to the Digital Governor Godwin Obaseki, then Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will be going to court simultaneously.

Firstly, to face the 700Million fraud charges.

Secondly, to challenge Edo People’s Mandate. Evidently, Edo people are ready to defend their vote, any time any where.

I really feel for him!

I would advise him to tour the path of honour and concede defeat in the interest of Edo people who have spoken through the ballot and focus on the 700Million fraud case. So that he can concentrate more on the matter to vindicate himself-if possible.

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Edo people are keenly watching.This is the time Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu advisers need to mentor their Boss to do the right thing.

Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa writes from Abuja

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Buhari Will Surely Pay For His Act Of Betrayal To The Progressive Family – Ahmed Yak

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The party lost the governorship election in Edo state Because of many factors which includes amongst Others the mule in the party, The cabal that comrade steps on their toes in his determination to bring orderliness to the party and the president policy makers who are aware that the party have two election in Edo and Ondo states with others vacant seats in both houses to be contested.

The policy makers refused to feel and tell the president the pulse of the nation with the increase in fuel pump price and electricity . Increase in all agriculture products Rice, bread, sugar and all consumable items.

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The policy makers are not sincere with the president or would it be the president having achieved is most cherish ambition of becoming the President and commander in chief care less of the abused we silent majority that supported him and APC go through daily.

The trauma we go through everyday by those who knows us as the supporters of this administration. The president abandoned all the people that worked for him because he has gotten what he wanted?

We expect him to emulate the USA Presidents past and present who use their Leadership postion to canvas for votes from voters for their party candidates in all house and other elections after-all we practice same model as that of USA.

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Even our past president did same in Nigeria. We are not encouraging rigging but the president body language has to show this is my party my choice.

Even when Obaseki refused to sworn in elected representative, and house of reps and Senate were deciding options on the table the president did not say a word to let the whole world knows that we in Nigeria do not practice democracy.
without separation of powers This are national issues the president has to let his position to be known.

Comrade Oshomole was all over the place during the presidential election.
He step on many cabal toes in bid to re arrange the party for dicipline and accountability.

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Asiwaju make sure he delivered his own States this made him enemy of the South East and South South who wants his support as he did for former president Jonathan to continue but Asiwaju make sure the president is elected and re elected now both Asiwaju and comrade were left by the president to carry their cross.

In all, we remain focused as Progressives and we will continue to support the Progressive family. Every one of us will be remember by our actions,deed and legacy.

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Maiwada Lauds President Buhari For Giving Edo State A Free And Fair Election

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Gov Obaseki and President Buhari

 

PDP is in a dilemma. Haven accused APC/Buhari of sending 30,000 policemen to rig the Edo elections and, with Governor Obaseki leading with a comfortable margin so far, will PDP eat its vomit and commend President Buhari’s sportsmanship or will it just pretend it didn’t misled Nigerians by painting as evil President Buhari’s patriotic gesture to provide a conducive atmosphere for Edo citizens to exercise their rights to vote for leaders in as free and fair manner as humanly possible?

Given the tension generated by the Edo election, most citizens fairly believed its going to be bloody with possibly dead bodies matching votes casted. This was averted by President Buhari’s proactive response to the situation. He didn’t allow the desperation and “do or die” tendencies of local APC chieftains to override public peace and safety. He pledged, ensured and enforced fairness so much so that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a leading figure in the PDP team, extolled his integrity and commended his insistence and success to conduct perhaps, the freest election in the history of Edo Stats.

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This, in case PDP will still miss it, is the CHANGE President Buhari promised Nigerians. Change from the old ways of doing things on which PDP flourished — something it’s still struggling to comprehend much less, accept. Claims of once being the biggest political party in Africa and all, PDP is yet to understand the concept of one-man-one-vote much less, make sense of a ruling party allowing the opposition to win a critical state. The yet to be concluded Edo election will never happened the way it did under PDP.

Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

PDP is so used to using security agencies to harass and intimidate Nigerians just to rig elections hence, the cries of wolf where there’s none when Buhari flooded Edo with security agents from different agencies to give Edolites a free and fair election. If APC is unable to pull a rabbit out its hat and Governor Obaseki sail home to victory, I hope PDP will be humble to apologize to President Buhari for giving them what they denied Nigerians for almost two decades.

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Regardless of where it swings, Edo elections is a win-win for President Buhari. Either for winning the election or for, once again, writing his name in gold for being a President who is not shy to implement his character regardless of whose ox is gored!

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