The Supreme Court, yesterday, remained steadfast in its judgment. Bayelsa State, initially won by the All Progressives Congress in the previous election, had been awarded to the People’s Democratic Party after a legal battle found the prayer of the PDP substantial. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieny, the deputy governor-elect, was found guilty of certificate forgery and on that grounds, affected the termination of their victory, in that way sacking both the governor-elect, David Lyon.
After it was found that the PDP does not have the required voters spread as required by the constitution, the insufficiency sparked a fresh wave of arguments, handing a lifeline to the APC and an opportunity to revert its fate. It was this review that ended yesterday, with the unfavourable outcome to the APC, seeing the party lose the state they laboured so hard to win. It was particularly hard to take given the fact that asides Edo State, Bayelsa is the only state in the South-South region that APC has successfully won despite going through excruciating hard work.
This heartbreaking development has the capacity to excite discord within the party, leaving its members fighting and pointing accusing fingers at each other. A defeat after a victory is the most painful type of defeat, and that, exactly, is the type the APC has experienced with the case in Bayelsa State.
This defeat is particularly distressing for the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole. It belittles the initial effort that his leadership produced to, in the first place, win the state, while unfairly putting him to the spot, his head being called for, for a mistake and defeat that he has no direct responsibility for.
But if an honest sincerity must be brought to this matter, instead of ridicule and in-fighting, what the party should have for Oshiomhole is only admiration, support, and encouragement. This suggestion hinges on two reasons but of a single theme: effort.
First of all, if we must continue being sincere, prior to the elections, it wasn’t within the range of normal expectation that APC will win Bayelsa State. It took the assiduous leadership, intelligent networking, and calculated friendships of the party chairman, and some leaders, to bring the bounty of Bayelsa victory home. Things may not look like it now, with the sadness of this court ruling understandably clouding the hearts of party members, but we should put our memories to use and recall the initial magic-like victory only made possible by the devotion and bravery and hard work of Adams Oshiomhole.
Secondly, it is a known and popular idea that the true test of a man’s courage and bravery is when he is in a position of adversity. This can be likened to the situation Adams Oshiomhole has found himself in. The fair question to ask is: even in this defeat that he almost could do nothing about, what was his reaction? After the Supreme Court initially made its ruling, what did Oshiomhole do? Did he began to whine or point fingers or cry wolf?
Oshiomhole quickly studied the electoral topography of the past election and found that the PDP did not make up the needed spread to claim legitimate victory in the state. At once, he made his case and contested the point, leading to the just concluded review. That the final outcome was a negative one for the party is not a reason to castigate and persecute the ebullient leader. He could have easily began to scapegoat and deride the Deputy Governor-Elect whose certificate is the bone of contention. Rather, in an illustrious display of a great hallmark of leadership, Oshiomhole bonded the party members, uniting them under a common purpose for an uncommon resurgence, challenging the unfavorable court decision.
That the resurgence was not successful no longer matters and should never have mattered. Instead, the APC should take joy in the fact that it has a strong-willed and hard-headed leader who is willing to go any length in protecting the party’s interest and ambition. In Greek mythology, the famed 300 Spartans once fought against impossible odds, fighting a string of battles against large armies and forces. They won too many and at last died, but they remain forever remembered, their bravery serving as everlasting encouragement to men who are up against impossible odds.
Same it is for Oshiomhole, the man who rose against impossible odds, putting in all the available effort and carrying the APC from the brinks of implosion to a ferocious spread across the country such that every geo-political zone has a state under the belt of APC. Against popular thinking, now more than ever is actually the clearest time to see the strength and worthiness of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and why the party had come so far and become so great under his watch. Success is not the absence of failure, it is the ability to forge ahead after a few experiences of defeat.
Buhari Will Surely Pay For His Act Of Betrayal To The Progressive Family – Ahmed Yak
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maiwada Lauds President Buhari For Giving Edo State A Free And Fair Election
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Uncongratulatory Message Of Engr. Musa Wada
The PDP candidate in the 2019 Kogi State governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada has “congratulated” Governor Yahaya Bello on his Supreme Court victory. The purported congratulatory message is not only mischievous but made in a bad faith and “uncongratulatory” in every sense of it. It is wantonly unsavory.
The keenly contested election and painstakingly conducted electoral trial established that Mr. Wada is no match for Governor Bello; as the former loss convincingly on both sides. It is however amusing that Mr. Wada suddenly found his tongue to purportedly “congratulate” the Governor after 10 days of losing at the Supreme Court and after about 268 days of his defeat at the poll.
One would have ignored such a mischievous laden “congratulatory message” but to forestall the idea that “Qui tacet consentit”; that is, silence gives consent. It is a disservice to the generation to come if we are silence on the needless issues he raised in that message; for they might take it as giving a consent or agreement to it.
You will also not miss Mr. Wada’s attempt to incite ethnic divisions, public disaffections, misinformation and disdain, all against the person of Governor Bello and sensitivity of the good people of Kogi State. One of such nefarious allegations is how people are dying in Kogi State and how the Government of the day has become a catastrophe. This is all in an attempt to sound like a Hobbesian and to let us know that he has started reading the work of Thomas Hobbes on the state of nature. No matter hard the winning of Governor Bello hit him, he should be reminded that political campaign is gone and there is nothing to contest again.
The ultimate focus of the government right now, which should be the concern of every progressive minded individual is to see the State progresses and the good people of Kogi State harvest the abundance of the dividend of democracy. This is now about governance, not politics. This is about peaceful coexistence, not divisiveness. This is about dealing with the reality on ground, not chasing shadows. This is about giving a laser like focus to governance, not pedestal distraction. This is about having the Kogi Sate of our dream and this is what Governor Yahaya Bello has set out to accomplish.
Barr. Shadrach Emmanuel
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