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Council Poll: Hon. Kabiru Idris- A Frontline Aspirant To Beat By Shaibu Anthony

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….By Shaibu Anthony

When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable, this is the problem causing distress to our democracy, and failure in leadership.

Dekina local government is one of the largest local governments in Nigeria, without scintilla of uncertainties, it is expected to be watched like a hawk for better Development, but inexperience, misapplication, underdevelopment in recent years have sluggishly slowed the deserved progress of Dekina, thereby setting a chiefly accomodations for Dekina among abnormally developed local government in Nigeria.

It is therefore imperative for a swift change in leadership, as nothing has so far changed in recent years, rather persistent problems have kept on multiplying to an inconsiderable length.

In a desperate need and attempt for rescue, Hon. Kabiru Idris, the former Adminstrator of Dekina, an unstained personality, peace promotor, and advocate of good governance came into the searchlight, a lover of peace whose heart is large enough to accommodate all.

Hon. Kabiru Idris is an experienced, dedicated and resilient APC loyalist, an exposed, an adminstrative officer per excellence, an Educationist, outspoken young man, vibrant Redeemer of Hope.

Kabiru Idris during his short-lived reign as the Administrator of Dekina local government, his understanding for economic development, which was the major drives of his administration know no end, He has many achievements to his name which can never be shied away from his short period of time in office, he dualized Agbeji, Ojikpadala, Ojuwo, Ofafu Abocho, Abejukolo road, and construction of Okete bridge, this is an what many leaders in the past have thought to be unachievable fit, and has since remained untouched before it finally received the attentiveness of Hon. Kabiru Idris, a sign of leader who is ready to serve, who has deemed his calling as an administrator as a call to service not a call for pleasure as most leaders may think.

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Kabiru Idris is a man who is educated from heart to soul [sic], his administration top priority was Education, knowing such desirable agenda cannot be brought to accomplishment without a conducive learning environment and ungrading of learning facilities, this thoughts actualized the building of primary schools across Dekina local government at Ajiola, Oji, Aji, provisions of learning environment to pupils, Payment of Jamb fees of 5,000 Dekina students in 2016, this is yet another unachievable fit till today.

In view of his poverty eradication scheme, his burning desires to see total extermination to Lapo loans, and other forms of draining financial entanglement , he supported over 500 hardworking women with non-refundable sum of ₦50,000 each to boast their business, this is second to none in the history of Dekina local government, women of Dekina had heard of this development in the past, which they long before his administration yearned for, but the Adminstration of Kabiru Idris rekindled their hope of better Dekina by bringing its existence to reality, the records are available for doubting thomas to hold sight of.

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Balancing of gender equality which the Adminstration of Gov. Yahaya Bello publicly declared as his administration core agenda, has long before now experienced by the people of Dekina, while Hon. Kabiru Idris was an administrator, He empowered 1000 women environmental officers under the leadership of Kabiru Isah Otex.

Hon. Kabiru is a simplicity personified, a friend of local government workers, who made it reality for dedicated workers to be compensated for their services and sacrifices, by distributing over 500 motorcycles to local government workers.

Kabiru Idris doesn’t just stand out amongst other candidates in the forthcoming Chairmanship Election, his chances of emerging the Party Flag bearer is glaringly unconstricted, considering his zone, there is no elective position which is currently from Biraidu district, all odds favour Hon. Kabiru by zoning, Biraidu is preeminently fit to produce the next Dekina local government chairman.

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From antecedents, there are three districts from Dekina local government, viz; Biraidu, Dekina and Okura.
Okura has produced Hon. Benjamin Ikani, an elected Chairman from 2008-2011, also Muhammed Ali, 2013-2016 from Dekina district, this is the appropriate time to give Biraidu a taste of an elective position, Biraidu has suffered severely an outright exclusion from elective position since the advent of All Progressive Congress Party in the state.

Some of the key leadership positions which have Biraidu districts exempted, House of Rep, Party Zonal leadership, Party divisional chairman and the immediate past Nationwide Women leader are all from Okura districts, Senator Rep Kogi East who is fortunate to have come from the Dekina and the House of Assembly member are all from Dekina district, leaving Biraidu district that always produces the highest number of votes for the party, with no elective position.

Having Hon. Kabiru Idris from Biraidu with widely acceptance from the people, considering his outstanding performances in his services to his people as an administrator, one would have no doubts he stands as the most qualified candidate to beat in the Chairmanship aspiration.

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The Cacophony of the Rabbit Media Team: Obaseki’s Administration, Shameful, Disastrous To Edo People – Group Lament  

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L-R: Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor
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Isaiah Jesuobo, Benin.

I read through the boring, dishonest and disassociate response by one media team that calls itself THE BULLETS OF THE HARMLESS RABBIT MEDIA TEAM (BHR), it was out of sheered determination I was able gloss through the response.

This is before election media team that nobody longer reads as it’s content are not only far flung from our present political reality in Edo State, the writer suffers much of Disassociative Disorder, a disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity.

People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life.

Let Akemokue Lukman and his group who are having hangover from their dis-orientations and disassociation as members of OSM go to Oba Market in Benin and mention Obaseki to see the reaction of the common people who voted for him last year.

They should go to Akoko-Edo where there are no teachers in schools or Esan where security and all the ills of the society have been left unattended to.

L-R: Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor

L-R: Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor

Let me dismiss his fallacies contained in his response to my article. First, Lukman said PDP needs Obaseki more than Obaseki needs PDP.

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That’s a lie; Obaseki has become to PDP the type of liability he was to APC before he was thrown out.

He came and wanted the executive of the party dissolved with deceitful synonym of harmonization.

He was rebuked and sent to see what the constitution says about party elections since he is not used to being lawful.

Mai Mala Buni, the APC carebtaker chairman can poach him for all we care, he is no longer a factor to winning election for PDP as his failure has reached feverish point.

Lukman should point to what significant project (s) can be tired to Obaseki’s name in Etsako where him and Shuaibu are from.

Some PDP governors around who supported him are hugely disappointed in him.

“Call Governors like Okowa, Wike, Udom.., they will tell you they are disappointed in him”. They wish the way other governors go to each other states to commission projects, some will will be invited to do the same in Edo State. Lukman, there is no project to commission here! Open your eyes!

Secondly, PDP gave him ticket, that fact is not in doubt. Since Lukman is a political nitwit, there is no way he can understand what measure of favour the party did for these two who had shown ingratitude to the party.

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Thirdly, if Lukman is a political strategist as he claim he is with the irresponsible Rabbit Hole Media Team, he would have known that first, APC was not defeated based on Obaseki’s performance, but based hugely on sentiments that Oshiomhole cannot dictate who wins and who looses in Edo State, which became the greatest undoing of the electorates today.

There is no single Edo voter who is not regretting his decision of voting Obaseki except the Lukman’s dishonest likes.

Obaseki and Shuaibu couldn’t have won the election without a structure like PDP, which was a very viable option to APC that tossed him out.

Lukman should know what time it takes to build a political party structure from unit level to state.

Perhaps he should have advised them to take up tickets from APGA then to see if they could win, not now that they have won with PDP.

If Lukman says he is not aware that the Obaseki, and Shuaibu (who is now a relegated deputy) have become godfathers unto themselves, I wonder what kind of monster he is awaiting to emerge as a godfather.

He runs a one man show and Lukman calls it mere delay, for one year? He demolished houses of perceived opponents, he revokes lands of those who opposed him during elections, he has sole administrators at LGA levels, he want to enforce and forced vaccination without backing it by law, civil servants were locked outside because of this vaccination that is optional worldwide.

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This is the same governor that kept palliatives to rot in store rooms when people needed food the most during the lockdown. He should be ready for showdown with civil societies in the state as his tyrannical nature will come to an end with this illegal forced vaccination.

What other ways does Lukman want to understand what Godfatherism is all about?

Lukman is the individual that need to look for what he ought to be doing with his time instead of writing BULLETS OF RABBITS in praise worship of the governor that people are no longer reading.

Lukman should go to the governor’s Facebook page to see the amount of darts in their hundreds Edo State citizens pour at hi, they insult him whenever he posts anything. Obaseki has squandered the goodwill of the entire people of Edo State; Lukman does not need a seance to tell him this.

5 years down the line, nothing to show for his administration that is so visionless and without direction.

We can’t wait for him to go back to APC or whichever party he wish to; PDP was better off in the opposition than this.

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Edo State Deputy Governor’s Political Socialization In PDP.

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L-R: Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor
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By Elempe Dele, Edo.

Two days ago, the news of Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor, decamping from PDP to yet to be known party filtered in unexpectedly. I was quick to dismiss it as one of the handiworks of the opposition party even when it was retailed through Vanguard online news. Before we could be weaned off the numerous hearsay analysis concerning the news, the deputy governor granted an interview to Channels TV.

Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor

Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor

Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today, the Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu who was not heard during the interview denying plans to leave PDP, only dismissed the notion that he was having issues with the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki. He said, “I am happy with my Governor, I don’t have any problem with my Governor, the issue of not being happy with my Governor is not there, I remain absolutely loyal to my Governor. But there are issues that we need to resolve over PDP.”

Immediately my mind cast back to the sophisticated but superstitious omen where the owl hoots at night on the rooftop of a house then a child dies the next day in the same house.

“I can vouch that the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, won’t be decamping to any party soon – that much I know. He was courted before the 2020 gubernatorial election as one of the most loyal deputies around because he stuck to the governor during the period of implosion in the Edo State APC that eventually saw them move to PDP. And they were both offered the joint ticket without much disputes because of this uncommon reputation. However, I was taken aback by part of the Channels TV interview where he mentioned that there are issues he need to resolve with the governor over PDP.

Although this is ambiguous to some an extend, I think in my own opinion, it is too early for ‘issues’ to be resolved over PDP – just over a year they both left APC and were received into PDP with open arms and without pre-conditions. I say this to avert the likelihood, which is even being peddled by the opposition; “we nor tell una?”

Comrade Philip Shaibu is no doubt a very sophisticated political individual and we party members have a duty not to allow him to score an own goal just about a year into this unexpected political socialization with PDP. Going into a new party, one must expect to learn the processes of ideologies, conducts, attitudes of members of the new party. It is not always easy, it takes time to understudy. For the benefit of scholarship, Political Socialization can be seen as the process by which individuals learn and customarily incorporate a political lens defining their perceptions of how power is arranged and organized; those perceptions, in turn, shape and define individuals’ definitions of who they are and how they should behave in the political and economic institutions in which they live(in this instance after moving from one party to the other) It has to do with the ways in which people obtain values and opinions that shape their political stance and ideology: it is a study of the developmental processes by which people acquire political cognition, attitudes, and behaviours.

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It refers to a learning process by which norms and behaviours acceptable to a well running political system are transmitted. It is through the performance of this function that individuals are inducted into the political culture and their orientations towards political focus are formed.

It must be retailed without mincing words therefore that PDP has a self-oiled hydrolic internal mechanism in operation whereby issues are resolved without the glitz of the social media.

This is so because apart from excesses of the forewarned notification, the media cannot afford to settle internal disputes or issues, as the case may be. Rather, it will inflame them to unbelievable proportions. “But there are issues that we need to resolve over PDP,” is a hugely ambiguous statement.

At least, it will lead to suppositions, disinformation, misinformation, outright falsehood, lies, propaganda from section of the harmful public who are waiting on the sidewalks to help peddle anything at their disposals.

“I have raised objective logic on the issue no matter how fallacious some individuals might view it. PDP is not a living soul, if there are issues the Deputy Governor is having, they must be associated with individual (s) within the party, especially now that the state executive of the party has been emasculated, deprived of power, vitality and vigour.”

To continue to pursue the ‘where and what’ has gone wrong will be an academic journey into futility. However, we must not look away from the Deputy Governor’s unhappiness with the intention of facing the consequences. Politics is about numbers, it’s about building structures, and not destroying bridges. He is a very important part of the party and the ‘issues’ cannot be wished away with levity.

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The ‘issues’ must be addressed and a common ground must be agreed upon, and this burden basically rest on the shoulders of the Governor, who no doubt, is the closest person to Comrade Philip Shaibu in relative terms and the leader of the party in Edo State.

But the sacrosanct of the PDP brand must be kept. Election and electioneering are over, at least, for the time being, so also should be politicking. What should be uppermost in our minds should be governance, and I wish the Comrade to focus on this. He is the leader of the party in Edo North Senatorial District by the virtue of his position.

He should drive the proposed airport to the region and other trademark developments that can be seen, that would be sustainable, that would engineer growth and development of the region. The common people, like me, would rather want us to be doing appraisals by now about human capital development in Edo North Senatorial District a year after election than relapse back into the expected narratives concerning politicking.

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By now, we should be talking about the Deputy Governor using his position to weaponize scholarship through the educational sector that needs total overhaul in that area. The people will be more listening and enchanted if the discussion on Channels TV was centered around how government can assist in adding value(value chain) to their agricultural products as they are basically into agrarian economy rather than the habitual discussion of politics that have become monotonous to the ear.

Three years is left for the government to be able to meet with it’s promises to the people. And three years is enough to achieve so much but won’t be enough if the focus is not on the marching orders for performance rather than armchair glitz discussion on politics.

The actualization of the Gelegele Sea Port, with interface between the state government and NDDC, is possible to enhance our local economy and the economies of South South States.

This should be on the banner  as it is still achievable. The Edo State Government has made it its mission to make the state the industrial hub of the South-South through the development of industrial clusters and free trade zones. This can be achieved within the next three years.

L-R: Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor

L-R: Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor

The proposed Edo North airport by the State Governor would open up economic activities in that region.

The region is blessed with mineral resources, and agricultural potentials. All these and others that the people can basically point at before 2024 should be the redirected focus going forward.

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RE: NNPC In Procurement Fraud: Two Highest Bidders In Slop Oil Sale Are The Same People

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By Muhammad Sani, Abuja.

I read with dismay and growing alarm a news report of the above heading in the Premium Times of 11th September, 2021. Dismay because over the years the online medium has carved a niche for itself for serious and professional reportage, and alarmed because its treatment of this particular issue falls far short of expectations and requirements of investigative journalism. This does not bode well for its reputation and rating.

It particularly rankles that there is a complete disconnect between the headline and the main story. While the former promotes an alleged fraud or irregularity in two companies with same directors emerging as highest bidders in a slop oil sale, the story itself delves into and harps on local companies being muscled out of a bid to export a kind of petroleum product that should not have been sold abroad in the first place!

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Also, the story is punctuated by and riddled with sweeping statements, over generalizations, unsubstantiated claims and speculations dressed up as facts and scoop. Attributions were largely vague and sometimes dripping with mischief, leading one to an inevitable conclusion that the whole thing was a hatchet job.

For instance, the main meat of the story was that there were “behind-the-scene manoeuvres in which three bid-winning companies possibly took cues from NNPC insiders and decision makers,” in contravention of the Procurement Act. Surprisingly, there was no shred of evidence to support the allegation. Interestingly, the first and second bid winners, who seem to have two directors in common (Premium Times failed to state what law this violates even though that is what its headline is all about) ended up not paying for the allocation and lost the bid, notwithstanding that they are export companies which Premium Times laboured to suggest that they have enormous financial and technical capacities.

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,  Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari

Premium Times equally claimed that the sale of slop oil was “taboo transaction” and injurious to the economy, but did not so much as bother to find out who really authorized it and what benefits the country stands to gain from it.

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Must we always insist on seeing things only from the negative lenses? Is it professional for a news medium to base its argument and arrive at a conclusion purely and exclusively on antecedent (as if things must always remain the way they are) and self-serving, skewed opinions of unnamed “industry stakeholders,” “industry watchers” and such nebulous individuals?

On the whole, the Premium Times treatment of this issue is yet another pointer to how vested interests can use the media to fight their own war. But much more than that, Premium Times really ought to have done better!

Muhammad Sani, writes from Guzape, Abuja

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