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The Task Before A Patriot In Choosing A Running Mate

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By Tai Emeka Obasi

While politicians, in the real sense of the word, are forever interested in how to win an election, patriots are deeply concerned with how to improve dear nation by his/her actions at all times.

The major problems we encounter as a democratic nation is that politicians, who are supposed to be diligently selfless in the discharge of their duties are the most selfish set of beings in our society. Hence, any candidate of any major political party seeking for an executive office searches for the best partner with intent of winning the election as the only consideration.

But here is a nation that has survived on the fringes of running mates for over a decade. President Umaru Yar’Adua didn’t go through even half of his first term before illness and eventual death disrupted his good intentions. Was his running mate able to deliver on the solid structure the patriot outlined before his unfortunate demise? Your guess is as good as mine.

President Muhammadu Buhari, dogged by serious health challenges that hoisted the nation on auto pilot for most of his seven years in power, hasn’t effectively been in full physical charge to deliver on his firm promises. Has the man he chose as running mate been able to effectively take charge in the disruptive absence of the man many Nigerians voted for? Again another guess to be pondered about.

Had Nigerians been allowed to choose the next leaders after Yar’Adua and Buhari, would they have chosen HE Goodluck Jonathan and HE Prof Yomi Osinbajo? Again, another good guess.

Narrowing to HE Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential candidate…here is a man, whose first year in office was equally disrupted by a mindless impeachment. What if the judges in court that returned him after three months were as corrupt as those members of the State House of Assembly that executed the illegal impeachment? We would have been stuck with Obi’s deputy for at least the remainder of the first term. Would HE Dame Virgy Etiaba, a woman chosen basically to balance gender and denomination, been able to continue with the solid plans laid down by Obi? Another guess worth chewing about.

Yesterday, Obi announced the choice of Dr. Doyin Okupe in the ‘interim capacity’ as his running mate. Any kid in kindergarten knows this was just to beat INEC deadline which struck at the hour of 1800 yesterday being June 17.

The former two-term governor of Anambra State has said he’s not desperate to be president but rather desperate to see a working Nigeria of our dreams. And he meant every word.

Such a man wouldn’t just go for any running mate just to help him win the election. He will diligently search for a personality, who would deliver on the major promise, amongst others, of turning around our dear country from consumption to production economy. He is always futuristic. He planned Anambra State beyond 2050 and started saving to actualise the great dreams he had of the youths and general well-being of his dear people. He might not be around in 2050 but he had planned for those that would to enjoy a far better society than he met.

The man we also call Okwute would want to settle for a running mate, who can deliver on the promises he is making to Nigerians should any reason make him unavailable at any time of their tenure. That is how selfless he is and that is as patriotic as he can be.

Finding such personality within just about three weeks he joined the Labour Party isn’t just an easy task. Such a personality, as difficult it is to find in a hurry, will also satisfy other moral obligations of being a Muslim as well as coming from the Northern part of the country.

As the search continues, we wish Obi, his team and Labour Party God’s guidance in unearthing the most suitable choice. The march to turnaround Nigeria has already started. Finding a selfless and patriotic running mate is as important as the candidate most Nigerians have already chosen.

We, as a people, should get our PVC, continue supporting and building our structure. Something very good is cooking. I can perceive it.

#PeterObiIsComing
#NigeriaNeedsPeterObi.

(Tai Emeka Obasi, a public affairs analyst, wrote in from Abuja)

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Supreme Court Victory: Atiku Felicitates with Governors Fubara and Kefas

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* Asks Nigerians to Always Seek Lawful Means in Seeking Redress

By Ojone Grace Odaudu

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with Governors Simi Fubara of Rivers State and Agbu Kefas of Taraba State respectively on the affirmation of their electoral victories by the Supreme Court.

In a post on his ‘X’ handle, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections described the victory as not only for the governors, but also the Peoples Democratic Party, the Nigerian electorate and all lovers of democracy and justice.

He enjoined all Nigerians to be vigilant and to always rely on lawful means in seeking redress as he has always done.

The post:

“I celebrate with governors @SimFubaraKSC of Rivers State and @GovAgbuKefas of Taraba State, whose victory at last year’s gubernatorial election polls were unanimously affirmed today by the Supreme Court. No doubt this is not just personal victory but victory for the PDP family, the Nigerian electorate, and all lovers of Democracy and Justice.

Indeed, their victory has reinforced the hope of the survival of our democracy, which citizens are getting disillusioned and disenchanted with the APC’s win-at-all-cost policy and brazen disregard for the rule of law.

I enjoin all Nigerians to be vigilant and to always rely on lawful means in seeking redress as I have always done, and by the grace of God, we shall triumph.

Accept my congratulations, Your Excellencies. -AA”

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BREAKING! Supreme Court Upholds Election of Sanwo-Olu, Bala Mohammed, Reverses Nullification of Yusuf’s

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The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the elections of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, effectively killing the appeals filed by the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party in the state.

Similarly, the apex court also upheld the election of Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, ruling against the appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress,

In a twist of fates, the court upturned the verdict of the court of appeal which nullified the election of Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, saying that the appellate court’s decision to uphold the tribunal’s earlier decision was wrong.

– Supreme Court Affirms Dauda Lawal’s Election As Zamfara Governor

Supreme Court also reversed the sack of Caleb Mutfwang as the duly elected governor of Plateau State

Details of Friday’s judgments on Eight Governorship elections soon….

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Kogi Inaugurates New LG Caretaker Chairmen

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By Christopher Sunday in Lokoja

The recently appointed Caretaker Committees for the 21 Local Government Areas in Kogi State have been sworn-in in Lokoja.

Administering the oath of office, Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Secrecy to the appointees, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Arike charged them to be focused on service delivery, while their loyalty should lie with the people and the government of Kogi State.

Dignitaries at the swearing-in event

She told them that their new positions are of high responsibility and not for self aggrandisement and oppression of the people they are meant to serve.

The event drew a large crowd of supporters from all the local government areas and party faithfuls, including members of the state and national assembly.

The newly inaugurated Caretaker Chairmen include:
Hon, Rasheed Bashiru Okatengwu – Adavi LGA

Hon. Haruna Aliyu Ogido – Ajaokuta LGA

Adamu Yahaya Mohammed – Ankpa LGA

Theophilus Adama – Bassa LGA

John Urah – Dekina LGA

Hon. Emmanuel Uge – Ibaji LGA

Amade Egwuda Ochijenu – Idah LGA

Hon. Cosmas Attabor Ilemona – Igalamela-Odolu LGA

Ibrahim Haruna – Ijumu LGA

Barr. Zaccaeus Dare Michael – Kabba-Bunu LGA

Hon Musa Abdulmalik – Kogi LGA

Hon. Abdullahi Adamu – Lokoja LGA

Hon. Ademola Bello – Mopa-Muro LGA

Hassan Atawodi – Ofu LGA

Hon. Rosemary Ohiezu – Ogori-Magongo LGA

Hon. Monday Amoke Odu – Okehi LGA

Hon. Enesi Ahmed Nuhu – Okene LGA

Ameh Williams O – Olamaboro LGA

Edibo Ameh Mark – Omala LGA

Dare Joshua Venza – Yagba West LGA

Hon. Tosin Olokun – Yagba EAST LGA

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