This Nigeria Air issue to my mind brings up another key difference between the APC and the PDP.
APC believes strongly in Big Govt - that Govt has a business with everything.
PDP (especially with OBJ) believed in Small Govt - that Govt has no business in business.
It took PDP some struggle (mostly under UMYA) before the idea of Small Govt sunk in well enough - APC is having to make the same mistakes all over again before it learns what is now becoming an Int’l lesson in nation-building:
That Govt is not always the best manager in business
It’s easier for Govt to turn itself into a huge national charity project with CCT tokenism - the hard part is Govt in businesses that require technical know-how, entrepreneurial innovation and expertise.
I guess the APC and it’s supporters will find this out the hard way.
I’m presently on air in Owerri, Imo State via phone-in to discuss the Ekiti elections. Do tune in to 101FM - MyRadio.
Was rightly introduced in connection with my party so I didn’t need to prevaricate and I made the point clearly that APC’s victory in Ekiti is a case of a stolen electoral mandate that will be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court.
PDP must get used to this now
Also made the point clear that the Ekiti elections are a pointer to how 2019 will play out with Buhari but the outcome would not be the same.
This is a message I’m happy to take to those in many places who are tired of this Govt and are wary after Ekiti - APC can be kicked out.
Just spoke via phone-in on a radio station programme broadcast in Edo and my message was simple:
PDP should only complain about elections under Buhari if the complaining is strategic. What it must do is adapt and engage its Strategists.
There is NOBODY that cannot be defeated.
More importantly, I passed a message that I should reiterate for voters outside the SW:
What happened in Ekiti was as unique as every election is and may even work against the ‘winners’. PDP strongholds outside the SW must not become weakened by it but become more alert.
Take nothing for granted. Overconfidence in Ekiti led to the chairman of PDP going on a courtesy call to Obasanjo in Abeokuta while PDP members in Ekiti were facing the greatest force of federal might that state has ever seen: APC Govs onground with full security detail and thugs
With reluctant policemen and fake policemen busted, Fayemi has now brought in NSCDC officers - about 50 truckloads of them, currently being fuelled at the NNPC filling station on Bank Road in the GRA of the state capital.
I saw them myself - and they’ve brought in thugs too.
Tony Kabaka, a well-known enforcer in Edo State has been brought in on the orders of the APC Chairman Oshiomhole And is presently at Kiibati Grand Resorts and Hotel inside Pet-Tim Estate.
This is an old pix of him but the vehicle he came in with is this very Lexus Jeep.
The ones they brought in from Lagos and Ondo etc - we know them but I won’t say what I can’t confirm.
Let it be clear though that PDP’s ideology is not in line with violence anymore - neither are Ekitis violent.
But anything can be easily manufactured when people are pushed.
Baba Lamidi Adedibu held a ‘Ph.D’ in Politics with focus on Rigging and the first chapter of his rigging thesis says:
THOU SHALL NOT ATTEMPT TO RIG IN AN UNPOPULAR CANDIDATE.
The desperation of APC to rig Fayemi onto Ekiti tomorrow can only lead to violence and bloodshed.
What APC has forgotten is that a party like PDP that rigged shamelessly under Obasanjo before becoming born-again under Yar’Adua and Jonathan, can never allow itself to be rigged against where it is popular and the APC candidate is not only disliked, but intensely detested.
A PDP that was in Power for 16 years cannot be without allies even among security and intelligence formations - every top member they’ve tried to arrest has been alerted before the operatives got there.
Our Deputy Gubernatorial candidate @djogunsakin is safe and in high spirits.
So the APC folks are on my case over Ekiti: the Deola girl posted my tweets yesterday - it didn’t blow, Oyebode tried to push it: still no blow, the jersey guy posted it this morning: still no blow.
Notice what I posted in 2015: as at July 2015, Fayose was paying salaries steady
In that same period, Aregbesola had been the Reigning King of Debtor Governors for at least three years and so I condemned him.
Now in this first tweet, I clearly condemned not paying salaries as wrong - clear.
And I clarify again: PDP or APC, it is wrong and condemnable.
Then I went on to explain why it hasn’t been a political issue in this Ekiti election - I didn’t even say it shouldn’t be an issue, I merely said it wasn’t an issue because I went and I interacted with teachers in Ekiti Stye and they dismissed the subject as a factor for them.
At the very heart of APC’s failure in all things is lack of true information and the arrogance of ignorance.
Pre-2015: they assumed money was flowing like water in Govt but was being stolen and so they went into Govt thinking money is flowing and all they have to do is spend.
They went into Govt with plans that would have required about NGN17TN per year to fulfil.
Solidly asked how they’ll finance it and Fayemi said they’ll block leakages.
Now, the APC is borrowing like a prodigal child with no results but a legacy of debt for us all.
In Ekiti, APC assumes that Fayose won in 2014 because of military power: see how they’re terrorising innocent Ekiti residents to intimidate them to stay away from the polls on Saturday all because they’re ignorant of what makes Fayose tick but they desperately want same results.
A PDP chieftain told me in the days of the Modu Sheriff battle that if anyone thinks the Judiciary will sit back and let Tyranny take over the land, then the person doesn’t understand how these things work.
Judges are not foreigners who do not know what is going on in Nigeria.
Every time I see Govts honour Fela, I chuckle to myself and wish I could be in the room and ask with the utmost seriousness and stentorian voice of a British parliamentarian:
“are you sir recommending Fela to younger generations as a role model?”
Cos it’s really quite funny.
Fela was a bohemian in the most extreme sense of the word; he deliberately set out at some point in his life to be provocative to every form of societal order and was a big irritant to Govts, especially the military - at the federal and state levels.
He was the “Abami Eda”.
This is a Wikipedia link to his life’s story - at least as publicly put out.
But there are so many stories about Fela that are the stuff of legends tied to his mystique and colourful persona. Link is here to fill in the rest but I’ll chip in a few more.
A deadly cancer in our political system is this lack of political understanding in/of the polity beyond superficial analysis of events.
I can forgive my generation for the lack of depth but with older generations in the polity, I can’t be forgiving; because they should know.
I want to do a thread that I hope many in my generation can learn from and understand the ethnic configuration of Nigeria - it’s history, the threats/opportunities it poses and hopefully show why it leads someone like me to come to the position I take on national issues.
This thread will of necessity be political because the solution is political.
It sadly won’t do Justice enough - that’ll require a book - but it’ll attempt to explain just enough for those who want to see Nigeria on the journey to greatness to find their role and flourish.
I think football like many other things in life is becoming quite scientific and in the coming years, the gap between talented players and untalented ones will reduce as the ability to study and learn increases.
This mostly will apply to team sports/games quite likely.
It used to be, and still mostly is, that a penalty was almost equal to a goal with the keeper only able to dive and get lucky but goalkeepers are learning all sorts of psychological and physical manoeuvres to confuse penalty takers.
Science studying phenomena to find patterns.
The game itself as this WC shows is becoming less about talented players or even skilled ones but about organisational play - less individualistic, more team play and all-round solidity.
Soccer may soon be a thing anyone can learn, adapt to and thrive in.
Few weeks back, the media went to town with news that PDP had fixed prices for nomination forms and set an age-limit.
It was fake news, 100%
Did we fight? Moan? Or Cry? No.
APC fanboys should know it happens: DEAL WITH IT and move on instead of this stupid blame and outrage.
To be clear: my handle NEVER tweeted about whatever it is said that Miyetti Allah had said. I never referenced it, I never quoted it - our commitment to nationhood is permanent, in or out of power.
But the statement is 100% consistent with what Miyeti Allah says all the time.
Miyeti Allah has made more outrageous comments in various crisis situations before now and as TheNation newspaper which originally broke the quote is standing by its story, anyone can make his own summation of what is really going on.