The political fortune o Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, like many other states controlled by the party, is no doubt dwindling, no thanks to the in-fighting among members of the party who, one way or the other, feel aggrieved particularly after the decision of the former Interim National Executive Council to handover the structure of the party to governors in their respective states.
Many governors of APC, with the exception of Lagos and few other states were not originally members of the legacy parties, which later formed APC.
Ayodele Fayose’s recent landslide victory in the governorship poll in the fountain of knowledge, Ekiti State, has made the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to boast of their ability to repeat the same feat in Osun State.
Fayose who contested on the platform of the PDP during the recently concluded election has since been adjudged a political bigwig in his state.
To keen political watchers, there will be many after effects of the loss of Ekiti to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. With this loss and with another election coming up in Osun by August, there are permutations already that the south west, a region known for its usual political exclusiveness, may have been breached.
Historically, the South-West is a region that does not always align with the mainstream political party. The region has always carved out a political niche for itself, gravitating against the party at the centre.
The lamentation of Chief Tom Ikimi, who lost the fight for the national chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the party’s first national convention held at the Eagle Square Abuja, has once more brought to the front burner the virus called ‘selection’ in place of election in the country’s evolving democracy. “There was no election. Odigie Oyegun was selected and appointed chairman. That was why I did not fill and submit my nomination form. I boycotted the convention because its outcome was predetermined,” said Ikimi.
Christ’s response to his accusers in Matthew 12:25-29 is a classical interpretation of the fatality of a kingdom dividing against itself. In that portion of the bible, the Pharisees accused Jesus Christ of employing powers other than that of God to cast out demons. The portion under review reads thus:” But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says that despite the security challenges confronting the nation, especially in the northeastern part of Nigeria, it remains positive and focused, believing that the security agencies would overcome the challenges and provide an enabling environment for the commission to conduct better elections across the country in 2015.
The INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, expressed this optimism when the US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Dr. Serah Sewall, led a delegation to the commission.
The lingering plot to frustrate the re- admission of former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu into the Peoples Democratic Party by the state chapter of the party re-enacted penultimate week as there was an alleged exchange of blows between over 500 supporters of Orji Uzor Kalu and police officers. The incident occurred during the South-East PDP unity rally held at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu. The fight reportedly started when the police refused the former governor’s supporters entry into the stadium.
Senator Nkechi Nwaogu might have had this evergreen quote by Michael Jordan, “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion,” in mind when she dared recently to join the race for Abia gubernatorial position in 2015, a race which is currently dominated by
Recently, Prof. Attahiru Jega, chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, hinted in Lagos that e-voting may be considered for the 2015 elections. He however, noted constitutional amendment and funding as the obstacles before the commission.
In Igbo land, it is forbidden to involve traditional rulers in partisan politics. As the custodians of the people’s sacred culture and truth, they speak and criticise social misdemeanours for the overall interest of championing and promoting the cause of peace and development in their respective communities, without bias.
But the dignity, respect and honour bestowed on this crop of Igbo leaders is presently being bastardised as many of them with regards to monetary inducement have become preys and tools of politicians, who are desperate to grab power.