By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-TWO-time former governor of the defunct Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia says President Goodluck Jonathan is experiencing turbulent tenure because he has stepped on toes in the process of transforming the nation.
According to him, “Jonathan is more intelligent than many of us put together. He is pushing the programmes to transform Nigeria and those who do not want change are opposed to him. In the process of transforming the country he is stepping on people’s toes and they are opposed to him”.
Dr Ogbemudia who also described the Minister of Works, Arch. Mike Onolememen as the “best Minister of Works since 1960”, urged the President to give the Minister five more years because “I have drove through llesha-Ife-Ibadan-Abeokuta-Lagos Road and the Minister is a blessing to Nigeria and Edo state in particular. And if he is given another five years potholes and bad roads will be a thing of the past in Nigeria”.
While regretting that despite the laudable programmes of President Jonathan’s administration, some Nigerians are still not happy with the administration, the retired Army General asserted that “I when you see the Benin-Lagos-Shagamu road you will no doubt come to the conclusion that a great percentage of the transformation is on the way.
Before now, from Benin to Lagos none was tarred except small plantation, about four miles, all others red earth and when you get to Lagos you are red unless you tire some napkins over your head.
“ So I think that Jonathan should be allowed to complete his job, we should give him the maximum support we can so that when it is our turn, his supporters will also support us.
He is spending sleepless nights doing his mathematics on how he can get things done and we should not distract his attention. And they should keep away from him those people who are pursuing their personal interest” he stated.
Asked if he will support Onolememen for governorship in Edo state come 2016, Ogbemudia asserted that “he has not told me he is running for governorship. You don’t back people who don’t tell you about their ambition. Apart from that because he has done well in one sector does not mean that he will do well in other sector.
He has not told me he wants to be governor. I think we should allow him to concentrate in his Ministry and make Nigeria proud than to come and make things difficult for himself at Osadebey Avenue”.