By KOLA Animasaun
The mother did not know what to do or what went on after. David Milliband has resigned from the front bench and has reverted to his constituency duties.
And that reminds me of the Ogbulafors. Obioma Eze Ogbulafor, second son of Vincent Ogbulafor,erstwhile National Chairman of PDP and his junior brother, Chidi Ogbulafor, are contesting the seat of Umuahia/Ikuano Federal constituency. Of course, both are princes.
The Junior prince says he declared first but was waiting for an auspicious time. He said he had not withdrawn for his uncle. He was talking of “the right people in the right position at every material time” who will Vincent Ogbulafor support?
The Milliband brothers….
The millilband older brother David, ran a well financed and organised campaign as he was favoured to succeed Gordon Brown as the leader of the British
Labour party. His younger brother Ed was seen as an underdog won in the end by a slim margin to the surprise of the political pundits whose money was on the David…they did not see that coming…..
David was identified with the New labour policies and a Blairite made a political miscalculation when he failed to distance himself from the New Labour image.
David had emerged to prominence as an adviser to Tony Blair before gaining a seat to the parliament and then into the Cabinet.
He was appointed the foreign minister, the youngest foreign secretary in decades and Ed was appointed to a lower profiled post of environmental secretary of state.
With Ed’s nomination it spells the departure of New labour right to the core of its social democratic agenda
The Milliband Brothers are sons of the late Ralph Mililband , a British leading Marxist intellectual, even though David does not display any left credentials , Ed is viewed to centre left.
“Alliance are held by fear not by love”_Harold Macmillan_ British Prime Minister (1964)
The political road show has been set. Almost Jonathan , Atiku, Bukola Saraki and the evil genius himself are ready .As you perm one from four , another one is set and says you are forgetting someone else.
Take for example, Bukola Saraki, who was heading the governors of the north,nobody expects him to want to vie for the presidency. So we may expect that PDP will take just one of the lots.
They never say die that goes for Muhamadu Buhari:He has become synonymous with competing for the Nigerian presidency. He started with the NPP and failed.
Then there was the alliance with AC which did not fly. Now he has jettisoned the ANPP, and even the refurbished ACN.
The other political parties do not matter. They would be what the Yoruba called “Ban Kun Jo” as just also ran.
But the one you cannot ignore is the candidature of Nuhu Ribadu as the candidature of ACN.
Where has he been coming from? You would say; from nowhere? Some would say from EFCC. I do not know what else he has done. What else has he done? He has done damned very well for himself and his principals. And that has been his qualifications for our presidency.
I have not heard Jonathan or Obansanjo say a word against him. Not even after jumping ship after what the two gentlemen have done for him. There is a catch in the Ilishan University convocation. Who knows of Ribadu, apart from the EFCC job to merit an honorary LLD law?
Of Course , I never forget “Politicians neither love nor hate -Babylonian Talmud. Why do you imagine the Ahmed Bola Tinubu , the Scorge of Lagos and the west , Bisi Akande, the unbending democrat; the Akinrogun Segun Osoba who trusts so much that his achievements will clinch electoral victory. There are others.
In two terms of the eight years these People (except Tinubu) have been in the political wilderness and you want these politicians to have loved or not hated their co- travellers.
Do you say Obansanjo has forgotten to play the games that has profited him to play one against the others? Obansanjo , from a zero game, has won two terms and he is dictating the run of play since 2003 and beyond.
I won’t be surprised if Obasanjo/Jonathan is playing the game as dictated to Ribadu.
They will eliminate the inconsequential Atiku, and Bukola Saraki, even the evil genius himself and who else cares to come to fray.
Even Buhari will bite the dust and thanks will go to dog in the manger NPP.
That will remain only the ACN to be trounced by Jonathan. Obansanjo never forgets the lesson which he learnt from the master. Segun (the other Segun) that the game must start with the presidential election.
The ACN must be very aware that they will lose with Ribadu.
They will not learn a new lesson, there must be a catch in there somewhere.
I hope and pray that Lagos remain a bastion of Nigerian democracy and Tinubu will not allow it to be snatched from him. That must remain a bargaining chip.
Of course “ Politicians are their own grave diggers” says Will Rogers. We shall be not happy to dig our graves for us unwittingly.