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What has Chief Tom Ikimi got to do with it?


An Independent Observer’s Response to Tinubu’s Aide On Aribisala’s Objective Prose

I READ with disgust the at tempt of Sunday Dare to salvage the image of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the media through his purported response to the dossier written by Mr. Femi Aribisala. In his response, Dare grappled for sensation by trying to malign Chief Tom Ikimi, an elder statesman of repute.

My questions exactly are, What has this got to do with Chief Tom Ikimi? Why is this fellow attacking a man who has clearly given up the space for Asiwaju to do what he may with the party he’s worked tirelessly to build? Who is afraid of Tom Ikimi?

Nigerians indeed have a short term memory to allow the likes of Asiwaju play a prominent role up till this moment. So it was Chief Tom Ikimi that traded the mandate of the SW in the elections that seeded the votes to PDP for oil blocks and billions of Naira?

Who is the true enemy of democracy? The man whose family occupies political positions without merits or the man who has worked meritoriously for everything he owns?

Leaders of the party had since been begging Chief Tom Ikimi not to take any drastic moves or think about leaving the party but all these tantrums may jeopardize the plea. The party is already exposed to destruction with the various antics of neutralizing credible conscience of the party by Asiwaju.

In the spirit of enlightenment, may I hint that Asiwaju was one of those who in1993 prevailed on General Abacha, then Chief of Army Staff to remove Chief Ernest Shonekan and replace him with the late MKO Abiola. Gen Abacha was to operate as Asiwaju & Co’s mercenary. When the plot failed Asiwaju pleaded with Abacha to appoint him Governor of Lagos State which also did not happen. When he was turned down he pleaded to be allowed to serve as a Deputy Governor to Oyinlola (these are facts Dare can verify from his boss or Oyinlola who is still alive).

When you serve people, you should try as much as possible to do your homework rather than counting just the proceeds and personal gains. Maybe this might explain why he despised the Abacha rule, having played into the hands of the ruthless ruler.

Note as well that Gen. Buhari also served in the Government of Abacha, yet Asiwaju finds him worthy of his right hand for obvious reasons of capturing the Northern votes of the teeming number of blind followers desperate for power under the born-to-rule dogma.

Democracy in Nigeria is becoming a cliche which many political parties pay lip service. It is commonly used by brain-washers and hypocrites alike to hide their surreptitious intentions which generally excludes the masses. The game is called imposition. Some in the All Progressives Congress (APC) would prefer the irresolute use of consensus candidate as executed recently in their National Congress where it was ensured that a chairman capable of being manipulated emerged since the attempt to retain Chief Bisi Akande was thwarted.

Take a quick look at the first eleven (Lagos State) in the House of Representatives, who were specifically handpicked by Asiwaju comprising characters who can hardly string sentences together not to mention suggest reforms or propose bills. These are the many examples of the informalities and redundancies at the expense of the masses.

Dare was also quoted as saying; “May we remind Aribisala that Tom Ikimi was never a democrat and even as an adept political chameleon cannot metamorphose into one overnight. What role did he play during the dark days of the NADECO struggle to emancipate the Nigerian nation and its good people from the iron grip of military despotism? That of an ignoble anti-democrat who chose to turn his back on the people and became deaf to their cries of anguish by dining with Abacha.”

The only chameleon here, if the truth were to be told, is none other than Asiwaju who’s regional attempt at vacillating practice of diluted democracy (autocracy) dissolved AD- Alliance For Democracy, which was basically regional until the advent of the same man (Chief Tom Ikimi) who started and registered AC- Action Congress, which Asiwaju later dumped AD for. Friedrich Nietzsche once said “Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.”

Chief Tom Ikimi also led the ACN to the successful merger till the hijack by Asiwaju.

Everyone may not be good, but there’s always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. – Oscar Wilde

The case of Ken Saro-Wiwa had been laid to rest with the accounts of those serving in the government as at the time when Chief Tom Ikimi was defending his nation miles away in Auckland.

The documentary was vivid and heads of state privy to the matter exonerated him from all wrongs.

I have never seen a diplomat turn on his country on foreign land regardless of who is in power, it is a treasonable offence globally. It is believed he did what he could do for his country without fear or favour.

If I may ask since we are digging into the past, of whose interest was NADECO? It is obvious the chicken has come home to roost after all seeing evidently the NADECO caucus coming together again under the imposition headgear of Asiwaju.Let the debate continue as the party descends into the dungeon of irrelevance.

Adeyinka Frank Holloway is based in United Emirates.



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