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By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

Did Jonathan also goof on Fayose?

It was remarkable that Governor Ayodele Fayose during his interview with an online newspaper affirmed his continuing loyalty to former President Goodluck Jonathan even if he insisted that the party goofed in presenting Jonathan as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Fayose’s reason was that Jonathan’s insistence on running removed support for the party from supporters mostly in the north who were peeved at the seeming relegation of the north in the polity.


Given the almost unanimous conspiracy against Fayose just before the PDP governorship primaries when all other 16 governorship aspirants in the PDP endorsed the principle of consensus against Fayose’s stance on primaries, it reportedly took the intervention of the Jonathan presidency for Fayose to emerge as the candidate. Indeed, Jonathan had been informed that Fayose stood the best chance of forcing himself in as governor by hook or crook of all the 17 or so aspirants that were in the contest.

Given the lingering complaints at that time about Jonathan being almost always focused on only promoting his own political survival, and not being mindful of the political survival of his associates, it was a sort of departure from the normal. Willy-nilly, the emergence of Fayose was seen as Jonathan’s joker which he hoped to use to break into the Southwest ahead of his own presidential election.

So, even if Fayose now sees the party as having goofed on Jonathan, the former president would, however, not see his own support for Fayose as a mistake. After all, in how many other Southwest states did he win all local government areas?

The hypocrisy and poor patriotism of government!

The elation of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, over the successful collaboration between the service and the Nnewi, Anambra State based Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing, IVM was a delight for many genuinely patriotic Nigerians. The base of the elation was the successful partnership between the company and the air force that led to the overhaul of the brake system of the MB-339 aircraft for use in the air force Alpha jets.

An elated air chief affirmed that without the intervention, that the entire fleet of Alpha jets in the air force would have been grounded and thus incapacitated the counterinsurgency operations of the service in the Northeast.

Given this successful collaboration, it is still shocking that presidency officials and the National Assembly are still bent on pouring scarce foreign exchange into the importation of exquisite foreign branded cars despite the availability of Innoson and other locally made vehicles. It is a shame that those who are shouting against the continued devaluation of the naira on account of imports have an opportunity to show the way but prefer to look the other way. That is what is called hypocrisy!


Anambra Central Senatorial District had in recent times been about one of the most contentious Senate seats in the country in recent times. Recall the celebrated battle in 2011 between Senator Chris Ngige of the then Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and Prof. Dora Akunyili of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA over the Anambra Central Senate seat. In 2015, the battle even became keener with the formidable trio of Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, PDP, Chief Victor Umeh, APGA and Senator Chris Ngige of the APC involved in the contest.

However, what was seen as one of the most watched Senate battles is now turning into an anti-climax following the judgment of the Court of Appeal ordering for a rerun. Part of the judgment which the election regulator this week pledged to apply was the ruling that only those who participated in the first election would participate in the rerun. With Mrs. Ekwunife out after decamping from the PDP, Senator Ngige holding tightly to the bird in hand in the form of his ministerial seat, the door is now open to what many see as the crowning of Senator Umeh of APGA.


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