Day: June 12, 2020

Edo 2020: I won’t appeal my disqualification, says Obaseki

 Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says he will not appeal his disqualification by the Governorship Primary Screening Committee of APC.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says he will not appeal his disqualification by the Governorship Primary Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obaseki, who said this in a statement issued by Mr Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, however, described the action as ‘a mockery of the democratic process’.

According to the statement: “We have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle.

“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Gov. Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.”

It said  that it was unfortunate that “this open show of shame, illegality and travesty of justice’’ was the brand of democracy which Oshiomhole had reduced the APC into.

“The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.

“We have, therefore, decided that it would be effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be.

“(This is) especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.

“We wish Oshiomhole luck in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom and justice.

“We call on all party members and the teeming supporters of Gov. Obaseki to remain calm and await further directives,” the statement added.(NAN)

Democracy day: Nigerians in U.S. advocate ideology based politics

Some Nigerians based in the U.S. have urged the nation to jettison tribalism, ethnicity and embrace ideology based politics to move the nation forward.



Some Nigerians based in the United States have urged the nation to jettison tribalism, ethnicity and embrace ideology based politics to move the nation forward.

The Nigerians voiced mixed feelings as the nation marked her 21st Democracy Day anniversary.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, they said the country had made progress since the return of democracy in 1999.

According to them, Nigeria is not where it was 20 years ago in the areas of civil liberty, rule of law and socio-economic development.

However, they pointed out some shortcomings, especially “lack of ideology” in the nation’s politics with a call for reforms and change of mindset.

Dr Seun Sowemimo, a New Jersey-based bariatric surgeon, noted the stability in the system since 1999 as something worth celebrating.

“One of the positive things is that at least there has been stability in government.

“There has been one democratically elected government handing over to the other, and that is something we can point at,” he said.

Sowemimo, however, noted that the country had a lot of “maturing to do” in terms of building a strong ideological base for its politics.

“The politics in Nigeria has been very complex in terms of our mix of ethnicity.

“Our politics has been largely tribal, and we have not been able to base it on philosophies and ideas.

“It is more about affiliating ourselves with where we feel the next block of power will come from, and a lot of that has to do with ethnic origins.

“We have to continue to dialogue with ourselves, educate and orientate ourselves that for us to achieve great things we have to improve the level of our politics,” he said.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr Ugo Nwaokoro, former Deputy Mayor of the City of Newark in New Jersey, differed with the notion that Nigeria is complex.

“People often say Nigeria is complex. No! Nigeria is not complex. It is just the mind of our people to be sincere in governance.

“Another problem with us is our ethnic and religious differences, which should not be. Those things can actually be our strength.

“Diversity is a big source of national strength. But how you use it is what matters.

“If we keep seeing ourselves based on the ethnic groups we are from, then there is a problem,” he noted.

Nwaokoro, a writer and policy strategist, also called for attitudinal change among the political elite and the masses to advance the nation’s democracy.

On his part, Mr George Onuorah, a New York-based social justice activist and community leader, pointed out that the challenges in Nigeria’s democracy were not peculiar.

He noted that democracy is “an imperfect system of governance as evidenced from what we can see in so-called advanced democratic countries.”

However, Onuorah called for restructuring of the political and governance systems in the country to “reflect how we live, relate and interact”.

He also advocated investment in civic and voter education, and discouragement of politics based on ethnic, religious and selfish considerations.

Mr Obed Monago, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Americas, said Nigeria had made great improvement in the area of freedom of expression.

“Nowadays, people are freer to express themselves with little or no fear of retribution as opposed to the days of Dele Giwa, the late Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine.

“But we can do better if we are able to overcome the obstacles of ethnic, religious and tribal sentiments in our politics,” he said.

Monago also emphasised the need for national rebirth, with a call on Nigerians to sink selfish interests for the good of the country.

Also speaking, Mr Basil Njoku, a community leader, wished Nigerians would exhibit the same level of unity and patriotism in politics as they do in sports.

“The bane of Nigeria’s democracy is the problem of tribalism. We are balkanised into regions.

“We have not been able to come together to understand ourselves as an entity.

“I have not seen Nigerians profess their country except when the nation is in an international soccer competition.

“When there is a goal, a Yoruba does not care whether it is an Hausa man that is with him; they hug and you see the passion.

“I wish we can replicate that in the politics and governance of the day whereby we see ourselves as one and our destiny as one,” he said.

Njoku, who is the President of Mbano National Assembly, an association of U.S.-based Imo indigenes, called for inclusive governance at all levels to foster unity in the country.

Edo Governor, Obaseki, Two Others Disqualified By APC Screening Committee Ahead Of Governorship Primary

The All Progressives Congress screening committee for the party’s governorship primary in Edo has disqualified Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, from contesting the primary poll.

Jonathan Ayuba, Chairman of the screening committee, said this while presenting his report to Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Thursday.

On his part, Oshiomhole thanked the panel for the job they had done and urged disqualified aspirants, who believe that they had a case to appeal the decision.

Obaseki on his twitter handle call on his supporters to remain calm