Kogi primaries was worse than military action, it’s treason – Adeyemi *Warns of God’s anger
“The moment people don’t vote and results are allocated, that is worse than having a military government. If there was no voting, then there was no democracy. If there was voting and there was rigging or violence, we can tackle those ones. But where election never took place and you ask us to agree, is that democracy.”
These were the exact words with which Smart Adeyemi, Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, dismissed last Saturday’s primaries to pick the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the forthcoming governorship election cannot be divorced from treason, as totally untenable and capable of ending democracy in the country.
A guest of The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television, Adeyemi told his hosts on Monday that those who conducted the events took rigging to a totally different level, as they graduated from skewing the process to zero voting.
“What they did was a sham, deceit, manipulations, lies, falsehood -nothing. Only the lieutenants and some few lucky slaves who joined hands to perpetuate this offence. This is treasonable offence. It’s a criminal offence, where people never voted and you went ahead and you wrote results and you think in this country, people will keep quiet. We’ve come of age in Nigeria. We’ll keep quiet because of what?
“Every position has a terminal date. Life itself has a terminal date. The world itself will come to an end. So, should we be afraid of people to speak the truth to power, because you occupy a temporary position? Let me say this and let me say this loud and clear, all of us who were mobbed, will not leave this matter. We’ll pursue it to logical conclusion. We’ll pursue it to the point we’ll ask God to take charge. I know that there’s a God that ruleth in the kingdom of men.
“I know if there was an election, it would have been a different thing, but to keep our parents inside the sun for six hours, only for us to disperse at 2.30-3pm and you say we should not feel bitter and you think that is right, that is just- that is to say that Nigeria is civilised or come of age in democracy? This wasn’t the democracy people fought. We fought for a democracy, and rule of law, where people will vote and be voted for.”
“None of us had the privilege to vote. In essence, there was no voting anywhere. What they did was to write the result. It was a sham, a rape of democracy, a disgrace, a betrayal of all those who laid down their lives for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.”
Stating that the results that were announced were irrelevant, as the electoral materials were shared to the Local Government chairmen and other officials, who, allegedly, were instructed to ensure that a preferred candidate won the primaries, he pointed out that the result of the primaries was not read by the chairman of the electoral panel in Kogi State – Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, as stipulated by the guidelines.
However, the results were announced by the chairman’s secretary, which is against the rules, as the rules state that if the chairman of the panel is unavailable, another chairman should be brought in to announce the results.
He said: “If I was defeated, I will admit I was defeated,” bemoaning the fact that in this case nobody was even given the opportunity to vote, as they were still waiting for electoral materials in order for them to exercise their voting franchise, when the results were announced.
He said that this act should be dealt with appropriately, because if left unchecked, it could cause problems for the democracy of the country, adding: “This is a new phenomenon that must not stand, because if Kogi state gets away with it, other governors will copy it. This is something that should not be allowed, or else, democracy will collapse.
“I’ve petitioned the appeal committee,” he said, adding that they had submitted visuals as well in order to back up their appeal. By all consideration, the purported election was null and void and we are going to pursue this, if possible, to the supreme court. Injustice anywhere must be seen as injustice everywhere.”
BREAKING: All clear for Tinubu! S’Court dismisses PDP’s double nomination suit *Says, PDP a busy-body
For being a meddlesome interloper and a busy-body in bringing a case that was none of its business, the Supreme Court, on Friday slammed a N2million fine on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over its suit demanding that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election be vitiated.
The main opposition party, had claimed that Kashim Shettima, being a candidate in a Senatorial election in Borno and as well as the running mate to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the election, amounted to double Nomination, which is forbidden by the law.
Based on that, the prayed the apex court to declare the ticket null and void and the votes recorded for it in the election, through which they were declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted, a prayer, which if it had succeeded, would pave the way for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the party in the election to take over from Tinubu as the 16th President on Monday, when he is due to be inaugurated.
But the court, while dismissing the prayers, which originated from the Federal High Court Abuja, and travelled through the Court of Appeal, before it, agreeing with the positions of the lower courts which dismissed them on the ground of lacking in locus standi to institute the case.
But, Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, not only held that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC, ordered the main opposition party to pay N2milllion, for its troubles, after establishing that its arguments tended to misleading the court, which was “sad”.
The court, which said it was aware of the case of Uche Nwosu, former governorship candidate in Imo State, the court, held that it did not applay in the instant case, as it agreed that Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced and therefore, was no longer a candidate for the Senate before he picked up the running mate ticket, thus, making the allegation of multiple nomination untenable.
On the other hand, the court, held that Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions, and having not being on all fours, PDP suit, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Accusing the PDP of attempts to use the social media to set a trap for the apex court to blackmail it, which he said was “painful, unfortunate and uncalled for,” the court said a political party had no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party, adding that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
Nigerians must allow the love they share abroad resonate at home – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is worried that the level of love Nigerians abroad share among themselves is not replicated at home, adding that a situation where they are quick to become friends outside and enemies at home, must be stop. The former President, who acknowledged how Nigerians in the diaspora were making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour, told participants at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, that Nigerians in the diaspora must conduct themselves as good citizens wherever they domiciled.
Obasanjo, whose views were captured in a statement by, Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, expressed satisfaction over the unity exhibited among Nigerians in the United States of America, urging them to reciprocate such togetherness when they are back home.
The former President, said to have spoken on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, was quoted as saying: “Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria.”
Uproar, social media exchange of fire, over Ooni’s handshake with Pete Edochie, KOK
The exchange of handshakes between veteran actors Pete Edochie and Kanayo O. Kanayo with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyey Ogunwusi Enitan, has spurred a flurry of reactions on social media, The Nation, is reporting.
The paper, which reviewed the viral video shared on Thursday, where Edochie and Kanayo approached Ooni’s table at Elizabeth Jack Rich’s 40th birthday party on Tuesday and exchanged Igbo “cultural” handshakes with the monarch, acknowledged the different meanings being read into it.
Social media users on Twitter took to the comment section of the video with some knocking the actors for disrespecting the tradition by exchanging handshakes with the monarch, while others praised Ooni for showing respect to the Igbo culture.
Man of Letters said: “Igbakeji Oorisa?! It’s acceptable that he received the cross-culture respect handshake with Pete Edochie because the man Pete carry, but what’s his excuse for doing it with Kanayo O Kanayo??”
Kelvin Odanz said. “Is this ceremony holding in the Ooni palace? I mean, if an Igbo man (from a culture that doesn’t bow to another man) meets the Ooni in the UK for instance, is it disrespectful if he chooses to greet the respected Oba in a way he was brought up to respect dignitaries?”
Another user Onyemauchi tweeted: “This man supposed be King for him community”
Another tweep tracesorba wrote: “Igbos don’t bow down to any man, An evolved or wise man is their our own Chi.”