Popular Critic and Author, Farouq Kperogi has claimed that the ‘cabal’ has rejected the presidential ambitions of APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
In an article titled: “Why the 2023 Presidential Race Will Be a Shot in the Dark”, Kperogi explains the various permutations and candidates being considered by the ‘cabal’. The article read;
“Bola Tinubu’s announcement that he has informed Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to run for president in 2023 has triggered frenetic social media conversations about the 2023 elections. My own prognostication is that the race won’t be as predictable as many people think it will be.”
“Even Aso Rock power brokers are in disarray. Their strategies and choices keep evolving like a kaleidoscope. At some point, they wanted to perpetrate one of their own in power, which would mean ditching the informal but nonetheless politically potent power sharing arrangement between the North and the South.”
“They realized that such a move is not only politically risky but is also fraught with the sort of danger that might dissolve the Nigerian union if it succeeded.”
“Then they toyed with the idea of supporting a “weak” candidate from the South-South, such as Rotimi Amaechi, whom a northern PDP candidate— with whom they’d strike a deal— can easily defeat.”
“At some point, I heard that the cabal settled on PDP’s Atiku Abubakar. But it appears that they later chickened out perhaps because they can’t trust Atiku or because Atiku won’t commit to their terms.”
“Then came the Goodluck Jonathan card. I’ve confirmed from people who should know that indeed the Buhari cabal had settled on supporting Jonathan as APC’s candidate—with one of the members of the cabal, possibly Malami, as his running mate.”
“As of a few days ago, the cabal, fearful of untoward backlash from the southwest if they support Jonathan to win APC’s nomination (recall that the Southwest helped them upstage the same Jonathan in 2015) has backtracked and is restrategizing.”
“As should be obvious by now, members of the cabal want neither Bola Tinubu nor Yemi Osinbajo. They both know this. Tinubu signaled this knowledge when he said Buhari “didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt and pursue my ambition.”
“Why would he use a negation (“he didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to…”) instead of an affirmation or a neutral statement to characterize Buhari’s attitude toward his ambition? It’s because he knows Buhari’s puppeteers resent his presidential ambition.”
“Where this gets even more intriguing is that the cabal is NOT nearly as influential and powerful as it once was when it was led by the late Abba Kyari. It’s now easily vanquishable. Here’s why.”
“Mahmood Yakubu, INEC’s chair, was singlehandedly put in his position by Abba Kyari. So, he was beholden to him and did his bidding. Recall that Kyari, whose office isn’t recognized by the constitution, breached protocol by inviting Yakubu to his office at the Presidential Villa for a closed-door meeting on October 26, 2018.”
“None of the remaining members of the cabal has that sort of influence on the INEC chairman who is in his final term and therefore need not ingratiate himself with anyone for any favors. Notice that the INEC chairman has been showing unaccustomed independence lately, such as going against Aso Rock honchos by insisting on electronic transmission of votes.”
“There’s no Abba Kyari to dictate to him, and he’s not indebted to members of the current cabal led by the perpetually narcotized and incompetent Abubakar Malami.”
“So, don’t dismiss anyone’s ambition just yet. And don’t be overconfident about anyone’s–or any political party’s– chances. This is probably the most variegated, endlessly changing patterning of political variables in Nigeria’s recent political history.”
‘Attention I Get These Days Is Overwhelming’ – Eniola Badmus
Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus has revealed that the attention she gets recently is overwhelming.
Recall that the actress went on a weight loss journey, that has now left her looking all gorgeously trimmed.
The actress in a post via her Instagram page on Tuesday revealed that she gets a lot of attention these days, which makes her feel like she is a new baby. She further stated that this is a new journey for her.
She wrote: ‘’The attention I get now is quite overwhelming feels like I’m a newborn baby, it’s a new life for me and a new journey so walk with me on this and be a partaker don’t dull.’’
Fuel Subsidy: NLC Suspends National Protest
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has suspended planned national protest against fuel subsidy removal scheduled for 27th January 2022.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba made the announcement on Tuesday, a few hours after the Federal Government indicated that petroleum subsidy would continue for another 18months time frame.
Wabba said the decision to suspend the protest followed a virtual National Executive Council meeting held at noon on Tuesday.
Wabba said: “at the peak of very rigorous mobilization of Nigerians by the Nigeria Labour Congress and a host of her Civil Society allies, the government through the Minister of Finance yesterday, 24″ January 2022 made a public announcement reversing the plans to increase petrol pump price.
” The position of the government was also officially communicated to the Congress with calls for further engagement. Following the reversal and reapproach by the government, the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress met this morning virtually to consider the new position of the government. The NEC after vigorous debates decided to suspend the planned nationwide protest scheduled for 27″ January 2022 and the national protest scheduled for 2″ February 2022.
“The leadership of the Congress has communicated this decision to our civil society allies who have stood stoically behind Nigerian workers in our quest for social and economic justice for workers and the downtrodden people of our country.
“Going forward, we will continue to engage with the government on the very critical issues of ensuring local refining of petroleum, creation of sustainable jobs and affordable price of petrol for Nigerian workers and people”.
Bishop Bernard points out annoying part of Sammie Okposo’s apology
Ufuoma Bernard, Bishop, the Godist Church, on Tuesday said gospel singer, Sammie Okposo apologising to his wife publicly is “unnecessary”.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that according to Bishop Bernard, Okposo’s ‘offence’ is a private matter which shouldn’t have been brought to public limelight. He deemed Okposo’s action “annoying”.
“Sammie Okposo’s apology is unnecessary. What he did was private and bringing it to the public is annoying,” Bernard wrote on his known Facebook page.
It would be recalled that the singer tendered an apology to his wife, Ozioma, and others on Monday while confessing about an intimate relationship he had with a woman when he travelled to the US.
This is as he suspended himself from all ministerial works “until full restoration.”
The singer’s apology read in part, “Dear Friends, I need to bring a very unfortunate incident to your attention as I am not proud of it but know that this is the right thing to do.
“On my recent trip to the USA (Late 2021), I got intimately involved with a lady, knowing that this was not appropriate as a married man and a minister of the gospel. I am ashamed and regret my actions as it has caused a lot of pain to my dear wife, Ozioma, my family and me.
“As I work in making peace with God, repenting and asking His forgiveness, I am suspending myself from all ministry work until full restoration as this is what is proper and what I know I owe God and His people.
“To my wife, Ozioma, I am sincerely sorry I put you through this shameful and embarrassing situation. I broke your trust and disappointed you.”
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