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Four Reasons Yahaya Bello’s Presidential Ambition Should Not Be Taken Seriously – Analysts, Stakeholders

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The media has been awash lately with calls for the “youthful” Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to contest for the 2023 presidential election. A call that has assumed great theatrics on many occasions.

Leading the charge for this call are youths, notably a self styled “Ambassador”, who goes by the name Oladele John Toluhi, who leads a group of youths known as GYB2PYB (Governor Yahaya Bello to President Yahaya Bello), a group that issued a 14-day ultimatum to Bello to accept their demand that he joins the presidential race or they occupy the streets all over the country until he accepts their demand.

It is interesting to note that Toluhi was the young man that embarked on a walk from Abuja to Otuoke, the home town of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State in 2015, to honour the former President after his electoral defeat by President Muhammadu Buhari. Toluhi’s walk to Otuoke, came after a northerner had embarked on a similar walk from Lagos to Abuja in honour of President Buhari after he won the election, making his own road expedition more of a copy.

Aside the call from the GYB2PYB, there has been a series of activities around the Kogi Governor lately that has given him good visibility and put him in the news constantly. There had been awards, notably the gender friendly award championed by the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), which suggests that Bello’s administration is women friendly.

Another notable award is the one given by a group led by former Super Eagles player, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, which named Bello as the ‘Captain and Pillar of Nigerian Youths’.

Asides the awards, Bello has also played host to players in the Nigerian entertainment industry, especially Nollywood, who all sang his praises to high heavens and described him as the best thing to happen to Nigerian youths.

Away from awards and ‘arranged’ calls for him to throw his heart into the ring of presidential election contest, Bello’s lame duck House of Assembly has also been on the road trip, soliciting the support of other state lawmakers for their governor’s 2023 expedition.

Leading the charge is Bello’s errand Speaker, Matthew Kolawole, who has led state lawmakers to Niger and Sokoto states houses of assembly to seek their support for Bello.

Expectedly, the governor, in a recent chat with journalists in Abuja, told the world that he has accepted the challenge to contest for the presidency, as a way of honouring Nigerian youths who have been clamouring for him to lead them and by extension, the country. He also disclosed that his formal declaration will take place at a more auspicious time.

With that, Bello becomes the first member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to publicly admit preparing to contest for the presidency in 2023, as not even Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, whose ambition is already public knowledge, has come out to admit it.

It is, however, instructive to note that all the theatrics leading to Bello’s acceptance of the call were mere stage managed events to give his ambition a resemblance of popular demand, while the gale of awards were also orchestrated to confer some form of credibility on him.

Some analysts have, however, frowned at the chain of events leading to Bello’s acceptance of the challenge, branding them as unnecessary. According to some, it is within his right to aspire to the highest office in the land without making so much fuss about it, while others say these events only point to the fact that he knew he may just not possess what it takes to lead the country and had to create a semblance of it.

Nigerians, from different walks of life have, however, identified four reasons the presidential ambition of Governor Bello should not be taken seriously.

Youth is not Synonymous with Competence

Governor Bello’s relatively young age has been one of the reasons advanced for the call for him to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Oladele John Toluhi, during one of his expeditions, did not mince words, hinting that his group is calling on Bello to join the race because of his youthfulness.

He said: “The Nigerian youths have put their resources and manpower together and with over 15 million of them signing signatures to ask Governor Yayaya Bello of Kogi State to contest the presidency come 2023.

“We believe that as youth leaders, we owe our nation this duty, to make sure that in 2023, we do not just have a president but the president that is youth minded. We want to have the president that is youth and women sensitive.

“We felt that it is the right time for Nigerians to have a feel of what Kogi State is currently having. We are aware that Kogi State today is the government of the youths, by the youths and for the youths.”

However, an APC youth leader in the Kogi West Senatorial District, who does not want his name mentioned, said brandishing Bello’s young age as a reason for calling him to contest in 2023 was wrong. According to him, Bello has failed to show that youth has any role to play in leadership or competence and performance.

“Bello has been a disappointment as a young governor. We actually thought he would be different as a young man but unfortunately, he disappointed even the youths in the state. He has been a great disservice to the not too young to run movement. So those clamouring for him to contest should have a rethink.

“Kogi has gone from bad to worse under Bello that it would be unthinkable for anybody to be rooting for him to be president. Even if you are not from Kogi State, you must have been reading the news of happenings in the state. The only explanation anyone can advance for his or her romance with the GYB2PYB is financial inducement or gratification. That he is young is certainly no achievement or criteria for competence”, the youth leader said.

COVID-19 Missives
Governor Bello holds the record as the only governor in Nigeria and high ranking public office holder to publicly dispute the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s utterances and actions on the pandemic has become an embarrassment for even residents and indigenes of the state, so much that caes suspected to be COVID-19 related are taken outside the State for attention.

Eniola Bello, the Managing Director of Thisday and a fellow Kogite, in a piece in his column, Eni-B, titled ‘Yahaya Bello: The Ugly Face of APC’, said: “Bello’s notoriety for his re-election victory is only surpassed by his ill-informed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the global response to the pandemic early last year, he has, consistently cast doubt on the existence of COVID-19, insisted that there were no infections in Kogi State, frustrated officials of the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) from operating in the state, supplanted science with his opinion, dismissed the necessity for vaccination, and has refused to wear face mask, except of course when he has to visit the State House, Abuja for his regular photo ops with President Buhari.

“It is therefore strange that a governor who, with his utterances and actions on the management of COVID-19, has consistently embarrassed the ruling party could be appointed to chair a committee to drive new membership. With the Kogi governor’s shenanigans, why should anyone desirous of a better country take the APC seriously? If Bello is the face of the new APC in the making, this is an ugly one. That he would even contemplate contesting the presidential election in 2023 speaks to how low his ‘political father’ has reduced Nigeria.”

Inability to be Tactful
One of the reasons advanced by analysts why Yahaya Bello must not be taken seriously in his latest adventure is his inability to be tactful. This, many said, had led him to talk too much, revealed too much and caused untold embarrassment for self, state and party in recent times.

“Nigeria cannot afford someone who is unable to apply the breaks, especially when talking. Bello talks too much and in the process says things he is not supposed to say. I don’t know if it is a personal problem or that he is just trying to play to the gallery.

“Remember a video that went viral where he was talking about how a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode approached him on his willingness to join the APC. He rambled and rambled in that video, which was seriously unnecessary. I want to believe he ruined whatever agreement he had with Fani-Kayode with all he said. You don’t have to play to the gallery even when trying to shine. Bello is certainly not a Presidential material”, a political analyst, Segun Fabunmi said in a chat with DAILY POST.

No Antecedents of Visible Achievements

Claims by Governor Bello that those who are clamouring for him to be the next President of Nigeria, wants him to replicate the successes he has recorded in Kogi on the national stage, has been knocked by even stakeholders in the state and self deception.

An aspirant for the House of Representatives for Lokoja/Kotokarfe Federal Constituency, Ahmed Sani believes that the Governor never meant it when he said so.

“What success does he want to replicate on the national stage? Is it insecurity, failed roads, failed health and education sector?

“Bello, as far as I am concerned, does not have any notable achievement to his credit. The state is getting worse by the day and even Kogites outside the state are afraid to come home because of insecurity, especially kidnapping.

“There has been no change in the status of major towns in the state since Bello assumed office. Even Lokoja, the state has become worse, looking more like a rustic town. In fact, it will be safe to say there is no government in Kogi under Bello”, Sani said.

For Adeyemi Enimola, another Kogite resident in Lagos, Bello is only playing games with his purported ambition, adding that the governor should be smarter than embarking on a futile journey.

“Bello cannot be that daft; he should know he does not have what it takes to be Nigerian president. He lacks everything qualifying quality, aside that, he is a Nigerian that has the right to aspire to any office. I honestly believe that what he is doing is merely positioning himself to be visible outside of office, nothing more. You know the way politicians think; he is already projecting beyond January 2024 when he leaves office as governor”, Enimola said.

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2023: 6 Nigerian Female Politicians to Look Out For

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The Nigerian political environment is not friendly to female politicians as patriarchy reigns supreme in the polity. This has affected the number of women folk in active politics in the country, but some are bracing the odds and proving that they are capable of even surpassing the unsatisfactory performances recorded by their male counterparts.

Legit.ng has compiled the names of 6 female politicians distinguishing themselves in politics and paving the way for greater responsibilities as the 2023 general elections draw near.

1. Senator Abidoun Olujimi The 62-years old former deputy governor of Ekiti is an example of an irrepressible politician who has seen it all and continues to break new grounds in her distinguished political career. Olujimi had made a name for herself as a broadcaster and journalist before venturing into the murky waters of politics. Currently representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, she is expected to contest for the governorship election of the state in 2022.

2. Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Popularly called Binani, the senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly came into the national political scene in 2015 and she is already a force to reckon with. Even before her foray into politics, Binani had made a name for herself in the highly competitive Nigerian business environment.

3. Natasha Akpoti 41-years old Akpoti ran for the post of Kogi Central Senatorial District seat under the Social Democratic Party and contested in the Kogi state governorship election under the same party all in 2019. She lost both contests in controversial circumstances, but more importantly, cemented her place in Nigeria’s politics as a fearless and solid politician with an unrivalled ability to mobilise people from the grassroots.

4. Gbemi Saraki At 55, Saraki is following the footsteps of her father Olusola and brother, Bukola who are both widely-respected political juggernauts in Nigeria. She is currently the minister of state for transportation and former senator who was elected to represent the Kwara Central Senatorial District in the year 2003. She is expected to flex her political muscles in 2023.

5. Senator Uche Ekwunife At just 50-years old, Senator Ekwunife has come of age in politics and keeps breaking new grounds in what has been a distinguished political career so far from the House of Representatives to the Nigerian Senate. Ekwunife will have the chance to prove her doubters wrong long before 2023 as she seeks the PDP ticket in the 2021 Anambra governorship poll.

6. Hadiza Bala Usman 45-years old Hadiza is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority. She was previously the chief of staff to the governor of Kaduna state from 2015 to 2016. Despite the current position, her constant foray into politics are well-documented as she continues to serve in several committees within the ruling All Progressives Congress. Her thriving political career is expecting to take shape in 2023

Meanwhile, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country. With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.

Some prominent leaders of thought have also expressed fear that the people’s desire for a smooth change of leadership in the 2023 general elections could be marred by violence and other forms of criminalities if left unattended to by the Buhari administration.

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Tinubu Is Way Too Big: Why Tinubu’s Legacies Would Always Be A Pain To His Traducers

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Tinubu Is Way Too Big: Why Tinubu’s Legacies Would Always Be A Pain To His Traducers

“We need a leader that is a good administrator, experienced in managing resources, has a vision and can surround himself with sound minds where he lacks”-TBO

Have you ever paused to ask yourself why the 2023 presidential election is the most talked-about discussion today in our polity? The intensity in which it is discussed is quite engaging bearing in mind that the electorates have mixed feelings over the dividends of democracy since its return in 1999.

Funny enough no single individual that is worthy of note has made a categorical pronouncement on his/her 2023 presidential ambition, but yet Tinubu keeps reverberating in every nook and cranny across the country as a possible successor to Buhari.

His soaring popularity is causing a lot of sleepless nights for his traducers who feel Tinubu should not even be an option, already different plans are been orchestrated all in a bid to diminish his fast-rising popularity.

Many of these people have taken it personally and are hellbent on stopping the former Lagos State Governor from exercising his franchise which makes him eligible to vote and be voted for.

His businesses are under tenacious attacks, his integrity, his political ideology and everything associated with him is a subject of continuous bombardment by these few detractors who for one reason or the other have failed to showcase their preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

Why ONLY Tinubu? There are at least three serial presidential contestants that may likely contest again in 2023, there are at least 6 serving governors that would likely feature in the presidential elections, maybe some handful of Senators as well, but Tinubu who has never contested for the seat of the presidency before remains their only headache.

Tinubu’s legacies are the causes of his defamers’ nightmare, now let me define three broad categories of Tinubu’s haters I have personally identified.

The first is the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Tinubu is the major reason they are not in Aso Rock today and lost out in at least 15 states.

Then we have those who are just obsessed with Tinubu’s firm relationship with Lagosians. They hide under the toga of Godfatherism to tear Tinubu apart.

Also, we have the natural-born haters that don’t see anything good with someone who is more popular and acceptable than their standard. Naturally, they hate anything progressive, unfortunately for them, Tinubu is the symbol of progressives in Nigeria today.

As controversial as this statement may sound I would without fear or favour state that since 1960 to date no individual has ever groomed as many political students across the Federation like Tinubu.

Even the greats before him like Awolowo, MKO Abiola, Nnmadi Azikiwe, Odumegwu Ojukwu etc never had such students of first-class products in politics across the nation like Asiwaju, funny as it sounds we can all do the statistics for ourselves.

Awolowo had his political students only in the South-West and allies in other geopolitical zones, while Abiola was just a very charismatic politician with deep financial pockets and a large heart, he earned his popularity on the street with his human kindness and wonderful stories that were told about him.

Abiola was Africa’s biggest philanthropist in his time and indeed that was a major plus for him.

Buhari who happens to be the only Northern personality in recent decades to have matched these aforementioned politicians earned his popularity due to his famed INTEGRITY.

With just about two years away from the presidential elections, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s signature is everywhere.

Indeed his legacies are going well ahead of him, “We need a leader that is a good administrator, experienced in managing resources, has a vision and can surround himself with sound minds where he lacks”

As an administrator Tinubu’s foundation and experience in managing human resource are unparalleled, his legacies left behind as Lagos State Chief executive is indelible and is what constitutes the foundation of what Lagos is today.

His vision and foresight can clearly be seen with what Lagos has turned out to become in barely 2 decades of continuous planning.

Tinubu’s greatest virtue remains his ability to source good hands in assisting him in the discharge of his responsibilities. Tested and trusted Tinubu is miles ahead of other likely contestants for the 2023 presidency.

Tinubu has continued to play the kind of leadership roles expected of a statesman that intends to lead the greatest black nation on earth with over 200 million citizens.

We have our candidate to sell, let any opposition bring theirs and we will compare apples to apples.

Tinubu is way too big.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah writes in from Abuja.

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Tinubu Congratulates Muslims at Ramadan

All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, joins Muslims in Nigeria and across the world in marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

In a special press statement on Tuesday by his Media Office and signed by Mr. Tunde Rahman, the former Lagos governor said: “I join Muslims in Nigeria and across the world in observance of this blessed month of Ramadan. For this special and holy month serves to remind us of the peace-loving and compassionate principles of our faith and encourages us to be even more faithful to these principles that we may all move closer to Allah in our daily lives.

“During this month, adult Muslims are enjoined to abstain from food and drinks and other worldly things from dawn to sunset. This spirit of sacrifice, discipline, and perseverance symbolised by denying the body of food and drinks must engender the spirit of humility, mercy and kindness in us individually and as a true community of faith. Through this self control and perseverance, we are moved to beneficial introspection, self-discovery and self-development.

“”I urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to be guided by this spirit in their interactions with fellow Muslims, but equally important also in their relations with their neighbours and Nigerians of other faiths as well. We must do so not only for the holy month of Ramadan but everyday of our lives.

“Nigeria faces many present challenges but none of these challenges can defeat us so long as we remain true to the tenets of our faith by extending the hand of brotherhood and goodness to those around us. We grow in strength through unity and compassion, not through division and recrimination. Thus, the call and spirit of the holy month are much needed now.

“May we all join as brothers in pursuit of peace and harmony for all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. May Almighty Allah continue to guide us with his munificent hand and open our hearts and minds that we may have the ability to fast, worship and reap the spiritual benefits of this holy month. Ramadan Mubarak.”

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