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The Game Changer: See Tinubu’s Likely Start-Up Formation For 2023 Presidential League



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Welcome to your favourite weekly highlights on the likely forecast of matches as we move closer to the presidential champions league finals.

I am your dependable host, Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah and today we are featuring a guest commentator on our show, permit me to introduce Ọmọ́gbọ́láhàn Babs.

All eyes will be on the APC as the party looks forward to its National Convention slated to be hosted sometime around June 2021, the turn out of events at the convention would determine which way the pendulum might swing when the party finally holds its presidential convention to determine who would fly the party’s ticket in 2023.

Team Tinubu happens to be the favourite team in the competition with its star-studded squad. Pre-season trials have revealed a number of players that may likely feature in the group and knockout stages.

Prior to now, Team Tinubu has been sticking to the Tiki-Taka formation whereby the ball is 70 % in their possession.

Patterned after the famous Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team, team Tinubu’s unique way of ball possession in dazzling its opponents with quick short passes, smart movements and intelligent interchange of players would make one place a bet on team Tinubu anytime any day.

I know punters are eagerly awaiting to find value in team Tinubu’s current super form.

So here is the likely formation Team Tinubu may deploy to put up a strong showing at the championship according to Geopolitical zoning.

The South-South Zone.

Rivers State happens to be the only battleground in the South-South for team Tinubu, the minister of Transport Rotimi Ameachi seems to be on the fence, while Magnus Abe who is known to have a strong left foot and deft accurate through passes would deliver some votes.

Edo State with Adams Oshiomhole on the left full-back would guarantee a clean sweep of delegates, while Akpabio who happens to be a good central defender would handle Akwa Ibom with ease.

The minister of State for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva is fully on the ground to defend the bloc votes from Bayelsa State. Known for his good volleys Sylva can be a dangerous marksman in the penalty area.

The ebullient and rugged Deputy Senate President, Omo-Agege from Delta State is fully signed to Team Asiwaju and a major pointsman in the team. His combo of drives facilitated with the good use of his right foot makes him a target to watch.

It is advisable two defenders are deployed to tackle Omo-Agege in other to avert stories that touch.

South-East Zone.

Here would experience a mild drama, physical political confrontation and deft manoeuvring. It would be a narrow edge.

With Gov Hope Uzodimma recognized as the leader of the APC in Imo then Tinubu is sure to carry Imo State.

Uzodimma may likely play the role of a sweeper, as a defensive player he may be located behind other defenders, with no major role,  Uzodimma may just be in the last line of defence before the goalkeeper.

Ken Nmamani from Enugu State is a dependable ally of Tinubu, a slow pace player, Ken is dangerously known for the power of using both feet in heated matches.

Chris Ngige is always the man of the moment in Anambra, the labour minister is known for his dribbling skills, sliding tackles and wonderful bicycle kicks.

What fancies me about Ngige is the accuracy and intelligence he deploys in passing the ball and his movements both with and without the ball which eventually makes him overrun his opponents no matter the playing formation they deploy. Ngige is fully with Team Tinubu.

Orji Uzor Kalu from Abia State would work alongside the team. Tho he would come in as a substitute due to his own sensed presidential ambition as well. But give and take as a substitute it is expected that Orji Uzor Kalu would bring in the necessary ginger to galvanize support from Abia state.

Ebonyi State with David Umahi is unpredictable at the moment. Ebonyi would play THE ADVANTAGED LAW.(which means a clause in the law that directs the referee to refrain from stopping play for a foul if a stoppage would benefit the team that committed the violation)

If David Umahi realizes his ambition would not fly he would align with the winning candidate from the zone.

North Central Zone.

The angle of run in the North Central zone is fully towards a target on goal on the side of Team Tinubu.

Kwara, Benue, Niger, Nasarawa are all in team Tinubu’s pouch. The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is a dependable force that would handle the central defence to the admiration of spectators, so good like Jay-Jay Okocha that he dethroned the Saraki’s dynasty.

He’s a good student of the Tiki-Taka formation, he can control the ball swiftly between player to player without a stop, fans and pundits always marvel at the awesome high-tempo passing game that always humiliates the opposing defenders.

Benue State has George Akume who is in charge of things. The Niger State Governor is on the same page with team Tinubu while Nasarawa is firm with the Jagaban.

Then take it from me authoritatively that Yahaya Bello is gunning for the presidency unless he makes a volte-face then Kogi can fall for Asiwaju.

Hmm, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong is even considered for the vice presidential ticket. He would work for Team Tinubu.

North East Zone.

This is the most fascinating zone in the North, all gladiators from this region happen to have settled for team Tinubu.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawal, the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, Senator Kashim Shettima, Aisha Buhari, Nuhu Ribadu among a handful of others have their back for the Jagaban.

Then the Yobe State Governor and APC caretaker national chairman, Mai Mala Buni may play a last-minute joker and declare his support for Aṣíwájú.

North-West Zone.

The North-West Zone can be said to be a HOME FRONT except for Kebbi, Kaduna and Jigawa, while team Tinubu may drop points in these 3 States, the team is sure of full points from Katsina, Sokoto, Kano and Zamfara.

The trio of Ganduje, Masari, Senator Wammako will do the magic.


The home of professionals, the tacticians and goal-getters, they pride themselves as the host of the champions league.

Here I would disagree with my colleague Ọmọ́gbọ́láhàn Babs on his forecast, for me it a two way battle in the South-West, it is either Tinubu or Osinbajo.

And whatever makes Tinubu declares then Osinbajo would bow out completely and lead the onslaught for the South-West.

A great team builder, Osinbajo is more like the Sergio Aguero type that seems unpopular with the spectators but always ends up getting the required goals to push the team to the next level.

Skilful with his heads and legs Osinbajo remains lethal when he handles the ball. No doubt he would make penetrable roads for team Tinubu when eventually the Jagaban declares for the Presidency.

The rest of the West will go for Team Tinubu except Èkìtì State where he has the likes of Senators Ojudu and Ọpẹ́yẹmí Bámidélé that will battle the gap-toothed Governor of the State.

Kayode Fayemi may not be able to sustain the tempo when he leaves office as the executive governor of Ekiti State.

In all, the odds still favour Team Tinubu to carry the Presidential ticket.

Commentary by Ọmọ́gbọ́láhàn Babs and Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah.

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OPC Lambasts Dambazau For Linking Group With Boko Haram



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The O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) said the former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdurahman Dambazau, is suffering from acute dementia and gradually losing touch with reality.

OPC, in a statement on Saturday by its Publicity Secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, reacted to the statement credited to the former minister that the OPC was the same as the dreaded Boko Haram.

The group condemned in strong terms the statement credited to the ex-minister, pointing out that such statements were capable of heating up the polity and disrupting national peace.

Oguntimehin also described Dambazau as a northern irredentist and extremist popularly noted for his unguarded statements and utterances.

“From his statement, it is obvious that the ex-COAS is suffering from acute dementia and he is gradually losing touch with the realities of this time.


“Dambazau’s statement that OPC and IPOB are very much the same as the dreaded Boko Haram was made in bad faith and such statements have raised some fundamental questions about his intentions, interests and morality as a former COAS and minister of Interior that have allegedly been supporting the bandits by offering both financial and technical support to the group.

“Such high profile ex-military officer cannot be trusted in the fight against insurgency because he had on several occasion pleaded on their behalf.

“In 2014, before the general election, Dambazau and four other top northern leaders had their hands in the recruitments of bandits into the country. And when he eventually became the minister of Interior, under President Muhammadu Buhari, he requested and pleaded that the Federal Government should raise over N800 billion to settle the bandits. A request which was opposed by Nigerians.

“So for such a person to have said that OPC is the same as Boko Haram is not only derogatory, but it is most unfortunate to say the least.”

Oguntimehin said: “Boko Haram is adjudged globally as the third most dreaded terrorist groups in the world. And up till today, it remains as such with various cases of killings across the North.

“For instance, presently, Boko Haram and bandits have taken over four states in the North and Danbazau had never condemned their atrocities, he didn’t raise a finger.

“It is no doubt that he is one of their sponsors. That is why he had, rather than offering lasting solution to the insurgency in the north and across the country, remained an ardent promoter of bandits and other terrorist groups in Nigeria.

So, from his statement, it shows that the ex-minister is not in his right frame of mind, because when bandits killed a foremost Oba in Ondo, he didn’t talk. When other respected leaders from the north held a meeting on the critical security situation in the country,he didn’t attend.”

The OPC publicity scribe stated further that the group has since its existence in 1994 remains one of the most dependable organizations that have been defending the interest of the people of the south west.

“OPC has never involved in any act of insurgency, including kidnapping or killings. Our group have been at the vanguard of supporting the police and providing information that can help the police in ensuring effective security at the grassroots.

“For instance, during the END SARS protests, OPC came to the rescue in the southwest and we protected the police stations and the police formations against unscrupulous rioters that had hijacked the peaceful protests.

Recently, the OPC under our amiable leader, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, apprehended the notorious Kidnap kingpin, Abdullah Iskilu Wakili that had been terrorising the people of Ibarapa and its environs, and we handed him over to the police.

“So for somebody of Dambazau status to say such a group is like the Boko Haram truly shows his mindset and level of thinking. Such a person has truly lost touch with the realities of the present time because today, OPC has been reorganised, repackaged, and re-orientated in such a way that it has become a thorn in the flesh of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists. And today, the fear of the OPC has truly become the beginning of wisdom for people like Danbazau and his allies

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The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has announced that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a basic requirement for admission into the academy.

This was made known in a statement by Maj. Bashir Jajira, the NDA Public Relations Officer, on Saturday in Kaduna.

He said the academy had nothing to do with fake news speculating that academy suspended UTME for the incoming members of 73 Regular Course.

Part of the statement read: “The academy wishes to inform the general public that UTME is one of the basic requirements for entry into the academy.

“All interested applicants into the academy must have passed the UTME and attained an acceptable minimum national standard as determined by JAMB annual policy meeting before gaining entry into the 73 Regular Course.”

He advised the general public to ignore any information on social media purporting the suspension of JAMB exam for 73 Regular Course.

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has warned that there would soon be no crude oil revenue for Nigeria to spend, adding that the federal government had to print extra N60 billion for states to share in March.

The governor made this statement on Wednesday during a meeting with the state’s Transition Committee in Benin.

Mr Obaseki noted the Nigerian economy can no longer rely on global oil prices because major oil-producing companies are now investing in alternative sectors, Channels news reported.

The governor further expressed his concern over the habitual borrowing system of the government, he explained that by the end of the year that there would be additional N16 trillion debt owed by the Nigerian government.

He mentioned that the situation may cause a collapse in the economy of the country and the value of naira because there is no way of paying back borrowed loans.

“In another year or so, where will we find this money that we go to Abuja to share every month? Last month, we got FAAC for March. The federal government printed an additional ₦50 to ₦60 billion to top-up for us to share,” he said.

“We say remove subsidy, they say no. This April, next week again, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, the total borrowing is going to be in excess of ₦15 to ₦16 trillion.

“My worry is that we will wake up one day like Argentina, the naira will be ₦1,000, ₦2,000 and will be moving because we don’t have money coming in. You are just borrowing, borrowing and borrowing without any means or idea of how to pay back.”

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Also, the governor commended the effort of the Independent National Electoral Committee for adopting technology to bring a change to the voting system in the country so it will be difficult to rig election results.

“INEC itself had also begun its own process of change. They have been worried, scandalised by what happened in Kogi and Bayelsa and were trying to redeem themselves.

“So using technology, they made sure that as soon as you finish voting in the polling unit, that result was uploaded straight into a portal so they can see the pattern which makes it difficult to change results at the collation centers.’’

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