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Peter Obi and His Traducers Eddy Odivwri Perhaps, there would have been very low interest in the build -up to the 2023 politics if Nigerians were left with just the traditiona

And then suddenly, a third force emerges in the person of Mr Peter Obi, on the platform of the little known Labour Party (LP).Suddenly, they are seeing in the Obi candidature, a new hope, a new lease of life on the Nigerian federation.But as expected in politics, some people do not believe in the Obi option as many have tried to pick holes with his kind of person, style and even his political influence and weight.

Yes, many of his critics have said election is not social media. They are correct. But those who are a little more discerning should take notice of the enrolment figures as confirmed by the INEC. As at the end of the third week of June, 10.4 million new persons had registered. That is not so much the issue. It is more with the enthusiasm with which the people are registering. Already, huge jokes and mimes are being used to drum home the need for the PVC. Housewives are refusing to submit in “the other room” unless their spouses produce their PVCs. Similarly, men are refusing to give “food allowance” to their wives, unless they show their PVCs. Already, young boys are now wearing a particular haircut after the image and letters of Peter Obi. The import of these jokes is not lost on Nigerians. The PVC has become a core instrument for the national transformation Nigerians are baying for.

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4 hours ago Eddy Odivwri  Perhaps, there would have been very low interest in the build -up to the 2023 politics if Nigerians were left with just the traditional political parties: the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).and higher, those who tried to provide nuanced perspectives on the Buharimania sweeping the country found their voices drowned out.FILE PHOTO Fredrick Nwabufo Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:53:28 GMT Nigeria is caught in a maelstrom.One of such moves is the proposed alliance between peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

The two political parties have failed to impress Nigerians. They have both been tested, and they have proved the fact that they are not the messiahs Nigerians are expecting. References were made to his antecedents as a former military ruler who tried to take on the demons of corruption, indiscipline and other social vices in the country and this was the fix needed in 2015 as it was in 1984. While the one has seemingly blown all the goodwill that propelled it to power, almost eight years ago, the other, for sixteen solid years, was merely nibbling with the ordinance of governance. There is hopelessness in the streets as the country sinks deeper and deeper into a bloodfest. Both parties have literally behaved like the prodigal son: wasting prized resources, running after inanities, and soon returning to nothingness, from the plateau of plenty. Against the background of the extremely dire situation Nigeria currently grapples with in virtually all sectors of life, a majority of Nigerians, among them those who felt Buhari was the ordained one, are now singing a different tune. And then suddenly, a third force emerges in the person of Mr Peter Obi, on the platform of the little known Labour Party (LP). Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world.

It’s barely a month since Obi suddenly announced his resignation form the PDP, whereupon, he finally pitched his tent with the LP, but the ululation and mass embrace of the Obi campaign train has been, for the lack of a better expression, massively massive. And it has been further observed that of all the political figures that have emerged as flag-bearers of the various political parties, none is cast more in “messianic” robes than Peter Gregory Obi, the former governor of Anambra state, and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. Killings and kidnappings have persisted with each incident surpassing the previous in gruesomeness, audacity and ruthlessness. Perhaps, for the sake of Obi-dient crew of the Obi followers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been under tremendous pressure coping with the huge outpouring of Nigeria youths who want to register and get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). The swathe of youths swarming the INEC registration centres every day in many parts of the country is simply astounding. The evidence of his frugality, his supporters say, is in the over N70 billion he purportedly saved and left in the kitty for his successor, Willie Obiano. Suddenly, they are seeing in the Obi candidature, a new hope, a new lease of life on the Nigerian federation. In the first quarter of 2022, 1,743 Nigerians were killed — with Niger, Zamfara topping the list of victims. Needless to say the Peter Obi videos, all featuring speeches at various places and occasions, have gone more than viral on many platforms and internet portals. His supporters also like to point out his distaste for ostentation, waste and elaborate protocol.

It has been described, rightly, as a movement. The followership is as electrifying as it is enchanting, especially among the youth and the unemployed Nigerians. So unassuming is he that he checks himself into flights, pushes his trollies and flies economy class like many of us. His abductors demanded five million naira before he would be freed. It is almost like the cultic followership of devotees. The Obi narrative is resonating loud and clear across board. Peter Obi’s supporters would also like us to believe that with his grasp and application of sound economic principles in Nigeria’s current search for economic development, he is the perfect fit. The swell of the ranks is high. The situation appears hopeless.

The Obi-evangelism is catching up like a harmattan wildfire, cutting across tribe and tongue, region or religion. But does all that make him the messiah with the magic wand that he is being touted to solve our existential issues? Advertisement Attempts to put Peter Obi under the microscope have been met mostly with torrents of insults and name-calling by his partisans. It is almost becoming as infectious as the #EndSARS campaign of year 2020. Nobody listens to any of those Obi’s speeches and does not get convinced that indeed, he holds the rod that can part the inhibitive Red Sea in the Nigerian political scene. While they delight in taking aim at the other presidential candidates in full gusto, they brook not even the slightest whiff of inquiry into what is presented to us as his finer qualities. But clearly, the administration is overwhelmed and has surrendered to the fierce and cold grip of these death-dealers from the netherworld. You cannot but bear witness to his sincerity, sense of purpose, and determination to be different from the rest of the political actors. But as expected in politics, some people do not believe in the Obi option as many have tried to pick holes with his kind of person, style and even his political influence and weight. Of course, Peter Obi’s qualities as stated here are commendable and he is eminently qualified to run and be elected president of this country on the strength of those qualities.

Ironically, his strongest critics are his Igbo folksmen, many of whom have disparaged Obi with scathing and unedifying remarks and commentaries. He had emphasised the primacy of state police a number of times in public discourses. Many of the critics have been said to be suffering from the crab-mentality: “If I can’t go, then you too can’t go”. But much as he is being held up as the new “messiah”, we must not be deterred in asking and demanding answers to the claims he has made of himself and being made of him by his supporters. But Obi does not look fazed by them all. He has continued in his effeminate tone, to push on his campaign for change and recovery of Nigeria, urging the youth to take back their country. Now owning accounts in offshore tax havens is not an infraction of the law. Such state-created forces should be based on the modern tenets of community policing and optimal relations and cooperation with local communities.  Yes, many of his critics have said election is not social media.

They are correct. What is frowned upon and which constitutes a serious contravention of the law in Nigeria and many countries is to own and operate foreign bank accounts as a public officer. But those who are a little more discerning should take notice of the enrolment figures as confirmed by the INEC. Recently, Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, whose state has suffered much devastation from the devilment of terrorists, called for the creation of state police. As at the end of the third week of June, 10. Without a sense of irony, he answered that he never knew it was against the law and that in any case, it was a family account.4 million new persons had registered. That is not so much the issue. Did he not relinquish his position on the board of Fidelity Merchant Bank when he became governor in compliance with the requirements of the law? Why then will he keep an offshore bank account while holding public office? Advertisement Secondly, the discussion is still going on as to the shares or investment in an international brewing company on behalf of Anambra state. But if Tinubu becomes president, can he pull off the creation of state police? The national assembly has a critical role to play as well as the state houses of assembly because the constitution will need to be amended to accommodate the new force.

It is more with the enthusiasm with which the people are registering. Already, huge jokes and mimes are being used to drum home the need for the PVC. And while the debate is going on, the question we need to ask is did the Anambra state house of assembly at the time approve the deal as required especially as it is an investment into a foreign venture in which public funds were committed? One thing that seemed to have escaped the debate on the investment into the foreign-owned brewing company is that somehow Peter Obi has ended up owning a brewing company which makes a popular brand of beer along with others. Housewives are refusing to submit in “the other room” unless their spouses produce their PVCs. PETER OBI Obi has been unequivocal about the place of job creation as a counteragent to insecurity. Similarly, men are refusing to give “food allowance” to their wives, unless they show their PVCs. Again the administration of Willie Obiano, Peter Obi’s erstwhile protégé who took over after Obi, studiously denied the purported claim of N70 billion left behind by the latter. Already, young boys are now wearing a particular haircut after the image and letters of Peter Obi.

The import of these jokes is not lost on Nigerians. That said, we also have to scrutinize Obi’s political and economic thoughts and actions to determine whether he is the real deal. The Labour Party presidential candidate once said: “The state of insecurity under this administration is the worst the country has ever experienced. The PVC has become a core instrument for the national transformation Nigerians are baying for. However, it is one thing to have the PVC and it is another to turn out to vote on election day. But does he know that China is a country run by doctrinaire communists? Does he know that the Chinese communist party which runs China has strict rules governing the conduct of public officials and members of the party? Does he know that were he to be a Chinese public official as he is in Nigeria, his fate would have been far worse if he was found to have owned a foreign offshore account as a public official? Advertisement Peter Obi’s politics is equally neither here nor there. Question is will the social media frenzy translate to huge voters’ turn out on election day? That is the core issue. But it is simplistic to assume that unemployment is the sole agent of the crisis. The momentum gathered by the Obi factor is huge. It cannot be ignored that he has garnered quite a following amongst the teeming youths of this country some among the elites and intelligentsia.

Sustaining it will be a major project. Already, many Workers’ Unions in Nigeria, led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have not only adopted Peter Obi as the man to be voted for, they are at the forefront of mobilizing the Nigerian workforce for the LP presidential candidate. It is stated that whatever power and influence these groups collectively have is limited to social media. Even countries like the US with relatively impressive job statistics are still plagued by violent crimes. For the Obi traducers, they say he is over-rated and that the cultic followership on social media has not been tested on the field. That may be true. Indeed, I stand to be contradicted but I doubt very much if Peter Obi can win the majority of votes in the south-east region where he comes from; talk more of the other regions in the country. What cannot be disputed is the mass appeal the Obi candidature represents. He has said on different occasions that with job creation and effective policing the crime rate will plummet.

Many believe with the recent electoral reform, if votes would count, as it promises, then the Obi candidature will shock many old-stock politicians. Peter Obi is both a victim of his political profile and the structure of politics in Nigeria.  Nigerians are simply tired of the old ways which the two leading political parties and personages represent. We surely cannot continue like this and not become like another Afghanistan or Ethiopia or Sudan. His frugality and unassuming nature are part of his innate characteristics, but that does not by any means make him the revolutionary that his supporters think will change Nigeria. I will equip them, I will also increase the number of the armed forces, equip them very well, just like we did from 1999 to 2015. The new orientation is determined to try to do something different from the old ways. And all eyes are on Peter Obi. He is a dyed-in-the-wool believer, product and beneficiary of the rapaciously predatory system being run in Nigeria.

We cannot and should not rely on the truth-plaited lies of the orthodox politicians, who are extremely selfish as they reason in italics. But are we not taking the same route as before as regards recruiting more police officers? It has been done before, but what has changed? In the past, as it is in the present, the recruitment of police officers was often steeped in controversy and allegations of corruption. Nigerians seem poised to resist the running deceit of old politicians. Advertisement And as happened with our experience under Buhari, in whom we invested so much confidence, goodwill and expectation, Peter Obi will end up being a spectacular disappointment to even his fervent supporters before long as the president of Nigeria. Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, recently acknowledged it, that the Obi-dient movement is real, adding that the younger folks,…”they don’t want us, not the PDP nor the APC people”, Obaseki declared. But is it mere fortuition that all the people who have criticized Obi have had a slice of speedy sanction? When Gov Nyesom Wike attacked and dismissed Obi, after the latter resigned from the PDP, it was not up to ten days after that not only did Wike lose the presidential primary, he also lost the chance of being picked as Atiku’s running mate. By Fredrick Nwabufo; Nwabufo aka Mr OneNigeria is a writer and journalist. Next was Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ground fame, in Enugu.

He accused Peter Obi of being stingy and swore that he will not be Nigeria’s President on account of that. Mbaka has been severally criticized for being garrulous and a nay-sayer. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. The Catholic authority soon sent him on suspension and banned any church activity on the adoration grounds. Mbaka has been told loud and clear that it is better to have a stingy leader, than a rougish leader. The testimony from Mrs Bianca Ojukwu of Obi’s “stinginess” was a clear clincher that killed that label of stinginess.

Some have drawn inference from the Bible story of how Peter refused to give “silver or gold” to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. Yet, the healing pronounced by Peter on the lame man transformed the life of the lame man forever; which is way more precious and by far worthier than all the gifts of cash he’s been receiving.  It soon became the turn of former Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu who had declared that Obi would not be President because “he needs to be dynamic”— whatever that means, and that Igbo cannot afford to throw away their votes by voting for Peter Obi. He spoke with so much certitude. Few days after, he got into trouble in faraway United Kingdom, over the organ harvesting saga, with one so-called homeless boy.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, are right now cooling off in a British detention facility. Many have said Peter is a covenant child to whom God promised, “those who curse you, I will curse, and those who Bless you, I will Bless”. It is remarkable to note that despite the huge and rousing reception the Obi candidature has attracted, not a single scandal has come forth around him. Nobody has faulted his many claims on how he governed Anambra State. His integrity remains unblemished and his character remains bright and strong.

It is not to say Peter Obi is a saint. No, he is not. In fact, saints don’t play politics, they dwell in heaven, where they endlessly sing Halleluyah.  Even his vilest traducers acknowledge that he is a threat and a prospective president. All they say is that “we cannot afford to give it to him now”.

They speak as if they see what the rest of us don’t see. They say, let the older and more experienced politicians come on board, stabilise the economy and after that, the youth, represented by Peter Obi can come on board. They speak about having no structure. But many people are determined to go structureless, asking ”who has structure helped all these years? Some have also accused Obi of having an omniscient mentality, as he claims to know everything and how he believes only in his strategy in doing things. They cite the example of how many of his commissioners were either rendered redundant because he (Obi) did almost everything himself, or some were forced to resign for not being free.

But those who believe in Obi are quick to say it is the end product that matters. If Obi, at the end of the day, succeeded  in growing Anambra, then whatever means he used to achieve it is commendable. All said, even if Obi loses the election at the end of the 2023 polls, he only would have lost the battle, not the war. Fraud Promo: Where is the Auditor General of the Federation? Eddy Odivwri  I had thought one of the essences of having an auditor in any going concern is to periodically ensure that checks are carried out on the finances of the organisation to ensure that monies are being expended according to laid down rules, as well as ensuring that monies are judiciously spent. That is why in many organisations, the fear of an auditor’s query usually compels financial operators to ensure that the financial rules are kept and obeyed.

In fact, to underline its importance, many organisations have both internal and external auditors, all in a bid to ensure that financial propriety is adhered to. If that is a necessary check-and-balance procedure in an organisation, it is thus even more imperative in a federation like Nigeria, what with all the huge sums that get budgeted for and expended every year. Auditors, perhaps by their training, are hardly meant to be heard. Their work ought to speak for them. But in Nigeria, there are neither heard, nor their works seen.

Given the huge and frequent cases of fraud and embezzlement of public funds in the public service, it would seem as if Nigeria is running a promo on fraud. Every day, public servants are robbing the public till blind, and one wonders what the auditor general of the federation is doing. A recent case is that of the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, who was said to have embezzled the sum of N80 Billion, as well as being involved in other cases of fraud. With an efficient and effective auditor general, how is it so easy for one fellow to embezzle that huge sum? It was not a one-day job.  Only two excuses can explain this: it is either the auditor general is inefficient, doesn’t know or do his job or he is in cahoots with the accountant general to have that huge sum stolen from the system.

Former Zamfara state Governor, Abdullaziz Yari and the Chairman and Managing Director of Finex Professional, Anthony Yaro were implicated in the fraud involving the suspended Accountant General of the federation. All the accused persons have long been granted bail. As it happens often in Nigeria, that may be the last time we would hear of the matter. Recently too, the story broke about how the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd), had stored up huge sums of money meant for the purchase of arms in his private house. Although the story has been debunked by officials of the ICPC, the point must be made that such sordid stories are common with public officers.

The amount of fraud in the Ministry of Petroleum (wherein huge sums are every year budgeted for Turn Around Maintenance of our refineries, yet the refineries ever hardly work), for instance, is just one example of how public officials have devised ways of circumventing the process to steal public funds. Where the auditor general of the federation is alive to his duties, these huge financial infractions would not be as rampant as we see every day. Related Articles Founded on January 22, 1995, THISDAY is published by THISDAY NEWSPAPERS LTD., 35 Creek Road Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria with offices in 36 states of Nigeria , the Federal Capital Territory and around the world. It is Nigeria’s most authoritative news media available on all platforms for the political, business, professional and diplomatic elite and broader middle classes while serving as the meeting point of new ideas, culture and technology for the aspirationals and millennials.

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