History has a way of always shaping and reshaping the legacy of political leaders whether alive or dead. What cannot be denied the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in whatever form or shape is that he is streets ahead of his contemporaries.
A deft politician in a class of his own; put him in a desert and he would find an oasis for his throng of supporters and loyalists. Without fuss, Tinubu’s political intelligence and yeomanry work their way through his muscle and bone as well as his heart and soul. And he would forever be remembered for his mystique and mojo among Africa’s political leaders. Indeed, the unveiling of the ministerial list Tuesday, July 22nd, was a further proof of this.
On the long-awaited list are some of the loyalists and protégées of the man popularly called the Lion of Bourdillon. They include his former media aide, Sunday Dare; a former Governor of Osun State and two-term commissioner under Tinubu, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo; former Commissioner for Finance and Planning in Ondo State, Senator Tayo Alasoadura; former Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola; former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Olorunnibe Mamora; and Architect Lekan Adegbite, the immediate past Commissioner for Works in Ogun State.
Dare, who combined his role as Special Adviser, Media and Chief of Staff to Tinubu, was a founding member of the weekly magazines, TheNewsand Tempo. He was appointed Executive Commissioner (Stakeholder Management) of the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2016 and took a shot at elective office in 2019 but beat a hasty retreat. Sources say President Buhari was at a crossroads as to who to appoint between Dare and Bayo Adelabu, a former Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria who flew the APC flag in the last election but lost to the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Seyi Makinde.
Tinubu’s intervention saved the day for Dare who is being groomed to take over the governorship of Oyo State in 2023. Likewise, Adebayo, who became Governor of Ekiti State the same year Tinubu emerged in Lagos, had been in the political wilderness since he lost power in 2003. He was wise enough to pitch his tent with Tinubu in the intervening years, emerging recently as the APCDeputy National Chairman (Southwest), and, now a minister-designate. Without Tinubu, of course, he would have remained on the periphery of power.
In the southwest political power calculus, Aregbesola is seen as the de facto deputy to Tinubu. Like him or hate him, he has remained loyal to Tinubu and he is said to be one of the few who can look the kingmaker in the face and tell him the home truth. Not forgetting that he made Aregbesola governor of Osun State where he served for eight years. Aregbesola’s successor and incumbent governor is Tinubu’s first cousin who also served as Chief of Staff for eight years to Aregbesola.
Like Aregbesola, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, was one of the eggheads that served in the cabinet of Tinubu as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice between 1999 and 20007. He was handpicked by Asiwaju as vice presidential candidate in 2015 after the coalition that formed the APC ruled out a Muslim-Muslim ticket of Buhari/Tinubu.
Alasoadura, on the other hand, was a former member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and was commissioner for seven years under late Olusegun Agagu. Since his defection to the APC, he has served as Senator and narrowly lost his return election this year to the PDP. Conversely, the story of Fashola is the stuff of legends.
From serving as his Chief of Staff, to unilaterally installing him as a two-term governor of Lagos State and now as a returning minister, Fashola is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the Tinubu political adroitness. Another major beneficiary is the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who has been his eyes and ears in the Lower House since 2003. Though Tinubu lost out in the power play to install Gbajabiamila as Speaker in 2015, he has now had his way. And the same scenario played out in the Senate where his choice of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, is sitting pretty in office.
Well, many might say Oluremi Tinubu is his wife and, as such, her senatorial seat is taken for granted. But, pray, how many political leaders have successfully installed their wife as a three-term Senator? (TheCapitalNG)
Managing director of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru says it is worrying that the chronic debtors that are behind the over N5trillion debt burden are ministers and members of the national assembly.
Speaking on Wednesday at the July 2019 edition of the Breakfast Meeting, organised by the Nigerian–American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), Kuru said the corporation is making plans to produce a full-length television documentary of notorious debtors.
The AMCON MD said the idea was to document in a permanent format for generations yet unborn to know the so-called big men and women that are behind the over N5trillion debt burden which AMCON is battling to recover.
The worrisome aspect of the issue, he said, unlike what happens in other clime is that these obligors still manipulate their way to emerge as members of the national assembly, ministers, chairmen and women of big organisations and pro-chancellors of universities.
“Sadly, these are the calibre of people we respect in Nigeria but these people are not role models. How can you be a role model when you cannot honour a simple obligation?” he said.
That is why I have been consistent in the call for the return of the failed bank act. The way we are handling the issue in the country suggests that we are encouraging a lot of financial rascalities.
“These are men and women who go to banks borrow monies with no intention to pay and in the process bring down banking institutions. It takes a lot for a bank to fail. AMCON just rescued Skye Bank with an investment of nearly N1 trillion.
As AMCON, we have no power to arrest these ‘powerful’ people as we depend largely on judicial processes to recover and we all know the slow pace of judicial processes. We now want to go a step further by working with the ICPC and the EFCC, which will enable us to go investigate the credit processes.”
News reaching us has it that a bizarre scene has played out at Ondo State House of Assembly as a live snake dropped from the roof of the chamber.
Our correspondent learnt that pandemonium ensured as the lawmakers instantly fled for safety abandoning their seats to avoid being bitten by the rampaging reptile.
No one could immediately ascertain whether the unwanted guest was conjured or merely chasing some rodents before accidentally landing on the floor of the House.
One of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, Zenith Bank Plc, has introduced a cashback campaign which rewards every MasterCard user (irrespective of the issuing bank) making purchases on the Zenith Bank Point of Sale (POS) terminals at select merchant locations during specific periods.
The promo, which kicked off on Monday, July 22, 2019, currently covers two merchants, Medplus and Shoprite, but will be extended to other merchants like Film House and Silverbird Cinemas in the coming week.
The campaign to reward MasterCard users at Medplus covers only its Lagos outlets at Saka Tinubu, Victoria Island; Admiralty Way, Lekki; Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere; and Metro Park, Isaac John Street, Ikeja. The Shoprite campaign, on the other hand, covers The Palms Mall, Circle Mall and Ikeja City Mall in Lagos; Delta Mall, Warri and Jabi Mall, Abuja.
Customers making purchases at Medplus are required to buy items worth more than N5,000 or N10,000 at respective outlets to enjoy a discount of N1,000, whilst at Shoprite, customers are required to buy items worth more than N20,000 to get a gift card worth N2,000.
For Medplus, the promo will run between the hours of 12noon – 3.00pm and 6.00pm – 9.00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the offer lasts, and for Shoprite, the promo will run between 10.00am and 12.00 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the offer lasts.
Zenith Bank Plc is recognized as one of the most customer-focused financial institutions in the country and was voted the most customer-focused bank in Nigeria for the retail and SME segments in the 2018 KPMG Annual Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey (BICSS).
92-year-old Tunisia’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died.
Essebsi died at Tunisia’s military hospital on Wednesday, according to a statement from the presidency.
He had been hospitalised late last month and spent a week in hospital after suffering health crisis.
The president of the parliament will become the president of Tunisia for 45 to 90 days for elections to be conducted.
Essebsi became the President of the country in 2014 but announced he won’t be competing for another term calling for a younger person to become the President of Tunisia.
Two years after a manhunt was launched, operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team have arrested a 46-year-old arms dealer, Godwin Chinyere.
Chinyere is believed to have sold the firearms, ammunition and rocket launchers used by the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans.
Police sources told Punch that Evans, who was arrested in June 2017 in his apartment at the Magodo area of Lagos State by the IRT operatives, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, confessed during interrogation that some of the rocket launchers and AK-47 rifles used by members of his gang robbery and kidnapping operations were supplied by Chinyere.
The sources explained that the IRT operatives launched a manhunt for Chinyere that time, but he went into hiding when he discovered that Evans had been apprehended.
One of the sources said Chinyere came out of hiding recently when he felt that since the Evans case had stalled in court, the IRT operatives might have stopped looking for him.
He was reportedly trailed to his hideout in Asaba, Delta State, where he was apprehended.
Chinyere confessed to journalists that he sold five AK-47 rifles to Evans, adding that he had turned a new leaf before the suspected kidnapper was arrested.
“One of my customers, Samuel Nwakpa, who was coming from Kaduna State to buy guns from me, was the one who linked me with big arms dealers in Chad and Niger Republic. They were the people, who supplied me with the five AK-47 rifles that I sold to Evans.
“I met Evans when he came to my village to treat his bullet wound and his native doctor connected him to me. Evans paid me the sum of N1.7m for the five AK-47 rifles. I took my share and gave the rest of the money to Nwakpa, who also supplied rocket launchers to Evans. I knew that Evans was using the arms for armed robbery and kidnapping.
“Before Evans was arrested, I had stopped the business and turned a new leaf, but I fled and went into hiding when he was arrested because I knew he was going to mention my name to the police, and I didn’t know that the police were still looking for me when I came out of hiding. I warned Evans to stop kidnapping when I turned a new leaf, but he didn’t listen to me.”
When the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, was contacted, he confirmed Chinyere’s arrest and stated that a lot of weapons were recovered from him.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up 12 spots in the July FIFA ranking, to place 33rd in the world after winning bronze at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
In the ranking table released by the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,481 points as against 1,433 it had in June to place 45th.
The movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia, who are 20th and 29th in the world, respectively.
African champions Algeria (40th, up 28) are the biggest mover in the July edition by ranks and points (up 117), while fellow finalists, Senegal (20th, up 2) did not make a huge leap but reached their best-ever ranking position.
AFCON surprise quarter-finalists, Madagascar (96th, up 12) and Benin (82nd, up 6) saw their continental performances rewarded with a ranking rise.
On the global scene, new South American champions, Brazil (2nd, up 1) leapfrogged France (3rd, down 1) in second place and trailed leaders Belgium by a narrow margin of 20 points.
Other sides in Copa America action improved their ranking positions substantially.
Quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5) and Venezuela (26th, up 7) – who reached their best-ever ranking position after their run to the last eight.
Bronze-medalists, Argentina (10th, up 1) complete a quartet of South American teams in the top 10.
Concacaf champions Mexico (12th, up 6) and fellow finalists U.S. (22nd, up 8) made big strides up the table with an honourable mention for surprise semi-finalist, Haiti (83rd, up 18).