2023: Political actors throw tackles ahead of polls

The occasions have gotten precarious, tempers are rising and the stakes are getting increased as political actors are persistently getting on the sting forward of the 2023 normal elections.

With nonetheless about 2 years to go, political actors, particularly these with eyes on one workplace or the opposite, both immediately or by proxy, have turn out to be very seen, particularly within the media, appearing and talking out.

DAILY POST presents among the newest outbursts of main political leaders within the nation.

Fani-Kayode’s ‘Stinking’ Letter to Tinubu

In a diatribe that many Nigerians discovered too assertive and completely predictive, Fani-Kayode pointedly instructed the Nationwide Chief of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, that he can’t be president, in obvious reference to the rumoured presidential ambition of the previous Lagos State Governor.

In a prolonged open letter to Tinubu dated February 4, 2021, Fani-Kayode wrote: “Merely put you betrayed and offered EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in Nigeria simply to feed and fulfill your psychotic obsession and compulsive ambition.

“Like Icarus the Greek, you flew too excessive and too near the solar together with your wax wings, overvalued and fuelled by your hubris and pleasure and now you shall meet your nemesis. The non secular wound that has been inflicted on you is irreversible and terminal and there’s no going again.

“The darkish clouds that lie forward of you’re thick, ugly, frightful, violent and impassable: you can’t make it by means of them safely or survive them. Your enemies have dug a pit for you and you’ve got already fallen into it.

“They’ve lastly stripped you bare, grabbed you by your balls and brought every little thing from you.

“You’ve got misplaced your mystique, honor, glory, self-respect, following, clout, pleasure, repute and a lot extra. You’ve got additionally misplaced management of the political celebration that you just conceived, fashioned, nurtured and constructed. The APC was your child and now they’ve taken it from you and are set to kill it.

“They fooled you, used you, dumped you and humiliated you and now they will expose you, garbage you, malign you, break you, crucify you, examine you and completely crush you.

“You dreamed of being Vice President in 2015 and also you failed. You’re dreaming of being President in 2023 and you’ll fail.”

Although the letter from Fani-Kayode evoked reactions from supporters of Tinubu on-line, none of his shut associates or Tinubu himself has deemed it match to answer the previous minister, who might have turn out to be a torn within the flesh of many.

Bala Mohammed, Ortom Battle of Phrases

Within the ongoing political shading within the nation, that of Governor Bala Mohammed and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom appears to have gotten the eye of most Nigerians. That is, nonetheless, comprehensible, as their feud and confrontation is premised totally on the spate of insecurity within the nation, particularly because it issues Fulani herdsmen who’ve been accused of lots of the atrocities in a number of elements of the nation.

Firing the primary shot, Mohammed in a viral remark that has been extensively condemned for percievedly defending armed carrying herdsmen, referred to as out Governor Ortom for his dealing with of the herdsmen/farmers disaster in his state, accusing him of criminalizing the whole Fulani race. He additionally accused him of pushing the disaster to the extent it’s.

Talking on the closing ceremony of the 2021 Press Week of the Correspondents Chapel of the Bauchi State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mohammed mentioned: “On the herders-farmers clashes, you’ve gotten seen what our colleagues within the South West are doing and a few of them within the South East.

“A few of us instructed them with all modesty and humility: you’re improper.

“However the person who is most improper is the Governor of Benue State, my brother and my colleague, Governor (Samuel) Ortom. He began all these.”

Piqued by the way in which Mohammed referred to as him out whereas seemingly justifying the actions of herdsmen, Ortom, additionally recognized to not hiding his emotions, referred to as on Nigerians to carry the Bauchi State Governor accountable if something occurs to him or his household, whereas additionally labelling him a terrorist.

Ortom mentioned: “I wish to suppose that, with what he mentioned and what these herdsmen wrote to me and mentioned that they have been going to assassinate me, Bala Mohammed can be a part of it, with what he has mentioned.

“And if something occurs to me, I don’t need anyone to be doubtful, Bala Mohammed needs to be held accountable, particularly, his final week outing after the condemnable remarks he made about Fulani carrying AK-47 and dwelling wherever in Nigeria.”

Rotimi Akeredolu on Bala Mohammed

Nonetheless on Governor Bala Mohammed, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu didn’t miss the event to take his personal pound of flesh after Mohammed had condemned his order that herdsmen occupying the state’s forest reserves ought to give up.

In a press release by one in all his media aides, Olabode Olabode, mentioned: “The place of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is to not have interaction or confront anybody who has the mindset of a disaster entrepreneur or warmonger. Very upsetting and insensitive because the assertion seems, we are able to solely err on the aspect of warning by advising Governor Bala Mohammed to not set Nigeria on fireplace by his ideas which can be extremely damaging and undermining nationwide cohesion.

“Nigerians ought to ignore him and fairly give attention to these points that may result in peace and engender unity.”

Lai Mohammed vs Yekini Nabena

If there may be any face-off, apart Fani-Kayode’s letter to Tinubu that immediately speaks to the center of the 2023 elections, it was that of the Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Deputy Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena.

DAILY POST reported that the minister had referred to as for the cancellation of the APC membership revalidation train in his house state, Kwara on the grounds that the train didn’t observe laid down rules. Nabena, replying to the demand by Mohammed, counselled him to not simply submit himself to the train however to additionally subsume himself underneath the authority of the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

Piqued by Nabena’s remarks, Mohammed described him as an impostor, alluding to the truth that he was falsely parading himself because the celebration’s spokesman.

Irked by Mohammed’s shading, Nabena latched on the minister, describing him and his supporters, together with these bearing titles which can be allien to the celebration as spent forces.

Accusing the minister as one of many best issues the Muhammadu Buhari administration has, Nabena mentioned: “Time has left Lai Mohammed behind and he can’t meet up with time.

“Lai Mohammed and his fifth columnists are the most important issues of this administration.

“No matter he says is taken into account as a lie. If not, Lai ought to inform Nigerians what has been his contributions within the final 5 years.

“On the proper time, Lai Mohammed and his gang shall be uncovered and Nigerians will then know the true impostor, that point is sooner.”

Aregbesola’s Veiled Assault on Omisore

One of many highlights of the APC membership revalidation train in Osun State was the defection of a former lawmaker and Deputy Governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore. This, nonetheless, won’t have gone down properly with the Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, who, whereas addressing his supporters after revalidating his membership, mentioned killers and thieves have joined the celebration.

In a viral video, Aregbesola may very well be heard warning his supporters to not permit anybody to bounce on the grave of late Legal professional Basic of the Federation and Governor of outdated Oyo State, Chief Bola Ige.

It might be recalled that Omisore had been arrested and charged to court docket on the allegation that he had a hand within the demise of the second republic governor.

Although the previous lawmaker was finally discharged of the fees, many Nigerians within the South-West preserve referring to the demise of the person popularly referred to as the Cicero of Esa Oke and the alleged involvement of Omisore.

In a press release posted on his Twitter deal with, the minister mentioned: “Although the Structure permits everybody to register as a member of any political celebration, even when they’re suspects, murderers, character ‘assassinators’ and so on, however those that represent the vast majority of the celebration membership should symbolize the core values of the celebration.

“What distinguishes us in APC are the values we maintain. We worth social democracy, to a big extent liberal democracy and progressivism.

“There should be a transparent distinction between jolly good fellows and fair-weather associates who will nonetheless depart our celebration after they sense a greater alternative elsewhere. In associating with people, who you’re, your character and world view should come to play.

“Extra importantly, we should honour the reminiscence of our father, Chief Bola Ige and what he stands for which incorporates, compassion, dedication to the great of the bulk and concepts that may deliver good life, happiness, progress and safety for the folks.”

Sensible Adeyemi’s Outburst Towards Okezie Ikpeazu

The hallowed chambers of the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday witnessed an uncommon outburst by one in all its rating members, Senator Sensible Adeyemi, representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

Adeyemi, who was supposedly reacting to a remark by Senator Abaribe Enyinnaya, who hails from Abia State, towards Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, threw cautions to the winds, when he referred to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as a drunkard.

He mentioned: “In some states the place now we have extremely smart folks, extremely educated folks, very enterprising folks, like Abia, they’re ruled by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne ingesting man.

“Abia individuals are impoverished greater than ever earlier than. Abia individuals are unlucky.”

This outburst, little doubt caught lots of Adeyemi’s colleagues unawares, necessitating the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan to warning him, whereas Abaribe demanded for an apology.

And Abia Replied Sensible Adeyemi

Clearly shocked by Adeyemi’s under the belt shading, Governor Ikpeazu’s Chief Press Secretary, Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka, wasted no time in serving the Senator a dose of what he served earlier within the day.

In a press release additionally on Tuesday, Ememanka described Adeyemi as somebody affected by “protracted case of psychological sickness”.

“Our view is that the Senator is both affected by a protracted case of psychological sickness or is battling with occasional suits of schizophrenia which manifests in making careless, dishonourable, unrelated and incoherent statements.

“This conclusion turns into irresistible judging from the whole disconnect between the matter being mentioned by the Senate and the feedback made by the Senator as they have an effect on the Governor.

“If Senator Adeyemi was of sound thoughts, he ought to have recognized that on the subject of training, Abia is miles forward of his house State of Kogi. Certainly, not simply in training however in each single space of growth.

“If Senator Adeyemi had his schools intact, he ought to have recognized that underneath the watch of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State has maintained first place in WAEC Examinations in the whole nation for 5 years now. Kogi has not come near the primary 20. By no means!”

Equally, the Abia State Commissioner for Info, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in his response calls Adeyemi a ”village fool.”

The Commissioner mentioned, “Sadly, it seems that the hallowed platform offered by the Nationwide Meeting is now a village sq. for confirmed village idiots to open their mouths, thereby doing nice disservice to the good women and men, previous and current, which were elected to function Senators.”

Then Dino Malaye Added his Voice

Controversial former Senator, Dino Melaye didn’t waste in condemning him for his outburst. Melaye is from Adeyemi’s district.

In a tweet Melaye wrote: “It’s stunning {that a} diabolical father of a recognized drug addict who even went to a rehabilitation centre will name the first rate Governor of Abia State names. I apologise on behalf of this blood thirsty senator.”

With 2023 elections nonetheless about two years away, issues will clearly turn out to be extra attention-grabbing, petty and way more messy! However for the typical Nigerian, it’s time to sit again, seize a pot of popcorn and benefit from the present!!

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