Sunday, March 15, 20..
Impunity in governance was yet again raised to a higher pedestal when on Wednesday, March 11, the former minister of state for defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, a man accused of involvement in the alleged rigging of 2014 Ekiti elections, was granted senatorial approval to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Despite protests by some senators - mostly APC members - against the approval, the leadership of senate went ahead in a rather controversial manner to approve his ministerial nomination.
While it is arguable that the case is still in court and that the former minister is innocent until proven otherwise, it does not take a genius to know that Obainkoro does not have an excellent reputation. It, therefore, would have been in the best interest of Nigeria if the senators had toed the path of morality and, at least, postponed their decision until the case was settled in court.
APC senators were vehemently against Obanikoro’s approval and also used the incident to buttress the need for Nigerians to accept their gospel of change.
Looking at this from a different perspective: is this a PDP problem or a problem of the crop of senators in the red chamber? Could it not be said that the disagreement of the opposition party senators could not have been borne out of altruism but sheer selfishness - considering the antecedents of the senators in question? It was not the first time a candidate with questionable reputation was cleared by senators - including the (now) opposition senators like George Akume, Magnus Abe and Olubunmi Adetumbi, who equally have corruption allegations dangling over their heads.
This is a vicious cycle in the politics of Nigeria; one in which a politician gets involved in corruption with a particular party and when the party is becoming unpopular or the politician has become dispensable, he/she leaves for another party to automatically become a saint. Unfortunately, Nigerians continually get scammed in this cycle of deceit.
…over the years, the electorate have been able to force the hands of political parties into promoting discipline among their members. This was shown in the outcome of Dali Gambo’s gubernatorial voyage.
Sixteen years after his removal from the position of a commissioner in Borno state over spending taxpayers’ money on foreign health care services, Dali Gambo resurfaced in the last elections to contest for the position of governor of Borno state. Despite building 15 Almajiri schools in his state, among other things, he still could not win back the trust of the people. Unfortunately for him, his party would not take the risk. He was denied the gubernatorial ticket as this would cost his party victory - even beyond Borno state.
Sunday, March 15, 2043
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