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The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the Federal Government of providing cover for shoddy oil deals allegedly involving the All Progressives Congress’ interests.

The allegation is contained in a statement issued recently in Abuja by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The PDP accused the federal government led by APC of being grossly incompetent and corrupt. “This APC government is not only grossly incompetent and corrupt, but also a champion in the use of lies and manipulations against innocent and unsuspecting citizens.

“We all know that it was convenient for the APC Presidency to promise Nigerians that it will no longer import fuel only  because the PDP government had already laid the foundation including the revamping of the refineries and ensuring  a domestic production of five million litres out of the 25 million litres daily domestic consumption.

“Sadly, this incompetent APC government, in its almost three years, has not added one litre to the five million litres, which the PDP administration was producing.

“Instead of improvement, the APC has wrecked the system and now pushing the nation to depend solely on importation, while engaging in heavy sleazes in hidden subsidy regimes, said the statement.”

It alleged that the Federal Government, in its bid to cover its ineptitude and oil subsidy corruption, announced that it was the NNPC and not Nigeria that paid for fuel subsidy.

“The question is: who owns the NNPC? Is it not Nigeria? Can the NNPC spend a kobo without the authorisation of the Presidency? Has  Muhammadu Buhari ceased to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Minister of Petroleum Resources?

“Moreover, if the NNPC, which is under his purview, has been paying fuel subsidy, who authorised the payment and who are the beneficiaries? Nigerians need to know the truth on this subsidy regime.

“We therefore challenge the APC-led Federal Government to come clean on these issues and stop telling lies to Nigerians who have suffered enough under its deceptive, inept, uncoordinated and wicked regime.”

Ologbondiyan urged Nigerians not to be forlorn, adding that it had repositioned to stand with the people in the inevitable mission to rescue and restore the nation to the path of prosperity come 2019.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has released 16 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to elected members of the National Assembly from Rivers State. The vehicles were given to both APC and PDP without discrimination.

Three of the Vehicles are for the 3 Senators representing the State, while 13 are for members of the House of Representatives from the state.

Members of the House of Representatives led by Mrs Betty Apiafi, Leader, Rivers Caucus of the House of Representatives and Bari Mpigi, Deputy Leader, Rivers State House of Representatives caucus, took possession of their vehicles.

Making the presentation at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the vehicles were acquired to aid the Federal Lawmakers in the discharge of their official functions.

He said the vehicles are for all members of the National Assembly irrespective of their party affiliation.

He said: "Defend the interest of the state wherever you are. This is from the Government of Rivers State which you are part of.

"This is to aid you to carry out your official functions in Abuja".

Responding, Leader of the Rivers Caucus at the House of Representatives, Mrs Betty Apiafi thanked the Rivers State Governor for providing the support for members of the National Assembly to carry out their duties.

Also speaking, Deputy Leader of the Rivers Caucus of the House of Representatives, Mr Bari Mpigi, an APC member, commended the Rivers State Governor for reaching out to all Rivers people.



Buratai Responsible For Kanu’s Disappearance, Should Be Charged For Contempt Of Court  – Sen. Abaribe Tells Court

The Senator representing Abia South, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has accused General Buhari’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt .- Gen . Tukur Buratai, of frustrating his role as a surety for the bail granted the popular leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by an Abuja High Court presided over  by Binta Nyako.

Sen Abaribe stated this in a fresh motion he filed before the court where he and Kanu’s two other sureties had been ordered to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

The senator had earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, but Justice Binta Nyako had directed, during the previous proceedings on October 17, 2017 , that the senator could not withdraw his surety -ship until Kanu was produced before the court .

Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on charges bordering on treasonable felony, was on Monday absent from court for the second time after the ferocious invasion of his home in Abia State by soldiers on September 14 , since when he had been declared missing by his family.

He stated in his fresh motion filed through his lawyer, Chukwuma -Machukwu Ume ( SAN), on November 17, 2017 that he should not be held responsible for the unavailability of Kanu to attend court for his trial, saying that Kanu’s disappearance was caused by the “whimsical, capricious, subversive and extra- judicial self- help ” embarked upon by Buratai and his soldiers who invaded Kanu’s home..

The senator maintained that Buratai was aware of the pending charges against Kanu when he deployed soldiers to “forcefully and violently ” invade the IPOB leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku - Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14 , 2017 .

He noted that the conducts of Lt. Gen Buratai on the deployment of the soldiers were with “most probable effect” of preventing him ( Kanu) from attending court to continue his trial.

He said he opted to be Kanu’s surety out of “patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension already generated in the polity”.

His lawyer, Ume , argued in the motion that Gen. Buratai’s “extra -judicial self- help conduct obviously frustrated the proceedings and course of administration of justice in the bail and bail bond granted and executed in Charge No. FHC / ABJ / CR / 383 / 2015.”

The lawyer maintained that the “actions have brought the honourable court to some ridicule and its power appears nugatory as well as being placed in a fixed up position .”

The senator, therefore , sought in the fresh motion , an order directing the Chief of Army Staff to explain to the court why the Attorney- General of the Federation should not “be compelled to initiate contempt charges / proceedings against him (Gen. Buratai)for his extra- judicial self - help conducts ”

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has appointed Chief Glory Emeh, a former Chief of Staff of Rivers state government as his Special Adviser. Chief Glory Emeh, a Legal Practitioner and former Transport Commissioner in the state is among 39 SAs newly appointed by the governor. They are to help the government in carrying out his populist programmes aimed at endearing the government to the hearts of Rivers people. Portfolios were yet to be assigned to them as at press time.

 

 Below is the full list:

 

NEW SPECIAL ADVISERS

His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, Governor of Rivers State has approved the appointment of the following persons as Special Advisers:

1. Hon. Cyril Dum Cyril Wite

2. Barr. Chris Itamunoala

3. Dr. Barr. Shedrack A. Akolokwu

4. Prof. Israel Owate

5. Barr. Anugbum Onuoha

6. Prof. A. W. Obianime

7. Hon. Isaac C. Okemini

8. Barr. Okiri Aribitonye

9. Hon. Harvey Azuka Ideozu

10. Hon. Kenneth Iroanaya

11. Chief Nwuke Anucha

12. Dr. George Opuda

13. Pastor Mowan Etete

14. Mr. Ilami Arugu

15. Mrs. Toru Ofili

16. Barr. Otonye Briggs

17. Hon. Andrew Nwanjokwu

18. Dr. B. E. N. Thom-Otuya

19. Dr. Scott Bernard Akpila

20. Barr. Jones Ogbonda

21. Hon. Daima Iyalla

22. Hon. Victor Ekaro

23. Barr. Solomon Bob

24. Mr. Sunny Wokekoro


26. Engr. Nkem Nwaribe

27. Hon. Berewari Chris

28. Barr. Emma Wonodi

29. Mr. Zoranen Tombon Kingsley

30. Chief Okori Abelekum

31. Barr. George Ariolu

32. Barr. Emma I. Utchay

33. Mr. Opakirite Jackreece

34. Dax George-Kelly Dakorinama Alabo

35. Hon. Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh

36. Miss. Daisy West

37. Sir. Emmanuel Ekprikpo

38. Hon. Fred Atteng

39. Hon. Godwin Ejim Nwanyanu.


Chief Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, 2nd Republic Vice President of Nigeria and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reportedly joined his ancestors. Chief Ekwueme’s death has been confirmed by his family through a statement signed by his brother and traditional ruler of Oko community, Igwe Prof Laz Ekwueme.
According to the statement, Ekwueme died on Sunday, Nov 19 in a London Clinic where he wa referred to when he collapsed at Enugu. He died at about 10 PM.
He was first rushed to a hospital at Enugu where he went into coma. From Enugu, he was flown to London through Air Ambulance where efforts to revive him proved abortive.

Below is the statement announcing his death:

The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON. The sad event occurred at The London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.

Signed
HRH. PROF LAZ EKWUEME
Igwe of Oko


The Motorcycle Outrider of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was knocked down on Saturday by a vehicle driven by Chibuike Amaechi at the Waja junction in Port Harcourt, a development that has been condemned and described as breach of protocol and security of the sitting governor.

A former Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh,in a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt had argued that the governor’s convoy is superior, and therefore takes precedence over any other person’s motorcade in the state,  irrespective of how highly placed.

Chief Emeh, who was a former transport and aviation commissioner in Rivers State further maintained that, as the chief security officer, and the symbol of authority of the state, that the governor has the right of way when ever he is on the road, and that both tradition and the law demand that other road users give way for his passage.

The  chieftain of  Peoples Democratic Party recalled that similar privilege is also enjoyed by the President of the  Federal Republic at the national level, and that in his own case, Nigeria’s  air space is always closed for some time whenever he is billed  to fly out or fly in, just as it is the tradition for roads along his land route to be blocked, all in a bid to avoid  breach of his security.

Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, who is a legal practitioner also reasoned that, as a former governor who had enjoyed these privileges, that Rt. Hon. Chibuike  Amaechi, currently Nigeria’s  Minister of Transportation should have known better, and given  due honour to Governor Wike, irrespective of their political differences, adding that the respect is not necessarily to the occupant but to the exalted office of Governor of Rivers State.

The concept of invisible power and false consciousness will easily come in handy in analyzing the challenges associated with the Buharian political rigmarole around presidential power. False consciousness is the unwitting inability of the working class and poor people to perceive their real position in society, who in the process systematically misunderstand and undermine their interests in the production relations within the capitalist system. It is used for the way in which material, ideological and institutional processes in capitalist society mislead members of the working class. These processes in actuality tend to hide the true relations of forces between classes and the real state of affairs regarding the development of pre-socialist society. The term depicts a ‘careless’ inability of people to recognize inequality, oppression and exploitation which are on the checklist which makes the existence of social classes legitimate in a capitalist society.

This phrase first used by Friedrich Engels in 1893 was employed to pinpoint the fact that a detachment of thinking process from historical and social conditions by assuming an independent but superficial realm for the world of thought was a misnomer. Though not a category, the term is implied in the works of Marx, Lenin and later-day socialists and communists. Through false consciousness, people unwittingly aspire to paper over commoditization of labour in which value is detached from work and attributed to money. In capitalist reality, labour is a commodity bought and sold in the ‘market’ and this process defines the production relations existing in society.

False consciousness is a necessary consequence of commodity fetishism and a phenomenon in which people living in a capitalistic society construct an illusion of reality, misleading in fashion and having a natural tendency to misperceive how capitalism works. Its victims easily undermine class consciousness and progress of their disadvantaged classes for an ideological mess of ethnicity, racism, sexism, religious fundamentalism, messianism and colonialism.

The Buharian agenda sees the working class in the wilderness seeking change or transformation (or whatever) of the economic core and easily manifest itself in pretension to working class salvation. But it is done at the periphery and in hallucination. The agenda is neither a working class one nor is it nationalistic. It was, in the past, a ruling class agenda which subscribed to the betrayal of other ruling class factions. The agenda still remains that of the ruling class, but now shrinks to just of a tiny fraction of it, even when it claims expansion beyond the class which it belongs. But the Buharian faction remains a renegade among the backward Nigerian ruling classes.

December 31st, 1983 signalled the emergence of the Buharian agenda with its head invested with Marshall Powers to govern Africa’s most populous nation. Twenty months after the commencement of the agenda, other ruling class factions within the military found it not serving their purpose and summarily dismissed it. At its dismissal in 1985, the Buharian agenda was accused by the succeeding ruling class faction of “a systematic denigration of hope”, of “mismanagement of political leadership” and of deteriorating “standard of living, which had subjected the common man to intolerable suffering (which) were (not) the reasons for the intervention.” It was equally accused of undermining “the principles of discussions, consultation and co-operation which should have guided decision-making process” of the military faction of the ruling class and of fomenting “rigid and uncompromising… attitudes to issues of national significance’’ in solving the problems of “a diverse polity like Nigeria (which) required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions…”. The faction was accused of arrogance and “absolute knowledge of problems and solutions, acting in accordance with what was convenient to it, using the machinery of government as (its) tool.’’

Thirty years after the emergence of the Buharian agenda, which was aimed at undermining political processes and destroying the economy, it is not yet done with its pet project called Nigeria. Now, it pretends to messianism before the lower classes and a structured development of the economy before the middle and upper classes. But it still remains what it is – a pretension. This is made manifest by the fact that the Buharian ruling class faction was and is still a destructive one – destructive of the economy and civilized culture and equally destructive of other ruling classes. It is also a murderous one and relishes in regurgitation of archaic economic experiments before a world in consternation. That is why the head of the ruthless faction has remained a military and equally an electoral failure. Dismissed from the military faction of the ruling class by co-conspirators, it has remained permanently unelectable by the abused citizenry.

Now, the tendency is dancing around with new non-ideas. Sensing that one of the factors undermining the economy is corruption, the Buharian agenda easily pretends to non-corruption. But it will be apt to state that if non-corruption is the only currency on which its agenda is sold, then Buharism is a corrupt political philosophy. Sensing also that the accusation of religious bigotry dangles over its head and was gaining currency, the agenda acquired a member of the ‘challenged’ religion, a pastor as a deputy presidential candidate in the 2011 polls. The agenda failed and at its failure unleashed its miscreants into destruction of innocent lives of ‘strangers’ in its zone of dominance.

The agenda easily pontificates on national security even when it is remotely, if not directly linked to the crisis in the North East executed by jihadist miscreants, most of who express allegiance to its recent vessel for power. At least, renegade comments from that ruling class faction has proven to be very troublesome to nationalistic sensibilities.

Buharism is false patriotism, a convoluted Christ complex, a kind of born-to-rule-disease, some advanced drum major instinct - a pretence to a pedigree which is non-existent. Some of-late analysts have been veered into a reductionist approach, into abridging the whole complexity of governance and society to the problem of corruption. They easily conclude that the strong center is weak, that the presidential hallowed chamber is awash with thievery. The Buharian tendency easily queues into this thinking for political profit. But who is the biggest thief? Who stole more than the Buharian agenda that snatched the whole levers of state power with the entire thievery going on right inside the state machinery? And if it is stated that corruption undermines economic progress, in 20 months of its romance with power, Buharism was discovered to be a deceptive political philosophy with a pedestrian economic content. So, where is the pedigree with which to win a debate on the national economy?

Coup making is an act of indiscipline and in the face of the law, a treasonable offence. In its earlier foray into power, the Buharian agenda invented the war against indiscipline. But this was basically due to the Buharian complex – a delusional pretension to a pedigree which is non-existent. Yes! The Buharian agenda is drenched in indiscipline and corrupt behaviour, but pretends to civilized tendencies without a benchmark. If there was ever a figment of a benchmark, it was Buhari. And the tendency dies with its political vessel if Buhari dies. So, the Buharian agenda starts and ends with Buhari! What a philosophy?

Engendering the Buharian hypocrisy into the political space in 2015 approximates an attempt at reviewing history and is an assault on memory. In this light, Buharists and their lower cadres, who are prone to committing electoral violence if ever their Nigerian presidential “saviour” losses the election, are nothing but victims of false consciousness. They deserve some pity for their ahistorical projections and lack of ideological clarity.
The concept of false consciousness, though being accused of elitism, has been able to explain the phenomena of blind consent and resignation in the dynamics of socio-political spaces. The concept is bifurcated into the ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ versions. The thick version presupposes that a “dominant” ideology performs ‘its magic by persuading subordinate groups to believe actively in the values that explain and justify their own subordination’. Meanwhile the ‘thin theory of false consciousness’, sustains its argument ‘that the dominant ideology achieves compliance by convincing subordinate groups that the social order in which they live is natural and inevitable.’ According to James Scott, while the ‘thick’ theory claims consent; the ‘thin’ theory settles for resignation.

False consciousness among members of the working class has never been known to lead to reasonable dissent. When it subscribes to violence, it is either to reinforce the subordination of oppressed classes or to re-invent the wheel of counter-revolution in a revolutionary situation. In whatever dimension it is viewed, working class people and peasants are being hoodwinked by Buharian messianism into revolutionary immobility. Such a bourgeois political philosophy, which has no clear economic content, in totality attempts at preventing the working class from transforming into the motive forces of history, from taking its fate from the exploiters and possibly overthrowing the state for its own purposes, which finally is the process of acquiring its long lost “invisible power” and defining progress of society in the image of the proletarians and peasants.

The apotheosis of Buharian messiahnism is a manifestation of false consciousness. It is equally provocative to patriotic sensibilities. Buharists need ideological rescue!
Long live the working and suffering people of Nigeria.

 

Orike Didi wrote this article in Nov 2014 at the period of the deceptive campaigns to install General Buhari as the president.

 

 

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