What you need to know about ‘Political Zone Nigeria’

What you need to know about ‘Political Zone Nigeria’

Political zone is a long awaited messiah of good fortune to the entire Nigerian populace and their political circles. As online media house, is ever ready to collaborate with political aspirants of both presidential, gubernatorial, chairmanship, state and federal house membership candidates to advertise their manifestos to the general public. As its suggested from our nomenclature, we remain one of the best Nigerian online political arena where political discussions and issues are always warmly welcomed.

We design and write, with precision and style, short biographies for politicians; highlighting some of their good past records, backgrounds and historical contributions to their societies so as to make the entire public have acquaintance with their humble deeds, personalities, characters and potentialities. Notwithstanding, we also welcome any contract for political documentaries, projects and even seminars. Under our guides, we promote fair and free democratic environment for the politicians to compete with one another on the bases of freedom and equality.

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Nigeria’s Past Heroes: Three Great Politicians of First Republic

Nigeria’s Past Heroes: Three Great Politicians of First Republic

Nigeria, being an epicentre of multiethnic groups in West Africa and the most highly populated country in Afican continent, has been blissfully hallowed beyond human understanding with great potentialities in its human and natural resources.

The country, like any other African nation, which became one of the British protectorate in 1901, struggled for its independence in the late 1950th.

However, through it independence movement, the country succeeded and its colonization lasted until 1960. The Federation of Nigeria was granted full independence on 1st October, 1960 under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary government and a substantial measure of self-government for the country’s three regions namely: Northern, Western and Eastern.

In all its regions, there were great men and women whose philosophies, ideologies and works had immensely contributed in reawakening the country’s sources of pride, peace and progress. Of course, history will never forget with some of the nation’s great personalities whose voices echoed high in championing the country’s independence as well as setting a good leadership example and developmental plan of the entire country.

Take for instance in Eastern region, ‘ Nnamdi Azikiwe who’s also referred as ” Zik “, was one of the Nigerian statesmen and a political leader who served as the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He was Considered a driving force behind the nation’s independence, his experience helped in giving birth to numerous achievements.

Azikiwe became active in the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM), the country’s first nationalist organization. He came to be known as the “father of Nigerian Nationalism ” .

He entered politics, co-founding the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) with Herbert Macaulay in 1944. Azikiwe became the council’s secretary-general in 1946. He established the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1960.’ Notwithstanding, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him to the privy council of the United Kingdom.

He was made Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Nigeria’s highest national honour in 1980. He was removed from office in the 15th January 1966 military coup, and he was the most prominent politician to avoid assassination after the coup.

Azikiwe was a spokesman for Biafra and advised its leader, Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, during the Biafra war (1967-1970). He switched his allegiance back to Nigeria during the war, and appealed to Ojukwu to end the war. This was to fact that things were out of control.

After the war, he was made a chancellor of the University of Lagos from 1972-1976. He joined the Nigeria People’s Party in 1978, making unsuccessful bids for the presidency in 1979 and 1983. He left politics involuntarily after the 31st December, 1983 military coup.

While in Northern region, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was one of the forestanding figures whose height reached the highest peak in bringing positive contribution to the country. He was elected in 1946 to the Northern House of Assembly, and to the Legislative Council in 1947.

As a legislator, he was a vocal advocate of the rights of Northern Nigeria. Balewa entered the government in 1952 as Minister of Works, and later served as Minister of Transport during a time Nigeria was moving towards self-government.

During his tenure at the transport ministry, both the Marine and Railway departments were transformed to corporations and the designs for a bridge over the Niger and plans for the Kainji Dam were developed.He retained the post as Prime Minister of Nigeria when Nigeria gained independence in 1960, and was reelected in 1964.

As Prime Minister of Nigeria, he played important roles in the continent’s formative indigenous rule. He was an important leader in the formation of the Organisation of African Unity and creating a cooperative relationship with French speaking African countries .

He was also instrumental in negotiations between Moise Tshombe and the Congolese authorities during the Congo Crisis of 1960–1964. He led a vocal protest against the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and also entered into an alliance with Commonwealth ministers who wanted South Africa to leave the Commonwealth in 1961.

In January 1960, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire . He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in May 1960. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the New York University in July 1961.

Moreover, the Western region wasn’t left behind in producing one of their kind who profoundly contributed toward the national growth.” Chief Obfemi Awolawo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman that played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement and also in the First and the Second Republics.

He was the first premier of the Western Region and later federal commissioner for finance, and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the Nigerian Civil War. He was thrice a major contender for his country’s highest office. He started his career as a nationalist in the Nigerian Youth Movement in which he rose to become Western Provincial Secretary.

Awolowo was responsible for much of the progressive social legislation that has made Nigeria a modern nation. He was also the first Leader of Government Business and Minister of Local Government and Finance, and first Premier of the Western Region under Nigeria’s parliamentary system from 1952 to 1959. He was the official Leader of the Opposition in the federal parliament to the Balewa government from 1959 to 1963.”

“As premier, he proved to be and was viewed as a man of vision and a dynamic administrator. Awolowo was also the country’s leading social democratic politician. He supported limited public ownership and limited central planning in government. He believed that the state should channel Nigeria’s resources into education and state-led infrastructural development.

He introduced free primary education for all and free health care for children in the Western Region, established the first television service in Africa in 1959, and the Oduduwa Group, all of which were financed from the highly lucrative cocoa industry which was the mainstay of the regional economy.”

Looking at the aforementioned political figures, one will undoubtedly believe that their great works have helped in giving shape and direction to our country Nigeria. Their good qualities make them fit John C Maxwell’s definition of good leadership, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

They have never been formally accused of corrupt-charges due to their unquestionable honesty and integrity. Contrariwise, in our modern Nigeria, the reverse is the case. Politicians lack focus and development plan for their people. They spearhead the ship of corruption and sail through the nation’s treasury, looting, embezzling and quenching the public fundst.

Insubordination, jingoism, mismanagement, infraction and mistrust are their kith and kin that become part of them. They have no emotional intelligence and empathy to connect with their teaming people. Unlike before, politicians of the first republic made closer connection with their people by sharing their concerns and understanding their people’s pains.

This is a wake-up call to all our contemporary politicians whose people’s trust, belief, expectation and leadership are put in their hands to honestly discharge their responsibilities without any misuse of trust for personal interest and aggrandizement.

They should always remember to have commitment, compassion, humility and transparency in all their endeavours, and expect to be accountable for their actions. This was what our past politicians (Azikiwe, Balewa and Awolawo) did and championed the minds of Nigerians. They still remain immortal even after their physical death and history keeps remembering them everyday as if they are alive. It worths to keep a good legacy than a bad one.

Edo: How the political fracas Begins and Who the Cap Fits?

Edo: How the political fracas Begins and Who the Cap Fits?

Edo state is one of the mightiest and most highly influential states in the South-South, Nigeria. Its historical and political legendary in the zone is paramount. Benin, a city that stands as a foremost destination of Europeans during their exploration of the African continent many centuries ago, has been the heart of the state. It is estimated that the population of the entire state is approximately eight million which is made up of three major ethnic groups; namely Edo (Binis), Esan and Afemai (Owan/Etsako) with Akoko Edo. However, the cosmopolitan tendencies of the state make people from different spheres of Nigeria and the world at large come for tourism or for business settlement.

With the coming of its governorship election 2020, politicians have turned the state into a political war zone. Oppositions, rivalries, wailing and mayhem have taken over the control of the state in its all nooks and crannies. There is no doubt that Edo state modern politics starts to tremble amidst this political emancipation.

The recent fracas between its political gladiators has caused many noises among Nigerians, particularly the politicians, Edo elders forum, political analysts and even the party members. The genesis of its problem could be traced back November 12th, 2008 when Adams Oshiomhole, the former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, was declared winner as an executive governor of Edo state, following his victory over Osunbor of the People’s Democratic Party. His victory came as a result of a court’s nullification of 2008 gubernatorial election in the state due to some irregularities.

Since then, Oshiomhole continued to ran the office of Edo state government for two good tenures from 2008-2016. Immediately after his second tenure, Adams Oshiomhole nominated Godwin Obaseki to be his predecessor under the party platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

On June 23rd, 2018 when Oshiomhole emerged as the National chairman of the All Progressive Congress in the country, following a voice vote by his party delegates at the party national convention. He became untouchable alpha and omega among the mighty godfathers whose words were feared and obeyed without any second thought.

Henceforth, his predecessor, governor Obaseki, who was once a die-heart political ally, metamorphoses into a political foe. Their intimacy becomes history and the cordial relationship between the two runs into muddy waters. It doesn’t need any interpretation of a soothsayer to understand how the two musketeers outrageously exchanges invective between themselves. Their political sycophants are at a dagger-draw, causing many destruction to their political reputations. This clearly goes with the saying “politics is a game of interest to who ever played it “.

Obaseki, been a former pioneer chairman of Edo state Economic and Strategy Team on March, 2009 and an executive Board Members of several private companies as well as a founding Secretary of U.S-based Africa Chamber of Commerce, made him on September 2016 contested and won a gubernatorial election with full support from his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.

Obaseki, as reported by Vanguard, was tagged as “Wake and See Governor “. This is to fact that, he prefers working and delivering infrastructural projects without prior fanfare or needless rhetoric. He brings many capital projects such as buildings, roads, schools and many more under his watch. He champions a number of policy reforms that saw the state restructure, its public finance, secure funding for infrastructure. More so, he improves the business environment to attracts investments in power, agriculture and other critical sectors.

On October 2019, Obaseki publicly declared his interest to contest for a second term in the state gubernatorial election coming up in 2020, stating that his reelection is nonnegotiable. As a result of a clash of interest between him and Oshiomhole, Obaseki was controversially disqualified from contesting in the APC primary election by the screening committee due to his disagreement with the national chairman of the party and his predecessor in office Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

However, stating the reason of his qualification, the committee said that it was as a result of inconsistency in Obaseki’s name in the national youth service certificate; some letters are said to be missed. Though, political analysts argue that the denial is a deliberate attempt to refuse him from contesting by Adams Oshiomhole. This, on June 16th 2020 necessitates Obaseki to resign his membership from the party (APC) and decamped to PDP in an effort to seek for reelection on the party platform.

While on the other hand, on November 12th,2019, Adams Oshiomhole was suspended from the party after 18 local government chairmen of the party in his native state of Edo passed a vote of no confidence on him. He was accused of trying to disintegrate the party in the state. Notwithstanding, on March 4th, 2020 a High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the the suspension of Oshiomhole from office of the National Chairman of the APC that having been suspended, he was no longer a member and could not possibly continue to discharge his official responsibilitiesas the national chairman.

When Obaseki was disqualified, APC nominated Osagie Ize-Iyamu to run as a party flag bearer for Edo gubernatorial election 2020. Ize-Iyamu’s victory came after he polled 27,838 votes, while his closest rival, Dr Pills Odubu, scored 3,776. The chairman of the APC primary election committee and Imo state governor, Uzodinma, further said that the election was a formality in accordance with the guidelines of
Independent National Electorate Commission.

Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian pastor, a legal practitioner and a politician. He was a former chief of staff and secretary of the Edo state government. He was also the gubernatorial candidate of Edo state people’s Democratic Party (PDP) for 2016 when Obaseki was contesting in APC. He served as Director General of Adams Oshiomhole’s 2nd term campaign organisation.

Somewhere around June 26th, 2020. Politic Digest, an online media house, reported that some notable leaders of Edo Elders Forum (EEF) issued a statement condemning APC captains for allegedly organising political violence near the palace of the Oba of Benin on Saturday. In a meeting in Benin, the leaders sticked to remain firm in their condemnation to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu. They also appealed to the youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used by frustrated politicians to cause disorder that could derial the electoral process.

The elders from the eighteen local government areas also advice Ize-Iyamu of APC to clear himself of the corruption charges by the anti-graft agencies in the country. ” There had been a lot of questions about his past records and he should be ashamed that his name is mentioned in relation to corruption, of wrong doings and improper behaviour in the country. He has to claim responsibility for his past actions and seek forgiveness from the good people of Edo state “.

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