The exhibition of no love lost between Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, continued over the weekend during the state’s 32nd anniversary thanksgiving church service, which was conducted on Sunday at the Festival Hall, Government House.
Both Obaseki and Shaibu have been at odds over the latter’s desire to run for governor of the state in 2024.
In an apparent attempt to avoid any public displays of affection, Obaseki’s security aides reportedly banned Shaibu from approaching the governor during the ceremony. The next day, on Monday, August 28, during the 60th anniversary of the Midwest Referendum commemoration, Shaibu’s media aides were reportedly denied access, despite pleas from the deputy governor, who ultimately stormed out.
All of this indicates that, despite the deputy governor’s attempts to downplay their disagreement, both men are far from sheathing their swords.
In a broader sense, feuds between a governor and his deputy are not uncommon in Nigerian politics. In fact, several nations have experienced their fair share of such fight royales since the return of democracy in 1999.
In this article, we will look at a few of the major battles between state governors and their lieutenants.
Bola Tinubu vs Femi Pedro
As governor of Lagos State, President Bola Tinubu clashed with his then-deputy, Otunba Olufemi Pedro.
Pedro was reported to have been on Tinubu’s bad side by supporting his Chief of Staff, Tunde Fashola, as his successor.
Because of their hatred, the deputy governor defected to the Labour Party and ran against his boss’s handpicked heir, Fashola.
Pedro received an impeachment notice from the House of Assembly following the election, which he lost. He instantly submitted his resignation letter, but parliamentarians allegedly rejected it, leading to his eventual impeachment.
Rochas Okorocha vs Jude Agbaso & Eze Madumere
Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha had two deputy governors throughout his two years in office and had disagreements with both of them at various periods.
Jude Agbaso served as Imo State’s deputy governor until March 2013, when he was impeached. Agbaso’s spat with Okorocha allegedly began when he challenged the then-governor for a second term, citing a rumored gentleman’s agreement that stated Okorocha would control Imo State for only four years. He was fired and quickly replaced by Prince Eze Madumere.
If Agbaso’s relationship with Okorocha was perceived as a political necessity, Madumere’s relationship with Okorocha was seen as more friendly. He, too, had a falling out with his principal under identical circumstances.
Madumere was alleged to be opposed to Okorocha’s pick of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor. Madumere, enraged, threw his hat into the ring, forming a section of his supporters in the All Progressives Congress.
Seyi Makinde vs Rauf Olaniyan
The frosty relationship between Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and his immediate past Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, which was denied by both parties but had been going on for over two years, came to an end with Olaniyan’s impeachment by the state House of Assembly based on the recommendation of the panel formed to investigate the allegations leveled against him.
With the two political gladiators denying any rift, Olaniyan was to set the stage for his impeachment when he formally announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, June 5, 2022, while addressing journalists at his private office in Ibadan, under which platform he and Makinde were elected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
Rotimi Akeredolu vs. Agboola Ajayi
Anyone who has followed Akeredolu and Ajayi’s tango is undoubtedly aware of their history and strife. Ajayi was rumored to be interested in Akeredolu’s seat before to the October 10 Ondo gubernatorial election.
Ajayi then defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Because he did this while still a member of Akeredolu’s cabinet, the latter was understandably irritated and has since pursued Ajayi.
During his defection, Ajayi also left his official apartment and took his vehicles with him.
Abdullahi Ganduje vs Hafiz Abubakar
Prof Hafiz Abubakar resigned as the deputy to then-Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje on August 4, 2018, citing ‘irreconcilable disputes’ on issues of governance and government operations.
He went on to say that he had endured “immeasurable and unjustifiable humiliation” for more than two and a half years due to difficulties of governance and the need to keep the administration on course.
Though Ganduje disputed the charges, analysts said Ganduje’s relationship with Abubakar began when Abubakar refused to distance himself from the governor’s predecessor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
Obong Victor Attah vs Chris Ekpenyong
Former Akwa Ibom State Governor Obong Victor Attah’s strained relationship with his then-deputy, Dr. Chris Ekpenyong, led to the latter’s impeachment.
Despite efforts by then-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the PDP to stop the impeachment, the state House of Assembly decided in June 2005 to remove Ekpeyong.
Ayodele Fayose vs Abiodun Aluko
In 2005, Governor Ayo Fayose was accused of ordering the expulsion of his deputy, Abiodun Aluko.
Aluko was impeached by the state House of Assembly after being found guilty of 16 offenses. The legislators claimed that all of the offenses were grounds for impeachment.
Olusegun Mimiko vs Alhaji Ali Olanusi
Former Ondo State Deputy Governor Alhaji Ali Olanusi upset his principal, Olusegun Mimiko, by defecting to the All Progressives Congress rather than joining him in the Peoples Democratic Party.
He was impeached by the state House of Assembly in 2015, but two years later, a court overturned the impeachment and reinstated Olanusi. But it was too late for him because his contract with Mimiko had already expired
Kwara Gov receives VP Kashim Shettima in Ilorin hails peace harmony in Kwara
Kwara State Governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Saturday received Vice President Kashim Shettima (GCON) in Ilorin, the state capital, amid a rousing welcome by several APC leaders and people of the state.
Vice President Shettima was received by the Governor at the Tunde Idiagbon Airport, joined by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Speaker Kwara House of Assembly Rt Hon Yakubu Salihu Danladi; Sen Salihu Mustapha (Kwara Central); Sen. Sadiq Umar (North); some members of the state executive council; and CEO KAM Holdings Nigeria Alhaji Kamaru Yusuf.
The Vice President touched down at the airport at exactly 3p.m., accompanied by his Special Assistant on Political Matters Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed; and top APC chieftain Dr. Isia’q Modibbo Kawu; among others.
Shettima headed to the Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, where he commissioned the institution’s Nursing Science Complex, which has been named after him.
The Vice President then delivered the university’s 13th convocation lecture that was themed ‘Addressing Nigeria’s Food Security Challenges Through Hi-Tech Approach: The Role of Nigerian Universities’.
Other dignitaries at the occasion included the Inspector General of Police IGP Kayode Egbetokun, who has just received his doctoral degree from the institution; founder of the University Chief AbdulRaheem Oladimeji (OFR); and Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Noah Yusuf.
Shettima, in his lecture, said Nigeria’s reliance on oil since the early 70s and the neglect of the agricultural sector are responsible for what has today become a national security challenge in the form of food insecurity.
He said the challenge assumed a disturbing proportion as a result of policy inconsistencies, mismanagement of resources, corruption, climate change, insurgencies, and natural disasters, among others.
He said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu understands the nexus between food production and national security, and has declared a state of emergency on food security alongside a policy commitment to improve productivity by injecting more funds in the sector.
Tertiary institutions are playing critical roles in assisting the Federal Government to promote food security in Nigeria through research and the integration of agricultural study in their curriculum, the vice president said.
He said no appreciable progress can be made in agricultural production without mechanization, calling for increased and efficient use of modern technology to maximise yield.
The Vice President described Governor AbdulRazaq as a prudent leader and commended him for various agricultural initiatives the administration has introduced to boost food production in the state.
Speaking about the cultural composition of Ilorin, which he said exemplifies a spirit of brotherhood, Shettima said Nigeria has a lot to learn from the ancient city, calling on all indigenes of Ilorin to continue to be tolerant and supportive of one another.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
December 9, 2023
Japa: Feel free to leave, Bishop Kukah tells Nigerian youths
The Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has advised young Nigerians wishing to leave the country (the popular Japa syndrome) not to hesitate.
However, he prayed that the right and conducive environment be created so that those left behind can compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.
Bishop Kukah, the Pro-chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Veritas University, Abuja, said this while addressing graduands of Veritas University, on Saturday. It was the school’s convocation ceremony.
The Bishop said: “I encourage young people who want to leave Nigeria to please, feel free to leave. The country is big enough. We can assure you that by the time you settle down in the United States of America or wherever you have gone, you will discover that Nigeria needs you.
“And for those you left behind, our hope and prayer is that they will be competing at the same level with you. We have everything that it takes to turn the corner.
“We are Veritas University will continue to inspire and shape the new generation so that the change we expect in our country is not the change we expect from politicians.
“It is the change that will come with a big intellectual understanding of the complex nature of this country. So every graduate who walks out of the portals of Veritas will be truly equipped mentally and intellectually to conquer Nigeria.”
Kukah tasked the graduates to remain focused and remember the school they were leaving behind. He also appealed to teachers to strive to be role models for the students.
According to him, “The quality of help and support you will get from the alumni will be determined by how they left this university.
“As you prepare to spend a new chapter in your life, I encourage you to remain focused on your dream. Do not forget your alma mater because you are standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before you. Do not forget the sacrifices you have made.
“This is why we also appeal to teachers to become sources of inspiration because the quality of help and support you will get from the alumni will be determined by how they left this university. If they leave this university feeling sorrowful, they are not likely to look back.
“So we want to encourage you parents to please endeavour to serve as models and mentors to these young people. Remember it could have been done anywhere. It’s not by accident that they are in Nigeria,” he added.
He noted that some teachers were sacrificing to give their best to the country. Kukah said contrary to the claim that teachers’ rewards were in heaven, they are here on earth, appealing to them not to rest on their oars.
‘How pilot delayed plane for me’
He narrated an experience: “I have a personal experience of coming late to catch a flight to Sokoto. I was the last person to get on the plane.
“Miraculously, the plane continued to wait and when I got to the aircraft, the pilot was waiting at the foot of the plane.
“I tried to take my seat and knelt to greet me. I was quite embarrassed because I had never seen this gentleman in my life. But he said, ‘Well, Bishop, I have to kneel and greet you because you are the one who recommended me over 10 years ago for the job as a pilot’.
“We never know as teachers. Do not fall victims to the claim that your rewards are in heaven. Your rewards are actually here and they will also be in heaven.”
He congratulated the management and staff of the university, headed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ichoku Hyacinth.
Kukah said the VC’s outstanding leadership and qualities “have been very clearly enunciated on how far the university had travelled.
“We hope that this university will achieve the elasticity that all those who started with Veritas will be able to secure the place.”
He appealed to the bodies that regulate university admissions to expand the opportunity for some universities, including Veritas University so that they can contribute their quota to the education of the citizens.
… to parents
Turning to the parents and guardians, Kukah said: “As a chairman of the Council, I’m fully aware of the sacrifices that people have made. (I am) also taking notes of the rising amount of internally generated revenue without necessarily punishing anybody.
“These things, we don’t take for granted. I, therefore, salute the management and staff of Veritas University for their courage and determination in fulfilling their obligation.
“As Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Veritas University, we assure you of the unequivocal support of the council for the ongoing development of Veritas University.
“Once again, we appeal to you to please let your name be printed somewhere in this university. It doesn’t matter how big and how little. Step forward and make your commitment because it is through this that we can expand the frontier of knowledge through Veritas University.”
PHOTOS: El-Rufai, Former Emir Of Kano, Visit Kaduna Community Bombed By Army
The Former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, have visited Tudun Biri in Kaduna State where villagers attending Maulud celebration were bombed on Sunday evening.
The village was struck by an accidental airstrike on Sunday during a Maulud celebration, resulting in the loss of scores of lives.
The two leaders joined other leaders from the Tijjaniyya Islamic sect for a visit to the village on Friday.
Sanusi is a spiritual leader in the Tijanniyah Sufi order of Nigeria.
Credit: X | MuyiwaAdekeye
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