Saraki: Finally, They Got Him

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi For two days, I battled, with myself, whether to write on the unbelievable routing of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the February 23 Presidential/ National Assembly Elections  or not. It was the same way I battled before my write-up on the uncommon fall of Godswill Akpabio, former Akwa Ibom state governor, former PDP Senate Minority Leader and, soon to be former Senator in the same election. The difference: While Saraki’s took me the whole of 48 hours to decide, Akpabio’s was less than 20 minutes. Even the…

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Akpabio: The Uncommon Fall

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi Everything about Godswill Akpabio, former PDP two-term governor of Akwa Ibom state is uncommon – or so he says. As a governor, he gave himself that name. An uncommon governor. A man of uncommon touch. An uncommon performer. An uncommon organiser. Indeed, he is also an uncommon husband. Married to a beautiful Igbo girl, Unoma, both are a spectacle to behold in public.  As a governor, each time Akpabio was giving a speech in public and, Unoma was present, she would, like a police orderly, stand behind her husband.…

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Ogun: Buhari Loses Best Friend

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi For most of the time, he was not firm. He was  aloof, almost, to the affairs of his party. He had a penchant for eating his cake,  and still wanting to have it. Now, President Muhammadu Buhari and his party the APC, seem to have lost a grip on, at least, four states. In Rivers state, the party has been shut out of presenting candidates for any office, except the Presidency. Zamfara remains uncertain. And, in this mismanagement of party affairs,  arising from an untidy and commercialised Primaries,…

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A Word for The Military & The Police

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi Perhaps, exasperated by the thought of the usual snatching of ballot boxes, and the effect it could have on  the general elections which begins February 23, with the rescheduled Presidential election,   a livid PMB issued a death sentence on anybody who would be stupid enough to try that. It would be the person’s last adventure on earth, he thundered.  To achieve that, he  issued an order to the Military and the Police that such persons should be met with maximum force, an indirect way of asking them to…

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Presidency: Who Will Obiano Vote For?

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi In the final stretch to the February 16 presidential election, the question many people are asking, especially, South Easterners, is: Which presidential candidate will Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra state, vote for? Let me confess that I have also, in the past couple of weeks, been asking myself the same question. I don’t know about others, but each time I ask myself that question, I just shake my head, and exclaim to nobody, in particular: politics. Ordinarily, the answer should be easy. Ordinarily, nobody should even…

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Tinubu: Nigeria’s Most Powerful Politician

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi Let me begin with an apology. Please, excuse the title of this write-up. Penultimate week, I used a title almost similar to this. It was entitled: Ambode: Nigeria’s Most Powerless Governor. Now this. But don’t be envious of Lagosians. They don’t proudly call their state “Eko for show” for nothing. It is their luck that God blessed them with men of two extremes. The most powerless governor. And the most powerful politician.  Forget  President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo or even  former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Sure,…

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Our Leaders Dance Shaku-Shaku, Nigeria Burns

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi I am not a social media addict. But I am addicted to the Social Media segment of the Kakaaki Morning Show, aired on the African Independent Television, AIT, Monday, through Friday. To my delight, a number of my friends are also addicted to it. So, some mornings, we have a good laugh discussing the contents.  It is a natural tonic for anger, frustration and depression. We have a depressing country,  no thanks to the antics of politicians. Yet, I hate to start  Monday mornings watching depressing scenes,…

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Ambode: Nigeria’s Most Powerless Governor

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi Even though I’m not a great fan of the very many awards given to state governors by some media houses, I usually have fun when invited to the ceremonies. The yearly rituals have been reduced to an all-comers affair. Even then, there are two awards I think the Media should institute.  One is that of the Worst Performing Governors. Awardees will never come to receive such awards, but they will take note and, work hard to get off the bottom of the table. The second award, I…

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The Lamentations of Okorocha

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi Life is full of ironies.  It can pull unbelievable surprise.  Ask Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha. He has just been suspended from his party, the All Progressives Congress, a party he was very proud of. In suspending him, the state APC chairman, Marcelinus Nlemigbo, said the governor has become bad news for the party. He said the man has become a betrayer; that he has embarked on, and engaged in,  anti-party activities and so, an embarrassment to the party. So, the party kicked him out. It is…

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2023: Attention: Ngige & Osita

Comfort Obi

By Comfort Obi In the past one year, aside from being the Minister for Labour, Chris Ngige, a medical doctor, has been engaged in another assignment which he considers very important. It is to convince his South-east people that one of their own will be Nigeria’s President in 2023. But Ngige attached a condition. The region must vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office in 2019, or forget the Presidency. On this, Ngige is in the good company of Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria,…

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