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Diary of An Eligible Voter part9 – After The Election

From Part8
So the melodramatic dust of the 2015 elections have settled in almost all parts of the country except for about 3 states set for rerun in few days time.

Losers have conceded defeat, congratulating the winners except in a couple of states where APC were the losers. The trend has been noticeable with PDP following the line of GEJ by accepting defeat. A good number of party warlords crossed the fence to the “greener” and “broomer” side to join the winning party of “Change“. Only a few seem to be determined to stay behind and live to fight another day. A few winners have extended their hand of fellowship like Ambode to Agbaje especially seeing that the loser has made public his desire not to contest again.

The transition has started from the Federal level to the state level. I have always wondered why the local government election is done at a different time at the discretion of the state governor. I hear a governor in an oil rich state is planning to do LG elections 2 weeks before his tenure expires after running on caretaker committee for years. I belief doing the LG election same period as the Federal or state will do rural politics more good than harm. The 3 year LG chairman tenure should also be scrapped to give no room for such puppet as undertakers Caretakers.

So the warring parties have shielded their swords, but so many two edged ones are still piercing unforgiving-ly:

“You cannot stop sinners from trooping into church or mosque. What you don’t do is hand over the pulpit to them” – Babatunde Fashola on emigrants from PDP to APC

Kashamu needs to stop this cynical fawning. It will not work. The days of false adulation are gone in Nigerian politics. Fake praise singers like Kashamu will find that their particular craft is no longer in vogue.
“Kashamu is knocking on the wrong door at the wrong house at the wrong time.” – Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Kashamu’s praise.

I salute Nigerians, especially the great people of Ekiti State. I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria.  And I salute Major General Buhari for being a resilience and dogged fighter. – Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state Governor.

So many other exchanges have gone on but the level of peace is soothing. Have you imagined if this would have been same if the results went the other way round?

The election monies have been shared, eaten and digested. Paid supporters, rented noise makers and maybe contracted riggers have gotten their wage and have moved on but the streets still have the feaces of the election. Show me a street/road/roundabout/bustop that is void of posters/banners of one or more political party.

The electioneering littered the nation especially in big cities like Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano. I still see “Change” and “Forward” banners everywhere. The Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency have given everyone an ultimatum to remove all these expired posters or else….

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Finally, it is past 7 days now and noone has perished in the Lagoon (to my knowledge). Someone said we should call him a bastard if…..

My political voting jugganautry for the period ended after i voted for A****E as the governor of Lagos. If only i will be in Imo for the rerun.

The End.

Enjoy.

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By Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP)
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Dairy of An Eligible Voter part8 – Gubernatorial Elections

From part7 about the Oba.

My battery went low and it was time to cast my vote for who will be the next governor of Lagos state come May 30 (or is it May 29 4pm?), 2015. The card readers had worked properly unlike two weeks ago when it malfunctioned.

One fifth of the previous accredited voters of last week didn’t bother to leave their homes. A couple felt their votes were not needed with the state of the political atmosphere. I felt it was my duty to exercise my rights and make my choice.

The process was faster than before and in a jiffy over 200 accredited voters in my Polling Unit casted their votes and about 100 waited to see their votes counted and recorded. I was happy that a lot of the populace have realised that their choice can count and make a difference.

I went home earlier than the previous elections and followed the social media for results of football games being played in Europe. I rushed to catch the Burnley vs Arsenal game but was disappointed that there was no power. I opted to have a round of bench-tennis with my brother using awkward bats before taking a long walk exchanged for having a hair cut.

I returned home tired but jumped unto twitter to follow the results. Jimi Agbaje won a couple of LGs but Ambode got the most votes and thus declared winner in Lagos with about 800,000 votes.

Agbaje got over 650,000 votes and i am waiting to see how many igbos amongst them that will die in the lagoon within 7 days.

APC swept the North, and the South West but the South South and South East regions had no love for APC. APC may continue to be a foreign party in these regions for reasons best known to the political gurus. The turnout was generally low especially looking at Kano state. I hear election is like party in the North.

Gombe and Taraba defied the APC odds with later almost producing the 1st elected female governor of Nigeria. Madam Virgy Etiaba will be smiling.

So the political season seems to be over but the transition have just began. A lot of party defectors, a couple of ministries doing some cleaning, a list of looters and a minister seeking asylum in foreign lands.

As May 29 draws closer, we look forward to a Nigeria after GEJ. Hopefully GMB provides the change he has been shouting like the bus conductors in Ojuelegba else in 4 years time, he will be changed.

For now, i am closely watching Rochas and his mandate in Imo. I am interested. Even in Abia. The people’s choice must prevail.

Enjoy.

By Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP)
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Diary of An Eligible Voter part7 – Oh Oba of Lagos.

From Part 6
Today is the 11th day of the 4th month of 2015. It is the Gubernatorial Election day in 29 states of Nigeria. With about 760 governors contesting for 27 seats, the competition looks tough but indeed is mostly between 2 or 3 parties per state.

I am currently seated on a half buried tyre as i type this post but you could hear “Oba” left, right and center. This is Lagos, and if you have listened to the news in recent time then you must have heard of Oba Akiolu of Lagos.

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Few days ago, a friend of mine sent me a long speech on whatsapp. This was what she sent:
Guber poll: Oba of Lagos reads riot act to Igbo
on Apr 6, 2015

Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, on Sunday read the riot act to Igbo leaders and monarchs in Lagos State, warning that he would make life miserable for them if they sabotaged efforts to ensure that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is elected as governor of the state.

The visibly enraged monarch, who summoned all the Eze-Ndigbo in Lagos State to his palace, said the support of their kinsmen for the opposition party in the state could frustrate current efforts in all quarters at ensuring Lagos is no longer in opposition with the Federal Government.

He said: “On Saturday, if any one of you goes against Ambode, who I have picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it’s not my father who gave birth to me.

“By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode become the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water.

“For the Igbo and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to. When they were coming to the state, they didn’t come with all their houses. But now they have properties in the state. So, they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors of Lagos and God.

“I am not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi is my blood relation and I told him that he can never be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere, you cannot do it here.

“If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you.

Hmm. I didn’t want to believe what was sent to me but i forwarded same to a couple of my friends who are much more reasonable. We were undecided as to the epistemology of the speech.

The social media were awashed with this text but more disheartening and revelling is our some anti-PDP warlords and keyboard-happy sycophants brandished this as a ploy by PDP to get sympathy votes from Lagosians. Don’t ask me who they are, check twitter.

They, the anti-PDP and the tribalist bigots, seemed vindicated when it was announced by someone from the Oba’s Palace that he never threatened the igbos.

Alas, the audio of the speech came out and we saw the fools. The video even went viral to the shame of the initial Oba defenders. How Nigerians have been cultured to be gullible?

Over the week, various APC representatives have come out to lightly dissociate the Oba from APC but a couple have gone on to say the reaction from the igbos is over the top. Hypocrisy.

Unfortunately, i have made up my choice long before i knew the Oba’s name. His speech has not affected my choicr but it has woken alot of sleeping dogs that were undecided as to who to vote.

I have pondered and wondered, playing through my past and heading towards a conclusion that the Oba said some people’s mind especially seeing that he was applauded after his speech.

Unfortunately, they say Obas don’t apologise. Shame that the authorities have not done something towards him for such speech that can incite hatred and disunity.

For now, the igbos have invaded the lagoon. Some are breathing under the water. Others that can’t swim have purchased their life vests. The more daring ones are currently selling water and fishes to the mermaids. The foolish ones are endorsing the Oba’s speech. If only i am currently in Imo state. The Eastern Heartland needs change.

I am currently waiting to be accredited and my battery has been blinking. I will continue after accreditation.

Vote wisely. #Nigeriadecides #LagosDecides.

Enjoy.

AmosCP (@AmosCP)
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Dairy of An Eligible Voter part6: GEJ Concedes

From part 5
Before Jega could finish collating the results from the 36 states and FCT, news flew in that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had called M. Buhari congratulating him for his victory. I have to use “M” because i am yet to be sure if it is “Muhammadu” or “Mohammed” or any of the variant. Forgive my spelling. I will get it right by May 29.

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The gesture by GEJ was noble to many and had some mop the wet stuff from the corner of their eyes. Others downplayed the gesture still labelling the president as seeming ignoble. A tweetering former minister was spearheading the not-hero campaign as if she had a vendetta against GEJ. If only the girls are back.

I had wished and prayed for peace and GEJ’s response to Nigerians vote had played a good part in achieving such peace. He will not contest in court nor threaten to make the country ungovernable for the winner unlike the loser in 2011. The not-hero campaigners will not say anything about this. He is talking of transition.

16 years he has been caged in government and behold he will be set free on May 29, 2015. He will continue to be political figure and maybe chair the PDP board of trustees. Whether he goes back to fishing Otueke like OBJ is “farming” in Ota, it is his choice. It is none of my business. *sips lipton tea*

So the week seemed accelerated and a certain Friday was declared public holiday. Wednesday and Thursday ran by with the political atmosphere at a plateau waiting for the state elections.

If you can’t commend GEJ for his reaction to the election then your hatred has been stamped in your heart by the Devil’s fork. Get on with it. He never obstructed Jega unlike others. GEJ is free and happy.

“I have been in a cage since 1999. I have been in the hands of government. Now I am free. It’s enough and I am happy.” ~GEJ

Long Live Nigeria.

Enjoy.

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Dairy of An Eligible Voter part5 – Jegaquine and Orubebe

From Part 4
My alarm rythm on my Nokia torchlight phone broke my sweet morning cruise in the Republic of Sleepland. I had snoozed the alarm only for another unusual tone woke me up partially.

Alarms have helped me a lot in recent time so as to be awake by 5am even if i usually end up jumping off the bed by 5.50am. But the unusual tone was an sms from a familiar account. I can’t remember the content of the sms but it ended with “stay at home” which promoted me to switch off the alarm to continue my morning cruise.

I was having a lovely dream, when my flat mate banged on my door. “Wetin happen” i bellowed as i opened the door. “Come see” he responded heading to the sitting room. I joined him and lo and behold i saw drama on the LG television with “live” at the top right hand corner.

Elder Orubebe sat on the floor, holding a mic, backing Prof Jega. He was saying “no” ” Jega, you cannot continue” …. I was confused until the story was narrated to me. The session for the day have just began and it seems PDP have seen that they are heading for defeat and Orubebe had to give CNN a reason to break one of their programme to air his display live to the world.

CNN and other foreign media love to air the ugly part of Nigeria. Good news in Nigeria is no news to them. I even heard that s couple of them came in with bullet proofs and gas mask only to be disappointed and charged for excess luggage while flying out of the country.

Few days after the presidential election, over 147 students – mostly Christians were killed in Kenya but CNN decided to move Kenya to Nigeria. The other time, they said Niger was Nigeria. Can we continue like this?

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Back to Orubebe. He continued his legendary solo premier in the INEC cinemas and Jega just acted like he was like the jebusites disappearing from the face of the earth. Jega took his jegaquine and allowed the movie to unfold until the lights in Orubebe went out as he sheepishly stood up. If you never knew Orubebe, now you know him. His Wikipedia profile can help you.
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Nigerians took to social media and i had a good laugh seeing many derivatives of the Orubebe live show. But i felt bad when a couple of tweeps made his daughter to delete her twitter account. Poor babe. Her father had let her down.

So the results came flying in from all parts of Nigeria with the votes divided across tribal lines. The South East and South South voted for Jonathan, the North for Buhari and the South West for Osibanjo, Buhari’s vice.

One prof added some humour to the serious event. He collated for Rivers state but needed the flood lights from Stamford Bridge to aid his reading. The lights didn’t help. Jega had to send a machinery to help.

Finally the results were collated and it indicated that the opposition will be the ruling party come May 30. Buhari have finally won the presidential election after trying for the umpteenth time. Hopefully Arsenal will win the Champions league too.
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The news was met with mixed feelings. Some questioned the votes in the North where it is assumex that under-aged and animals voted. Others questioned results from Rivers and Enugu. But Lagos seemed real with the votes almost equally divided.

A new regime is to start soonest. Madam Peace and his beloved Jona will start packing their luggage to Otueke.

But there is one more fight: Gubernatorial Elections.

By Chibuzor Amos (@AmosCP)
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Nigeria Decides 2015: Dairy of An Eligible Voter part4 – Jega time

From Part3
Monday morning after the election was different. You could notice that a lot of road users were indoors or were not around. There was no traffic to and fro on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. There was uncertainty in the air. A large percentage of expatriate had flown out of the country a day before the election with fear with only a few bold ones around.

Business kicked off with stories from various polling units. I narrated mine to whoever cared. My supervisor was too timid to admit he voted for the opposition party. He kept his face like a beaten pulp conceding defeat to the ruling party who he believed have rigged the election.

Then came Jega, the INEC chairman. The results were to be collated in Abuja starting from 12noon. The information got my MD who sent everyone home to watch the live broadcast and more importantly for security purpose. Everyone left the office like they never wanted to come to work on monday. I believe everyone hates Monday.

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Various collating officers took to the podium, calling out from their hand written spreadsheets. There were two major political party: PDP and APC. Others made up the numbers: AA – the blood group party, KOWA – the JAMB party – did they get more than 400 in any state?

All of the collating officers were Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors of higher institutions but some performed below par in reading out the results. Yet to expect miracle from their students in a 2hr exam.

Jega took breaks at various points either because some results were not ready or for his pleasure. He is the boss. He had the fat yam and the sharp knife. He was calling the shots.

Jega’s 10mins break turned out to be an hour. I played about 6 PES2015 matches on my PS4 before he returned from his recess. Another 30mins was declared by his lordship but the 30mins was enough to for a young mechanic apprentice to perfect his trade. Thus the birth of “Jega Time”.

Finally, he called it a day after a couple of states have collated their results with PDP leading by a little margin. The next day will be key to Nigeria’s next 4 years.

I switched the LG TV to HDMI port2 where i had paused a game. Zlatan scored a hattrick as PSG thrashed Arsenal 5-0. It is just a game.

Tomorrow was to be Tuesday, can we just stay at home? This should be a turning point and noone wants to miss it. I hoped for a miracle to sleep a little longer than usual. Was it to be?

Enjoy.

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Nigeria Decides 2015: Dairy of An Eligible Voter part3

From part 2
I went for Sunday Recovery service with eggs on my shoulders with the feeling that i had exercised my civil right by participating in the previous day’s presidential election.

I was all smiles and told anyone who cared to hear how we voted in my PU. I was over the moon describing how mothers, fathers, and youths waited behind after the votes were casted to make sure the votes were counted and recorded properly. The aggressive calmness as the votes were counted in the middle of the sand field in front of one of the classrooms still looks like an hour ago.

I was quite disappointed with some persons who always have something to complain about the country but yet were unable to cast their votes for reasons that includes:
1. I didn’t register
2. I was unable to collect my PVC
3. I registered in Borno and i am in Lagos.
4. My vote will not count. Etc.

Some of the above reasons are very much understandable but the idea of “my vote will not count” can be described as “what nonsense”. How will your vote be considered for counting when it was not casted?

The sermon was great but the pastor surely had to chip in the event of the previous day. The election was peaceful and for that we thanked God. Will the peace reign till when the votes will be collated and winner declared? That we prayed for.

I was very vexed with a sister who was trying to confirm that I voted only for me to realise that her PU is in Fayose’s Rice State of Ekiti and this is Lagos. If you couldn’t cast your vote, sit back and enjoy the effect of the casted votes.

After the pleasantries of after service meetings, i joined a petroleum engineer friend of mine as i left to Ikoyi to ponder for another week of providing solutions to my client.

Enjoy.

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