The ‘Neophytic’ Tattletale Of An Opportunist
As the good people of Edo state wait patiently to know who governs them come 2020, and the sustained political feud between the immediate past Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his successor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, most politicians in their characteristic way of doing things are trying to latch on the unfortunate event to push in their selfish agenda. Interestingly, this chaos is not being patronised by gladiators alone, as urchins and belle hunters at the corridors of power are also using this occasion to build their nuisance value; for perhaps, a larger portion of porridge should their principal emerge victoriously in the ongoing political chess game.
With most of the political battles going on in the media, almost everyone with a smartphone and access to the internet network is being recruited to be online soldiers of the warring parties. This has therefore made some persons that could hardly make an error-free sentence, to become an online journalist overnight. The online battle which was taken to another level by John Mayaki, the former CPS to the Edo State Governor, had forced many to join in this political argy-bargy. In all of this, we know there are some Edo political bigwigs who have chosen to remain silent to the media, though working tirelessly beneath the scene to broker peace between the warring parties.
Unfortunately, those who hope to profit from the political chaos are hell-bent on dragging everyone out to the open. To them the more the parties involved, the more the need for the recruitment of online soldiers. One of the online writers, Akemokue Lukman, that calls himself ‘the Rabbit from Abuja’, in his contribution to the discussion on the political chaos, launched a false narrative. In his bid to laud the image of his current benefactor, the present Governor of Edo State, had started releasing a series of articles laden with half-truth and outright falsehood on his Facebook wall. This may be taken as truth by the undiscerning public if not rebuffed quickly, hence the need for this piece.
While he is free to say all that is needed to be said to make the panegyrical speech of his benefactor worth the money being paid, he should do it without dragging the name and reputation of other persons to mud. This is unacceptable to social observers like myself, and other political pundits in the state, as we cannot stand and watch someone thwart the narrative of what actually took place in Edo state less than four years ago, for selfish gains.
In his post titled “The Edo Political Upheaval: The Dilemma of Phillip Shaibu, he consistently mentioned the name of Engr Christopher Ogiemwonyi with sly intentions. Given the incongruent and incoherent nature of the article, one would want to wave it off, being a poorly scripted work, that makes it cumbersome to read. But for the mention of Engr Christopher Ogiemwonyi, I would like to make some clarifications.
Firstly, Lukman does not have to lie to give credence to his written work. If it’s the truth, it will stand without calling the names of other people in a bad light.
Secondly, he gave a false impression in his article as if he knew Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi without the connection of Com. Adams Oshiomhole. He kept saying, “Com Adams Oshiomhole knew I was dedicated to the Governorship ambition of Engr Chris”, when it was the same Com Adams Oshiomhole that truly recommended him to Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi, to be part of his campaign team back then. So when and how did Lukman become the person pushing Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi Governorship agenda in 2016? Has Engr Chris ever needed his assistance to seek an audience with his friend Oshiomhole?
This is nothing but the case of a butterfly that thinks himself as a bird.
Who is Lukman to be negotiating on behalf of Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi? In what capacity?
Thirdly, he said the APC party primaries for Edo 2016 were too expensive because of the financial war chest of Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi. Is this not laughable?
Is Lukman the personal accountant to Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi to know his financial worth as a governorship hopeful in 2016? How much of Engr Chris does he think he knows? Is Engr Chris the richest man in the state? Why is Lukman bent on looking for a dent on the gentleman’s clean leadership slate?
Again, he clandestinely described Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi as a spendthrift, saying he would share state money for political patronage. I am sure Lukman might have forgotten that the person in qiestion is not a greenhorn in politics, and has held previous public offices and political positions without a case of financial scandal or impropriety.
We want to make it clear to all, Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi is not a sadist! And he owes no one any explanation for being a compassionate fellow. Within his capacity, he has always been a generous man, that’s what has carved a niche for him. Does Lukman expect him to be heartless because he wanted to be Governor in 2016? Was it not supposed to be a plus that the state has a Benin man that cares for his people? When have philanthropic deeds become a bad character that should be abhorred? Lukman is making me believe he is one of those people that interprets every kindness shown to them as political patronage. Men like Lukman are the ones making the numbers of generous helpers in our society to be on downward decline.
There are garrulous and empty-headed politicians in the fray for Lukman to sport with. He should please leave the taciturn and reserved gentleman politician, Engr Christopher Ogiemwonyi, in his pen-testing shenanigans.
Social Observer writes from Edo State
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
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Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
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