Servitude to the political parties

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In the political environment, there are basically three recognized political operating parties depending of the existing constitution of that particular state. They comprises of a “one party system, two-party systems and multi-party systems”. In the face of a heterogeneous and a multi-religious country like Nigeria, multi-party system is clearly seen in the current political affairs of the democratic state.

Indeed, over the years, political parties have taken a huge role in fierce competition within the political system functioning in the state for their own benefits and political interests in securing dignified key positions of the state economy. Political loyalists and stalwarts engage in socio-economic and political activities for the aim of creating awareness and a deserving reputation for their party. The political activities of their respective party are defended at all cost, including the nauseatic, malodorous and the deplorable acts performed within the party system. Party members are obligated and mandated to comply with the norms and regulations of the party as enshrined in their party’s constitution. They are indoctrinated with the teachings that loyal service to their party domain enriches oneness, ensures stable peace, tranquility  and creates an atmosphere for internal democracy without even realizing the necessities and importance of providing their willful service and fairness to the masses in several aspects, but only to themselves in reality.

Two-party systems and multi-party systems often creates avenue for unhealthy rivalry and competition between opposing parties. Constructive criticisms and character assassination on the opposing political party are usually carried out and scattered across the media outlet to promote one’s party and to the detriment of the contending party. The rival parties are often seen condemning, denouncing and trading blames and abuses on each other to dent the reputation of a political party. They do not tend to heed to the voice of reason in a respectable manner of approach in providing a supportive guidelines towards dealing with a current situation. Unfortunately, the party competitors maintain their sole aim and focus of balkanising another party. The foreseen and unfolding crisis, disintegration and shambles of a political party lead to the advantage of the other.

Members of the party will only make public discourse of the positive results and achievements of their party. Even if there are possibilities of existing moral, truthful, open-minded and acclaimed righteous people who belong to the party, the need and the expectation to attempt and publicly expose and express the deplorable acts of the party leadership to the open ears and intriguing minds of the citizens is never made transparent. Any open effort to unearth or uncover the naked truth behind the heinous acts of a party by any member would lead to serious rebuke, decry and severe castigation by the fellow constituents. Such members will be regarded as renegades and disloyal members of the party. The person is made quiet and silenced by others. In the worst case scenarios, the elected position of the member could be severely threatened or may be dismissed. Hence, this leads to the reserving of utterances, statements and the silence of some candid members of the party.  Meanwhile, the horrid, despicable, repulsive and ill-fitting acts of the party members remain undisclosed by party stalwarts to the disappointment of the well-meaning citizens.  Regrettably, some politicians and ex-party members disclose the long awaited truth of the evil deeds and scandalous activities of a party only when they have decamped to another party. The visible scenes of political harlotry and party cross-carpeting are habitually done to suit the greed and self-seeking interests of some misleading political officials.   

Unfortunately, they are liable to forget that service to the law-abiding citizens and inhabitants of the country is more vital and pertinent than the servitude towards their respective political parties. Truth, honesty, discipline, fairness, generosity, decorum, unbiased nature and sincerity must be warranted amongst political heads that will render the demands and the interests of the citizens of the country.

By: CHUKWUEMEKA OBINNA

Could be reached at ocpaschal@gmail.com

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Anthony-Claret Ifeanyi Onwutalobi

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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COLD JUSTICE: Cultist Dies After molesting 5-Month-Old Pregnant Woman

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A notorious cult member, identified as Tunde Lawal, was reportedly shot in the chest during a clash with rival groups after he and another cult member identified as Para Alabi had accosted and molested a 5-month pregnant woman.

Lawal, 23 was reported to be a member of the Eiye cult group terrorising the community and reportedly met his death in the evening of Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

The duo reportedly left the woman unconscious at the scene of the rape before finding their way to where Lawal met his death. It was reported that barely an hour after Lawal and his partner-in-crime arrived at a beer pub, about 12 members of a rival cult group arrived in a big bus.

They headed straight for the place where the Eye group was seated. Almost immediately a heated argument ensued among them and members of the two groups reportedly started firing into the air as if to scare the other group and when Lawal wanted to engage the leader of the opposing group in the fight, he was shot twice in his chest.

He immediately slumped and died, lying in the pool of his blood. About six other members of the two groups were severely wounded before others took to their heels.

According to the community leader, “That boy (Lawal) and his gang are thorn in the flesh of everyone of us in this area. The most annoying aspect of it is that we heard that the parents of most of these bad boys live close to us here, but they could not call their sons to order”.

A police source at Alade Police Station claimed that some relatives of Lawal came to the station to demand for documents to enable them collect his remains from the mortuary, which they were immediately issued

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ROMANCE: She raises her voice whenever she’s angry – Chico Ejiro

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Chico Ejiro is one of the most prolific Nollywood producers who has become a household name in Nigeria and beyond. He met his wife, Joy, in 1994, and wedded her in 1998.They have four children. Zeb Ejiro, the best-known of the new Nigerian cinema auteurs outside of the country, and Peter Red Ejiro, another Nigerian movie producer are his two elder brothers. Chico and his wife take us through the journey of their marriage.

Married for 15 years I am married to Joy Ejiro and our marriage is blessed with four kids. I have been married for fifteen years now. I studied Agriculture in the university and I will be 60 years on the 15th of October. I have been in Nollywood since 1987. I met my wife in 1994, at The University of Lagos when I organised a show with my boss then, Opa Williams. She was still a student then, but we got married in 1998.

Attraction
She understands the entertainment industry very well. In relationship, she understands what it takes to build a lasting relationship. It was her ability to understand me and my job. You know, I encounter a lot of people in the cause of my job, especially females, so she has to learn how to tolerate a lot of situations like that. She is also very compassionate, if I don’t have, she supports me.

My wife is a very understanding woman. There is no marriage that doesn’t have hiccups, but as a couple, you have to learn the chemistry between yourselves and do not allow anyone to come in between you. If you have a quarrel, settle it yourselves because there is no marriage that is perfect. My wife is a costumier and runs a shop called: Real Colours. When I started movie production, she was my costumier too and I brought her in, to work with me on some of my early shoots like like “ Daybreak and Full Moon.” These are some of the qualities that attracted me to her.

Proposal
It wasn’t easy and that’s why I said,we dated for some years before we got married. Like I said earlier, we met in 1994, and got married four years after, in 1998.

What marriage has taught me
Marriage has taught me a lot of things; it has taught me how to handle family issues; care for my family. It has also taught me how to love my wife because if you don’t show love to your wife, your marriage is bound to have a crack. You must learn to be open to your spouse and if it’s possible, you should operate a joint account with her; learn to apologise to your spouse whenever you feel that you have erred. There are a lot of things you must know. First of all, you must be patient enough to tolerate each other. Then, you must also learn how to communicate. Both of you must be God-fearing and learn how to plan ahead.

Stronghold of my marriage
It is the understanding that two of us share together. Once there is understanding, we will resolve our differences amicably without allowing a third party to intervene in our matters. This is where communication, understanding and forgiveness come about in marriage. There is also the need for husband and wife to hear the word of God as frequently as possible. Marriage is a very difficult institution, but with understanding and tolerance, many marriages are made in heaven. Most marriages crash today because there is lack of understanding between the man and the woman.

What she means to me
She means everything to me. In my next life, I will look for her and marry her again.

What I hate about Her
Nobody is perfect. I don’t hate anything about her. But once in a while, when she gets angry she raises her voice. I have complained over the years, and I think, she has stopped it because it happened during the early stage of our marriage.

Family violence
I’m not in support of family violence. Whenever my wife offences me, I usually go to a nearby relaxation centre to watch football. I’m the chairman of Arsenal FC, in Nigeria. I could stay away throughout the day and when I return to the house, she will be begging me. There are several ways you can show your wife that she has offended you. Punching her will not be the solution. My mother did not abuse me as a child for one day, why should I beat up my wife?

 

Five things that lead to break up
Lack of understanding between the man and the woman; infidelity, keeping extra-martial affairs; allowing the third party to interfere in your marriage;pressure from the outside and above all, when God is not invited in your marriage. Hearing the word of God will instigate the spirit of forgiveness in the mind of the married couple.

His love for football takes the shine from his family— Wife

How I met Him
We started out as friends, and we dated for four years before we got married. I met in 1994, in UNILAG. There was a show they stage there and I attended the show. When he saw me, he approached me and told me that he wants to be my friend. I frowned at his request, wondering how what he said has got to do with why I have come to watch the show. But after much persuasion, I accepted his request.

Accepting His Proposal
It happened like a joke, I give God the glory. The thing just flowed and one day, he said, ‘I want to marry you,’ and I said ‘just like that.’ That was it.

After 15 years of marriage
Marriage has been sweet because my husband is my friend. I think that makes it easier for me. Yes, we disagree over a lot of issues but at the end of the day, we resolve our differences amicably. Disagreement is normal in marriage.

What I hate About Him
Nothing, but it’s just that he likes to watch football. Each time, he returns home, he usually turn on the television set and get glued to it without talking to anybody. It brings quarrel in the house.

Worried about female His admirers
I don’t get worried because I know that at the end of the day, he belongs to me. We can’t do without talking to each other every minute on the telephone. Anything that is happening now, I will be the first to call him just as he will be the first to call if anything is happening around him.

If I have to marry Again
I will marry him because he is the only person that can tolerate me.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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PDP CRISIS: We know how to handle defectors, factional members — Ortom, Minister of Industry

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Dr. Samuel Ortom, Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, in this interview, shares his views on the happenings in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He says the crisis in the PDP is not strange and that the party will come out of it stronger, adding that the newly registered parties are no threat to the ruling party.
Excerpts:

On the crisis in the PDP

To those of us who have been in the game of politics, and very old in the PDP, what is happening is not unusual; it is a normal thing and and the party will emerge from it stronger.

Politics is a game of interest; PDP, as the ruling party and with the largest followership, must have members with diverse interests. This is not the first time we are having this kind of misunderstanding in the PDP family.

It is not out of place to have misunderstanding in the family, but it is how you resolve it that matters. It is only when you are not able to sit together to dialogue that you start having problems.

You can as well see that there are meetings, discussions and consultations going on at different levels.  So, it is not anything new to me, it is not new to our party, but the truth is that once everybody is able to sheath his sword and also appreciate the fact that the party is supreme, then it will be  better for us all.

We must, as a family, propel the ideas of the party and ensure that all of us rally round the objectives of the party which, of course, is to bring development and provide dividends of democracy to our people.

PDP was formed by leaders who fought with their lives by coming out to call for an end to military rule. The founders of the party meant well by coming together to fight for democracy. They were not looking for personal gains and so the consultations that are going on point to the fact that we will all come back.

The truth again is that for a big family like our party with various interests that could be personal, ethnic and sometimes selfish,  there is bound to be this kind of agitation. I don’t call it crisis, I call it agitation. We will find a way around it.

Even in 1999 when the party was to nominate people, there was trouble here and there, some people were not happy. This happened again in 2003, 2007 and even in 2011. Those who left then came back. And so it is not a problem.

On the formation of APC and PDM
You can see from the time the merger was conceived to when the party was registered, there were problems. The various parties that came together had issues. If you look at the set up, it is just a marriage of convenience which is bound to fail.

If you say it is a marriage of convenience, then are you saying Nigerian political parties lack ideology?

As far as I am concerned, we have ideology in our party to protect life and property, to provide dividends of democracy, to ensure that every Nigerian is happy and to prepare development so that everybody will be proud of Nigeria.
We are not just paying lip service; we are providing services in all sectors of the economy. Mention it, from agriculture to roads, from aviation to road transportation, from industry to other sectors.

Rome was not built in a day and a journey of one thousand miles starts with a step. The truth is that we are building a solid foundation; that is why all the initiatives we have taken are based on facts and are sustainable.

You will recall that since we came in, we have held retreats on the various sectors and far reaching decisions came out from contributions from the private sector and major stakeholders. We did that in solid minerals and power and came out with far- reaching decisions that we are being applauded by the whole world.

*Ortom

Despite our deficiency in power, you can still see investors coming into our country, because they have faith in the reforms that we have undertaken.

We had a retreat on sports and you have seen the results. There is no outing we have had after that retreat that we have not won something.

So, this government is proactive, this government is working; this government is making things happen.

I always challenge people to take us on the mid -term report presented by the President in all sectors of the economy. I want to challenge Nigerians to go and prove us wrong if what we are saying we have done is not so.
If we talk about foreign direct investment that we led in Africa in 2011 and 2012, the results are there as presented by international bodies that came up with reports that we are doing well.  I want to say that we have a program and we are committed.

But these other parties, you have seen what is going on; as this is not the first time they are ganging up against us. They did that in 2011 when they ganged up against us. Did they succeed?  The same gang- up is playing out now; it is not new and it will fail.

If you say it is gang- up, do you say PDP has done well since 1999?

You are talking as if you do not appreciate where Nigeria was at the time we came in. Go back to history and evaluate where we were at the time we took over and what we have been able to do up to this time.

Mind you, this country will soon be 53 years as an independent country. Go back and check. For instance, this issue of power that we are complaining about today, what did successive governments before us do when they knew that the population was growing? Can you tell me the facilities that were provided to serve about 170million people today?

So, it is not what we have done, but what we are trying to correct. As far as I am concerned, if we have not initiated these moves, Nigeria would have been paying very dearly for it today.

We inherited the problems in power, in rail transportation.  For instance, when I was growing up as a kid, I travelled from Makurdi to Port Harcourt by train, but the rail system today has collapsed, and we have invested heavily and you can see the result.

There is no way we can have successful transportation without the railway. It is impossible; this is why our roads are collapsing, because heavy equipment, machineries and goods that should be transported through railway are transported by road

So, government is committed to solving the problem.

What I am saying is that we are on course, the government is performing.
Imagine what is happening on Lagos – Sagamu Road; imagine the challenge we have had. We took action by re- awarding the project and you can see what is happening there.

When last did you travel on that road?

What I want you to appreciate is that Rome was not built in a day. It is true the President came for the flag- off of the road; that shows he has set up the machinery to start work. There is a procedure, you must mobilize to site, the equipment was not on that road, and some of the equipment that will be needed to work on that road will have to be imported.

All these things are going on. That is the first stage, the process is on and everybody knows that the contractor is a very serious one and the jobs they have executed in this country are of international standard in terms of performance and timely delivery.

If APC is not a threat, then PDP must be a threat to itself
That is what I am saying that everybody agrees there is a problem and the first step in solving a problem is when you agree there is one. So, we agreed there is a problem and we have identified it, but I want to assure you that we are going to correct it.

That is why the stakeholders are working to resolve this impasse.

On 2015, will the President be contesting?
Well, I think this is not a problem.  I think the issue of whether Mr. President signed an agreement to serve one term only or not has been resolved. But if you ask about my opinion as a Nigerian, the President is a Nigerian and the Constitution allows everyone the freedom to associate, to contest election.

So, Mr. President has the right to contest in 2015 except he decides on his own not to do so.  Consistently, Mr. President has appealed to Nigerians that he should not be distracted and that he should be allowed to deliver the dividends of democracy. That is what those of us working with him are doing too.

This is why I am in Lagos, trying to fulfil part of my own contract that was signed between the people and Mr. President.  And so we need to educate our people that 2015 is still a long way, but what is important, let us concentrate and provide the basic needs in the areas of power, roads, agriculture, housing, health and the economy, so that Nigerians will be happy. That is the pre- occupation of Mr. President and those of us working with him.

Since 1999 when our party was formed, no section of the country has ever been denied the opportunity of contesting.   It is true that zoning is part of the party’s Constitution, but it did not ban anybody from contesting.

I was not there in 1999, but, in 2003, Rimi and Gemade contested with Obasanjo and other people contested with Yar Adua in 2007.  So, this should not be important, what should be important is that we are in democracy and we should allow the people to decide what is right as democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people.

So, the people will decide as the procedure is that one will be nominated by his party. The PDP will conduct primaries which will cumulate in the nomination of our candidate. We have guidelines and it will be as democratic as possible.

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Its time for Christian governor in Lagos

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LAGOS State branch of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has hailed the last two administrations in the state since 1999 but insists that the successor of Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who should take over the mantle of leadership in the state should be a Christian in the interest of justice and equity.

In a statement titled; ‘The Church and Governance of Lagos State’ read by the chairman of Lagos PFN, Apostle Alex Bamgbala the umbrella body of Pentecostalism in the state, said Christians have supported the two Muslim administrations in the state since 1999 and it is only fair that they give room for their Christian counterparts to be elected in 2015.

“We note with pride that many of our people of the Christian faith, who of course, form the majority of the population of Lagos State without any doubt, have supported these two great leaders (Tinubu and Fashola) with their votes, during the past state elections since 1999.

According to the chairman who presided over a monthly meeting of all the 12 PFN provinces in the state, it is only fair and just, that in line with God’s will, “Christians, Muslims and all others of different faiths, as stakeholders, to elect a bona fide Christian of integrity, who will take over the mantle of leadership from Gov. Fashola in 2015.”

He therefore called on all Christians in Lagos to be prepared for the great challenge ahead, stressing that they must all go out during the voters registration exercise and be prepared to vote in all the elections ahead.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, the state PFN also gave out cheques to two provinces in the state to alleviate the suffering of gospel ministers in the rural areas of the state. The beneficiary included the Epe and Ifako/Ijaiye areas of the state.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Fani-Kayode withdraws claim on Anasoh, Uchegbu

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Barely 24 hours after the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, formally withdrew the claim of his alleged intimate relationship with Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, he has also retracted a similar statement he made on Miss Chioma Anasoh and Miss Adaobi Uchegbu.

Recall that the former minister had in an article entitled: “A Word for Those Who Call Me A Tribalist,” claimed to have had intimate relationships with the trio of Ojukwu, Anasoh and Uchegbu over the years.

{div width:300|float:right}{module See other Articles|table|showtitle=1}{/div}Mr. Akinola Babatunde Rotimi, writing on behalf of Fani-Kayode in a statement made available to Sunday Sun said, “Our client knew Miss Chioma Anasoh between the years of 2004 and 2008 and Miss Adaobi Uchegbu between the years of 2002 and 2004. They were good friends at the time though he has not seen them for five and nine years respectively. As our client said earlier through his press secretary, some of the words he used to describe his friendship with Miss Anasoh and Miss Uchegbu in his article titled ‘’A Word For Those Who Call Me A Tribalist’’ were indiscreet. He hereby withdraws those words.’’

 The retraction followed the seven day ultimatum issued by Bianca to Fani-Kayode to withdraw his earlier claim or risk court action for defamation of character.

In the retraction published by Daily Sun last Friday, Fani-Kayode had admitted that some of the words he used to describe his friendship with Bianca were indiscreet, hence, his decision to withdraw them

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