Kebbi pol­i­tics: A failed smear cam­paign

Daily Trust - - VIEWS - By Jaa­far K. Hamid

The po­lit­i­cal sce­nario that be­gins to un­fold in Kebbi State con­cern­ing the likely gover­nor in 2015 is in the news again. So far, over 20 as­pi­rants from the three Emi­rates have emerged jostling for the seat, but many of them un­der­ground. But even be­fore the race be­gins in earnest one as­pi­rant from the south­ern zone is so fright­ened of other as­pi­rants from his zone that he is en­gag­ing in fu­tile me­dia at­tacks against other hope­fuls. The for­mer gen­eral ap­pears to be ready to smear the per­son­al­ity of any other as­pi­rant from the same zone for some rea­son best known to him. But what the read­ing pub­lic does not know is that it is not his en­emy only that comes from the south­ern zone. Among the po­ten­tial as­pi­rants that could de­feat him any­time, any day, in any po­lit­i­cal con­test, there are em­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties who have made his­tory dur­ing their var­i­ous tenures in the mil­i­tary in chang­ing the course of Kebbi State so­cial, eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional his­tory. His­tory is re­plete with the pedi­grees as well as track record of ser­vice for the bet­ter­ment of the Keb­bites over theirs. So, the spon­sor of the write-up has a lot of work to do. In fact, he does not know that, if smear cam­paign against a par­tic­u­lar as­pi­rant is what he is set out to do, he is gravely mis­tak­ing. From Zuru Emi­rate, there are Se­na­tor Muham­madu Magoro, who was a gen­eral in the army, Se­na­tor Tanko Ayuba, who is also a re­tired gen­eral in the army and also a one­time mil­i­tary ad­min­is­tra­tor in Kaduna State dur­ing the IBB regime. And they are both likely to be in the race for gover­nor in 2015. In the same man­ner of des­per­ate politi­cians who could do any­thing to get to power, that as­pi­rant said he was en­dorsed by youths from the Zuru Emi­rate. this is a false claim ob­vi­u­ously made to de­ceive the gullible pub­lic. The big ques­tion is, who are the youths? Un­der which duly reg­is­tered union or fo­rum or as­so­ci­a­tion? On what ba­sis? In fact, to have men­tioned the youth en­dorse­ment in the ar­ti­cle is a great folly and id­i­otic in pol­i­tics. The so-called youth en­dorse­ment is a sham, it never hap­pened since in the write up, the real iden­tity was not men­tioned. In con­clu­sion, it is wor­thy of note that the per­son whom the spon­sored write-up is tar­get­ing is no doubt a re­tired gen­eral in the Nige­rian Army, and a bona fide in­di­gene of Zuru Emi­rate who has made an in­ef­face­able mark in the his­tory of the Emi­rate and Kebbi State as a whole in the area of devel­op­men­tal projects through­out his work­ing life and af­ter. Above all, he com­mands a lot of ven­er­a­tion in the hearts of all man­ners of people in the en­tire state and be­yond. Be­sides, he never wa­vered by chang­ing his in­di­ge­ne­ship out of des­per­a­tion for any po­si­tion in his life. Jaa­far K. Hamid, Kebbi State Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Aliero

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