A house of commotion
It appears the crisis rocking the party at the centre in Naija is far from over. Since the get-together they organised recently to select candidates for various positions ahead of next year’s general elections, which resulted in several disputes, all has not been the same with the fold. Apart from having senior men walking out of the group, the popularity of the squad among Nigerians has dropped significantly.
The crack and signs of commotion became very visible a few days ago when stalwarts engaged themselves in war of words. The current driver of the party’s Danfo bus, I mean that former president of one workers’ group, who later became ‘guvnor’ in one of the South-south states, has been taking anybody on, including those who are much bigger than him in size.
This past week, he took on three heavyweights at a time – the top strikers in Ogun and Imo states, along with a former military general from Owu. In one of his many outbursts, the Edo man said that their broom-wielding party would smoothly conquer all opponents during next year’s general elections without the inputs of the men from Ogun and Imo, who according to him, have no real electoral value.
He did not stop there. He went on to describe both men as liabilities to the fold, saying that their decision not to work for the interest of the party in certain instances would not count for much.
The ‘short’ man, while turning the heat on the retired military general, said that the Almighty God would not forgive the ex-head of State if he did not withdraw his support for his former assistant now vying for Sai Baba’s job.
In a swift reaction, the men from Ogun and Imo whose preferred candidates for the governorship positions of their respective states have since moved to other groups to actualise their goals, described their attacker as the main liability to the broom gang. This was in addition to several other ‘powerful’ words they used against him.
The situation has raised the level of tension within the ruling party, especially with both men openly saying that they would work for the success of their candidates other than what the broom gang wants. Observers say this katakata could greatly hinder the success of the party during next year’s contest.
No longer in the ‘other room’
Whichever way you decide to look at it from, Mrs. Sai Baba would go down in history as one of Nigeria’s fearless women. Apart from telling things as they appear regardless of whose ox is gored, she has no time for hide and seek when there are serious issues to be addressed.
Like she has done several times in the past, the soft-spoken and beautiful woman, who has expertise in cosmetology, showed once again some days ago that her place is not in the kitchen or ‘the other room’ as previously suggested by her husband but out in the open where serious-minded people analyse real societal issues.
While attending an event earlier in the week, the woman revealed that there were two people in and around Aso Villa slowing down the pace and regime of her hubby. According to her, these two hawks or hyenas if you like, have arrogated so much power to themselves that even ‘King Pharaoh’ is sometimes weary of them.
Mrs. Sai Baba, while calling on Naija men to rise up and fight these two Barbarians, said that they must exit the picture before things could move on as planned at the top level. Though she was careful not to mention any names, her outburst has left eyes flashing in a particular direction.
Only God knows how her oga would feel about this. Maybe this time, he would not only dispel her to the kitchen and ‘the other room’ but maybe to a bottomless pit. Who knows?
Joke gone too far
When you think that the country’s image in the international community is gradually improving, another stain comes up and everything is messed up again. While Eavesdropper thinks that it is sickening for any educated mind to believe the Jubril from Sudan story being peddled around, the mockery it has earned Naija on the international stage indeed calls for some concern. Some foreign television shows have been latching on to the situation to not just ridicule Aso Rock but the entire Nigerian state as well. The decision by Sai Baba to wait and get to Poland before dismissing the talk rather than doing it in his home country, has further fuelled the already raging fire. Our country has become a laughing stock in the world.
While the entire story does not make any sense, Eavesdropper thinks that concerted efforts must be made to disabuse the minds of ordinary citizens, who have since swallowed the pill that separatist crusader from across the Niger Bridge served the public some months ago. The embarrassment is getting too much.
As another weekend presents itself, Eavesdropper wishes all you esteemed readers a great time of rest. Until next week, remain blessed.