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 [ Masterweb Reports ] -  “The ongoing debate is WHY AREN'T  THE IGBOS WELCOMED BY THEIR FELLOW NIGERIAN NEIGHBORS? Please click of the link below and read the Yoruba perspective.  The next essay on WHAT THE IGBOS DO TO HURT THEMSELVES.” The foregoing statement was made by  Dr. James Agazie online on October 6, this month and posted in several Igbo/Nigerian forums (fora).
Otoiheoma Egbe today made the following rejoinder to Dr. James Agazie’s media statement: “Why Ndi-Igbo are NOT welcomed by the rest of Nigerians is because NDI-Igbo are More Hardworking and More Intelligent than the Rest of Nigerians!!

“Naturally, once your mate Beats you hands down in all spheres of Life, the tendency is for the Beaten Competitor to become Both Jealous of you and Angry with you. Most of your detractors [Enemies] may Destroy You if they can; out of Envy and Jealousy.

Look around you, and you can find your so called Friends and or Relatives in this Mood of Anger and Jealousy over your Success!! Nevertheless, Regardless, continue to Share LOVE than Hatred with your detractors, for this is Godly!!”

*Photo Caption – Starving Biafran children. Nigeria imposed a complete naval blockade of Biafra (including shipment of food & medicine) during the civil war.  

[ Masterweb Reports: Pastor C.S Amiola reports ] –  Right from the educational system to political structure and every aspect of the economy, successive governments have continued to implement needless policies at the expense of the populace whom they claim to serve. Most of these policies which are initially touted as beneficial usually end up as another waste of public resources and a millstone around the neck of the average Nigerian. The latest in this series of counterproductive policies is the introduction of new number plates and driver’s license by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). While the idea may be commendable in itself, the mode of implementation is totally unacceptable.
As far as the FRSC is concerned, it makes no difference whether you had a number before or not; the cost is the same across board. Why would you charge someone who already has a registered number plate and drivers’ licence as if they had none at all? This is nothing short of oppression and exploitation. Worse still, implementing this policy at this time is no guarantee that we will not repeat the process in the near future as time has proven that we usually implement policies before we have successfully developed the appropriate structures to ensure sustainability.

For Nigerians to agree with the FRSC’s purported reasons for this new policy, the financial implications must be properly adjusted such that it can be easily accommodated by the average motorist whose livelihood is just barely above the poverty line. Any policy that would require the average Nigerian to cough out twenty-five thousand to forty thousand naira in these challenging times is not humane at all. Human right organisations, political unions, opinion leaders, religious bodies and loyal citizens of Nigeria see the policy as draconian, oppressive and fraudulent. It reeks of extortion. While it may be necessary for new cars and new drivers, it’s totally unwarranted and unprofitable for old car owners.

Pastor Caleb Amiola ( ) is Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Ife-North Chapter.
*Photo Caption - Car with Lagos State license plate.


 [ Masterweb Reports: Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu reports ] –  The Bible is a great book of wisdom that captures all human experiences within it. The “Tower of Babel”  which is a famous biblical story of a community with a single language that set out to build a city and tower  that would be tall enough to reach into the heavens and how that audacious project was scuttled through the introduction of different languages is symbolic of the near impossibility of building a nation from a contradiction of languages and cultures. In Genesis chapter 11 verse 6, 7, 8, the lord said, “behold, the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have decided to do.”  “Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  “So the lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city.”
As the biblical story aptly demonstrates, all it took to destroy the solidarity and harmony of an ambitious community trying to build a city and the tallest building in the world was to change their language. It is a symbolic testament to the real time experience and impossibility of Nigeria and most African nations created through colonial fiat without considering the implications of the ethnic and religious divides.  Soon after independence Nigeria and most African nations plunged into genocide/ ethnic cleansing and sustained conflicts across ethnic and religious lines. Not surprisingly, more than 90% of African conflicts since the post-colonial period have been internal civil/tribal wars, with different ethnic and religious groups pitted against each other in endless battles that most often come with shocking barbarities and human rights violations. From Nigeria which infamously pioneered genocide in Africa, to Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Congo, Chad, Uganda and Central African Republic amongst others,  Africa has been in an endless inferno of unrelenting conflicts. 

The consequence is an African continent  with countries  that lacking the cultural homogeneity,  solidarity and harmony needed for development has remained stagnated, undeveloped and locked in perpetual strife. Like the Tower of Babel, the inherited contradictions in Nigeria and most African countries have ensured that the different ethnic nationalities and religious groups spend all their time devising how to subjugate, dominate, marginalise and even kill members of other ethno-religious groups and no time on development. Consequently the greatest factors of marginalisation, poverty and inhibitions to development in Nigeria and Africa are from within each individual country.  Nigeria and most of Africa was quite simply created to fail.

The 1884 Berlin conference that arbitrarily carved Africa into lines of colonial control without any consideration for cultural and religious homogeneity must count as one of the most callous, selfish and immoral acts in history, second only to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. That single perfidious act created an African continent with nations designed to fail from the onset and it wasn’t done from ignorance.  Europeans for several centuries fought wars on ethnic and religious divides that sought to define and claim sovereignty on the basis of their cultural identities. The 1648 peace of Westphalia and subsequent treaties established the concept of nation states anchored on cultural identities from whence the evolution of European states as nation states founded on cultural homogeneity and autonomy commenced.  Indeed the evolution of European states into culturally homogenous nation states has continued apace into the 21st century with newly independent   Eastern European nations such as Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania and more than 10 new nations in the last two decades. In the West of Europe, Scotland is scheduled to hold a referendum on independence from Britain in 2014. Thus the 1884 European cabal and subsequent colonial and post colonial administrations that took and upheld the inglorious decision to marry alien ethnic and religious cultures in a combustible brew in Africa knew the consequences. 

It was a deliberate decision designed to keep Africa in perpetual crisis mode and consequent underdevelopment. The price has been high in blood and human suffering with estimates of more than 10 million dead, 11 million maimed and another 5 million displaced as a result of conflicts since the post-colonial era. The ravages of poverty, famine, preventable/ treatable diseases and social dislocation is also estimated to have killed more than 30 million and consigned more than  200 million to total penury.  The blood, gore and human suffering occasioned by the contradictions of most African countries have been apocalyptic.

The failed states syndrome is also more endemic. There are more failed states in Africa than anywhere else with the increasing danger that such states could become outposts of global terrorism.  In light of the evident  contradictions  and consequent  tragedy of African nations, the future of Nigeria and Africa’s lies in self determination  through the ambit of international  law as established in the 1941,1945 and 1960 United Nations  charter  for  ethnic nationalities  who so desire. A peaceful redefinition of boundaries organised and supervised by the United Nations through democratic means to create more culturally homogenous nation states   that can ensure a measure of socio- political stability and economic prosperity.

Nigeria and Africa must travel Europe’s well travelled road of self determination to be saved from eventual collapse. This can easily be done through respecting the existing tenets of international law as it concerns self determination. There needs to be a genuine apolitical reckoning with the mistakes of Africa’s colonial birthing and take urgent steps to correct them in the interest of global security. The present situation where countries like Nigeria and other African countries continue to force nationhood on unwilling ethnic nationalities is unsustainable in the long term and a threat to global security.  Africa can only become stable and prosperous when the rights of all the ethnic nationalities are recognised and respected by way of self determination.  Then and only then can Africa join the comity of nations in contributing to world peace and prosperity.  The time is now!

Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu ( ).

*Photo Caption - Tower of Babel.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – The death of the amiable, hardworking Senator Pius Ewherido threw up a political vacuum in Delta Central Senatorial Zone. The late senator was the best the zone has ever presented since this political dispensation. He was a listening senator who fought to bring projects to his constituency. His voice was not only heard but he matched his words with action. He was beloved by his people. His death therefore came as a rude shock.
Late Senator Ewherido, not satisfied with the political situation in Delta State decided to join hands with like minds to form the new liberation party – All Progressive Congress (APC). He was in the thick of its formation. His sole purpose and agenda was the liberation of Delta State (nay Nigeria) from the hands of those who have contributed in under developing the country and enslaving the people. Unfortunately, he didn’t live to see the actualization of his dreams.

Nature abhors vacuum. His position in the senate has to be filled via a democratic process. APC can be said to be new but the members are patriotic and passionate about the development of the country. Two prominent sons of Delta Central – Oloroguns O’tega Emerhor and Festus Keyamo rose to fill the giant shoes left by Senator Ewherido.

Olorogun Festus Keyamo is not a strange name in Nigeria. A very successful lawyer, an activist and social crusader, Bar Keyamo has taken advantage of his profession to confront the powers that be. He has been able (at the risk of his life and freedom) to bring succor and justice to many. Nevertheless, in Delta State politics, nothing much was known about him. He was therefore stepping into the political terrain where he has neither political base nor structure. Though worthy to be a successor to the late Ewherido, his lack of political base coupled with some costly and ill advised political moves will cost him the APC candidacy. He would have been a vibrant representative as he is in his social crusading wars.

Olorogun Emerhor will also be a worthy successor to the late senator. Olorogun Emerhor, the Evwreni born politician is a financial guru.  He has been in politics since this political dispensation. His name is like a re occurring decimal in Delta State politics. Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Chief Executive Officer to many blue chip companies in Nigeria and beyond is genuinely loved by his people. In Urhoboland, this chattered accountant’s name is synonymous with philanthropy. He has contributed immensely to the Urhobo cause. He has vied as a governor and senator in past elections. He was unfortunate not to have the party tickets in those years of his sojourn into elective office. He has in the process built up a political base in his senatorial zone. Though, he was in the ruling party during the first few years of this political era, he later realized that development can never come from this corruption ridden party. True and time tested democracy can also never be realized in the ruling party.

To actualize his dream and satisfy the yearnings of his people, Olorogun Emerhor has to move to where the will of the people will be paramount. Today, he is a key member of All Progressive Congress (APC), the party that will bring the needed change and development to Nigeria. He worked assiduously to win the party ticket. In the primaries, Olorogun Emerhor emerged the party’s candidate for the vacant senatorial seat.

Today, the struggle has gone to another level – how to transform this victory at the primaries to electoral victory at the polls. Delta State today is in need of change. Like Walter Rodney will say, some few Deltans have helped in under developing the state. This must not be allowed to continue. Delta State with its abundant human and natural resources must not be allowed to degenerate to a state where nothing works. Corruption is on the rise. Infrastructural decay beautifies the landscape. Our schools are some of the worst in the country in terms of infrastructure and performance. Insecurity is on the increase. Kokori in the heartland of Delta Central is under siege. Unemployment is on the rise. Our hospitals are mere consulting clinics. This is what APC has come to rectify and who is better to do this at the national assembly than Olorogun O’tega Emerhor.

The APC primaries have come and gone. Not all contestants will be satisfied with the process but as true democrats, we must accept the results as expressed by the people. There can never be a flawless event organized by man. APC as a democratic party has proven again after the Anambra experience that it will preach and practice democracy. It will continue to improve. We cannot all be winners neither can we all be losers. In this primaries organized to choose the APC senatorial candidate, the party is the winner.

Let us therefore as true democrats desirous of the needed change in Delta Central join hands with the APC candidate; Olorogun O’tega Emerhor to ensure that he clinches the senatorial seat. Let it not be said that because of some perceived wrongs that we will allow the party that has destroyed the state to win the seat. Let it not be said that we allowed the rot in the state to continue by not joining the people to fight for their freedom. Let it not be said that we helped in mortgaging the future of our children, children unborn and our youths by sitting on the fence. Let it not be said that we aided in the educational decay in the state by not joining APC in its quest to free the state from its path to doom. Let it not be said that Delta State will continue to live in 18th century in the twenty first century world because we abandoned the people when we were needed most.

Let it be said that because of the zeal and contributions by patriots such as Bar Festus Keyamo, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Dr Otive Igbuzor and many other compatriots, that Delta Central was liberated from the hands of Pharaoh and on the move to the promised land. This is a task that must be done.

Eddy Aghanenu ( ).

*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Delta State), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT).

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – Paul Enenche, the founder of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja has exhibited tendencies which clearly certifies him as an apostle on assignment to help people discover, rediscover and recover their destinies. 
For a few uninitiated, destiny refers to divine- assignment ordained from the beginning of the world for a human being to fulfill. The Almighty God told prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1vs 4-5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Thus Jeremiah was set apart as a prophet even before he was born. John the Baptist was ordained as a' voice in the wilderness' announcing the mission of Jesus Christ long before his birth. In Isaiah 40 vs 3 ''The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'' Joseph's leadership in before Pharaoh in Egypt was preordained.

Therefore, the subject of destiny is not a strange one. Everybody is set apart to perform one task or the other for the benefit of humanity. One of the problems of Christendom is that many people are doing what they are not called to do, that is why we preach about how Jesus healed the blind and lame, yet the blind and lame still abounds in the same congregation.

This is because those empowered by God to pursue the path of divine healing are in private practice in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world while those empowered to drive witches out of the villages have built mega churches in the cities. This results in overdose of anointing in a few areas while other areas are left untouched.

Paul Enenche is a medical doctor trained in University of Jos, and married to Becky Enenche, also a medical doctor and both of them manages the church formed in 1996.

This church has estimated 250,000 members in all their branches nationwide with about 25,000 in attendance at the headquarters attendance during their 5 services every Sunday but Enenche has millions of spiritual followers cutting across all denominations, especially people who have at one time or the other sat under his teachings and those who hook on too Dunamis TV for his ministrations.

Paul Enenche deserves to be catalogued in this pastor's series because his is a peculiar brand of prosperity preaching which inculcates the spirit of responsibility and integrity in the pursuit of wealth. Many times in his church services he had cause to call on those with sinful materials or gifts obtained through wickedness to come out for alter calls and a lot of men surrendered cigarettes, condoms, money while women surrendered phones, watches, trinkets, money and even residential flats they obtained through immorality.

Enenche also has a healing ministry. Many with debilitating diseases throng his church every Tuesday for the Healing and Deliverance Service and testimonies abound that persons with life threatening conditions including HIV, cancer, stroke etc. received healing after the service. There are evidences that he takes care of his pastors because most of them that started with him in 1998, are still with him, enjoying good measures of ministerial freedom and financial comfort.

Beyond all these, Enenche has a peculiar trait in his messages which I have observed for over thirteen years. The central summary of his teachings is that every Christian must locate what God has called him to do and fulfill it. He harps it on his listeners to make meaningful impact in life by making the life of someone else better instead of base acquisition of wealth. He also reminds them of the eternity of heaven and hell. When the congregation has been tuned to being responsible for societal change, he initiates them into spiritual empowerment by prophetic releases which carry unction for recovery of stolen mandates.

This subject of destiny fulfillment, from my Personal prophetic discernment, has three segments; Destiny Discovery which involves the ability of a believer to be aware of his mandate and how to cultivate an attitude and spiritual affinity that would bring it to pass. The second one is where a person is aware of his mandate but the pressures of life and hardship have caused the person to jettison Gods mandate as being unrealizable and untenable. The last is where the destiny has been stolen, exchanged, shortchanged, blocked, tied, and hidden.

This could be as a result of sin, wickedness, occultism, spiritual manipulation and oppressions of witches and wizards who specialize in tampering with people's per-ordained destinies especially during the early days of birth. What churches actually term destiny recovery programme is nothing but poverty alleviating and success enhancement programme. A believer could be successful in the eyes of men without fulfilling destiny and they are in millions in Nigeria.

Therefore, the destiny discovery and recovery ministry of Pastor Paul Enenche is one of the numerous assignments that God is reviving so that the displaced could find its bearing. This man's prophetic unction is for the purposes of backing the discovery and recovery with the divine force and power necessary for every God given assignment to become fruitful. Enenche submits to the spiritual fatherhood of Bishop David Oyedepo who visits his church almost annually, he also has affinity with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, but the central focus of his message is different from that of these two men.

A combination of worship, healing, prayers, prophesy and revelational teachings is common place with him. He has discovered his area of core competence and is fulfilling it. He also operates Dunamis TV and occasionally organizes city wide crusades in Nigeria and Africa.

The annual Glory Conference of Dunamis Centre which holds every November is about the most spiritually charged programmes in the city of Abuja and his Cross Over Night of every 31st December is the most popular cross-over night with massive turnout superseding any other in the city.

Enenche have also found it difficult to tolerate politicians who mismanages public funds, and he not just lashes at them, he also galvanizes the congregation to pray against them. Conclusively, it is time for pastors to realize that the end time army according to Joel is an army that will not break their ranks; it is a focused army where each person is aware of his assignment. Until the church rises up to occupy their places of assignment, the day of the Lord may be constantly postponed.

This generation that has become addicted to immoral music, movies and harmful social networks needs strong clarion call from  apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors who will awaken them to the urgency of discovery, rediscovering, recovering and ultimately fulfilling their destiny and Paul Enenche is among those commissioned to undertake this task in an Apostolic dimension.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption – Christian Symbol.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety Reports ] – (Onitsha Nigeria, 16th of September, 2013)-On 10th of September, 2013, the acting Chairman of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC), Mr. Sylvester Okonkwo announced the shifting of the Local Government poll earlier fixed for 5th of October, 2013, to 14th of December, 2013. One of the main grounds upon which the LGA poll was shifted was given as the inability of about 27 political parties that indicated interest in participating in the poll to submit their candidates’ list in line with the ANSIEC electoral guidelines. The difficulties associated with the obtainment by ANSIEC of the certified true copy of the INEC’s register of voters for the poll was cited as another reason for the LGA poll shift.
It is recalled that the leaderships of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law and Anambra CLO had on 15th of August, 2013 written the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof   Chukwuemeka Onukogu and the acting Chairman of ANSIEC, Mr. Sylvester Okonkwo, upon which we pointed out serious challenges threatening the successful and credible conduct of the two crucial polls and demanded that they be frontally addressed. We also demanded that the LGA poll date should be slightly adjusted to the second week of December, 2013 so as to give room for popular participation upon tackling of the laps complained of. One of the challenges pointed out is the possible unavailability of the Anambra LGA’s voters’ register to be used for the poll. INEC had earlier announced 17th of October, 2013 as a date for final display of its Anambra voters’ register; expected to be derived from the supplementary voters’ list and the main voters’ register as against the 5th of October, 2013 date fixed for the shifted LGA poll. Similar challenges threatening the credibility and popularity of the two polls were also pointed out in our (Intersociety) public information of 21st and 24th of August, 2013.

We at Intersociety see the adjustment of the Anambra LGA poll date as a two-way traffic; one showing that the two electoral commissions especially the ANSIEC have listening ears and the other exposing the gross incompetence of the two electoral commissions in conducting the two crucial polls on the basis of popular participation and administrative competence. Though Anambra State has earned notoriety as one of the States in the Nigerian Federation that has not held polls into her LGA System since December 1998, but our insistence on holding such polls popularly and credibly knows no bound. It is on indisputable record that no popular and credible Local Government polls have been organized in Nigeria since December 1998. In other words, the last time popular LGA poll was held in Nigeria was in December 1998; during the expiring military regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar. Subsequent LGA polls organized since then have grossly run short of international demographic and enfranchisement standards. This has lightened calls for abrogation of State Independent Electoral Commissions created by Section 197 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 amended in 2011 and taking over of their functions by INEC.

Anambra State as Nigeria’s electoral Promised Land must always lead the way and avoid returning to electoral dark ages during which the dregs of the society took over her hallowed political corridors and turned them into an enclave of banditry and brigandage. Research has shown indisputably that demographic correctness, security and safety are the three pillars of popular polls in Africa including Nigeria. Where there is demographic correctness; the concerned electoral umpire is administratively competent. It also engenders security and safety, which encourages large voter turnout. Any poll grounded on demographic correctness, security and safety, is beyond judicial revocation on account of judicial review or enquiry afterwards. Where these are the norm, the excesses of errant politicians and their political parties as well as tainted adjudicators in the temple of justice will be cut to sizes.

There is no doubt that many, if not most registered political parties in Nigeria are the major generators of poll rigging and poll violence in the country. They are expressly aided by corrupt and immoral judicial officers who dish out summary orders and verdicts with utter alacrity. The unfolding despicable events in Anambra State are a case in point. The quality of people fielded by some political parties in the forthcoming Anambra governorship poll is alarmingly shocking. For instance, out of four major political parties and their candidates jostling for the crucial governorship poll; that is to say All Progressives Congress, Labour Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance and People’s Democratic Party, it may most likely be correct to say that at least three of their candidates fundamentally fall short of political aristocracy and charisma. In the raw eyes of popular and credible poll, they are pretenders, but from the prism of poll rigging and brigandage, they are real and mean. They are exponents of robotic electoral mandate and opponents of living electoral mandate. To clip their wings and confine them to the tight dictates of popular poll contest is a serious challenge facing INEC and the security agencies.

Finally, we remain resolute in our demand for free; credible and popular polls in Anambra State on 16th of November, 2013 and 14th of December, 2013, respectively. To this end, INEC and ANSIEC must live up to their statutory duties and responsibilities. On the part of INEC, all the challenges that can mar the credibility of the crucial governorship poll such as reported existence of polling centers in unapproved areas of the State, missing 53 polling centers in nine LGAs and 93,000 double registrants said to have been found in its voters’ register; should be frontally addressed and timely too. All fictitious names and confirmed dead voters should be expunged and those with voters’ cards pinned down to existing polling centers across the State, whose names and pictures got missing through “either data virus attacks” or “ deliberate manual deletion”, should be allowed to vote on voting day. Also, the emergence of some buccaneering characters into the crucial Anambra governorship and LGA races has made it imperative for the Federal and Anambra State Governments to step up forensic security in all parts of the State to ward off any security threats and unnatural unsafe conditions between now till after the two polls.

The ANSIEC on its part, must not slumber as it has previously done that necessitate several postponements of its LGA poll dates. We demand nothing short of epochal and historic popular LGA poll, befitting the State’s current enviable status in the global free and popular poll index. The 14th of December, 2013 date for the poll must be realistic and final. The State Electoral Commission must issue fresh or adjusted guidelines excluding the conduct of fresh party primaries to all participating political parties and the Anambra Public as a matter of utmost immediacy. The number of political parties that return their candidates’ lists within stipulated time should be allowed to contest and their candidates’ names and their parties’ logos printed on ballot papers. The issue of whether or not an “acting chairman of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission” can legally and administratively conduct the LGA poll in acting capacity, should also be legally resolved; likewise the appointment of the substantive chairman of the Commission by the Governor upon his or her confirmation by the State Legislature. Our questions are: Is it true that there is a subsisting court order hindering such substantive appointment? If yes, what type of court order? Is it interim or ex parte, interlocutory or perpetual? If no, what is holding the appointment of the substantive chairman of the ANSIEC?
1. Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
08033601078, 08180103912,
2. Comrade Justus Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk

*Photo Caption – Map of Anambra State

 [ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] – The people responsible for the break-up of the ruling PDP, including President Jonathan, party Chairman Tukur, Governor Akpabio, Minister Wike and others are already blaming others for the break-up of the party. They earlier made Nigerians believe that Buhari and CPC are the sponsors of Boko Haram until Azazi broke the lid that their actual sponsors are in PDP; The same thing is re-enacting while trying to trade blames over the convention fallout factionalization of the party.
Months before the Azazi revelation I had in a  write up 'PDP Boko Haram and their 2015 succession politics', stated that 'This party called the PDP is a bundle of deceit. The name Peoples Deceptive Party actually depicts them. When a criminal is in a locality and visits theft on the unsuspecting locals, the only way to avoid detection is to point in another direction as the search for the criminal ensues. The criminal blames the stranded traveler who lodged in a nearby motel or the stranded trader who slept in the market square or even the mentally deranged who lives near the sewage pit. This is the formula the PDP have used to make Nigerians look the other way while seeking for sponsors of Boko Haram.'' The assertion in that write-up is still relevant in the face of recent crisis in the party.

President Jonathan, in an effort to control the PDP, broke the ranks of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), using Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State to form PDP Governors Forum. The new PDP leaders learnt the skill set of internal factionalization from Akpabio. The same president, in an effort to sack Sylva as Governor of Bayelsa State, forced the apparatus of the party to disown a sitting governor. The Sylva tactics was adopted by Bamanga Tukur in the way he sacks elected PDP excos in many states, replacing them with sycophants, this act was one of the grouses of the New PDP.

During the election of PDP NWC, members of the North East Zone, in a congress, adopted  Babayo Shehu as their representative for the post of National Chairman, while Tukur was roundly rejected. President Jonathan had to use the power of state coercion to impose Tukur on the zone and the party, forcing Babayo Shehu to withdraw. Therefore, when the South South Zone of PDP adopted Uche Secondus to represent it as Deputy National Chairman, the G-7 group rejected the adoption of Secondus and insisted on the re-election of Sam Jaja for the office, The G-7 act of rejecting the party adopted zonal representative was an act they learnt from the election tactics adopted to select Tukur as national chairman.
Four northern governors paid a solidarity visit to their beleaguered colleague in Rivers state and on their way to Port Harcourt Airport their convoy was waylaid by thugs allegedly acting under instructions of Minister of State for Education, Wike, and pelted stones at them under the protective indifference of Rivers State Police Command. The same art of harassment of senior party officials by thugs was elevated at Eagle Square Venue of the convention when thugs loyal to a PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Tony Nwoye, accosted and rough handled a sitting senator, Andy Uba, and his brother, Chris, even after President Jonathan was already seated.
The stoned northern governors went back to their respective states and resolved to revenge and fight the presidency which they believed masterminded their humiliation in Port Harcourt. They ran to Babangida, Obasanjo and Atiku for consolation and strengthened their loyalty to anti-Tukur forces.
The refusal of the Presidency to recognize that 19 is greater than 16 in the recent Governors Forum elections was elevated by the New PDP when they failed to recognize the legitimate Tukur led leadership.
The same PDP chieftains whose acts of impunity caused the break-up of their party are claiming that 2015 elections is the cause for the factionalization. This is another lie meant to whip up sentiments. The G-7 governors inserted that clause at the beginning of the post-convention reconciliation under the advice of senior party elders, and immediately that clause was rejected; they retraced back to their original intentions.

Their original intention was to ensure that the perennial rigging of PDP presidential primaries through insertion of fake delegates list is not re-enacted in 2015. While they wanted to sponsor a candidate apart from Jonathan, they also wanted to ensure that the winner emerges through transparent processes. These are legitimate demands and I do not think that coalition of forces in PDP can defeat Jonathan in primary election under a transparent process- rather the margin of  victory will be narrow.. The presidency thinks otherwise and wants to avoid the unpalatable and in the process created the crisis that led to the formation of New PDP.
The level of high handedness, impunity and lawlessness displayed by the Jonathan foot soldiers in the handling of NGF election, formation of PDP Governors Forum, suspension of Amechi, Wammako, Uba, Jaja and substitution of delegate list from Adamawa to exclude Governor  Nyako and former Vice President Atiku  created the tensions that led to the break-up of PDP.
Jonathan should not be stopped from contesting in 2015 and Lamido, Atiku and their groups should not be disenfranchised out of the primaries- let PDP delegates decide their flag bearers not Anenih, Tukur, Gana and co.. Those responsible for the break-up of PDP including Jonathan, Tukur, Wike and Akpabio should exercise restraint on how they react to or comment over issues concerning the dissidents in order not to elevate it from break-up level to scatter level.

Obinna Akukwe ( ).

*Photo Caption – As seen.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Philip Amiola reports ] – I have taken a break from mass media for a while to take care of some personal projects. However, I have been so harangued by the sex scandal involving Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and Ese Walter that I think I should offer a word or two on it. Reading Ese Walter’s account on her personal blog, I couldn’t help but admire the courage with which she is learning to live her authentic life. However, it is quite unfortunate that many people have had their minds so beclouded with anger, jealousy or some other strong emotions that they have completely missed the point.
The volume of malicious words and degree of distortion on social media suggests that a good number of people are simply motivated by the desire to derive pleasure from other people’s misfortunes especially when such people are leaders, public figures or high achievers. We hear stories of someone missing the mark and we’re all too eager to nail the culprit and condemn the “sinner”, forgetting that in God’s courtroom, we’re either witnesses or advocates, not judges. Besides, history has proven time and time again that the most vehement critics are often guilty of greater transgressions either secretly or somewhere down the line. When we criticise and condemn people, it says more about us than it says about them.

Thankfully, the Bible does not hide the stories of great people like King David who committed adultery and aggravated it with murder in a bid to cover up. Yet, God forgave him as soon as he dealt with the issue. Even though he suffered great losses after the incident, he still occupies pride of place both in the Bible and in secular history. We have similar examples in contemporary times. To deny our tendency to transgress is to deny our humanity. When people fail or appear to fail, we should learn to accept their predicament with charity and equanimity, especially when such people are leaders and public figures. These people face challenges that are unknown to most of us. Our responsibility is to pray for them while supporting them on the path to recovery. It is not our prerogative to judge or condemn anyone. This does not mean that leaders are unquestionable. However, it is important that we free them to sort themselves out with the Ultimate Judge and the people that have been hurt by their actions.

I understand the anger, disappointment and frustration evoked by stories like this. However, I believe that we would do well to stop every form of vindictive remark and despiteful gossip against either party. Rather, let us address the situation in the spirit of the confessor whose self-professed goal is to bring healing to herself and deliverance to other people caught in a similar web. This is even more important in light of the fact that the plaintiff always seems convincing until the defendant comes to cross-examine him. It is too early to form a fair opinion on this issue as we have only heard one side of the story. And even if the other side confirms our fears, it does not in any way signal the end of Pastor Fatoyinbo’s ministry; neither does it pollute the credibility of the Gospel or dilute the authenticity of Christ’s message.

Philip Amiola, teacher, writer and campaigner of empowerment. reports from Lagos, Nigeria.

*Photo Caption – As seen

 [ Masterweb Reports: Theophilus Ilevbare reports  ] – As Nigeria’s politics continue to take shape ahead of the 2015 elections, the leadership deficit of the PDP came to the fore once again with a festering crisis tearing the party apart. Spirited attempts by former heads of states, and the incumbent President, to reconcile the warring factions has so far fell on deaf ears. The ruling party is like a time bomb, doomed for implosion! The sad reality of plunging the nation into avoidable political crisis stare us in the face as the party’s predilection to press the self-destruct button is rather habitual.
The party exhibited its favourite pastime - dancing naked in public - this time at the Eagles Square, venue of the Mini Convention, where aggrieved members of the PDP stormed out to form a parallel faction now known as the ‘new PDP’. Members of the faction including notable governors from the north, joined by their counterparts from Rivers and Kwara states, led by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, with Abubakar Baraje as Chairman. There was another drama as aggrieved members of factions in Anambra state PDP resorted to fisticuff to press home their grievances. Such disregard for decency and decorum has become the hallmark of the party. The continuous existence of the party might be a mirage when viewed against the backdrop of its inability to justify its existence for 14 harrowing years other than plundering the nation’s resources. It is derisory that the party still thinks it can railroad voters in 2015 into its conquistadorial mission.

The subversion of democratic principles to the whims and caprices of the party's hierarchy is fast becoming the norm in the PDP. The job of taking Nigeria out of the abyss unto the path of prosperity, it does seem, we cannot continue to entrusted into the hands of such mendacious, unrepentant and rapacious rascals, donning the garb of democrats. 2015 will come upon us like a thief in the night, we must begin to be wary of self-seeking power grapping politicians who have failed the acid test of demonstrable leadership capacity. Their ability to make rational decisions is in doubt much as the lip service they pay to the vaunted transformation agenda of the present administration is evident in the dwindling fortunes of all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The recent squabble came as good news to many Nigerians who see the PDP as a monster that has colluded with the ruling elite for over a decade to loot the treasury, institutionalise corruption and ensure that Nigerians remain in perpetual captivity. That the party has survived series of crisis not occasioned by mass defection is largely due to the lack of a formidable opposition. As the APC, Atiku’s PDM, VOP - rumoured to be backed by the aggrieved governors in the ‘new PDP’ – are fast changing the political landscape, sooner rather than later, we shall witness a mass exodus of dissenting PDP members.  
Bamanga Tukur’s tenure as the PDP chairman has been nothing short of calamity on the party that pontificates as the largest party in Africa, as if political parties are defined and identified by size alone. At a time when the political minefield is being reshaped with APC and others, it is expected that Tukur would not push his game too far as the party continue to totter precariously on the brink of disaster. So far, he has failed to show tact, diplomacy and political savvy in dealing with the challenges that a party of strange bedfellows like the PDP pose.

The ruling party, as always, downplay crisis rocking the party as one that should be expected in any large family. Some like Nysome Wike, go to such nitwitted extent to show their political naivety by saying political crisis “beautify democracy”.

Sadly, the perpetual wrangling in the ruling party has nothing to do with Nigerians; it is not about policies, or issues that border on how to move the state forward, or how to build institutions, create jobs and develop infrastructure to improve the lives of the populace but instead it is how to massage their already over bloated egos and further their selfish ambition. More worrisome is the deployment of state resources and apparatus to fight perceived enemies. The current in-fighting and political skimming the PDP is enmeshed, is nothing but jostling for 2015 elections. A truly democratic party will not estrange members for aspiring to any political office. Such actions are not only antithetical to every known democratic tenets but tyrannical.

The split must have come as cheery news for the main opposition party, APC. How prepared they are to cash in on the PDP break-up and woo the aggrieved gladiators to their camp remains to be seen. It is not a co-incidence that since the APC was formed the party at the centre has never known peace. Now, the ruling party seem to be on the path to perdition.

There’s no gainsaying the fact that the PDP has been sitting on a keg of gun powder for much of the time. The leadership of the party has completely ignored calls over the years to deepen democracy by eschewing factional politics, instilling discipline and ensuring a level playing ground for all members. Matter of fact, the party needs a reform, not just reconcile aggrieved members, if it is to wriggle itself out of the snarl it is currently mired.

Past failure in putting its house in order culminated in the official rascality and uncivilised manner party members conducted themselves at the convention, a testament to the poor rating of the PDP's leadership capacity.

Political observers have surmised that the ‘Old PDP’ is headed for the rocks. The Baraje faction is taking their time to garner more members, goodwill from the public and ultimately, destroy the PDP, before finally making deft political moves to the new parties: PDM, VOP or the APC.

Mr President's desire to run for 2015 at all cost against the wishes of aggrieved governors, and his quest to have a firm grip of the party's machinery, by launching a counter attack to whittle down the influence of those opposed to his ambition, coupled with the wind of the opposition, is what is tearing the umbrella to shreds today. The president's foot soldiers are ready for a showdown with the ‘new PDP’.

Without a clear cut policy direction, the continuous existence and dominance of such a party will mean total ruination of all the attractions, stimulations or semblance of democratic principles that has given Nigerians hope in governance. The reality of the situation is, the party is already headed towards destruction. The death knell is sounding loud and clear. Nigerians must rise up to bail the country from the firm grip of the PDP powers that be who have plundered the resources of the country in a mafia-like circus.

The war of words between the Tukur and Baraje factions is bound to leave a bad impression on the minds of Nigerians. The PDP wittingly or unwittingly is nursing a dangerous death wish. The party behaves as if it has no opposition which can capitalise on its monumental weaknesses, or they assume that whatever their weakness, they can still capture power in 2015 and it seems every action of government is now deliberately intended to intimidate opposition, within and outside the party, against President Jonathan’s pesky 2015 ambition. This perception from the public can erase whatever good luck is left in Jonathan or any PDP politician for that matter. Such negative politics that elevates party chaos with its attendant reconciliation process with tax payer’s money over governance must henceforth be put on the backburner.

Theophilus Ilevbare ( ).

*Photo Caption – PDP logo.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] – There is a time in a nation’s history that nature throws up a leader that will be able to guide the nation right to greater heights. Such leaders have leadership entrusted to them to lead the nation from a state of despair, anguish and economic backwardness to a state of certainty, security, abundance and peace. Some individuals may not know the God given qualities they are endowed with but circumstances call for their attention through which they discover themselves and assume their divine mission.
One of such leaders in Bible history was Moses. When the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt and there seems to be no solution to their problem, God raised Moses.  Moses never understood his mission hence he ran away to a foreign land until God showed him his mission on earth – to lead the Israelites to freedom.

God raised David when there was despondence and fear in the land. The Israelites under Saul were living in perpetual fear of their neighbours. David, though young was able to liberate his people. His reign ushered in one of the best periods in the nation’s history.

Winston Churchill came at the right time to challenge the Nazi Germany machine of Adolf Hitler. He was able to rally the nation that was living in fear of the Germans to victory.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo came at the right time to lead the Yoruba race to light through his educational policy. Today, the rest of the nation is still playing catch up with the Yorubas in terms of education.

Leaders emerge at certain times to set the nation right and to keep the ship from drifting away. Delta State has not had it so bad. It is a poor state in the midst of plenty. 

 It is like the proverbial man living by the river side yet washes his hands with spittle. Insecurity is in the air. There is youth restiveness in most parts of the state. Kidnapping is rampart. Robberies have become daily occurrence. Kidnapping has become another major investment in the state.  Investors are therefore scared of investing in the state. The result is the high level of unemployment we are witnessing today in the state.

Basic infrastructures are lacking. The roads are in terrible shape. Abandoned or uncompleted projects are now part of the aesthetics in the state. Compared to other states, Delta State is on the decline in terms of infrastructural development.

 The health sector is in a terrible state. The hospitals are still consulting clinics. The infant mortality rate has not decreased. Drugs are not available. The people still consult quacks and purchase fake drugs to treat their ailments.

The educational sector is in a near state of collapse. Though there cosmetic attempts at rehabilitating public schools, dilapidated school buildings is still a common sight. There are no furniture for the pupils. The laboratories are either ill equipped or not equipped at all. The standard is falling. Performance in external examinations is getting worse by the day.

In short, Deltans have lost hope.  They do not know where to turn to for a savior that will deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians. They have been searching for the individual that will deliver them. Even when they find, their votes are not made to count. It is at such period of despair and gloom that God sends someone capable to rescue such a state. Such a man is Dr Otive Igbuzor.

Dr. Otive Igbuzor was born on 5th September, 1963 at Ugono-Orogun in Ughelli North LGA of Delta State. The father, Late Mr. Igbuzor Eruemukohwarie Etiemonu hails from Emonu-Orogun paternally and Ugono-Orogun maternally all in Ughelli North LGA. The mother, Late Mrs. Omohwovo Igbuzor hails from Ugono-Orogun paternally and Kokori  in  Ethiope East LGA maternally. 

Dr. Otive Igbuzor attended Ugono Primary School, Ugono-Orogun from 1970-76 and finished with merit honours. He spent only four years in secondary at Baptist High School, Eku (1976-1980) having been given double promotion from class one to three for his excellent academic performance. He obtained his West African Examinations Council School Certificate in June, 1980 with Division one.  During the 1980/81 session, he was at Higher School in Government College, Ughelli. In 1981, he gained admission into the University of Benin, Benin City to read pharmacy. He graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of pharmacy degree with second class, upper division. In 1992, 1997 and 2004, he bagged Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in Political Science (International Relations) and PhD Public Administration respectively all from the University of Maiduguri.

Dr. Igbuzor started out his career as a pharmacist. After graduation in 1986, he worked as a pupil pharmacist from 1986-1987 at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City. From 1987-88, he did his national youth service (NYSC) at Awo-Omamma Community Hospital in Imo State. On return from NYSC, he worked briefly as a Superintendent Pharmacist of Oliha Chemists in Benin City before he moved to Maiduguri in Borno State in 1989. He worked as a superintendent pharmacist for only two years at Curtis Peoples Pharmaceutical Chemist Ltd  after which he set up his own pharmaceutical company-Francotive Pharmacy Ltd in 1991. He was Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1991-1999. He was the inaugural secretary of the Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists (NAGPP), now Association of community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in Borno State and later became the Chairman of the association. He was also Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). As a leader in the pharmacy profession, he contributed immensely to the fight against drug abuse and misuse and fake drugs. He was a professional to the core and a promoter of the ethics of the profession. In recognition of his meritorious services, he was given a merit award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Borno State. It was his desire to contribute to the transformation of society that he made a complete career change into the development sector.

Dr. Igbuzor is a human rights activist and a dedicated patriot. He was a founding and leading member of many human rights organizations in the 1980s and 1990s including Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), Women in Nigeria (WIN) and Democratic Alternative (DA). He was the Country Director of Action Aid and later, the head of the International section of the organisation. He has been involved in the pro-democracy movement from the 1980s to date. He continues to push the frontier of human rights and fights against poverty and injustice. He is a mobiliser for social movement for change and a regular commentator in the mass media. He is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). He is a fellow and National President of Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria.

Dr. Otive Igbuzor is an activist scholar. He was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre from 1991-2001. Dr. Igbuzor is an accomplished scholar and prolific writer. He has conducted a lot of studies in Nigeria and is widely published in scholarly journals and textbooks on democracy, health, gender, politics and development.

Having seen and experienced the suffering of the people, Dr Otive Igbuzor said that he could not bear it any longer but to join in the emancipation of the people. From his foundation – Ejiro and Otive Ibuzor Foundation, he provided succor to the people. He began to empower the people especially women. Grants were given to women to start up small scale businesses. He touched lives all over the state with his foundation. 

The passion he has for the people and development of Delta State cannot be quantified. He has a burning zeal to transform Delta from a backward state to a twenty first century state. It is this urge to make Delta State the envy of other states that is the driving force behind his desire to be at the Government House Asaba.

He has been going from community to community to feel the pulse of the people. Everywhere he has been, he has been well received by the people. What he has also seen has equally convinced him that the last four years in Delta State have been wasted. The time to effect that change is now and the people look on to him to provide the needed leadership.

Dr Otive Igbuzor, a devout Christian (he is a pastor) has his job cut out for him. The people already love him. He will definitely get the support of the masses in implementing his people oriented programmes if he eventually wins the elections.  His vision will definitely come to fruition once he is elected into office come 2015. He says “my vision for Delta State is anchored on the full realization of its vast potentials, human and natural; where life is abundant for all; where the people are given the opportunity to fully realize their aspirations, and thumb their chest that they hail from the right spot of planet earth. My vision is to see a Delta State that is of world class status through a well implemented programme of transformation. It will be a State where every citizen will have a sense of belonging; where resources are diligently deployed to the development of the people, and productive sectors, for them to enjoy good life. I dream of a progressive State where equity, peace, security and good governance are used to guarantee the equitable development of our people. A State where equal opportunity will propel all to achieve their optimum aspirations in life. I hope to re-create a protected and clean environment for the well being of our people”.

As you celebrate this day that God brought you to earth, may the desires of Deltans to have a sincere, upright man like you to be their leader come to fruition. Happy birthday, Dr Otive Igbuzor.

Eddy Aghanenu ( ).

*Photo Caption – Dr. Otive Igbuzor