Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

Jayson Ft Sure Boiz- Day One

"Amadin Joseph"  who is popularly known as "Jayson" brings forth this smash hit Single which he titled "Day One".
The Lagos-Born Singer Debuts with the mad jam talking about struggles from the ghetto to make it in life.
"Day One" was produced, mixed and mastered by Top Dee. 
Jayson is a Shooting Star to look out for.

DOWNLOAD Jayson Ft Sure Boiz- Day One

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020

Ondo Deputy Governor Cries Out Over The Withdrawal of Police Escort by CP

The Ondo State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Agboola Ajayi wishes to raise alarm over the withdrawal of his police escort on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami putting his life, family and staff in danger.

This is the same Commissioner of Police that took the Deputy Governor hostage on Saturday 21st of June, 2020 for more than four hours at the Government House gate despite the fact that he enjoys immunity under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We are not oblivious of their surreptitious move to undermine the security of the Deputy Governor and strip him of his security apparatus to make him venerable in order to carry out their evil agenda.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director General of State Security Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi should be aware of this latest ugly development in Ondo State.
Should anything happen to the Deputy Governor, his family and staff, the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State should be held responsible.

Babatope Okeowo
Chief Press Secretary.
June 24, 2020

Digída Jéyefò By Allen Sowore

If you know the ways of animals; you would know the way of men. More often, I embrace these analogies and folktales to drive home my points. It's my own way of complying with the idea of local content.

Digída Jéyefò is that very act a bird will perform when the branch of tree it leaning on falls. A bird does not share in casualties of the trees. Bi Ìdí bati bàjé..

The season of politicking has come. Politicians will align and realign. As it's often said, in politics, no permanent friend or enemy but permanent interest. So, it was a milestone in the political history of Ondo State as the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi formally joined the  PDP at Kiribo, his hometown few days ago.

The challenges of this is that, supporters, followers and  aides of the principal actors will continue to act and react to issues as it affects their principal. That's why the police could issue statement to justify what's a clear rape of our democratic gains. Similar to this is the perfidy of government officials who have embark on fruitless efforts to justify; or sometime attempt to persuade, dissuade and conscript the people to believe in the course they have chosen. 

The effect is this  press statement and wisecrack which expose official braggadocios. Almost akin to the character of the poem the- 'Executioner' by Elliott Paul Woolhouse. " I am the Executioner, I am proud to kill. The one with the axe. Governance has never been at this ebb. Where's the concept of the ideals of our forebears. The ideals of Omolúwàbí ?

I have argued  else where that If we have imbibed the tenets of democracy as we professed it, such a character, a mere appendage who superintended the deprivation of the constitutional rights of an elected Deputy Governor should be in gaol.

In constitutional democracy, the people matter. There's this plenitopotenciary of government, with this unlimited powers intimidating all. With this nonchalant attitude- " I don care attitude". The people can go to hell. Ati ti òjébo Olorisalowo.

The fact is, this characters exist and thrive in governance. They're the same gang who can enter the market and destroy the goods of the poor market widows with impunity.

 On account of education and knowledge, the character would boast.Uncle, what's knowledge without character. Some, leverage on experience, beaurocracies. Mr Technocrat ! Digí Jéyefò

Our Oga is a good  man as the husband of his wife and father of his children. But as the presiding officer, he's surrounded by these characters, who are opposed to democratic principles. Those who are in for business. Those who believe in what they can get. Those who believe in the imposition of higher tax. When you preside over a rich state and imporerish the people, you will only succeed as a rich individual among the poor- Olówó kan larin àwon Òtòsì. Is that the essence of governance ? Government now becomes the nightmare of the people.

This character once existed as the chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission,(OSOPADEC) 
I remember that political playboy.The man who managed  the patrimony of the people but yet abhors  to live among them. Our brother is like that.

So, this character will call the APC nonsense political party. The  APC produced government of Ondo State as far as we know is still your feeding bottle.  And  you're sucking it like a baby. Yet, at every opportunity you talk down on her people. Our women are bleaching pigs. Education is supposed to refine a man.

His frequent declaration of this political hegemony as nonsensical reminds me of the Ghanaian novelist, Ayi Kwei Armah's  "Chichidodo bird " in 'The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born'.  Chichidodo bird that detests excreta but eats maggots from it. . He's boastful of knowledge but lacks character. What's knowledge without character.

He pretends to be principled but yet carries out all hatchet jobs. This nonchalant attitude can only be executed by this character- Dígidá Jéyefò and not a stakeholder. A political stakeholder will think about the future, when he will need the people.

Get me right, the concept of Dígidá Jéyefò has nothing to do with citizen or denizen. The example of Chief Guy Gargiulo abounds . The former European Principal of Ajuwa Grammar School, Akoko. He left England for Igbobi College in Lagos in 1963 and later proceeded to Ajuwa Grammar School in 1971.

During his stewardship as the school’s Principal, Ajuwa Grammar School, which was battling for life rose back as one of the best in the area.

After his retirement from service, Gargiulo stayed back in Okeagbe and later came to live in Ugbe Akoko where he chose to embark on philanthropic gestures. That's how not to be- Dígidá Jéyefò.

Until we're able to find enough courageous men in the corridor of power, we will continue to be victims of some of the Seven Social Sins mentioned first by an Anglican priest named Frederick Lewis Donaldson which Gandhi made popular in his publication,  Young India. The worst of those society ills bedeviling us today-  Knowledge without character and politics without principles.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020


In light of recent happenings in the leadership of the National Association of Ondo State Students, we deemed it pertinent to mediate and chart a path to find a common ground between the aggrieved parties in the association. Therefore, we invited concerned parties for a roundtable discussion to address core issues and seek a way forward.

The meeting which was convened by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth and Students Affairs; Hon. Muyiwa Ogunyemi and moderated by Special Assistant on Youth Mobilisation (North), Mr Adebiyi Mayowa, had in attendance representatives from the two aggrieved parties and other important government officials like Prince Dapo Adepoju, Gbologe Olufunmi Alex the Special Assistant on Youth Mobilization (Central and South).

Highlights / major resolutions agreed upon in the meeting are as stated below:

The resolutions of the last meeting that all parties agreed to on the 28th of May, 2020 subsist.

We preached and interceded for peace among all parties and they agreed to settle their differences and work together in the interest of progress of the state.

As resolved and agreed upon by representatives of both parties present, Comrade Kikiowo Ayoade remains the President of the National Association of Ondo State students (NAOSS). Therefore, the State Government thus respect the joint agreement.

We enjoin all relevant arms of the government to recognize and respect this decision while according the president and the association as a whole all necessary support.

Hon. Muyiwa Ogunyemi,
Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Students Affairs.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020

APC crisis: Appeal Court upholds Oshiomhole’s suspension, Obaseki heads for PDP

• Edo gov visits Villa, says predecessor not qualified to question certificates

• Again, APC governors’ forum DG renews call for national chairman’s removal

• Party names hospitalised ex-governor Ajimobi as acting national chair

The crisis in the All Progressives Congress worsened on Tuesday when the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the APC national chairman.
But earlier on the same day, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, announced his resignation from the APC, citing the party’s decision to disqualify him from participating in the June 22 governorship primary as his reason.
In a unanimous judgment of a three-man panel led by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the Court of Appeal affirmed the earlier March 4, 2020 order of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, suspending Oshiomhole and barring him from continuing to parade himself as the national chairman of the party.
Recall   that Justice Danlami Senchi of the FCT High Court had on March 4, 2020 suspended Oshiomhole as APC’s national chairman on the grounds that the party wrongfully continued to retain him in office while he was under suspension as a member of the party.
The suit was instituted before the FCT High Court by six applicants.
Together with the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the Department of State Services, the six applicants were the respondents to appeal jointly filed by Oshiomhole and the APC.
The main suit leading to the order earlier suspending Oshiomhole was instituted before the FCT High Court by six applicants, including the Vice-Chairman of the party, North-East, Mustapha Salihu, and the Chairman of the party in Edo State, Anslem Ojezua.
The rest of the applicants are members Oshiomhole’s Ward 10 of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Alhaji Sani Gomna, Oshawo Steven, Fani Wabulari, and Princewill Ejogharado.
The plaintiffs are loyalists of the Governor Godwin Obaseki in the state.
The ward executives had in November 2019 suspended  the national chairman as a  member of the party for anti-party activities, a decision which the FCT High Court anchored the order suspending  Oshiomhole on November 2, 2019.
In compliance with the court order the security agencies had promptly taken over the national secretariat of the party in Abuja blocking Oshiomhole from accessing his office.
But Oshiomhole had through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), appealed against the court’s interlocutory order.
Following his application for stay of execution of the judgment, a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by by Justice Abubakar Yahaya had on March 16, 2020 halted the execution of the judgment by reversing Oshiomhole’s suspension, pending the hearing of his substantive appeal.
But the Justice Onyemanam-led panel, which was appointed to hear the substantive appeal, re-imposed the suspension in its judgment delivered on Tuesday.
The judgment was delivered hours after the hearing was conducted on Tuesday.
Oshiomhole, who was present in court, was represented by Damien Dodo (SAN). He did not grant any interview after the judgment.
Justice Mohammed Lamido, who delivered the lead judgment, said the lower court had rightly issued the order of suspension on March 4, 2020.
He resolved all the issues raised in the appeal against Oshiomhole.
He also ruled that the plaintiffs at the lower court who were the respondents in the appeal, placed sufficient materials before the lower court to warrant the granting of the interlocutory order.
“In these circumstances, the position taken by the lower court that the plaintiffs have made a case for the issuance of the interlocutory order  is proper and that part of the decision is hereby upheld,” Justice Lamido ruled.
On Oshiomhole’s contention about an alleged breach of his right to fair hearing, Justice Lamido held that contrary to his argument, the order issued by the lower court was for his suspension and not removal from office.
He said the November 2, 2019 decision of the party in Ward 10 in Etsako LGA suspending him from office was ratified by the local government and state executives.
He noted that Oshiomhole timeously filed a suit to challenge his suspension on December 9, 2019 but later withdrew it on an erroneous impression.
He added it took him 72 days from the date of his suspension to file another suit to challenge his suspension by the party.
The judge ruled, “In the circumstances, I hold that the appellant’s right to fair hearing was not breached.
“The appeal is unmeritorious and it is hereby dismissed.”
Earlier in a separate judgment, Justice Onyemanam who led the panel had in a separate judgment affirmed another March 2, 2020 ruling of the lower court dismissing Oshiomhole’s preliminary objection challenging the lower court’s jurisdiction to hear the suit before it.
Justice Onyemanam resolved all of the four issues raised for the determination against Oshiomhole.
She held that the suit filed by the plaintiffs at the FCT High Court was not an abuse of court process.
She held that it was untrue that the plaintiffs had two pending suits on the same subject matter before the same court.
She noted that the plaintiffs had no intention to make use of the two suits, and in fact, withdrew the one marked FCT/HC/CV/2019.
“Unless we intend to stand the law and the established procedures on their head, there is no element of abuse in the instant case,” she ruled.
Resolving another issue against Oshiomhole, she ruled that the principle that a court was barred from interfering in the internal affairs of a political party, was not applicable in the case.
She also held that the plaintiffs had locus standi to institute the suit, contrary to Oshiomhole’s contention.
She held that it was untrue that none of the plaintiffs had any benefit to derive from the outcome of the suit.
She also ruled that the FCT High Court had the territorial jurisdiction to hear the case.
She held that, by virtue of the FCT High Court Civil Procedure Rules, the plaintiffs were right to file the suit before the court in Abuja, since Oshiomhole’s office was in Abuja and the national secretariat was located in Abuja.
Neither Oshiomhole nor his lawyer, Dodo, spoke with journalists after the judgment.
But the respondents’ lawyer, Mr Oluwole Afolabi, who spoke with journalists on the court premises hailed the judgment.
Obaseki, deputy leave APC
Obaseki and his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, resigned from the APC on Tuesday.
The governor, who announced his resignation from the APC in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,  came down hard on the party’s national chairman, whom he accused of being behind his ordeal.
He said, “You remember that in my last tweet after my disqualification was announced by the APC, I said that I would make a decision after I have consulted with the leadership and my supporters in Edo State and also having informed the President.
“I am here today (Tuesday) to inform you that I have now decided, formally, to resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress. Having done, that I will now announce in the next few days my specific line of action and what platform I will be contesting the governorship election on.”
When asked to state specifically why he resigned his membership of the party, Obaseki said, “I am sure that the whole country knows and is aware of what has gone on with me and the party chairman and the party leadership, which culminated in my disqualification as a governorship aspirant.
“Upon that unfortunate decision by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, I have decided to go and seek my governorship aspiration on another platform.”
Someone without certificates can’t talk about inconsistencies in certificate – Obaseki
When the governor was asked if there were indeed inconsistencies in his credentials which was the basis for his disqualification, he replied, “Someone who hasn’t gone to school, who doesn’t have certificates himself, will not know and understand what inconsistencies in certificates are. That is the starting point.
“What is the inconsistency? There is no inconsistency in my certificates. The issue was in 2016, when I contested  governorship election. I could not find the originals of my certificates because I hadn’t required them for more than two decades.
“So, I deposed to an affidavit that I couldn’t find the originals. Subsequently, I found all the original copies of all my certificates and they are with me. So I don’t understand what is inconsistent about that.
“Maybe the inconsistency in the National Youth Service Corps certificate where he said an ‘i’ was missing at the end of my surname. But if you look at that, it was like a cursive, it was written in a cursive manner. So if that’s inconsistency for him, then it’s really sad that people of that quality are leading the Nigeria’s ruling party.
“For him, it was just to look for an excuse to take whatever decision he wants to take and it’s really sad that the party structure today gives him that sort of authority without checks. That is dangerous for any system or any institution.
“When you give authority and responsibility to people who don’t have character, people who do not have finesse and a sense of justice, then that institution is imperiled.”
He said the party chairman failed to provide a level playing field in the selection process, wondering the basis for disqualifying another aspirant, Chris Ogiemwonyi.
He stated, “You are afraid of people who are educated because you didn’t go to school. You are afraid of people who have something to offer because all you know to offer is brigandage, crisis.
“So for us, Nigeria has to move forward beyond some of the characters who are currently overseeing our political polity and they are scared. They are scared that when people of substance, when people who are proven, when people who have succeeded in other aspects of life come into politics, they will be history.”
Obaseki who refused to disclose the platform on which he would contest the election, claimed that his recent meetings with some state governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party were meant for him to learn from colleagues who have gone through similar experience.
Obaseki heads for PDP
Although Obaseki did not tell journalists the party he would join, there were indications on Tuesday that he was heading for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Recall that Obaseki on Sunday met two PDP governors – Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom – as part of consultations on his next political move.
Also, the PDP in Edo State on Monday said it was expecting Obaseki and his loyalists to join it.
Also on Tuesday, the state deputy governor  in Benin announced his resignation from the APC.
Shaibu made the announcement during a press briefing, saying that his resignation from the ruling party took immediate effect.
Edo gov a betrayer – APC deputy spokesman
When contacted, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, said the governor  had a funny way of showing “that he went to school.”
Nabena said, “Is betrayal the way Obaseki chose to show that he is educated? What is the difference between those who went to school and those who didn’t go to school? Is it that those who went to school always betray those who didn’t? Is that the way to show you are educated? If that is his own way of showing he is educated, it means he has a very long way to go.”
The dispute between  Obaseki and Oshiomhole came to a head on Friday when the APC screening committee for the party’s primary in Edo State disqualified the governor, citing contradictions in his credentials.
Again, PGF DG renews call for Oshiomhole’s removal
Meanwhile,  the Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Lukeman, had renewed his call for Oshiomhole’s resignation.
The PGF is the umbrella body of all governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Lukeman, who had made a similar call in February, said this in a statement titled, “Struggle for the Soul of APC”, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He explained that the APC and Nigeria’s democracy had been worse off since the national chairman took office.
APC names Ajimobi as acting national chairman
Following the appeal court judgment, the National Working Committee of the APC on Tuesday announced its Deputy National Chairman (South), Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as its acting National Chairman.
The APC, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in Abuja, said the NWC “has received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of the Party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by an FCT High Court pending the determination of the substantive suit.
“Guided by advice from the Party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2. (iii) of the Party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi,will serve as the Party’s Acting National Chairman.
“According to Section 14.2. (iii),of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.
The PUNCH had on Tuesday reported that the immediate past governor of Oyo State had remained COVID-19 positive two weeks after being admitted at the First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

We’re not aware Obaseki has left us -APC

The All Progressives Congress has said it was yet to be notified of the reported resignation of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said this in response to inquiries about Obaseki’s resignation.
He said, “The party has no record of the reported defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the Progressive party.
“We cannot comment at this moment on media reports suggesting the Edo governor or anyone else has left our great party.”
The APC Screening Committee for the Edo State Governorship Primary on Friday declared Obaseki and two others ineligible to contest the party’s June 22 primary citing discrepancies in his University and National Youth Service Scheme Certificates as the reason for the action.
This decision was upheld by the Screening Appeal Committee and the party’s National Working Committee on Saturday.
June 16, 2020

Obaseki finally dumps APC

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally announced his decision to resign his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Obaseki, who was disqualified from contesting the party’s governorship primary election slated for June 22, announced the decision to State House correspondents after meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
The embattled governor said he would pursue his ambition for second term in office on another platform.
He had on Monday said he would only disclose his next line of action after meeting the President.
Obaseki has been having a running battle with his predecessor and the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Details later…
June 16, 2020

Show empathy, lost lives not replaceable, Health Minister tells striking doctors

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, told the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday that they cannot go on strike during a very difficult situation like this, when the country, like other nations of the world, are battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
He warned the doctors who have threatened to embark on strike that the lives that may be lost in that process are not replaceable.
The minister, who was speaking during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19, charged the residents doctors to show enough empathy.
Ehanire said: “I also did request that this is not the time to go on strike. Not when we have such a very difficult situation on our hands, and I did request of them to show enough empathy to know that you can make your demands to continue working on those demands and do not down-tools because the lives that may be lost in that process are not replaceable.”
He pointed out that it was very certain the issues that were raised by the doctors would be attended to even though some of them were not new and have nothing to do with COVID-19.
He assured that the issues are all being attended to, adding that there was a meeting held with the House Committee on Health on Monday, while another meeting would hold on Tuesday with the Minister of Labour, who has been doing a great job to ensure the issue was resolved.
The minister said: “Today, we already had a meeting with the House Committee Chairman on Health and with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), in attendance. At that meeting, they have not yet declared their position on the strike but it was from the meeting that we are able to clarify many of the issues that they had been raising.
“The one concerns with PPE for example, and concerning COVID-19 has been dealt with. We have supplied PPE to states and Teaching Hospitals so, that one is off the table. The one on the healthcare workers both at the front line of COVID-19 and rear line are being attended to.
“In fact, there is a meeting to which we are again invited tomorrow (Tuesday), and the Minister of Labour is doing a great job and the members of the National Assembly are doing a great job to make sure these issues are attended to.”
He emphasized that Nigeria needed, as a matter of urgency, to be proactive in keeping the COVID-19 fatalities low.
The minister said: “The increasing pace of testing will yield more cases, but we need to also be proactive in keeping fatalities low. It is still strongly advised that those who test positive present themselves at a treatment centre; this is most especially so for those with underlying ailments like diabetes, hypertension or are above 60 years of age.”
On the update, he added: “Yesterday, 403 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, which increased the total number to 16,085. We have treated and discharged 5,220 persons and sadly lost 420 persons to the disease. Despite the rising figures, the case fatality rate remains at about 3%, which is lower than in many countries, but not a cause for relief.”
June 16, 2020

Akeredolu gets Buhari’s blessing for second term

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state says he has received President Muhammadu Buhari’s blessing for his re-election bid.
Emerging from a meeting with the President at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday, he said he was prepared for the All Progressive Congress (APC) primaries whether a direct or indirect mode.
The governor expressed confidence that the people of the state would return him to office based on his record of achievements in the last years.
June 16, 2020

BREAKING: I’m ready for any form of primary – Akeredolu

Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has declared his is ready for any form of primary his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) adopts.
Akeredolu spoke with State House Correspondents on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Asked if he was confident of winning the party primaries, the Governor said he was sure God would give him victory.
Akeredolu said he was in the State House to tell Buhari he was running for re-election and to present his Expression of Interest forms to him.
Details shortly…
June 16, 2020

Oscars 2021 moved to later date due to the COVID-19

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the 2021 Oscars ceremony will be postponed from Feb. 28 to April 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This marks the latest the Oscars have been held since 1932 when the awards were handed out in November.
Hollywood and the international film industry have particularly struggled during the last three months, losing out on profits from tent-pole movies and missing shooting deadlines. Not only did most cinemas close down the world over, delaying lucrative major film releases, but production on future projects was entirely halted.
“Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
While some potential 2021 Oscar contenders, such as Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” were slated to roll out across festival season right now had it not been for the pandemic, others would be nowhere near completion. For instance, last year’s Best Picture nominee “1917” began filming in May and finished post-production in November.
The academy made one small concession to get more films into the fray in April when it was announced that streaming-only movies would be eligible for the first time. Proving the wisdom of that move, a major at-home contender was released Friday on Netflix: “Da 5 Bloods,” directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee, which is already getting awards buzz.
The rescheduled Oscars will likely force the hand of the Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards and others to also change dates to allow for a somewhat traditional awards season. The Globes are currently scheduled for Jan. 11, 2021 and will be hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
NY Post
June 16, 2020

The unhappy player, as football leagues begin matches

As top flight football leagues begin matches across the world in the shadows of the COVID-19 tsunami, all variations of players are happy — except one. That football lover that would rather share 90 minutes with a neighbour he doesn’t know his first name, than face his TV alone. Let’s meet the happy ones first.
Top-flight or low flight, football matches set 22 matured humans running after a round leather for all of 90 minutes split in two equal halves.
While these sweaty, panting, spitting, mischievous, sneaky, winking, biting, speedy, mercurial and Field Marshal-like varieties of God’s creation are the centre of attraction, there are other “key” players, such as rabid betting masters, that stare at the TV screens and scream at players for missing a sitter or a defender that lets through a strike or striker.
As football leagues resume, these ones are not interested in who wins matches or cups. As far as they are concerned, any player, referee or, in recent times, VAR that renders his betting ticket useless is an enemy of the state.
Even if the offender is the otherworldly Messi or lethal Ororo (Ronaldo), the player that renders these imaginary millions-of-Naira-in-a-ticket worthless, deserves to be treated like the ticket when the match is over — squeezed and flung into oblivion. These ticket players are cousins to match-fixers.
We just love this game
Then, there’s the genuine lover of the game— just for the game. For this stakeholder, nothing in this life beats Klopp’s Dortmund morphing beautifully from a defensive wall to an attacking spread in one fluid counter moment. Oh! That season!
These stakeholders also find the conviviality and familial ease with which the current Liverpool squad does its thing a source of joy.
Whether it’s Arsenal getting their groove on, Messi passing through defenders as if they don’t exist (remember how about five Super Eagles players and the keeper escorted the wizard until he netted?) or Ronaldo defying gravity; the lover of the game just get another reason to smile in spite of burdens.
When you feel an especial affinity with humanity when a defender hacks down an “enemy”, then gives the fallen attacker a hand to pull him up, you belong to this class. If you get emotional when they even exchange smiles (is social distancing possible here?), you are in this boat. It shows there’s still hope for humanity.
Another set of players are the fans. Not “Ayam Arsenal fans” gang. No. But the rabid we-die-here I-can’t-eat kind of fan.
Now, let’s examine an example. KC is a fan of Chelsea FC. When that team plays his world outside that game freezes. The status and/or importance of the game is immaterial.
When you hear him scream “Olopaooooooo!” disaster looms. He takes his complaints to the nearest person, who might know nothing about the Premier League: “Look at what that idiot did? Only a tap-in was needed. He just hit the ball like a madman.”
Disaster one: His complaints are usually complemented by physical demonstrations, so keep a safe distance. Two, no one has seen a madman hit a ball. Three, most disastrous, the nearest person to burden with this complain could be the boss! And KC had put the boss’ assignment on hold!
One such fan once bellowed “Lord have mercy!” Another promptly responded: “No! He should have Iniesta!” A defender had almost given them heart attack with a “lago”.
Then the master capitalists! They are the most happy as the football leagues reopen. Their representatives are bookkeepers. These bookkeepers might be burnished with titles such as Minister of Finance, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ministers of Economy and Finance, Ministère de l’Économie et des Finances or Minister of the Treasury. COVID-19 gave them sleepless nights.
The major football leagues have opened up its doors to cure their insomnia.
The unhappy ones
Emmanuel Tevez: Why I prefer going to viewing centres to watch football is because I find it more interesting and more fun watching it with a group of people and having to share different opinions, thoughts and all the screams when the player scores a goal.
Its feels like family. Watching it alone at home, you won’t have anybody to talk to and you might even find the game boring. I don’t know how some people love watching matches alone. But most people I know love viewing centres, because they feel it’s fun and find the game very interesting.
Udoh Bassey:Basically, one of the major reasons why I prefer going to viewing centres to watch football is simply because football is interesting when the argument is there. When you take away the argument from football, it becomes a normal thing. We want to get engaged, hear people talk about it — the passion. You see the love and zeal people use in supporting their team. You hear statistics and get engaged with history. All these bring excitement into football.
It’s not because I can’t watch in the comfort of my sitting room. But for all the times I watch football at home, I don’t always get what I really want. But when you go out there to watch with friends and people, who might be strangers, you just talk about a lot. There’s the love, passion and the fun to hear people comment on various issues regarding football.
Patrick Ube: Why I love going to viewing centres is because that’s where you meet a lot of people. Imagine staying alone to watch football. You won’t be motivated about it. When you are around new people at viewing centres they bring out ideas.
Also, there would be different supporters of various teams, so you get to hear arguments. If you are at home, there’s nobody to argue with. Watching football alone is not fun.
David Ibrahim: I have this friend of mine that does not like watching football at home. He either goes to the neighbour’s house or the viewing centres. I am not really a football fan. It’s not my favourite game, but one thing I know about watching football matches is when you are watching alone, it becomes so boring.
But when there are people around you, you get to interact with people, and gradually, they take that boredom away from you. Watching football in a viewing centre helps to kill time and provides an escape from sorrows. You find yourself arguing and shouting with the opposition club fans. Most time you tend to forget your problems.
Blessing Anzaku: The reason myself and a few people I know go to viewing centres is because of fun and argument between supporters.
Anonymous: Why I love going there is because I always get over my worries and calm down when I get to interact and argue about matches, especially when my girlfriend annoys me or whenever I am angry about something. I always find my way to the viewing centres to watch match. That is the best way to ease my anger.
Anonymous: I go to viewing centres to watch football matches because the stations that show the matches are on bouquets that are very expensive to subscribe to. In the lower bouquet I subscribe to, they only show one match per day.
To watch the remaining matches, especially the high profile ones, I have to go to viewing centres. This might continue until my income improves to the point where I can conveniently cough out such huge amount to pay for higher subscription bouquets.
Edikan Asuamah: I love watching football in viewing centres mostly because of the atmosphere. As numerous fans of different clubs gather either to celebrate the victory or the loss, the atmosphere becomes so tense.
Also, arguments from different angles arise in the course of the game time with loud roars and chants from fans, especially with victory lurking.
Most times, fans of rivals clubs indulge in deep and passionate jubilations and sometimes banter, as they witness the slump to defeat of other clubs.
Seno Evans: I don’t really prefer viewing centres, but it is fun anytime I go there to watch the games, as it exposes me to the emotional support from fans. Even with the noise, the arguments, you realise that it’s exactly these elements that make the game interesting to watch in the midst of people with different characters.
Therefore, in one word: Therapy. It could be emotional, psychological, communal and even financial. Imagine the millions that will be denied these therapies because of COVID-19.
Imagine the sorrows of the seats at The Kop! Imagine the ultras being jobless! Aunty Corona, oya come and be going.
When these footballers make the ball roll, fly or make turns that defy the laws of physics, the fans want to share the moment in real time — screaming at each other, saliva flying, while real and incorrect statistics are spouted confidently.
Don’t you just miss: “Dem don dey go! One by one!” Or “Yeeee! Blind striker! We should move the goal post to look for your football, abi?” Or “Coach, substitute that O2. His battery is weak.” 
June 16, 2020

Edo 2020: Pensioners, teachers, market women, others want Obaseki for another term, not looters, says group

A socio-political group, Esan Youth Coalition has endorsed the re-election bid of the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki while condemning the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s attempt to frustrate the governor’s second term bid.
In a statement signed by Hon. Henry Okpamen, Hon. Peter Odiboh, Hon. Akpasubi Osawe, and Arch. Monday Ohue, the group said the disqualification of Governor Obaseki by the screening committee set up by Comrade Oshiomhole did not come to them as a surprise, noting that they would never allow the return of looters to manage the state’s affairs.
“Edo workers whose salaries are being paid as at when due are waiting to reward you with their votes. Thousands of pensioners who have not had any reason to gather around Ring Road for a long time now to protest non-payment of their entitlements are yearning for you,” they said.
They noted that thousands of public school teachers, market women, traders, artisans, parents and guardians of public school pupils, youths, sportsmen and women who are direct beneficiaries of the Obaseki-led administration reforms will patiently await the governor’s next line of action.
The group described the disqualification of Governor Obaseki as a time-bomb waiting to happen owing to the lingering crisis between Comrade Oshiomhole and the Governor, which defied all forms of settlement.
According to them, “What is, however, intriguing about the whole disqualification saga is not only the technical ground relied upon by the screening committee which exposes their bias and mischief but also shows the present leadership of the APC’s indisposition to the constitution and rules of the party that ought to guide her actions at all time.
Condemning the disqualification of the governor as rape on democratic process, they urged members of the APC National Executive Council (NEC) and other stakeholders of the party to intervene and reverse the injustice, noting, “If the norm is allowed to persist, where decisions are made at the discretion and convenience of a man or of a group of persons rather than the rules of the party, then more persons, no matter how highly placed are waiting to end up as victims.”
The group also urged Governor Obaseki to rise up to the occasion and not be deterred by this temporary set-back, adding, “The Governor has touched the lives of every well-meaning Edolites for which his reelection cannot be determined by the wishes and desire of one man or group of persons but by the generality of Edo people whose lives have been transformed by his visionary and pragmatic leadership style.”
“For us, the event that happened in Abuja should not be the end of the road for Mr. Governor rather it should be seen as a bend that has created another opportunity and pathway for another journey.
“We, therefore, call on the Governor to without delay speak to us and the entire Edo People on the next line of action as we demand that he move to another platform for “where you go, we will follow,” if this injustice is not addressed quickly.”
According to them, the reelection of Governor Obaseki presents the opportunity to appreciate the governor for his landmark performances, noting, “The APC cannot win the election in Edo State without Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the flagbearer.”





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