By Donu Kogbara.
I WAS minding my service in my Abuja home the other day– and feeling depressed about the state of the country– when my phone called. It was an All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain buddy.
” The Supreme Court has actually simply returned Bayelsa to PDP (Peoples Democratic Celebration)!” he informed me. “It’s a lie!” I exclaimed.
He solemnly ensured me that he wasn’t pranking me, so I rapidly called some other buddies to share this political bombshell.
However no one took me seriously to begin with! The agreement was that I had actually been tricked and was accidentally pitching phony news. Then main verification got here through numerous existing affairs platforms. And I still do not rather think what has actually taken place: Twenty-four hours prior to his inauguration, which was because of happen in Yenagoa today, the Supreme Court stated that Mr. David Lyon of APC was no longer governor-elect of Bayelsa State.
A five-man panel, headed by Justice Mary Odili, all voted to nullify Lyon’s November 16, 2020 election on the premises that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, provided incorrect info to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The court held that because Degi-Eremieoyo shared a joint ticket with the governor-elect, his disqualification revoked both of their elections as the APC’s guber flagbearers in Bayelsa.
Their certificate of return has actually now been withdrawn so that a brand-new one can be released to the prospects– PDP Senators Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhruojakpo (Diri’s running mate)– who protected the 2nd greatest variety of votes and needed geographical spread.
Numerous lessons can be gained from this significant advancement: The outbound PDP guv, Henry Seriake Dickson, has actually been commonly damned for “enforcing” Diri/Ewhruojakpo and for “overlooking” or “insulting” PDP stakeholders who chose other candidates or merely felt that the PDP primaries ought to be an absolutely equal opportunity.
And since Dickson’s “young boys” were “beat” by Lyon/ Degi-Eremienyo in November, his opponents have actually been happily explaining him as an invested force whose profession has actually ended in abject failure. Even within his social circle, lots of authentic Dickson buddies have actually been fretted about what the future holds for him. However whatever astonishingly altered the other day!
Dickson started and moneyed the appeal that caused this Supreme Court accomplishment; and he’s unexpectedly in a much more powerful position.
2 lessons discovered: a) the much-maligned peak court often gets it right! b) never ever compose anybody off as an irredeemable loser since life is intricate and unforeseeable and since the video game ain’t over up until we have actually mixed this mortal coil and been buried or cremated!
David Lyon understood that his election win was questionable and being lawfully objected to … which the judges would not provide their decision up until the day prior to he was because of be sworn in.
Nonetheless, he encouraged himself that he was certainly going to take over from Dickson, guaranteed juicy federal government tasks to a lot of cronies and even staged a gown wedding rehearsal in Yenagoa Arena previously.
APC stalwarts were so sure that they ‘d be taking control of the reins of federal government today that they scheduled every offered hotel space in Bayelsa’s capital, changed PDP flags in essential areas with APC flags and published military workers to locations that remained in PDP hands.
A few of the wilder aspects in the APC camp even threatened to “handle” Dickson and his fans as quickly as Lyon was sworn in. And while Dickson– who has the frame of mind of a conventional Ijaw warrior and does not blink or frighten quickly– was undisturbed by such undesirable talk, a few of individuals around him felt susceptible.
Then, unexpectedly, it was the APC folks who felt susceptible. I hear that the majority of them deserted their hotel spaces the other day, the minute the Supreme Court info reached them, and quickly gone out of town, feet securely continued cars and truck accelerators.
Lesson discovered: Never ever arrogantly or complacently presume that you have actually won a war up until you have in fact won it!
On the other hand, the President was because of go to Yenagoa today– simply, we were informed by straight-faced federal government authorities, to commission the brand-new Nigerian Material Advancement & Keeping an eye on Board structure.
Dancing and singing.
I was notified that Buhari’s prepared existence was not in any method whatsoever connected to the reality that Lyon was, on the really exact same day as the commissioning, anticipated to manage a substantial success for his political celebration by ending up being the first-ever APC guv of a significant oil-producing Niger Delta state on the really exact same day.
However, remarkably, soon after Lyon’s embarrassing ejection struck the headings, Mr President’s extensive and prompt interest in the Nigerian Material Advancement & Keeping an eye on erection totally vaporized and his journey to Bayelsa was cancelled “forever”.
Lesson discovered: Smart alec federal government authorities ought to stop attempting to pull the wool over our eyes since they trick no one who has half a brain!!!
By the method, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who ran a PDP administration, was implicated (together with his notoriously tough better half Dame Perseverance) of abandoning his celebration in Bayelsa– and supporting Lyon– since he was upset with Dickson. Jonathan rejects this claims, however a few of his critics stay persuaded that he betrayed PDP.
Lesson discovered: Whether the above claims holds true or incorrect, it deserves keeping in mind that it never ever makes good sense to permit your inconvenience with one person to drive you into making rash relocations!
OK, so I am deliriously delighted for those of my Bayelsan brethren who have high requirements and have actually been dancing and singing about Diri’s success since he is definitely remarkable to Lyon.
Ignorant folks can be jolly excellent fellows and can include worth within particular contexts. However I do not believe they can be sufficient leaders of states that need advanced 2lst century management.
As Daniel Markson, the outbound Commissioner for Info stated when Lyon was tossed out: “God should be a Bayelsan!”.