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The Grave Sin Of Godwin Obaseki By Tony Usidamen

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The Grave Sin Of Godwin Obaseki By Tony Usidamen

Tony Usidamen, a public affairs analyst writes to reveal the only sin Godwin Obaseki committed that made Adam Oshiomhole go to war with him. 

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If you have been following events on the Nigerian political scene, then you would know about the protracted battle between the erstwhile national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the incumbent governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki . The feud cost the former his exalted position in the party and forced the latter out. But what is the real cause of the rift? What is Obaseki’s grave sin? Well, I’ve got answers.

Here’s how it all started. Following Comrade Oshiomhole’s tenure as president of the Nigeria Labour Congress in 2007, he had more or less settled into private life when a few Edo professionals who were dissatisfied with the quality of governance and the socio-economic condition of the state reached out to him. They prevailed on the former union leader and dogged fighter to wrest power from the political elite by running for the office of governor. He acceded.

Numbering twenty, these well-meaning sons of Edo mustered up the funds to prosecute the election. They backed the Comrade all the way to the Court of Appeal, which—on 11th November 2008—upheld the 20th March 2008 judgment of the State Election Petition Tribunal declaring Oshiomohle the duly elected governor of Edo. The court deemed that he had polled the highest valid votes in the 14th April 2007 elections. Mr. Godwin Obaseki led that group.

When Oshiomhole assumed office, he understood that a clear vision of the future was necessary to guide the journey of change. So, he set up an Economy and Strategy Team (EST) to assist in developing a comprehensive roadmap that would ensure a better, more prosperous future for all Edo citizens. And, to lead this critical task, he called on Mr. Godwin Obaseki . For seven and a half years, he served the state diligently. May I add that he did so without requesting a dime?

Before that time, Edo was akin to a rudderless ship on a shoreless sea. The privileged ruling class was divorced from the realities of the masses. At best, they saw their office as a means for self-enrichment. And you could feel the people’s disillusionment with the machinery of government. But under Oshiomhole’s leadership and Obaseki’s guidance, Edo was transformed from a disarticulated political structure to one with a sense of mission. There was renewed hope.

It came as no surprise, therefore, that the Comrade Governor found in Godwin Obaseki a worthy successor. His background as an investment management expert of over thirty years, and the experience garnered as chairman of the EST, had prepared him well for the task of governance. He had a firm grasp of the issues confronting the state, and had articulated a clear vision. Edo people concurred. And—at the September 19, 2016 polls—handed him the mandate to lead.

Since his inauguration on 12th November 2016, Governor Godwin Obaseki has continued to demonstrate that government can, indeed, work for the people—with policies and programmes that benefit the majority, rather than a few. His strides across the six focal areas—institutional reform, social welfare enhancement, economic revolution, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, as well as culture & tourism—are visible for all to see.

While Edo can’t be said to be El Dorado—the fabled city of gold where everything works—the state has made real progress in critical areas of human development. Citizens have greater access to healthcare, as primary healthcare centres are being revamped and upgraded statewide. The quality and enrolment rate of school-age children in public primary schools has increased, thanks to the reforms in basic education. And there has also been a boost in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Young people are being equipped with vital skills to make them more employable or to start their own business.

According to data obtained from the Edo State Skills Development Agency, and verified by independent agencies, an estimated 161,271 multi-sectorial jobs have been created (as at the time of writing this piece). The bulk has been from the state’s agriculture development programmes. Under this administration, salaries of civil servants are regular and prompt. Arrears of pensioners, dating back to 1996, have been cleared. And monthly pensions and death benefits are paid as and when due. Also, there are massive infrastructure projects ongoing across the state. And marked progress has been made in sports development.

So—now that we know the history that both men share, and have a clear picture of happenings in the state—what grievous offense did Godwin Obaseki commit? To have made him an outcast in a party on whose platform he emerged governor? From all the Comrade and his loyalists in the APC have said in public, nothing remotely suggests that Governor Godwin Obaseki has failed in his duties as the chief executive officer. That would not be consistent with the glaring record of achievement. The only coherent tune from the cacophony of voices is the lack of patronage from the governor.  And that says a lot about the values of our leaders.

Obaseki’s grave sin—it seems—is putting the interest of Edo people before those of entitled politicians, his refusal to channel public funds into private pockets. That is the paradox of the Nigerian society. It goes against the principles of democratic governance, which—as American civic activist, Nick Hanauer, puts it—is to maximize the inclusion of the many to create prosperity, not to enable the few to accumulate money. Indeed, the loyalty of elected public officials should be to the people, not self-acclaimed godfathers. Governor Obaseki has modeled this over the last three years. And Edo people are the better for it.

In reality, the fight is not about the person of Godwin Obaseki ; it is a struggle for the “heart and soul” of Edo. Political buccaneers—led by a former comrade-in-arms who has morphed into the same imperious figure he once fought against—are laying claim to the state’s treasury. But power lies in the hands of the people. And only we can determine our fate. We have the choice to go back to the biblical Egypt—where a few greedy men held the reins, and brazenly plundered our commonwealth. Or go forward to the Promised Land. That is, a modern and progressive Edo where every citizen is empowered to live life to its fullest. Choose Wisely!

Tony Usidamen, a public affairs analyst, writes from Lagos.

I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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Grace Nation: Thanksgiving is a Prophetic Application for More blessings from God – Dr Chris Okafor

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Thanksgiving is a testimonies address to God that qualify you for more mind blowing miracles, when you give thanks you challenge God to do more

This and more are the declaration of God servant and the Senior Pastor of Grace Nation International aka Liberation city Dr Chris Okafor at the Thanksgiving service of the just concluded Mid year Cross over Conference held at the international Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria

The Oracle of God as he is fondly called by faithful said anytime you did not give God thanks his glory, it seem as if you eat what belongs to him and when you do that the blessings you are entitled to will not come but when you do, your abundance blessings is quaranteer

In his sermon with subtitles The Powers of Thanksgiving, the Generational prophet of God said Thanksgiving Ginger Almighty God to put you in the Book of breakthrough, he said whatever condition you meet yourself gives thanks

More than 42 families dedicates there miracle babies across the world at the special Thanksgiving service, among them was a family who has been married for over 16 years without the fruit of the womb they dedicates there miracle baby at the services,saying it can only be the God of Dr Chris Okafor who have bless them with a baby

The Special Thanksgiving service came to close as famous Nigeria popular Gospel Artiste Gabriel Peters treated participants to melodious Praise and worship songs.

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Grace Nation Mid-year Cross Over : The Remaining 6 Months of The Year Will be Harvest In All Side For Kingdom Promoters – Dr Chris Okafor

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Grace Nation Mid-year Cross Over : The Remaining 6 Months of The Year Will be Harvest In All Side For Kingdom Promoters - Dr Chris Okafor

It is the Spirit of God that gives inspiration to make wealth and be successful in Life, Although when God Position you for greatness you will definitely meets obstacles but when you understands the Legal technicality and The Principles of the Almighty God in the place of service, you exile in your endeavours

Speaking at the Day 3, of the ongoing Mid year Cross Over Conference at Grace Nation International Headquarters in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria, The Senior Pastor of the Church Popularly known as The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor said, the remaining second half of the year according to what he hears from God shall be, Months of Harvest for those who Promotes God’s Kingdom, the Man of God started further that the Kingdom is not about sentiment but Principles, he added in as.much as you understand the Methodology and the Legal Technicality of Give and take, you will definitely harvest in Multiples

In his sermon with theme “Breaking The Limit” Dr chris okafor Emphasised that when God assign you for greatness the enemies will like to limit you, but it is good you know which weapon you can deploy to battle the limit,

The man of God Continue that, there are various kind of Limit Projected by the Enemies, he said some limits are Poverty, sickness, barrenness, altars and barriers, but when you understand the source of such Limit, to tackle it now become something with else, Prayers and fastings is good but when you Practices Kingdom Partnership, when you partner with God, in return God too will Partner with you, therefore you break out of any Limits, God does not give to those who are not into Partner with him, the Apostle of God remarked

There is an antidote to escape death and the simple but hard to abide is by worshiping God in Truth and in Spirit, when you uses what God gave you to worship him, he marked you with the blood and when the Death come and see your mark, Death pass over, i am a commited kingdom promoter, i service God like no Tomorrow this is the reason, anytime death came knocking, My families and myself Escape, No matter how far they have gone in there conclusion we escape, Dr chris Okafor Concluded

It was a praise and worship jamboree at the Conference (Night Vigil) As foremost Popular Gospel Act with wonderful Solo Voice Who is also a Son of the Prophet Gabriel Peters dazzles faithfuls with his popular latest track and many more, as faithfuls dance to there next Level and to Harvest bountifully in the second half of the year

The Realms of the Prophetic witness another tsunami in the kingdom of Darkness as acclaimed strong man behind many family predicaments were smoke out, Leaving many demonic altars empty,,

One of the interested scenero was that of a woman who was fires a spiritual arrow on her leg, she could not walk to church but after prayers and deliverance by God servant the arrow give way and the swollen leg come back to normal,
So many mind blowing testimonies, meanwhile 64 woman receives their miracle babies at the conference on Day 3, Over 1000 Participants gave there lifes to christ, this is the most important aspect of the conference, ,

The Special thanksgiving service for the annual conference Continue on 26th June 2022 at the international Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger lagos Nigeria,

The sunday program is also tagged as the Cultural Sunday Service of the church where faithfuls and Participant are expected to Dress in the Native Attires

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Northern Elders Forum’s Top Shot, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed , Describes Peter Obi

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Northern Elders Forum's Top Shot, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed , Describes Peter Obi

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed the Northern Elders Forum National Publicity Director has taken to Twitter to describe who Peter Obi after spending time with the Labour Party Presidential Candidate.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said Peter Obi is not an ethnic candidate. He advised those project him to stop selling him as an ethnic candidate .

READ : Why We Have Not Announced Peter Obi And Kwankwaso Alliance – Doyin Okupe

I spent valuable time with Mr Peter Obi this morning.I wish those who see him as an ethnic candidate can get to know him better.I also wish those who try to sell him will tone down his ethnic identity.I hope the nation will see the candidates up close, we could see a revolution.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed tweet on Peter Obi

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