As a top player in the oil and gas business, Uche Ogah’s paths have been laced with more roses than thorns.
The CEO, Masters Energy, plies his trade to the envy of many of his competitor
However, the man whose business interests include banking, insurance, aviation, shipping, dredging, logistics, construction and hospitality, had taken a wrong step when he dabbled into the murky water of Nigeria’s politics.
His foray into politics can only be described as a misadventure rather than an adventure, as his ambition of becoming the number one citizen of his state has so far amounted to a wild goose chase.
His political trajectory started in 2015 when he lost the Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
He had felt like someone whose birth right had been denied him; so, he reportedly spent millions of Naira to reclaim the ticket.
There was palpable joy in his household when Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return to Ikpeazu, maintaining that he was never qualified to run for the party primaries in the People’s Democratic party (PDP on the grounds of fake tax returns during the primaries.
Justice Abang further ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Ogah as the substantive governor of the state.
Following the controversial ruling, his supporters went out in wild jubilation, while the whole state went into a frenzy.
But his balloon of hope was punctured, in spite of the fact that he was presented with a Certificate of Returns by the INEC.
This was so because the Appeal Court in Abuja nullified the Certificate issued to him, a development that finally put paid to his dream.
Surprisingly, in spite of this doleful experience, he never gave up, as he fought and got the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to challenge his old rival, the incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu at the last governorship poll.
Like a serial loser, he was again defeated by Ikpeazu.
To make up for his loss and compensation for his loyalty for APC, he was appointed Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development.
To him, this was just a stop-gap, as his eyes are set on the number seat in the state.
He couldn’t wait for another election year in 2022, as he once again threw his hat in the ring for his most cherished ambition.
Though the primary election had been held, it still remains controversial, as two contestants are laying claim to the party’s ticket.
While High Chief Ikechi Emenike is being duly recognised, Ogah has sued the alleged winner and APC for trying to deny him his right.
At the moment, it seems his hope of getting the number one job of the state may not come true immediately, as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, last week, dealt a blow to his ambition.
The Appellate Court affirmed Emenike as the Abia governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 election.
Since the development, the oil guru has reportedly been having sleepless nights. Perhaps, if Ogah had known, he would not have involved himself in the game of politics,
Indeed, if he knew any better, he would remain in his familiar business, making money.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel Embarks on Thank You Tour of Ogun East Senatorial District
The Senator representing Ogun East District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is set to embark on a thank you tour of the senatorial district, starting with Ijebu Ode Local Government.
The interactive session will take place at Obanta Club, beside Obalofin Court, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on February 19, 2024.
The event aims to provide a platform for Senator Daniel to receive feedback on his senatorial activities, as well as to engage with constituents on empowerment initiatives, eye surgeries, and distribution of palliatives.
Covering a wide area, the Ogun East Senatorial District includes the local government areas of Ijebu East, Ijebu North, Ijebu North East, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Odogbolu, Ogun Waterside, Remo North, and Sagamu.
Ogidi Omo, as he is fondly called and who was also a former governor of Ogun State from 2003 to 2011, brings a wealth of experience to his role as senator, having served in various capacities in Nigeria’s political landscape.
His decision to serve his people at the national assembly was met with overwhelming support in the 2023 General Election, when he cleared all nine local government areas in the senatorial district.
Otunba Daniel secured 115,147 of the 190,640 valid votes to defeat other candidates in the contest for the senatorial seat.
Supreme Court Judgment On Sanwo-Olu ‘s Victory : Lagos Is Blessed At Such A Time “ Bestman Nze -Jumbo
A Marketing Communications/Alternative Security consultant with deep interest in politics and social re-engineering, Otunba Bestman Nze-Jumbo, President of TeamNigeria4Change has congratulated the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the affirmation of his election victory by the Supreme Court.
Otunba Bestman told this medium that the Supreme Court judgement did not come to him as a surprise considering the overwhelming performance of the governor during his first term which earned him the mandate of the people for a second term. “Lagosians have thanked him for a wonderful first term performance, so they yearned for a repeat performance. Lagos is blessed at such a time as this with Babajide Sanwo-Olu as governor. “
Speaking further, he opined that Lagosians collectively and massively voted Sanwo-Olu and no charlatan through any court can subvert the will of the people.
According to Otunba Bestman, “The governor should by this victory do more to make a greater Lagos that will make Lagosians happy that they made the right choice. I am very positive that the governor will not fail the people.
APC Stakeholders in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency Warn Against Imposition
In a resolute stand for democracy and the voice of the people, APC stakeholders in the Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency issue a stern warning against the looming threat of imposition in the forthcoming bye-election. Our collective commitment to the principles of democracy compels us to address the unsettling activities of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the outgoing representative and current Minister of Interior.
Recent developments have raised grave concerns about Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo’s alleged attempts to unduly influence and manipulate the electoral process. His purported statements of having orchestrated the party’s delegate list and influencing key figures in the party hierarchy are disconcerting, posing a direct threat to the democratic fabric we hold dear.Among several statements credited to Hon. Bunmi Tunji Ojo are as follows:1. He claim to have the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress under his control, having given him a sum of 250,000USD for his office upkeep and 400 bags of rice as Christmas and New year package.2. He also claim to have bought over the All Progressives Congress Ondo state Chairman and that whatever he wishes will be the bidding of the state Chairman. 3. He claim to have submitted his prepared delegates list for the upcoming bye-election primary.4. He claim to have nominated the officials that will conduct both the delegate Congress and the primary election to the national secretariat and that there is nothing anybody can do to change it.
As loyal members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), we recall the struggles faced by our esteemed President during the last party primary election, when people like Hon. Bunmi Tunji Ojo worked accidiously for the then Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. It is imperative to learn from history, for our unity as a party is paramount. We reject any form of imposition and interference that undermines the democratic rights of party members in choosing their representatives.
Our democracy thrives when the will of the people prevails over individual interests. The reported actions of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, if unchecked, have the potential to erode the very foundation of our party’s democratic values. We must remember that the strength of the APC lies in the diversity of its members and their ability to express their political will without fear or favor.
We, the APC stakeholders in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency, call on our dear President and the national leadership of our great party to intervene swiftly. Let justice prevail, and let the true spirit of democracy guide our actions. We stand united against any attempt to impose delegates, and we urge all party members to remain vigilant, resolute, and committed to the principles that bind us together.
Together, we shall overcome any challenge that threatens the democratic essence of our great party
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