You betrayed Abiola – Frank Kokori slams Anenih over June 12 claim

A former General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Kokori, has slammed Chief Tony Anenih over his claim that he advised Chief M.K.O Abiola not to declare himself President.


Chief Anenih was the national chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, the platform with which the late Abiola, presumably, won the controversial June 12, 1993 presidential election.


He was arrested after he declared himself as president. Abiola died in detention in July 1998.


In his autobiography entitled: My Life and Nigeria Politics, Anenih, 83, among others, said he wished Abiola listened to his advice against declaring himself president because “if he did, I believe he would, in all probability, still have been alive today.”


Reacting to this statement, Kokori told Vanguard on phone, yesterday that “I read the statement by Anenih and that was correct, even myself, who was a key player then was not told by Abiola. He never told me that he was going to declare himself President.


“But that does not hide the fact that Anenih as chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, which Abiola belonged to, betrayed Abiola and the June 12 struggle.


“Anenih scuttled June 12 and incapacitated the struggle for the actualisation of Abiola’s mandate. It was natural that Abiola declared himself President because he won the election and had the mandate of Nigerians to be President.?”

Anenih: In 2003, Atiku thought he alone was qualified to be president

Tony Anenih, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees, says he stepped on the toes of Ibrahim Babangida, former military president, and Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, over the re-election of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In his book, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’, which was launched last Saturday, the former minister of works also detailed how he scuttled Atiku’s attempt at succeeding Obasanjo in 2003.

“As a result of my preparations for Chief Obasanjo’s second tenure, I stepped on the toes of many of those who did not want him to seek a second term,” he said.

“These are the people I can now refer to as members of the ‘G3’. These were General Ibrahim Babangida, (ex-) Vice- President Atiku Abubakar and the (ex-) National Security Adviser, General Aliu Gwarzo.”

“There was no other way I could have offended the vice-president other than that I prevented him from being PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2003 presidential election. He erroneously believed that he was the only politician at the villa and that he was better qualified than the president. I was well ahead of him in all his plans to prevent Chief Obasanjo from running (for re-election).”

He also explained how he advised Obasanjo to pick Abubakar as his running mate in 1999.

“I asked Obasanjo whether he would want a vice-president that would give him absolute confidence and allow him to sleep with his two eyes closed or whether he would want a vice-president he did not trust,” he said.

“He answered that he would like to sleep with his two eyes closed. It was at this point that I asked him: ‘What about Atiku?’ Chief Obasanjo’s answer was that Atiku had just won his governorship election and the law might not allow him to come on board as his running mate.

“We both decided to get a lawyer to advise us and Barrister Alimi Rasaq of Kwara state was sent for. He advised us that there was nothing in the constitution that prevented Atiku from being his running mate; especially as Atiku had not been sworn in?.”

Edo 2016: Of Afemailand, Its Politics And Legacies by Daniel Afekhume

A video emerged last week where a dispassionate President Obama was telling the Black Community that it will be a “Personal Insult” to himself and Michelle if blacks don’t come out in their numbers to vote Hillary Clinton. His argument was that Trump was coming to destroy his “legacies” and by extension that of African-Americans.

In the same light, I wish to state the Edo Governorship election of Sept 28th is one for either the preservation or destruction of the Legacies of the people of Edo North, The Afemais  as represented by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Make no mistake about it, just like the 2015 Presidential Elections where the South-West was the tie-breaker, who becomes the next Governor of Edo will be decided by the Afemai People. This is based on my statistical analysis of the voting population, interests and voting pattern of the 3 senatorial districts- Edo South (Binis), Edo Central(Ishans)  Edo North (Afemais) with 56%, 15% and 29% of the voting population respectively.

The two front-runners; Godwin Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu are both from Edo South and hence the votes in that zone will be largely divided. Assume a hypothetical election where in a pessimistic case, Ize-Iyamu has the upper hand in the South with say 30% leaving Obaseki with 26%, the ability of the North to deliver 25% of its 29% to Obaseki will leave the 15% from Edo Central irrelevant in determining the winner. This is but a worst case scenario for Godwin Obaseki.

I strongly believe Edo North should give their block votes to the candidate of their son, Comrade Oshiomhole for obvious reasons- protecting our legacies and securing our interests.

Before Oshiomhole, (who happens to be the first Afemai to be governor), Edo North had no stake in the Edo Project even though they were the 2nd biggest people of the state. The last TRUEAfemai son in government was the late Admiral Mike Akhigbe, the 2nd-in-command to Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar. He was arguably the last person to bring development to AfemaiLand in all shades.

At the turn of this democratic dispensation, THE POWERS THAT BE in Edo made Mike Oghiadome, an Afemai  as deputy to Lucky Igbinedion from 1999 to 2007. He was a “waste” and no value to AfemaiLand. Oghiadome even rose up to become the Chief of Staff(who is like an alternate President) to President Jonathan. His ascension was still of little/no importance to his people until he was relegated to political irrelevance.

When the government of Osunbor came up in 2007, the POWERS THAT BE didn’t find AfemaiLand worthy of occupying relevant and powerful positions in that government. For 16years from 1999-2015, none of the ministers that represented Edo state was an Afemai. Not Tony Anenih, Not Godwin Abbe, Not Chris Ogiewonyi, Not Mike Onolememen. Olusegun Aganga(who has Afemai roots- from Owan) was appointed either as a “surplus minster”(not tied to any state) or represented Lagos. It is a shame that Edo has produced about 3 minister of works in the past 16 years and the major Federal Road in AfemaiLand (leading from Agbede through Auchi and terminating in Okpella) is in a terrible mess.

In fact, recently I went through Oshiomhole’s village and the Section of this Federal Road that passes through his village, Iyamho may be the worst road in the country. I am pretty sure that the last Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen (also from Edo) deliberately refused to do that road for political reasons so that Oshiomhole wont use it to score political points.

The people of Edo North must, through their votes on Sept 28th, be seen as punishing this system that refused them any meaningful development or representation while they held sway. This system with Tony Anenih and Igbinedion as ringleaders made the majority of appointments and allocated resources to projects and in their Wisdom relegated the Afemai People to the backwaters of Edo politics despite our numbers.

Incidentally, this is the same system that is throwing up Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming elections. We must teach them a lesson that never again are we going to suffer any political class to neglect us and treat us with disdain. We are not a people who reward disloyalty. Far from it.

To further show that they don’t see Edo North as a worthy partner and show no remorse for the years of neglect, they bypassed us to pick an Uromi man, John Yakubu from Edo Central as their candidate for Deputy Governor while we have our son, Phillip Shuaibu on the Obaseki ticket.

By their antecedents, this system has shown that they don’t deserve our 29% and we must give them only the minimum allowable by human bias and differences and tell our son, Comrade Oshiomhole a big “Thank You” by voting massively for his candidate, Obaseki.

Ize-Iyamu and his backers have never done anything for Edo North, they won’t  start after the elections.

Make no mistake about it or be swayed by some of the “flaws” they use in campaigning against Oshiomhole for Edo North benefited from most of what they attack him with like:

1) The  $180m World Bank loan.

A large chunk of this was used in assisting the Edo Govt to control Queen Ede, Ekenhuan and Auchi Erosions. Growing up in Auchi, there were threats that the Gully Erosion in Auchi will swallow up the sprawling town. That has now been controlled

2) The Edo University Iyamho (EUI).

That he spent money to build another state university and neglected the present one at Ekpoma. Some time back I tried to secure admission at Ambrose Alli University, I was discriminated against because I wasn’t Esan. Nobody will discriminate an Afemai son in EUI.  When Lucky Igbinedion set up Edo State Polytechnic, Usen in 2002, he didnt see the need to take it to Edo North since we didn’t have any state govt-owned educational institutions (the Binis had College of Education, Ekiadolor while the Esans had AAU, Ekpoma). Na our share be this. Be proud of it.

All politics is local. All politics is Selfish!

“Goodluck Jonathan Told Anenih To Transfer N100M To Me,” Falae Confesses.

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae has said that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Tony Anenih transferred N100 million to him on the orders of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.


Falae is being investigated for money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he was accused of benefitting from the arms deal fraud.


The former SGF made the disclosure to the EFCC by submitting email correspondence between him Anenih to the agency, Punch reports.


In the email, Anenih told Chief Falae, who is the Chairman of the SDP that N100m had been approved by President Jonathan as part of the agreement between the PDP and the SDP ahead of the presidential election,” a source said.


He further urged Falae to provide an account which the money would be paid into,” the source added. The submission of the email thread as evidence has been confirmed by Falae’s spokesman, Alfa Mohammed.


We had a letter of agreement between the PDP and the SDP regarding cooperation between the two parties for the election. There was an email from Anenih stating that Mr. President (Jonathan) told him to transfer the money to that effect,” Mohammed said.


Mohammed also said that it was unrealistic to demand a refund of the money from Falae as he had no idea where the funds were sourced from.


He also said that the PDP was still owing Falae N70 million out of the money in question.


Several members of the PDP have been accused of money laundering by the EFCC and the funds are alleged to have been used in a bid to secure a re-election for Jonathan in the 2015 polls.

Arms Deal: Accord Party Asks Ladoja To Return N100m Recieved From Anenih

National Secretary of the Accord Party, Dr. Samson Isibor, has asked the National Chairman of the party, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, to return the N100m collected from Chief Tony Anenih under the guise of campaigning for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Dr. Isibor said Chief Ladoja did not disclose receipt of the money to state chapters of the party.

Dr. Isibor said in Benin City that the party was disturbed about the revelation from the arms deal scandal.

Isibor urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and prosecute Chief Ladajo until the N100m is returned to the coffers.

His words, “Ladoja should be made to return the money. No money was disbursed to state chapters of the Accord Party.”
“What he did with the PDP without our consent was fraudulent.”

Why We Collected N53m From Anenih – Yakasai

Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai Wednesday confirmed that Chief Tony Anenih gave him and 8 other prominent northerners N53 million for for advocacy visit to northern traditional rulers to mobilised their subjects for hitch free 2015 general election.

Yakasai in an exclusive chat with Vanguard said that “yes, myself and 8 others collected N53m from chief Tony Anenih to pay advocacy visit to prominent northern emirs to mobilised their subjects for a hitch free 2015 general elections”.

The former President Shehu Shagari Special Adviser stated that the development followed a request by the PDP stalwart to make available to him list of “9 apolitical but respected individuals from the north”.

He declared that the N53m disbursed to his team by the Benin High Chief catered for the group’s members allowances, transportation and hotels accommodation on a tour that took them to 18 states in the north.

Yakasai who vehemently denied link between the fund and campaigns for former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, listed former minister of state, foreign Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Anka, Barrister Bitrus Gwada and Alhaji Suleiman Lawal as beneficiaries of the money.

Other beneficiaries includes, Dr Bahago, Chief John Macklink from Plateau, and Senator Sodangi.

Yakasai had last week denied ever rrcieving financial patronage from Jonathan administration during a star interview with Vanguard.

The former political aide to second Republic NPN President had in the interview said “I want to make it categorically clear that no officials of the last regime either Mr. Jonathan, his lieutenant, agents, contractors or person having links or relationship with the last administration gave me cash on behalf of that regime for a reason.”

Yakasai, who celebrated his 90th birthday last year disclosed that they visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, the emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris and the emir of Gwandu.

The list of other first class chief visited by Yakasai’s team also includes, The emir of Anka, emir of Ilorin, emir of Nassarawa, Minnie, Bauchi, Zuru, Kebbi, Katsina, Dutse, Hadejia and representatives of emir of Daurawa.

Other prominent rulers visited further includes, The Tor Tiv, the Gwom Gbom Jos, Ohimege Igu, Kotonkarfe, Etsu of Abaji, Etsu Nupe and Atta Igala.

Yakasai further revealed that his team were rescued from Gombe while on scheduled visit to the Emir when insurgents attack the city.

The Elder Statesman said “I want to make it abundantly clear that I didn’t received money from Chief Anenih in my private capacity as Tanko Yakasai but to a patriotic individuals who are interested in the peaceful coexistence of the polity”.

“How I Shared N260million From Dasuki” – PDP Chieftain Tony Anenih

The last may not have been heard of how funds were disbursed into the bank accounts of some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The latest report is that of former Board of Trustees (BOT) chair Tony Anenih who has written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), explaining how he disbursed the N260 million paid into his bank account from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The anti-graft agency is investigating this as it believes the N260million came from the misappropriated $2.1 billion arms funds.

According to the letter Anenih wrote to the EFCC, he said he gave N63 million to a group coordinated by a former Special Assistant to former President Shehu Shagari (National Assembly
Liaison), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for the 2015 presidential election. The Edo-born elder statesman however noted in the letter that he didn’t benefit from the money, but only shared it as he was instructed to. Anenih’s letter is coming less than 24 hours after PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh was grilled for 9 hours and has been detained over an alleged N1.4billion traced to a company in which he has a stake.

Source: Dusktodawnnews

Nobody Forced Mu’azu, Anenih To Resign, Says Acting PDP Chairman

The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has dismissed whispers that Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and Chief Tony Anenih were forced to resign their positions. Mu’azu on Wednesday resigned his position as PDP National Chairman while Anenih follow suit as Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT).

Secondus made the clarification on Thursday in Abuja when he led some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa. Fielding questions from state House correspondents the acting national chairman said, “nobody forced them to resign.”

Why Mu’azu, Anenih Resigned- Report

Intense pressure from the presidency forced the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu to resign, Daily Trust learnt yesterday.

A few hours later, Chief Tony Anenih also resigned his position as chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party. Mu’azu is currently abroad seeking medical attention from where he sent in his resignation letter.

The ruling party has been enmeshed in crisis since it lost the general elections with top party members calling on Mu’azu and his executives to resign.

Members of the NWC had resisted the pressure for about a month now until yesterday when the chairman turned in his resignation.

Sources said Mu’azu’s resignation followed advice from his associates and a “gentle push” from NWC fellow members.

The NWC was said to be under pressure to meet and recommend his resignation yesterday, but gave him the hint to resign to stave off the embarrassment that might follow.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost his re-election, has not commented in public on the demand for the chairman to resign or be sacked.

However, sources said the strident calls on Mu’azu to resign by people close to the president like Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose and the  Presidential campaign spokesman, Femi Fani-Kayode are pointers to where the thinking in Aso Rock Villa tilts.

Briefing newsmen at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday, PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh confirmed that Mu’azu has officially resigned.

“For now, because of the interest being generated, I can confirm as the national publicity secretary that the national chairman who has health challenges, stayed down for the primaries, and stayed down for the campaigns of the elections after which he travelled abroad for treatment.

“Upon his treatment and after consultations with his family, he has decided to resign as national chairman. We commend him for the sacrifice that he made during the campaigns and commend him for the love, dedication and commitment he has to this party and we wish him well. We will not forget his services.

“In line with the constitution of the party, the deputy national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, has taken charge as the acting national chairman of the party with immediate effect pending replacement from the North East,” Metuh said.

Metuh did not rule out the possibility of other national officers quitting their offices but said “we will not pre-empt what will happen” and that he would make all events public as they unfold.

Similarly, PDP national secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo confirmed that the NWC yesterday received and accepted the voluntary resignation of the national chairman.

He said the deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus now acts as the national chairman pending a replacement from the North East zone of our great country. He said the NWC has set up a 7-man disciplinary committee headed by Chief Michael Abdul to be inaugurated next Tuesday.

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I Resigned As PDP Bot Chairman To Allow Jonathan Take Over – Tony Anenih

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, has said his resignation Wednesday, was to allow President Goodluck Jonathan take over the position.

Mr. Anenih had earlier resigned his position citing the current state of affairs in the party as his reason.

In a one-page letter President Goodluck Jonathan, the leader of the party, Mr. Anenih said his decision to quit would enable the president to effectively assume the chairmanship of the BoT.

The letter dated May 20, 2015 and titled: “Notice of my decision to step down as Chairman, Board of
Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.”

Mr. Jonathan leaves office on May 29 following his defeat by his All Progressives Congress challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, in the March 28 presidential election.

The letter reads: “Your Excellency will recall that in a conversation I had with you a few weeks ago, I had offered to step down from the office of the Chairman of our party’s Board of Trustees and proposed to hand over to you as its new Chairman in a ceremony that would have taken place on the 23rd of May, 2015. I had also repeated this position in our subsequent meetings.

“As a follow up to the above proposal and in view of the current state of affairs in our party, I have decided to formally put my offer in writing to enable you effectively assume the Chairmanship of Board of Trustees or approve a process that will enable any other member of the BoT who is considered competent, to assume the position.

“Kindly accept therefore, this letter as notice of my decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the BoT of our party with effect from today, the 20th of May, 2015.

“I am happy to inform you that, I remain a loyal foundation member of our great party and will continue to pray for the prosperity of Nigeria, our party, and for you and your family.

“Your Excellency, kindly accept the expression of my highest regards,” the letter said.

Mr. Anenih’s resignation followed a similar decision by the party’s chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who also stepped down on Wednesday as the ruling party faces its gravest crisis in its 16-year history.

The PDP has been in turmoil since it lost the presidential election which held March 28.

The party also lost most of its states especially in the north to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC has also snatched the majority number of seats in the two chambers of the National Assembly.

Top members of the party, including governors, have been calling on the NWC members to resign their positions for leading the party to its most disastrous outing since 1998.

Already, the party has ordered the investigation of one of its top members, Femi Fani-Kayode, for criticising its leadership.

In a sign the party’s crisis may be far from over, officials on Wednesday questioned why the PDP hastened to announce that it had accepted the resignation of Mr. Anenih, when the former BoT chairman’s letter was addressed to President Jonathan.

The disclosure by Mr. Anenih that President Jonathan would likely become the next BoT chairman, has a precedent in the party.

On the eve of his exit from office, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had caused the PDP Constitution to be amended to reserve the chairmanship of the party for past president.

The constitution was, however, altered in during the 2012 Convention to open the position for others.
Mr. Anenih, who had been the PDP BoT chairman before Mr. Obasanjo, was reappointed into the position when the former president resigned in April 2012.

The former president said he resigned to have more time to develop his Presidential Library and to mobilise and encourage investments in Nigeria and Africa.

He left the party in February this year.