There Is No Rift Between OBJ And GEJ By Sonala Olumhense

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Sonala Olumhense

How gullible are Nigerians?

There is a giant ruse in circulation in Nigeria: the notion that President Goodluck Jonathan is in trouble because he is under attack by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the man responsible for his presidency.

The former president has given the impression that he is terribly upset with Mr. Jonathan because the current president is guilty of bad governance and corruption.  

Is Mr. Jonathan guilty?  Of course, every Nigerian, even his own people within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his own people in Bayelsa State, and his own people in the presidential palace admit it.  That is why even Nigeria’s weak and grossly-compromised press is able to report from very close to the president.

In other words, apart from the privileged information that Obasanjo enjoys, he is not really saying anything about the poverty of Mr. Jonathan’s leadership.    

Why, therefore, is he suddenly and firmly on the “offensive” against his protégé?  

Come back with me to 2006: Obasanjo’s “third term” gamble, upon which he had frittered away billions of Naira, had collapsed.    But in the years since he took office in 1999, Obasanjo had insisted that the PDP would rule for anywhere from 60 or 100 years, depending on which spirit seized him on the day.

Confronted with the reality that he would not be the president beyond May 2007, Obasanjo did the next best but most selfish thing: he single-handedly chose those who would take over power.  I phrase that sentence delicately: he handpicked men who would take power, not men who would take Nigeria forward.

The two men: Umaru Yar’Adua and Jonathan.

Yar’Adua was a sick man.  Obasanjo denies knowing that, but he has no credibility.  As it turned out, Yar’Adua could barely finish enunciating his seven-point plan before he died.  

But let us, for one moment, give Obasanjo the benefit of the doubt and assume that he had simply been seduced by Yar’Adua’s record as governor of Katsina State.  

But he then chose Jonathan as Yar’Adua’s running mate.  Jonathan had been governor for less than one year at the time that Obasanjo called him and said, “I am going to make you Vice-President.”

What was Jonathan’s record?  He had been a teacher and an environmental inspector before his adventure in politics.  His record was unremarkable, and he would never have stood out in a casual search for achievers.

But Obasanjo chose him for the vice-presidency.

What is even more astonishing is that as Obasanjo made that choice, he had in his hands the report of his 2006 Joint Task Force (JTF) on corruption, which, just months earlier, had indicted Mr. Jonathan and many other serving and former governors for breaching the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

Members of the JTF were the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB); the Department of State Services (DSS); and the Nigeria Police.  

The panel was chaired by Mr. Nuhu Ribadu in his capacity as the chairman of the EFCC.  Among others, it indicted Jonathan for false declaration of assets, and he was recommended for prosecution.  

That is the report that was in Obasanjo’s hands in 2006 as he declared Mr. Jonathan to be the best person he could find in all of the South of Nigeria to become Vice-President.  

And Obasanjo, as the whole world saw, then rigged the 2007 election to ensure that the two men he had imposed on his party were also imposed on Nigeria.  

In other words, not only did Obasanjo know whom Jonathan was, he knew whom Mr. Jonathan could be.  

Of greater importance, he knew whom Yar’Adua and Jonathan could not be: swashbuckling and aggressive patriots who would come into office and combat corruption; implement fair, rigorous reforms, and national deploy resources towards resolving national problems.  

Indeed, in Jonathan’s case, Obasanjo was counting on it, because if he were to be any different, it is certain that people like Obasanjo would have wound up in jail.  After all, the same Ribadu who headed the EFCC and the JTF has said that the Obasanjo era was more corrupt than that of Sani Abacha, who Obasanjo hounded worldwide in death for corruption.

This is why only the gullible should believe the theory of a rift between Obasanjo and Jonathan.  It is a trap for the unwary because Jonathan is a trap that Obasanjo set for Nigeria.  That trap is fully in play.

What is the truth?  

At stake is 2015.  Jonathan wants to win the presidency again because as in the case of Obasanjo before him, he has found that it is the best place in the world to hide.  The reason why the so-called rift is just a ruse is that both Obasanjo and Jonathan realize that a genuine division between them would leave the door wide open for someone else: someone who may be really interested in doing things the right way.  

And both Obasanjo and Jonathan know that in such an event, Nigeria will become a hot place to live in.  Yes, Obasanjo is a smart man, at least smart enough to know that Jonathan’s incompetence, incomprehension and indecisiveness are a gift to him.  

I know that there are people who suggest that Obasanjo has changed.  They argue that what we are seeing is an improved Obasanjo who genuinely believes his criticism of Jonathan.

In that case, Obasanjo should begin by apologizing to Nigerians for the day he imposed Jonathan on them.  If Obasanjo now truly cares, if he truly wants to be a statesman, he should issue a public apology for the political processes and elections he rigged and benefited from.  

Unless he starts from that point, Obasanjo is the same as he has always been, and the so-called rift he has with Jonathan is a humongous, subterranean trick designed to ensure that Jonathan remains in office after the next election and way beyond his expiry date.  

Obasanjo is not a democrat.  He has never been, and never will.   During the recent Ghana election, he was exposed in that country by the Economic Community of West African States as a political fraud.  There is no democratic process that Obasanjo can support unless he can manipulate it, and he knows that for him to continue to walk free to dance his gangnam style anywhere but in prison, he cannot afford a true “rift.”  

In the end, Obasanjo ensured the enthronement of Jonathan not for his strength, but for weakness.  It is not true that that weakness is no longer enough.

That is why the objective of this public “rift” is to convey the impression that, when Obasanjo returns to Jonathan’s side, as he will, he would appear to have won victory for Nigeria.  That will permit Jonathan and the PDP to “win” in 2015.  Obasanjo’s masterplan of keeping the PDP in office for 100 years has neither changed, nor can he afford to change it.  

It is a clever little plot.  And we are gullible enough to buy it.

But my mumu don do.  Your mumu don do?

•    sonala.olumhense@gmail.com

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Never Gullible!

I am not gullible, and never was. Even the opposition do not trip me as well. I also know Otedollar is a crook.

Sonala appionted manager of yankari game reserve 4 buhari back

Its worst than rubbish-the entire piece is meant for the waste paper basket-has the socalled rift between Jonathan and OBJ left anybody dead in sokoto and Bayelsa state respectively? Did the same Obj not quarrel with Abiola when he told OBJ to the face that only nitwits join the army? Baba with his vindictive spirit never forgave abiola for that-today Abiola is dead--He did same to late Awo-so what is so special about the alleged rift between Jonathan and OBj? When all the president wants is to assist the SW over the help they gave him during the elections. So must we cry for a liar like Sonala who told us that Late Chief Gani contested the 2007 elections against Yaradua-and that he even wrote articles in praise of Gani in 2007--haba only Buhari will take the words of such a liar to the bank-not Deri!

No GEJ, OBJ Beef, Never

OBJ delivered Nigerian into the hands of nicompoop Mr Jonathan, and Mr Jonathan cant afford any beef with him.

OBJ is the smarter of the two and Mr Jonathan with all his money, people, connections and power can never out fox the fox of Owu.

He is his creator and he created GEJ in his own image, he can also destroy GEJ anytime pleases.

The master of craftiness after interviewing all likely candidates to succeed him, settled for the most sick and terminally ill, who later died and the most stupid, which was Mr Jonathan.

Mr Jonathans job is to hold down Nigeria for milking by those who owns Nigeria and to cover their backs.

The Fued between OBJ and GEJ.

"I know that there are people who suggest that Obasanjo has changed. They argue that what we are seeing is an improved Obasanjo who genuinely believes his criticism of Jonathan."You believe this,you believe anything.
What Obasanjo is,as a general who has read the mood of people,is stealing their thunder,as he did when he criticized Babangida's SAP policy as lacking in "milk of human kindness" and not "having a human face";What this does is to allow the aggrieved and dispossessed to confide in him,and thus empower him to occupy the moral-high ground and the corridors of power.It is not with out cause that he is always close to the vicinity of coup planners and "men of the cellars"Anne Whittaker would have described him as "having something of a night about him".

Do not sell us to Buhari with false analyses.

"JTF has said that the Obasanjo era was more corrupt than that of Sani Abacha, who Obasanjo hounded worldwide in death for corruption"

Abacha was hounded in death for his thieving and not the corruption during his era. You can hound and jail OBJ for his acts of corruption, but you cannot hound him because there was corruption in his era.
When so called intellectuals and commentators start making these type of analyses, you sure know they are pulling wool over non-discerning gullible Nigerians to sell them a hoax. Sonala is just fooling you to sell to Buhari!

OBJ was a total failure. Why?

OBJ was a total failure. Why? You are not a success until you have found a sound successor. We all know Yar'Adua's story. Presently, GEJ is in a quandary as he was 'selected' by the same vicious gang that brought us to our present predicament. The next step, apart from these incessant prayers Nigerians are engaged in, is found in Exodus 14:15-16 -

'Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, “Why are you praying to me? Tell the people of Israel to move on. Hold your wooden staff out. Reach your hand out over the Red Sea to part the water.”

Prayer must have a vital place in our lives, but there is also a place for action. Sometimes we know what to do, but we pray for more guidance as an excuse to postpone doing it. If we know what to do then, it is time to get moving. This opposition Mega party is congenitally flawed even before birth!

Woes betide obasanjo and jonathan

God will destroy obasanjo and his disciples for sowing and nurturing high-level corruption in Nigeria since his military headship days, and for stalling the progress of the SW. He will die unsung.
As for jonathan, he too will go the same way with his political god-father for making life terrible and miserable for common Nigerians...no potable water, no good roads, no electricity, no security of lives and properties.
These two evils will be destroyed before this year runs out in shaa Allah. So will it be. Enough is enough!

OBJ worship with jonanthan today in the vila..........

Sonala, u hv being vindicated, i lewarnt OBJ was in vila today and had a lunch with jonanthan. so Nigerians open ur eyes wide and dont be fooled by the old man and his political son

Nigerians, I have a

Nigerians,
I have a confession to make: I have brain problems and just got free from a psychiatric home. I was declared brain-dead but i'm not sure if the doctors are right. i pass time here trying to engage myself on sr hoping i make sense to you all. pardon me if i dont, i have used other names like akpos and co but its all from the same brain dead person.
i have to make this confession so that serious people online can skip my contributions and move on to more realistic analysis. i have lost touch with reality and now think like the people in aso rock - the foul-mouthed sa to the president on media, facebook and twitter affairs who are equally brain-dead and completely isolated from reality

Its worst than rubbish-the

Its worst than rubbish-the entire piece is meant for the waste paper basket-has the socalled rift between Jonathan and OBJ left anybody dead in sokoto and Bayelsa state respectively? Did the same Obj not quarrel with Abiola when he told OBJ to the face that only nitwits join the army? Baba with his vindictive spirit never forgave abiola for that statement-today Abiola is dead--He did same to late Awo-so what is so special about the alleged rift between Jonathan and OBj? When all the president wants to assit the SW. So must we cry for a liar like Sonala who told us that Late Chief Gani contested the 2007 elections against Late Yaradua-and that he even wrote articles in praise of Gani in 2007--haba only Buhari will take the words of such a liar to the bank-not Deri

Dear Sonala Olumhense, I am

Dear Sonala Olumhense,
I am beginning to like your articles because of the straight forward clarity of their content when it comes to the people whom we have allowed to rule over us.
You can also add to your article the fact that OBJ. started the downward Nigerian spiral when he handed over to Shagari back then after a contentious election over 2/3rds majority. Some of the commentators are still stuck in our ethnic divisions not realising that all our leaders and the ones yet to come, have nothing positive to offer the country.
What we need are for the real NIGERIAN patriots to take the country back and do what is necessary for the sake of all Nigerians.

If all Statesmen ( women?) could speak out like Obasanjo .....

The point is - OBJ is not a saint and no sane person is deluded in thinking otherwise. However, he is doing the right thing by speaking out about Jonathan's shortcomings.

He was the only one that spoke out against the deceptive cover up of Yaradua's medical condition when he was incapacitated.

We need to move forward (not to grant amnesty to OBJ) but to continue to push for a change in leadership and have a leader with the WILL POWER to probe, prosecute and bring to justice anybody that has ever been in a position of PUBLIC SERVICE and found wanting in any shape, way or form.

As far as calling Jonathan out - I doff my hat to OBJ. If all our elder statesmen had balls as functional as OBJ, then, Nigeria would have been twice as better in nearly every endeavor than it is now.

It is the culture of LIP SERVICE and by inference, lack of WILL POWER by any successive government, that has brought us to the current state of institutional decay and comatose that we find ourselves.

No Rift certainly

I agree with you. OBJ is only acting script to decimate the North, indeed will ensure most powerful folks will move to his party Accord and after they had settled declare support for GEJ. Between OBJ and IBB they own six parties and Tinubu reports to OBJ that was why he was the only one left of the AD as Gov. He used Tinubu to pull Atiku away and used him to distract Buhari in 2011. He knew Yar'Adua was sick but still preferred him and GEJ because he was fascinated by his blind loyalty to Alams so knew come what may GEJ will not rock the boat. You are 100% but pls watch your back!

Nonsense

I can't find any academic, social or political sense in this analysis. I will sum this up as simply nonsense.

I DEY CAMPAIGN

I Said It Before That All Obasanjo And
His Aides Are Doing Is To Campaign For Clueless Jonathan. The Road To Deceived Nigerians In 2015 Started When Obasanjo Decided To Open His Big Mouth. Thus, Giving Nigerians The Impression That He Is Against The Government,Whereas, Is Jonathan's And Obasanjo's Ground Plan To Deceived Gullible Nigerians. We Are Watching As They Unfold There Plans. IDIOTS.

we don't care if there is a rift or not

We don't care if there is a rift or not between these two rogues, as long as both end up on the execution chair or lynched for crimes against the masses !

Not only Yaradua, Jonathan was equally sick !

Point of correction Mr. Sonala, not only Yaradua was sick (Kidney), Jonathan too was sick, he has no brain and OBJ imposed two sick men and Nigeria repeatedly and foolishly voted for these two sick men one after the other.

any cure for sonalas lying tongue

THE need to regain the control of the party structure, his hold on the government by giving political patronage to his supporters, it has been revealed, are some of the real reasons behind the recurrent attacks launched against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Sunday Tribune exclusively learnt that the ongoing undercurrent war between the former president and his protege was fuelled largely by what some leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West called the insatiable urge of the former president to control the machinery of government, even after being granted the privilege to nominate some key member of the present administration, which, it was said, he tactically used to deny the South-West region of the expected share in government positions.

he former president, it was

he former president, it was stated, brought in some of his men in the guise of their being “technocrats” which did not go down well with some party elders, especially in the South-West.
The South-West elders, many of who worked hard to ensure the victory of President Jonathan in the 2011 elections, felt short-changed as the positions that should have been reserved for them were said to have been cornered by the former president’s men. A situation that has given rise to the shout of marginalisation in the South-West. “You cannot blame the president for the marginalisation of the South-West; blame Baba for it,” a powerful PDP chieftain told Sunday Tribune.
“Even when the position of Federal Civil Service Commission became vacant, an important position which has always been occupied by the North, the president gave it to South-West.

“You cannot blame the

“You cannot blame the president for the marginalisation of the South-West; blame Baba for it,” a powerful PDP chieftain told Sunday Tribune.
“Even when the position of Federal Civil Service Commission became vacant, an important position which has always been occupied by the North, the president gave it to South-West. But rather than allowing a person with the requisite experience to man the position, Baba again took it upon himself. He single-handedly nominated a woman to fill the position. There are many other such instances,” narrated the source, who also cited the Speaker of the House of Representatives post zoned to the South-West, which was supposed to be overseen by the former president, but was later hijacked by elements in the opposition with support from PDP members

Precise Analysis

Sonala has precisely analysed OBJ.

That old man is too crafty for his own good.

But remember, what goes around comes around.

OBJ's end will surely come as will the eventual death of PDP. The fight against the evil people ruling Nigeria must begin with the fake men of god who mislead their followers by encouraging them to continue to suffer and vote incompetent people based on region and religion.

The people must ensure only credible candidates are presented and vote intelligently.

After all if we have to choose between GEJ and Tinubu, then there is no hope.

Even on the issue of Subsidy

Even on the issue of Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) nominations, it was claimed that Baba wielded his influence, such that it almost created a big problem in his home state, Ogun.“Those who had been pencilled in were removed on supposedly the orders of Baba, before the president waded in.
“That is the situation. Now, the president wants to be his own man. He has started building bridges of communication, because he realised that there is a disconnect between the governed and those expected to be representing them in government, especially against the background that his own men are working hard and are being applauded by the people. “That is the major thrust of the conflict. The president will forever be grateful to Baba. But he should just allow the man to work and not continue to distract him,” the source said, that the president’s men were ready confront some cronies of the former president.

EDO UNITED FRONT-U DON COME AGAIN

They claimed the former Minister of Ediucation, Oby Ezekwesili, was acting on the orders of the former president by launching a tirade against the government. Accordingly, it was disclosed that the president was not indisposed to the idea of compensating the South-West for the glaring marginalisation of the region is currently suffering in the scheme of things. “Plans are ongoing to redress the imbalance,” said another source.
“We are positive that something would be done on it,” he said, adding that the former president’s attitude had helped to isolate many key PDP members in the country.

The rift between Obj and Gej

Oh you have spoken the truth, I. Never believe there is a rift between them, is just a political strategy . God expose them so that they would not manipulate the election again

Interesting and realistic

Interesting and realistic analysis with a wrong conclusion; I believe OBJ's 3rd agenda was a ruse to make the northern owners of Nigeria open to whoever he selects as replacement even a sick dying Fulani aristoctrat with d main intent of installing a weak and utterly corrupt Ijawman has vice - a man who wld not only hide OBJ's many sins but also ensure that Nigeria is systematically plundered, d final reason for installing Jonathan is to instigate a revolution and Nigeria's disintegration bcos he knew that d north wld never accept an Ijaw as their ruler. So in d meantime the political big wigs are looting like crazy while the house is burning and if Jona attempts to do a 2nd term they know that things wld escalate therefore preparations are being made Tompolo and others are given a virtual licence to import as much arms as they want, weaponry that is a decade ahead of Nigerian Army capabilities

MY DONDI DON DO TOO

Lengend Bob Marley sang that: You can fool some people some times but you can not fool all the people all the times. The wise men also said, 99 days for the thief but one day for the owner. The bible said there is a day of reckoning. OBJ and GEJ thinks they can delude us with their foolish rift. As far as am concern that scenery of theirs is just a gimic that holds no water any longer because Nigerians now know the truth about our leaders. In fact the case is not for the duo, but also for all the corrupt leaders this country has produced. I and the rest of Nigerians pray for the day of reckoning to come quickly on this vimpires who are sucking the blood of their people.

I particularly like the part

I particularly like the part about 'Nigeria's weak
and grossly compromised press'.

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