EDITORIAL: The Moral Burden of Clearing Mr. Obanikoro

Former Minister Musiliu Obanikoro
Former Minister Musiliu Obanikoro

PREMIUM TIMES has watched with consternation the proceedings in the Senate regarding the confirmation of one of President Goodluck Jonathan’s latest nominees for ministerial appointment in his cabinet: Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. Our consternation has to do with the recklessness of the president’s nomination of Senator Obanikoro to be a minister at the present time. We are horrified that the Senate has in its ranks members who are willing to even consider the nomination, not to talk of confirming the nominee.

The whole world is aware of his role in the purported rigging of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election of June 21, 2014. As revealed in the now famous recording by the military intelligence officer, Captain Sagir Koli, Mr. Obanikoro, as Minister of State for Defence, was involved in a June 20 meeting with the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, and the then governorship candidate of the PDP in Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, where the alleged plan to rig the election through illegal means was being considered. Others at the meeting included an erstwhile governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, and Aliyu Momoh, an army general, and military commander in the state.

While some of the personas involved have confirmed their presence at the Ekiti meeting albeit denying the claim that the purpose of the gathering was to manipulate the June 20 gubernatorial polls, Mr. Obanikoro curiously continues to deny his presence in the said meeting. This is despite the availability of the audio-recorded evidence, which some forensic experts have matched to the pattern of his voice. Apparently to push back on criticism, and pave way for his senate clearance, Mr. Obanikoro has even gone ahead to threaten legal action against media organisations reporting on this important matter, claiming the voice attributed to him is not his.

The allegations against Mr. Obanikoro are grave and no serious administration ought to ignore such egregious claims of blatant corruption and wanton criminality of the electoral process. Sadly, President Jonathan added a depressing tone to the debate when he dismissed, without investigations, that the allegations were a frame-up.

We note that the Senate has deferred screening Mr. Obanikoro a second time while four of his fellow nominees have since been cleared. This is due, in part, to the split of the legislature, along partisan lines, and the insistence of opposition Senators in the red chamber to frustrate the return of the former minister to the cabinet of President Jonathan. However, the cautionary, even if reluctant, step of the senate to take a new look at the candidature of Mr. Obanikoro is welcome.

As a newspaper, we take seriously the doctrine of the presumption of innocence of an accused person until proven guilty, and we do not ignore the fact that this remains an allegation. At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that the allegations involved–election rigging–go to the very root of the legitimacy of our political system. If the president had been as solicitous as he should be of the integrity of our political system, he would have stayed his hand and instructed Mr. Obanikoro to answer, minimally, the charge–beyond blustery and legal attrition–before nominating him. In the circumstance, the president demonstrated untoward recklessness and nominated him nonetheless.

It would have been a tragic day for parliamentary oversight, and democratic accountability, for the Nigerian Senate, in a show of esprit de corps, to allow the former senator to simply ‘Bow and Go’ – which is the tradition, and an expectation in the case of Mr. Obanikoro, a former Senator from Lagos State between 2003 and 2007. Whatever the stated or hidden motives of the APC Senators in blocking the appointment of Mr. Obanikoro, democracy is the ultimate beneficiary, for you do not make flippant such embarrassing conduct he has been accused of, and here we are talking about a former Senator, an erstwhile Ambassador of the Federal Republic, and one-time minister.

As matters stand now, it is a major moral challenge for Mr. Obanikoro himself, who seeks to become a Minister, to first go and clear his name from an allegation that essentially seeks to disparage his integrity, and appears him unworthy of high public office.

President Jonathan will also be well served to invest in the outcome of such an endeavour. It brings no merit for him to ignore that this is a potential ridicule to the integrity of his government. Ignoring the gravity of this case only reinforces the platform of those who continually puncture the claims of the Federal government to accountability. It certainly adds fodder to claimants suggesting that the president is ever so willing to crowd his administration with those lacking in integrity and character.

PREMIUM TIMES believes Mr. Obanikoro should voluntarily reject his nomination until he sufficiently clear himself from the purported rigging of the Ekiti State election or until the matter is resolved through appropriate forensic investigation and his culpability in the situation absolved.

But if the former minister insists on being screened for the appointment, and the president insists on that line of action, evidently in expectation of a modest political reward in an election year, the Senate should take the moral high road to strike down this nomination, and send Mr. Obanikoro home. The allegation levelled at the former Senator and others should not, in a decent society, be a matter of partisan bickering. Loyalty to the constitution should be the only concern here.


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  • Dan Fulani

    That is the price the wise are paying for allowing fools to rule them.

    • amazing2012

      Excellent !

  • harry

    this is a very tough situation for the PDP because Koro knows too much and is ready to spill the beans if he has no political appointment. he has already been denied from being governorship flag bearer and now want to deny him again? the PDP have been having sleepless night on Koro issue and Koro refused to back down because he knows he will soon become the forgotten one like Amed Gulak

    • biodun

      You are right. Pdp want to win Lagos at all cost, the brought JK over Koro who have being in the party for long, because his is not sell able to lagosian, but the question is how long will the president put up with people of questionable character who will always blackmail him if they fail on their selfish mission.

      • nagogo

        And one of such example is the former Minister of Information Labaran Maku who has been yapping his mouth out and wide now telling us how bad and terrible PDPIGS are. Everything will come to light 1day so long as we are alive.

  • dude

    In a sane environment, this issue would primarily be about president Jonathan’s effrontery to nominate someone alleged to be involved in such massive crime; at every turn, GEJ vindicates the claim that he is “clueless”. There are now 3 issues:
    1. the alleged election malpractice in Ekiti
    2. the president’s ministerial nomination of Obanikoro, an alleged primary actor in an election malpractice
    3. Whether Obanikoro will be confirmed as a Minister?

  • B. Messi

    “As matters stand now, it is a major moral challenge for Mr. Obanikoro himself, who seeks to become a Minister, to first go and clear his name from an allegation that essentially seeks to disparage his integrity, and appears him unworthy of high public office.”

    “PREMIUM TIMES believes Mr. Obanikoro should voluntarily reject his nomination until he sufficiently clear himself from the purported rigging of the Ekiti State election or until the matter is resolved through appropriate forensic investigation and his culpability in the situation absolved.”

    WHY HAS PREMIUM TIMES NOT DEEMED IT FIT TO WRITE A SIMILAR ‘EDITORIAL’ ON THE EXPEDIENCY OF BUHARI CLEARING THE AIR ON THE MORAL BURDEN OF HIS ALLEDGED PERJURY AND FORGERY OF A WASC CERTIFICATE???

    WHY DO NAIJAS LOVE TO ACT ‘WHISTLE BLOWERS’ ONLY WHEN IT HAS TO DO WITH THOSE CONSIDERED AS OPPONENTS BUT ARE SUDDENLY STRUCK BY DUMBNESS WHEN IT HAS TO DO WITH ‘ONE OF THEIRS’????

    A CRYING SHAME!

    • progress

      Nonsense,Buhari has published his certificate and gave enough information on that, if you think he is lying then challenge him in a court of law.

      • B. Messi

        He has published his ‘Certificate’??
        Wow!
        Sorry pls..culd u educate me on the difference between a Cert. And a statement of result?
        NONSENSE!

      • Ken

        He has been challenged. Buhari has no certificate! he was in London very close to Cambridge, was he able to collect his certificate? capital NO!

      • Etomi

        Tell your Buhari to attach the said school certificate result to his INEC form..
        Unfortunately, Buhari hasn’t, he wouldn’t, he can’t…
        Know why, because it is the scrappy work of a learner forger, and he knows the implication of presenting a forged school certificate result to INEC!
        According to s. 137 (1) (j), “A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if – he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.”
        Buhari released that rubbish he calls result not for the purposes of compliance with the laws of the land, but as a subterfuge; to quieten critics or to give his supporters something to hold on to…

    • Emeka

      Were u not listening when the principal of the school said he signed the statement of result, which is different from certificate, with gmbs passport exactly as we saw it? If the real certificate is with the military as GMB alleged, and the said military for political reasons refuse to admit it, then the statement of result should suffice. In any event the constitution and electoral laws do not require production of a certificate, the laws simply speak of qualification, which the statement of result shows.
      Quit speaking ignorantly, the man did not commit perjury. As per obanikoros case, res ispa loquitur.

      • Etomi

        Please the whole of s. 131 of the Electoral Act, 2010….
        The constitution sets the standards; but the Electoral Act governs everything about the conduct of the election…
        You still don’t get…
        Buhari can’t even present that thing he calls a school certificate result in court…
        It is inadmissible in evidence…
        If Buhari’s certificates are missing because, as you claim, they have been hijacked by the military, all he needed to do was approach Cambridge University that moderated the exam to obtain a Certified True Copy (CTC) of his certificate…
        Cambridge would jolly well oblige him if he applied..
        It is interesting that Buhari just came back from a three weeks visit of the U.K, but woefully failed to visit and obtain the said CTC of his certificate from Cambridge…..
        If you are deceived; many of us are not!

  • SAM .A

    Senate Leader David Mark has been the nemesis of Nigeria democracy in the last 8 years,it has always been hand twisted,& genuflect to sacrifice the wish of people for the few executive needs .The Doctrine of Bow and Go has been misused here,further confirming this crop of senate of ANYTHING GOES.
    It shall not be long when this compromised leader will give demon bow and go in this senate, he will allow Shekau to bow and go as Minister of Defense ,and Buruji Kashamu will soon be confirmed as NDLEA or NAfDFDAC boss.
    Since Nigeria constitution is a copy of America own , I want to Urge Senators George Akume & Babafemi Ojudu to look into their operational rules and FILIBUSTER this nomination thereby save Nigeria this ugly & embarrassing recurrence scene.

  • B. Messi

    This is the price we pay for our National Assembly playing to the gallery with SERIOUS issues!
    The senators have been saddled with the SERIOUS Responsibility of screening ministerial nominees..but turned it into a very sad case of ‘bow and go’ all in the name of esprit-de-corp..for past members of the N.A.!
    I have always warned about the issue of precedence. They did it for some and turned it into a rule. Now their folly is obvious for all to see! Let no one be fooled, their TEMPORARY Resistance to Koro has nothing to do with the alleged crime..but everything to do with party politics. That ws why Obj described the N.A with very harsh words!
    Naijas must lose no sleep over these pretenders..he will eventually be cleared..to the chagrin of the e-zombies..the shame of the N.A..and the embarrassment of the country.

  • Charlotte

    Jona is scared of dropping koro because he wants koro to do the dirty job in Lagos for him. He feels he needs koro to do an Ekiti in Lagos. However, I don’t think Jona knows the kind of person koro is. Koro thinks of no one but koro. He’s as selfish as they come. Why would he work for Agbaje when agbaje rigged him out? We all know that he was making noise for Jonathan to return him as a minister. The ball is in your court Jona dump this albatross hanging over your head. Koro is bad news and we know he won’t spend the money you give to him.

    • umunnem

      Jonathan cannot drop Koro. Why? Because Koro will sing about Ekiti. Remember : ‘…am not here for a tea party. Am on a mission from the President…’ Listen, in civilized climes, EkitiGate is enough to force the resignation or impeachment of Jonathan. After all, President Nixon was forced out of office in disgrace for lesser crime.

  • MushinSpeaks

    The Fayose he helped to rig the election today cant save him in the house….shame on him and his party

  • Debekeme

    This is just an example of why Jonathan will never, have my vote.

    Every opportunity Jonathan has to show what is called true leadership, he descends further into the depths of cluelessness.

    I would rather have my children grow up to have the morals and integrity of Buhari than the baseness and lack of integrity of Jonathan.

    We must stop this making excuses for Jonathan because hes a Christian, A Southerner and a minority.

    Jonathan has too many personality flaws. That hes a Christan, A southerner and a minority isn’t an excuse to forgive this failure of leadership

    It takes more than buying trains, growing rice and and privatising power sector to be a leader.

    After all, we don’t allow the notorious and indecent men assume head of our families. Rather, we look for the elder than is morally upright and can set an example for the young ones.

    This man should be voted out pronto!

    • mike

      Who ever told you that the president is a Christian?
      Christians do not have children outside wedlock
      Christians males are the leaders of the family but in the case of our president, Mama Peace is the leader of his household.
      Christians are peace loving and would never look the other way when their wives sponsor their militant cousins to violently disrupt a rather peaceful political campaign.
      Now tell me how someone who is a member of O.O.O. (OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU) a Christian?
      Sorry but ain’t no Christian to me.

    • umunnem

      Not only do we not allow ‘notorious and indecent men to assume head of our families’, we also do not give our daughters to them for marriage! People, please think about this. Where has our morality gone??? This is just so sad.
      Things have gone so bad that a CMD will arrange the murder of a fellow doctor simply because the latter blew the whistle on corrupt activities of the former. That is the case now playing out at Akure Federal medical Center. And then, when the EFFC came for the CMD, he instructed his lawyer to bribe the Operatives with 1.5 million Naira. Well, the hungry lawyer offered the Operatives 1.2 (keeping 300k for ‘Logistics’ I guess…). Anyway, both CMD and lawyer are facing the law for offering bribes. Mind you, the corruption case has not been touched, say nothing of the conspiracy to murder Dr. Oguntuase. And you tell me the whole country is not sick???

  • Ken

    This is a very funny stand by Premium times. Obanikoro hasn’t been proven guilty of any crime. He is innocent until proven otherwise. learn to write good opinions.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Partisanship wont allow them see that. They are now singing ‘constitution’. When they defended the Speaker of the House they conveniently forgot that the constitution laid down guidelines for cross carpetings. Hypocrites

    • delbod

      He is morally guilty .In descent society he would have stepped down by himself .

  • mike

    I keep saying it. This is a presidency that blunders all the time. Our president dismissed the Ekiti rigging tape as mere fabrication without any investigation. He dismissed a security report about the kidnap of the Chibok girls as lies and distractions, until eighteen days after. He told a blatant lie that he wasn’t aware of the letter by the security chiefs to Jega for the postponement of elections.
    Our president has not only shown that he lacks integrity but also that he is in love with corruption by always associating with people with proven questionable characters.
    We need to vote President Goodluck Johnathan out office to salvage what is left of our dear country Nigeria.

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    innocent until convicted. Premium Lies.

    Partisanship wont allow them see that. They are now singing ‘constitution’. When they defended the Speaker of the House they conveniently forgot that the constitution laid down guidelines for cross carpeting. Hypocrites.

  • Fatai Fehintola

    well reasoned, thought-provoking, logical and lucid piece!

  • warry

    This is the problem. Has any court confirmed the allegations in the so called tape? I don’t know why some Nigerians cannot do unto others as they want to be done unto them. Hypocrisy, lies,fabrications,deceit,propaganda, manipulations, etc everywhere. Shame on APC.I still maintain that tape was a propaganda stunt of APC,if not they would have taken it to the Tribunal. Cheats who want to get power for pecuniary gains through blackmail.

    • mike

      Everything is propaganda,fabrications, lies etc for the presidency.
      You want someone to to court when you know that the state is not ready to prosecute any politician who is loyal to the president.

  • ine

    reasonable in a reasonable society. however this is a very disjointed and wrecked society . we dont know where we are going and we will continue to be led by blind irresponsible criminals. first of all why should a david mark be senate president in a decent noting his antecedents. well the onus is on the senate to prove that they can be above board on some occasion. however i expect Koro to scale through next week knowing that kind of society we operate in

  • Adnan

    I am afraid. This Premium Times’ editorial smacks of unguided partisanship.

    • Debekeme

      Adnan, as much as i respect your right to your own views but are you serious????? Really!?

      Irrespective of Premium Time’s motivation; is this the type of country you want to live in where someone with such an accusation over his head does even even makes an efforts to exonerate himself? Where the Senate would even consider such a person? In a decent country, the Senate would have refereed the matter to the security forces for investigation and report back to them with their findings. Thats the least we expect from the Senate!

      Where the President of OUR country still nominates such a person for high office?

      Is this truly an example you want to set for your and my children?

      Lets love the truth, lets love Nigeria and keep aside everything else. We will all die and leave this country for our children.

      When will we start the seriously hard work of putting a stop to this type of immoral leadership?

      If my brother does wrong I WILL TELL HIM. Jonathan has DONE WRONG!.

      Love Nigeria!

      • Kanoute

        What effort has papa Buhari made to exonerate himself form the weighty allegations of perjury and forgery around his neck??
        The logical thing any honest sane person would do is to produce the certified true copy.
        BUHARI HAS DONE WRONG..TELL HIM!

        • Debekeme

          Kanoute, Buhari has produced what was asked for. Some feel its forged so the matter has been taken to court by multiple groups and I’m sure the courts will determine the matter appropriately according to the law.

          I believe things are taking the right course in that matter and if Buhari has acted wrongly, let the courts take appropriate action.

          You are continuing in the line of unproductive diversionary argument of many internet commentators who are finding ways to dissect issues in a manner that draws attentions away from the crux of the matter. Distracting from the key issues.

          We are discussing the appropriateness of nominating Obanikoro given the prevailing circumstances. If you feel the best way to validate your own position about the Obanikoro situation by bringing in Buhari certificate issue, good luck.

          But let me say this; Nigerians are hungry and suffering, Nigerians that just don’t care about APC or PDP Nigerians.

          These Nigerian are the ones i care about. Those who are not able to pick themselves up from the ground and do anything about their suffering.

          Before Nigeria changes, the rules by which we live MUST CHANGE first. Lets start by drawing a clear and distinct line between right and wrong.

          For Christ sake; how can its be OK and right for Obanikoro to become a Minister despite the accusations?

          Nigeria first, Nigeria first before PDP or APC

    • staaaaaaaaaaa

      someone who used his office as minister of state for defence who sits on armed forces promotion council to entice a serving brigadier general to make him ‘happy on election night’ and he will ensure ‘the sky will be the limit’ of the general. and he never denied he was at that meeting. even all his acommplices have agreed that it was their voices and that they were all in that meeting. Go and check who you are as a person Mr ‘Adnan’!!!!!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      It smacks of decency and uprightness in a country being run by moral degenerates!

      • umunnem

        You forgot one more adjective…renegades. A country being run by moral degenerates and renegades!

        • TRUTH MASTER

          Thank you!

  • Sanmi Falae

    Nigeria is a decent society run, unfortunately, by indecent and unreasonable people who don’t know the value, privilege, and honour of their position. Inviting Obanikoro at all – IS A WASTE OF PARLIAMENTARY TIME- let alone giving him a hearing when he is directly involved in a criminal activity that is capable of subverting a System or an Institution in which he wants to serve. When you say our leaders are animals, they take offence. But can anyone imagine Obanikoro, David Mark, or Jonathan Goodluck’s equivalent in Europe and America ruining and wrecking their own countries like this by bad example for present and future generations. They would have VOLUNTARILY resigned long ago. If Jonathan Goodluck knows what he is doing, respects himself and office or truly loves Nigeria, he ought to have withdrawn Obanikoro’s nomination without the indignity and humiliation Jonathan Goodluck now experiences in the Senate. What further prove that the MAN/CHILD president knows not what he is doing. Nigeria is doomed if this man continues in office. PLEASE GOD FORBID IT.

  • Arabakpura

    Simple thing to do; vote out Mr President and let him go with his corrupt squad! His behavior towards corrupt tendencies overshadows every other good thing he thinks he has done. The whole thing stinks to high heavens. Sai Buhari!

  • Dulles

    These Premium Times

    The editorialists of Premium Times in Nigeria are second to none.
    Good thinking deftly guides both editorialists and reporters’ corps.
    They all write with finesse – good prose in high diction; i tip my hat.
    Even though i dis-agree with their editorial position on this matter.

    An allegation should not rise to barring indictment in a democracy.
    Or should a suspicion ever do. And so, Ekitigate allegation should
    not bar Obanikoro’s appointment. There’s no reason an investigation
    of his involvement in that Ekiti scandal can’t progress along with his
    Senate confirmation since he’ll stand removed as Minister if complicit.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      You are very wrong. In every decent society, if a nominee for any post is deemed to face any moral challenge, he or she will simply stand down or be dropped. Premium Times has already written of the presumption of innocence. Only an investigation can determine if at all Obanikoro is culpable, and that must precede nomination and clearance.

      • Wiki

        Truth Master:

        Ah, ah, that means INEC should remove Buhari too from ballot paper, no be so?
        What is good for a goat is good for a sheep, abi? We have to be consistent here.

    • Ademola G.

      @ Dulles,

      Thank you jare, you know book well well. No mind dem. If Obanikoro can not be Minister over Ekiti rumour, then,
      Muhammadu Buhari can never be President of Nigeria over this proved fact until he rebuts with a clear answer:

    • Tunsj

      I agree with you totally. Premium Times is where you go to get the complete story and they cover it all than any media outlet in Nigeria. The Ekiti scandal must be resolved before any Senate confirmation.

  • Timi

    Obanikoro always brags that he was trained and lived in the United States for many years. He ought to demonstrate the American value system in him by now. In an ideal society, Obanikoro as a matter of decency and integrity will consider withdrawing his nomination, not because he is guilty of all the allegations or acquiescing to them, but just towing a path of honor and for him not to become a distraction to a president struggling to be re-elected. Service should be voluntary and not a do or die thing.

  • sammyctu ode

    There is a saying which says “When the head is rotten, the whole parts of the body will be rotten” meaning that as long as we have a rotten senate president and criminal pdp senators, they will still push for the criminal’s confirmation. I wonder what kind of morality and values the likes of david mark and pdp senators are teaching their children and grand children. As for jonathan, we do not believe his tissues of lies on the campaign trail because this is a man telling us he will fight corruption if he wins but at the same time he is sharing big dollars at anywhere he goes to campaign. A reliable source told me that a big Yoruba Oba was given $250,000 when he visited him. Is that a president who is ready to move Nigeria forward? This is a man who surrounded himself with shady characters who are drug barons, looters, ex-convicts, people who are being tried by Efcc and people who should be in jail for the rest of their lives. david mark will do his dirty work again for obanikoro because he belongs to the criminal senators of Nigeria.

  • Ademola G.

    PREMIUM TIMES, PREMIUM TIMES, PREMIUM TIMES!!!
    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I CALLED YOU? THREE TIMES.
    NOW, DO EDITORIAL ON THIS OTHER MATTER AND USE
    THIS SAME LOGIC, SAME PRINCIPLE, SAME ETHICS, YOU
    USE HERE; THAT NO CONFIRMATION AMID ANY SUSPICION:

    • Ugor

      If they say nobody must take public office if something bad is still smelling from his anus,
      i will agree with Premium Times once the same rule is applicable to Muhammadu Buhari.

    • Funso

      Ọmọ àlè.

      • Dele

        I know Ademola well. He is the second son of Chief Goke; a popular industrialist.

        • Baba Apata

          That answers Funso’s tirade. Ademola Goke is not Ọmọ àlè but Ọmọ òkò.
          So the next issue is this: should Muhammadu Buhari likewise be barred?

  • Etomi

    This editorial reads like one written by Liar Mohammed!
    Talking of moral burden, right?
    Why hasn’t Premium Times written about the moral burden of voting for a man (BUHARI), who forged a school certificate result!
    Gosshh!
    To add insult to injury, a man (BUHARI) who perjured!
    Nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Emeka

      Why do u always say rubbish. How did he forge a certificate? Were u not listening when the principal said he signed the certificate with gmbs passport exactly as we saw it? Quit speaking ignorantly, the man did not commit perjury. As per koros case, res ispa loquitur

      • Duru

        @Emeka,

        Lai Mohammed single-handedly destroyed the credibility with serial lies-telling.
        To now add you – Emeka – to that infamy will inter APC as political party forever.
        Till today Buhari has NOT presented any WASC/CAMBRIDGE certificate to INEC.

        • Emeka

          If the real certificate is with the military as GMB alleged, and the said military for political reasons refuse to admit it, then the statement of result should suffice. In any event the constitution and electoral laws do not require production of a certificate, the laws simply speak of “school leaving qualification”, which the statement of result shows, “or its equivalent” which his study in numerous military schools also settles.

          To me, certificate production is mere red erring which intelligent nigerians should not waste time hammering on. Since it does not indicate good intentions or political morals of a president or lack thereof. Case in point, GEJ has a doctorate, doesn’t he, and how has nigeria fared under him?

          As per lai Mohammed, I don’t care for him or what he says. He’s not my business since I’m not an apc member. My business is with GMB as my presidential choice, and pdps abhorrent campaign of propaganda and mudslinging. The present administration has succeeded in wasting six years of our national time. Unless something is wrong with us and we hate development, there is no reason to grant PDP another four years to continue.

      • Etomi

        You are talking from the bottomless pit of ignorance and idiocy!
        What Buhari presented is not a certificate; it is a purported school certificate result…
        You must be far from being current if you don’t know that, till date, that scrappy tissue, which Buhari presented as his school certtificate result, has not been submitted to INEC!
        It has yet to be attached to his INEC form..
        Know why, because it is the scrappy work of a learner forger, and he knows the implication of presenting a forged school certificate result to INEC!
        According to s. 137 (1) (j), “A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if – he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.”
        Buhari released that rubbish he calls result not for the purposes of compliance with the laws of the land, but as a subterfuge; to quieten critics or to give his supporters something to hold on to…
        If Buhari indeed has a certificate his lawyers would not go to court to be using the disingenuous means that lawyers employ to frustrate the judicial process…
        Are you following the trial in respect of Buhari/Jonathan’s eligibility?
        Whereas the court has disposed of the case against Jonathan, that of Buhari has continued to witness adjournment upon adjournment!
        I am a lawyer. I know these things; I know how they work!
        Buhari has no certificate…
        The man and his handlers are trying a deft gambit called “wuru wuru to the answer!”
        Or in the words of Fanny Amu, former flying Eagles handler, they are trying to wobble and fumble to Aso Rock!
        It will not work!

        • Emeka

          Read my comment below on the position of electoral laws as per production of certificate or not. I’m not a lawyer, but if u are one, I shudder at the quality of lawyers we have in Nigeria. No wonder cases spend years in court, when our lawyers don’t make much sense.

          In repeat, GMB did not produce a certificate. What was displayed was a school leaving statement of result, as a lawyer shouldnt u know the difference. So that provision u stated doesn’t applyto this case.

          • Etomi

            Your problem is wild presumption and self conceit; it has blocked your ability to see beyond your nose!
            The provisions of s. 318 of the constitution is not the subject in dispute per se…
            The problem is that Buhari swore on oath, stating “My credentials (including his WASC) are in the custody of the Secretary, Military Board….”
            Fact is that the only thing Buhari attached to his INEC form is the said affidavit..finish; no certificate, nothing!
            But s. 31(2) of the E.A provides that the affidavit must be accompanied by his credentials (certificates) and attached to his INEC form….
            Secondly, the very averment that he made to the effect that his credentials are with the military board has been denied by the military and that raises the question of whether he lied on oath (perjury)…
            S. 31(6) EA.stipulates that if the averment deposed to by the affiant is found to be untrue the candidate stands disqualified…
            The said s. 31 (6) EA provides: “If the Court determines that any of the information contained in the affidavit or any document submitted by that candidate is false, the Court shall issue an order disqualifying the candidate from contesting the election.”
            This forms the basis of the eligibility suit against Buhari….

    • Tunsj

      Your comment does not make any sense at all. A lot of verbiage here but little substance. Most of you PDP supporters never cease to amaze me.

      • Etomi

        A 47-word comment is verbiage to you!
        You are so hopelessly daft, which is why you come across as nothing more than a victim of APC’s mendacity…
        If only your smartness is as little as that of a frog!

        • Emeka

          Still a whole lot of nonsense. Do u have people around u who can review Ur comments before u type them? Or are they as silly as you and applaud your emptiness?

          • Etomi

            No…I don’t need people for crutches like you…
            My prognosis of your debility is that you are mentally bedridden from the terminal stages of Type 2 brain diabetes…
            And the crushing affliction has taken so much toll on you that what is left of your worthless grey mater is the hollowness of a hexed chalice destined for the scimitar of your executioner….
            Just keep ranting till your inebriation loses its power over your ravished being!
            Asshole!

          • Emeka

            Lol. Bro, it will be nice of u to make sense once in a while na. This is uncalled for. And u are a lawyer o! I pity for the judges that have to listen to u. Do u write Ur written addresses like this? Do they file it like that? Lol.
            Oya Try speaking as if u have common sense. Try, u hear? Well done.

          • Etomi

            Low scumbag….
            With your commonsense you are not ashamed that you still sound brain dead!
            Zombie!!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            He is not a lawyer!

            Just a Science student who was forced to study English Literature at some point in his life!

          • Etomi

            Quite audacious of you Mr. Execrable Impostor and poster-boy of APC’s penchant for dishonesty, shadiness, propaganda and double-standards!!!

            You never fail to suffix “Esq.” to your name, and gloat over approvals of your inanities by naïve folks on this forum, who mistake you for a lawyer…

            But rather than announce a quick disclaimer, I have noted how you habitually wallow in the miasma of deceit created by you to hoodwink or impress.

            You must be a monstrous buffoon to announce a disclaimer in respect of my calling as a trained lawyer, when you scarcely have the sober decorum to disabuse the minds of the credulous who conflate your true vocation.

            The problem you have is in the nature of a disjunction, “either-or.”

            It is either you are lost in the habit of barking down (like a possessed dog) on comments you disagree with by labeling them “verbose,” “grandiloquent,” etc, as if that can undermine their cogency or intimidate the commenter into capitulation; or your ad hoc, tentative education failed to route you through the rules of logic and rhetoric such that you are completely incapable of dealing with a decent argument without spewing depravities and logical fallacies!

            I don’t announce my vocation to stupefy my interlocutor, but to elicit a benefit-of-the-doubt from him/her in the sense that I might just be more knowledgeable in the matter in discourse especially if it annexes the subject of Law.

            Well, you are fair in hinting of my having touched base with English Literature, after-all I bagged a decent Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree before hitting the classroom again for an LLB.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            “I don’t announce my vocation to stupefy my interlocutor,…”

            You are not just seething and foaming at the mouth because I have called you out. I did note in your altercation with someone else on this thread that you were claiming to be a lawyer before I asserted that you were not. And I stand by my words.

            In your insanity, you have presumed that by simply laying claim to being a lawyer, people would roll over and play dead for you.

            Well, I have news for you; I AM A CLEANER as any regular reader or visitor to this thread would tell you and I am going to wipe the floor with you, wigs sans all.

            In your unimpressive apoplexy, you clearly adumbrated the very reasons why our legal system has crashed because you are obviously non compos mentis or simply drunk on your own ejaculations.

            I am completely unimpressed by whatever academic pretensions you lay claim if it has not armed you with a simple understanding and appreciation of the word ‘Esquire’.

            Just so that you can complete the process of your education (and given that when you read my response, you would be online), please do Google the meaning of the word.

            I am clearly a cut above your mettle and will demonstrate it again and again, regardless of how much foaming at the mouth you do.

          • Etomi

            I can’t agree more with your self-identification as a miserable cleaner, although you’d come across a baser sort, a court-jester who blends boundless loquacity with precipitous psychosis!

            It is not unimaginable that your cleaning enterprise extends to being an Oburunshi and washing dead bodies for interment!

            Scavenger, now we can understand your frustration and clearly why you prefer the pitiable state of self-flagellation to which you would rather be subjected in asylum, than remaining in or returning to your nation of birth and be better engaged!

            I mean, despite your grammar, you would rather a lousy cleaner’s career, after-all you seem content plying the menial in princely UK.

            I-m-b-e-c-i-l-e!

            And your homoerotic or masturbatory reference to “simply getting drunk on your own ejaculations” speaks volumes. It furnishes a sad aperture into your dissolute soul.

            It smacks of a very sick mind engorged with debauched portraits of cock-sucking and cum-binge orgies that you must also admit that apart from washing toilets or Oyinbo shit and corpses, your enterprise includes rimming feces-trapped anuses, blowing pricks and boozing or tongue-cleaning your clients’ stinking semen up for pay!

            Dirty whore!

            Also of interest is that wherever on this platform such clichesque bombast of yours as “apoplexy, non compos mentis” is stringed in staccato fashion, who the pretender is immediately comes into bold relief.

            I mean, do those words only exhaust your chest of affectation or do you just derive some high from idiosyncratic self-profiling?

            Id10t, the argument here is not which of these professionals – lawyer or cleaner – is superior that you should enter a fit of absurdity and inferiority as to belch such stench as, “I (a cleaner!) am clearly a cut above your mettle.”

            F00L!

            Nor am I here to be blackmailed into proving my occupational calling to a patently subdued cleaner by responding to your plain derangement and cynicism.

            And I recall that in a past spat with this childish impostor, I had tried to straighten the incorrigible concierge on the word “Esquire,” but he appears stonewalled and would rather grandstand to fill the gap in his madness!

            The point to be reiterated is that if Buhari has any certificate, he doesn’t have to publish it (none of the other presidential aspirants did) but proceed to attach it to his INEC form, in compliance with s. 31 (2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as all of the other candidates did).

            It would soon dawn on this gloomy character that with the hunt of certificate scandal alone, there is no way his Buhari would become Nigeria’s president!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, dindinrin.

            For all your presumed education, all you can display is your familiarity with base sexual depravation!

            Pray, who wasted money in trying to ‘educate’ you?

            Did they use the proceeds of crime because that is the only reason why such an ‘investment’ like you has clearly become a curse and a burden?

            As I stated before, I remain a clear cut above your pedestrian post in life.

            And will always be.

          • Etomi

            Proud cleaner, carry go……

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            You would know too since your less than glorious progenitor comes from the lower caste!

            What else from the offspring?

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Yawn.

            Such verbose verbiage!

            Being grandiloquent counts for nothing if it is not based on facts.

            Can you please go and give your edentate, garrulous mouth a sedentary so that we can hear something more coherent?

            Abeg, park well.

          • umunnem

            Lol, Lol.
            This Etomi sef. Which one of the Etomis be dis? I understand he is a lawyer. This cannot be Mike am sure. Great Ife men do not support ugly even when the ugly is from their neck of the wood. Great Ife men are well raised and call a spade a spade no matter whose axe is gored. I shudder to think that this person shares the same DNA with credible people like Mike and his twin brother the Doctor or even virtuous Marilyn. Enough said…

          • Etomi

            Quite audacious of you Mr. Execrable Imposter and posterboy of APC’s penchant for dishonesty, shadiness, propaganda and double-standards!!!

            You never fail to suffix “Esq.” to your name, and gloat over approvals of your inanities by naïve folks on this forum, who mistake you for a lawyer…

            But rather than announce a quick disclaimer, I have noted how you habitually wallow in the miasma of deceit created by you to hoodwink or impress.

            You must be a monstrous buffoon to announce a disclaimer in respect of my calling as a trained lawyer, when you scarcely have the sober decorum to disabuse the minds of the credulous who conflate your true vocation.

            The problem you have is in the nature of a disjunction, “either-or.”

            It is either you are lost in the habit of barking down (like a possessed dog) on comments you disagree with by labeling them “verbose,” “grandiloquent,” etc, as if that can undermine their cogency or intimidate the commenter into capitulation; or your ad hoc, tentative education failed to route you through the rules of logic and rhetoric such that you are completely incapable of dealing with a decent argument without spewing depravities and logical fallacies!

            I don’t announce my vocation to stupefy my interlocutor, but to elicit a benefit-of-the-doubt from him/her in the sense that I might just be more knowledgeable in the matter in discourse especially if it annexes the subject of Law.

            Well, you are fair in hinting of my having touched base with English Literature, after-all I bagged a decent Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree before hitting the classroom for an LLB.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Why is someone who is so pretentious about being erudite at such a loss for words that you are compelled to “cut and paste” your own thrash?

            Is your encephalon stuck on the ‘repeat’ cycle?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          A million words cannot fill a basket!

          Verbiage remains verbiage, no matter how lengthy or short!!

      • dd

        It makes plenty sense. Maybe you no get sense.

  • Jerry Marok

    GEJ does not only show “untoward recklessness” he is incapable of being sensitive, accountable, reasonable and logical in handling national issues. He shows immeasurable capacity for lack of integrity, trust and respect for the nation. How else does one explain the case of appointing FFK and now Koro to positions when the duo have very serious issues which they have to explain to Nigerians. It is unfortunate. When shall we insist on men with integrity to lead Nigeria? Well, we will wait and see which direction the senate will go.

  • Eze1

    Don’t be surprised he will be cleared on Tuesday after paying his tithe to the senate

  • Victor TC Anyanwu

    Yes, after paying tithe to Satan’s agents in the Senate!

  • dd

    There was no rigging in Ekiti. Captain Sagir Koli just look for baseless information to share to avoid going to fight Boko Haram and collect free money from APC.

  • dd

    Premium times has not one moment write anything against Tinubu, Buhari, Ameachi with all the information available at public domain. Just show that we shouldn’t take you serious as you are on Tinubu payroll.

  • TYSON

    HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE BEEN SCREENED BY THE SAME-MAGGOTS IN THE SENATE–AS A MINISTER AND AMBASSADOR–THIS IS A SHAME–PURE MADNESS–BY APC SENATORS—–WHO ARE MORE GUILéTY THAN KORO

  • TYSON

    how can a media house throw caution to the wind and write an editorial on this very shameful exercise—has he not been screened by the senate b4–when he was appointed as ambassador to Ghana—–and junior minister———————–PT has no editorial policy–just cut and nail

  • Peedeepeepower!!!

    If i ever come to Premium Times website again call me a bastard!!!
    This editorial is very annoying to me. Haba! Obanikoro has not been
    proved to commit any offence, you say punishment should start for him,
    but Buhari who does not have a school certificate, who swore on oath
    that he has school certificate but has never explained its whereabouts
    till today, should just carry go. You people in Premium Times were born
    with brooms in your hands. You cannot ‘change’ from being APC fanatics.

    • Examiner

      IF ONLY HE WILL DO THE NEEDFUL WE WILL NOT COME TO BLOWS ON PREMIUM TIMES,
      HIS SIMPLE ANSWER CAN SOLVE THIS WAR SITUATION DEVELOPING ON PREMIUM TIMES.

      • Concerned Citizen

        After the APC looted Lagos state’s government treasury like bush rats;
        and destroyed communal peace with Islamization – by decreeing Hijab
        in ALL public schools in Ekiti state under Alhaji Kayode Fayemi, as well
        in Oshun State; under Mujahedeen Raufu Aregbesola – APC is set on
        the next path in its destruction of Nigeria. APC’s current aim is to nullify
        the 1999 Constitution by badgering Nigerians to accept Primary Six (6)
        certificate from Buhari in place of original WASC/Cambridge certificate.
        We the people say no. No WASC, no APC presidential candidate!

    • Anthony

      @ Peedeepee,

      Please calm down and read this message (below) to show that you are not alone.
      We are angry that thieves, perjurers and barbarians, have taken over our cities.

    • Olu Ade

      Bastard! Bastard!! Bastard!!!

      • Etomi

        You are the bastard here!

        • Olu Ade

          Wetin concern Motor Park Tout (Agbero) for the bus no get particulars…go siddon!

  • Etomi

    Why must PDP folks watch as APC scumbags whip and blackmail the country with the alleged Ekiti rigging tape?!
    And PDP seems quiet with the Buhari certificate scandal thing….
    This is the best time to start flogging the issue ad nauseum…
    APC wants us to sweep under the carpet the fact that Buhari is liable for forgery and perjury and to that extent stands disqualified from contesting in the March 28 presidential election; but they won’t forget the tape thing, and are drumming it to destroy the political career of an innocent Nigerian!!!!
    A man that has not been tried in any court of law and found guilty of any offense is now being harangued and extra-judicially condemned….
    This is completely forbidden by s. 36 of the 1999 Constitution!
    To that extent I submit that all conscientious Nigerians must press the court to decide on the matter expeditiously, because justice delayed is justice denied!
    And while the court is at it, the campaign over BUHARIGATE must be intensified as never before!!!

  • By Popular Demand

    PREMIUM TIMES, PREMIUM TIMES, PREMIUM TIMES!!!
    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I CALLED YOU? THREE TIMES.
    NOW, DO EDITORIAL ON THIS OTHER MATTER AND USE
    THIS SAME LOGIC, SAME PRINCIPLE, SAME ETHICS, YOU
    USE HERE; THAT NO PUBLIC OFFICE AMID ANY SUSPICION:

    • Ugor

      If they say nobody must take public office if something bad is still smelling from his anus,
      i will agree with Premium Times once the same rule is applicable to Muhammadu Buhari.

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      JONO

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      GOODLOCK

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      JON

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      JO

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      JONA GO

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      LOP

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      DRT

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      HIU

  • Comfortkay

    Thank you Premium Times for your Editorial, this is wonderful.
    If Nigeria were to be a develop Nation the President would have withdrawn Obanikoros name as a Minister. Now Koro is a problem for the whole PDP and Nigeria.

    • Question n’ Answer

      Breaking News:

      March 28th election is legally impossible

      The Young Democratic Party (YDP) was recognized by Federal High Court
      on Wednesday March 4th as a new political party. Hence, INEC is bound by law to
      reflect the name and logo of this new YDP (party) on the ballot papers for all
      elections. But INEC has finished printing ballot papers since last month, and,
      warehoused those ballot papers in Central Bank of Nigeria’s vaults. The question
      now is: can INEC conduct the 28th March election on the already printed ballot
      papers which do not reflect YDP? The answer is, No! So, what is to be done?
      The YPD has fixed March 27th for its presidential primary election.

      • hass

        JEGA MUST GO NOW. THAT IS THE SOLUTION. JEGA CAUSED THIS MESS!!

        • Olatunde (Atlanta)

          Only that APC rabble rousers don’t or can’t think, bright spark contributors to Premium Times
          have been consistent in warning since last year that Professor Attahiru Jega is administratively
          incompetent. Now the whole world – except APC party members – can see Jega’s incompetence.
          What was so difficult for Professor Jega to decide within 30 days that the group proposing to be registered as Young Democratic Party (YDP) has met or has failed to meet the Constitutional requirements to be registered as a political party? Nothing – but incompetence”!

      • Court Reporter

        The defendant (INEC) did not discharge its obligation of informing the plaintiff
        of the decision not to register it as a political party within the 30 days as clearly
        stipulated in section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act. “The effect of not informing the
        plaintiff within 30 days of the defendant’s decision to register the plaintiff as a
        political party is clearly ‎spelt out in section 78(4) of the Act which is that the
        plaintiff is deemed to have been registered as political party by virtue of law.

        …………..Justice Ahmed Mohammed

        Federal High court, Abuja

        (March 4th, 2015)

  • Prof. Wole Soyinka

    BUHARI’S WASC scandal is a greater moral burden and nobody has yet stopped Buhari from parading himself as a Presidential Candidate.

    • naso

      “It is inconceivable that allegations as weighty as forgery and perjury
      will be made against the person of a retired General and a former Head
      of State without him deeming it necessary to conclusively debunk such
      allegations but would rather pass the buck to other persons or organisations.

      We consider this as an un-statesmanlike assault on the intelligence of Nigerians
      and it represents the greatest challenge between General Buhari and the office
      he seeks to occupy. The West African Examinations Council recently declared
      that it did not have any records of Buhari’s secondary school certificate,
      just as the military authorities also haven’t.”

      ……….Doyin Okupe

      (Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan)

      February 1st, 2015

      • I go die O!

        WHEREAS, FOR A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION ALL CANDIDATES
        ON THE BALLOT PAPER MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO RUN, AND SO:

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    THIS MAN AT OSHODI TODAY MISTAKENLY MENTIONED GOODLOCK JONOTHING NAME AND SUDDENLY WAS BEATEN THE HELL OUT OF HIM BY APC MEN. SO BECAREFUL DONT JUST GO CALLING JONOTHING NAME ANY WHERE IN LAGOS.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Lol

  • ’70

    They promised Koro a ministerial slot to quieten him after losing to Agbaje. He had wanted to tear down the walls… GEJ summoned him to Abuja & promised him the ministerial slot as compensation. .. let’s watch as things unfold…

  • Encore

    Breaking News:

    March 28th election is now legally impossible

    The Young Democratic Party (YDP) was recognized by Federal High Court
    on Wednesday March 4th as a new political party. Hence, INEC is bound by law to
    reflect the name and logo of this new YDP (party) on the ballot papers for all
    elections. But INEC has finished printing ballot papers since last month, and,
    warehoused those ballot papers in Central Bank of Nigeria’s vaults. The question
    now is: can INEC conduct the 28th March election on the already printed ballot
    papers which do not reflect YDP? The answer is, No! So, what is to be done?
    The YPD has fixed March 27th for its presidential primary election.

    • Encore

      ………..(2) March 28th election is now legally impossible

      “The defendant (INEC) did not discharge its obligation of informing the plaintiff
      of the decision not to register it as a political party within the 30 days as clearly
      stipulated in section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act. “The effect of not informing the
      plaintiff within 30 days of the defendant’s decision to register the plaintiff as a
      political party is clearly ‎spelt out in section 78(4) of the Act which is that the
      plaintiff is deemed to have been registered as political party by virtue of law”.

      …………Justice Ahmed Mohammed

      Federal High court, Abuja

      (March 4th, 2015)

      • Interrogator

        Even if moods are down and spirits downed by the impossibility of 28th March election,
        the cheery silver lining is that this almighty mystery of our times shall have been solved
        by the Court before a new election date is set by someone other than Professor Jega: