Those saying Tinubu is not their President should wake up and smell the coffee. Bola Tinubu is your President, and for that, you can blame only one person – Peter Obi. Before 2023 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party had won in every state of the Southeast in every election since 1999.
If Peter Obi had not contested in 2023, the PDP would still have won in the Southeastern states during the #NigerianElections2023. Peter Obi had absolutely no path to victory. None whatsoever. I told him this personally. Others told him. He even knew it. The only people who believed he could win were the same people who believed that Buhari died and had been replaced by Jubril, a clone from Sudan.
Peter Obi was just a pawn in the hands of the All Progressives Congress. Both the man who convinced him to leave the PDP and much of the money he got as donation came to him from the APC.
But for his hubris, Peter Obi may have been Nigeria’s vice President today, with a good chance of taking over from Waziri Atiku Abubakar in 2031. But he took advice from a madman at upper Iweka. And foolishly believed that a united Peoples Democratic Party that could not defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2019 could now divide in 2023 and conquer the APC. Did I not say it before? A trader is different from a leader. Peter Obi will lose at the Supreme Court. He will lose if he runs again in 2027. And he will keep on losing until he either gets tired of losing or running.
If his supporters are humble enough to think, they won’t stumble. But these are not humble people. They insult first, then act second, and think last. That is why they are today insulting the judiciary, and tomorrow, they will be praying for the same judiciary to give them their stolen mandate at the Supreme Court.
Going to the Supreme Court on the part of the Labour Party is a complete waste of money. Why? Because Peter Obi has no case.
Mr Obi presented thirteen witnesses. Ten were disqualified for being utterly useless. They tendered documents they downloaded from the Internet as evidence. As the Presidential Election Petition Court said, that document, downloaded from amazon, was a “worthless” document, because it was not authenticated by amazon, it also did not have any privatise value, because amazon did not conduct the election or provide the software and hardware used for the said election.
Then they made assertions without backing them up with documentary evidence, and based much of their claims on dodgy materials sourced from social media. Mr Obi and his lawyers claimed they won the #NigerianElections2023 but did not present any evidence that they won.
Their main claim was on the nomination of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, which is clearly a pre-election issue, and therefore, obviously an afterthought. And they claimed non-electronic transmission of results invalidated the election, when the Electoral Act contradicts that, because it makes no provision for E-transmission.
Their reliance on a video by an Independent National Electoral Commission officer promising that results would be transmitted electronically was sad, because the court would only go by the law, not by the vow of a civil servant.
Now, they are running from TV to radio, emoting and reacting. Should they not spend that time preparing a better case for their appeal at the Supreme Court as Waziri Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party are doing? Then, when they inevitably lose there, they will start another round of wailing.
Your lawyers are insulting the judiciary. Your supporters are threatening them. Your party members are impugning their integrity. And then you are appealing to the Supreme Court? It should now be clear to Nigerians that Peter Obi lacks one of the most basic tenets of leadership. The ability to anticipate consequences.
Peter Obi has allowed his Obidients to make him so odious in the eyes of the judiciary. He should have intervened when they were rubbishing Chief Justice Kayode Ariwoola. But he pandered to the headless mob of fascists. Only to now trend #AllEyesOnKayodeAriwoola. Anyway, I can’t blame him. After all, he did say that he receives advice from madmen. Just expect Supreme disappointment from the Supreme Court!
Look, God willing, Waziri Atiku Abubakar will win at the Supreme Court, and be sworn in as the President of Nigeria. However, until then, Bola Tinubu is the President of Nigeria, whether you like it or not. There is order in heaven and there must be order on Earth if we are to make progress.
Nigeria has a President for now. You, as an individual, do not have a personal President. If you are a Nigerian citizen, whoever is the President of Nigeria is automatically your President, whether you like it or not.
And if you say Bola Tinubu is not your President, simply look at your Nigerian passport. It is a document endorsed by the President. Actions speak louder than words. If you say Bola Tinubu is not your President, but you travel with a Nigerian passport, you are a confused person, because, by tendering that document to an immigration officer, you are accepting and affirming Bola Tinubu as your President. Your actions have cancelled your words.
In 1978, there were frantic meetings between Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria and Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Nigerian Peoples Party. Chief Awolowo explained to the NPP that if both he and Owelle Azikiwe contested, they would split the Southern vote and Malam Shehu Shagari would coast to victory. He thereafter argued that of the two of them, he stood a greater chance of winning the election since he would get the Western Nigeria vote, as well as the Midwest vote and some of the minority Eastern Nigeria votes.
Chief Awolowo further explained to the NPP apparatchiks that because Shagari’s National Party of Nigeria had chosen an Igbo man, Chief Alex Ekwueme, they would split the Igbo vote and win, unless Azikiwe united with Awolowo, especially as there was a Naka Sai Naka revolution in Northern Nigeria.
Of course, Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe’s NPP did not listen, and he contested the August 11, 1979 election, having been assured by prominent Northerners that he would get massive votes in the North.
The election came, and Malam Shehu Shagari scored 5,688,857 votes, while Chief Awolowo got 4,916,551 votes, leaving Owelle Azikiwe with a paltry 2,822,523.
The primary reasons for Shagari’s victory were the votes he picked up from the Igbo states of Anambra and Imo and from the then Rivers state, where Shagari polled 72.65% of the votes.
As predicted by Chief Awolowo, Chief Azikiwe had no path to victory and only served to divide the Southern vote.
Now, fast forward to 2022. Peter Obi called me to ask for my support, and I explained my position to him. I then followed it up with an article in my ThisDay column explaining that Peter Obi had no path to victory whatsoever. It was never going to happen.
I explained that the only purpose Peter Obi would serve would be to divide the votes the Peoples Democratic Party would have got. And by so doing, he handed over a victory that the All Progressives Congress would not have had but for him.
It was apparent to most discerning pundits that both the men luring him away from the PDP, as well as the money they were funnelling to him, came from the APC.
He did not listen. He contested the February 25, 2023 election. Bola Tinubu was declared the winner with 8,794,726 votes. Waziri Atiku Abubakar came second with 6,984,520 votes. Peter Obi came third with 6,101,533 votes.
If Obi had not contested, Waziri Atiku would undoubtedly have won that election hands down, even with rigging, because, and please fact-check me, the Peoples Democratic Party has won in every state of the Southeast in every election since 1999.
If Peter Obi had not contested in 2023, the PDP would still have won in the Southeastern states during the #NigerianElections2023 and Waziri Atiku would have amassed at least above the 11,262,978 votes he scored in 2019.
Bola Tinubu did not defeat Waziri Atiku Abubakar. A combined force of INEC and Peter Obi defeated Waziri Atiku.
Some people must recognise their weakness, in that they are too emotional as a bloc, and when they get into that mode, it deceives them to believe they are wiser than others, when in fact, their inability to suppress their emotions and subjugate it to their rational mind, and their reptilian brain (we all have a reptilian brain capable of cold Machiavellian thinking) make them less astute than their neighbours in everything but commerce.
History does not repeat itself. Men repeat history and blame history for repeating itself. And it is certain that if we do not learn anything from the history of the 2023 election, we will repeat it.
Last week, an Obidient named Anichebe tried to insult me by calling me a “Yoruba goat” in a now viral X post.
Actually, I am not Yoruba. I am very proudly Itsekiri. However, the Yoruba are not goats. Very far from it. Yoruba are unique people. They have an ethnic trait of being able to read others nonverbally. Especially if they are eyeball to eyeball with you, it is a gift of God that is in their DNA and has helped them in their interpersonal relationships, resulting in them being the most successful Black African ethnicity on Earth. They understand others. They are not like some, who make little attempt to understand others, yet want to be understood.
I have travelled the whole world, and the only African culture that survived and thrived in the Americas, despite the trans-Atlantic enslavement of Black African peoples, is Yoruba culture.
For example, believe it or not, Ifa Babalawo is one of the fastest-growing religions in the Americas right now. It is the meat of the religion now known as Santeria. 5 million Americans in the United States are adherents of Santeria. And Babalawo shrines are all over states like Florida. They do not hide it.
Yoruba generally have affable, pleasant and charming personalities as another ethnic trait. They are not known to insult others without cause or provocation nor display intolerance, which is why they have the most peaceful and prosperous zone in Nigeria, where other Nigerians thrive in ways that they cannot succeed in their home regions.
Anichebe, do you think goats can produce the first Black African Nobel laureate for an academic category (Wole Soyinka), and the first Black African military ruler to have voluntarily handed over to a civilian President (Olusegun Obasanjo), as well as the first person born and bred in Africa to have won a Pulitzer Prize (Dele Olojede)?
If it is that easy, why haven’t others achieved it?
There are an estimated 15 Black African billionaires on Planet Earth. Five are Yoruba (Otunba Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, Tope Awotona, Kase Lawal, and Bayo Ogunlesi). More than any ethnic nationality in Africa.
US President Joe Biden named a Yoruba man, Adewale Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury Secretary. This is the highest position a Black African has been appointed (not elected) in US history. And Kemi Badenoch, a Yoruba, almost became The UK’s Prime Minister, and is now a UK cabinet minister. Another Yoruba man, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, became the first person on Earth to successfully perform surgery on an unborn baby, by taking out the fetus from its mother’s womb and replacing it back after the surgery.
Winners have been of Yoruba descent, except Burna Boy, including: Sade Adu (1986), Babatunde Olatunji (1991), Sikiru Adepoju (1991) and Seal (1996), Burna Boy (2021), Wizkid (2021), Temilade Openiyi AKA Tems (2023).
And Anichebe, don’t forget that the man who will preside over the appeal of your beloved Peter Obi is also a Yoruba goat. Let us see how he likes your description of him and his ethnicity.
In conclusion, it is a compliment to be called a “Yoruba goat” and I thank you.
When I said if you want a healthy, happy, monogamous marriage, you can increase your chances of that happening by marrying a woman significantly younger than you, many people, especially those who self-identify as Obidients, insulted me. However, it is a fact, because men and women have different biological clocks. Their libidos are not on the same timeline.
Peter Obi understands that ancient wisdom. Today, he is celebrating his wife’s 49th birthday. Meanwhile, Peter is 62. And Peter got married 31 years ago, in 1992, when he was 31 and his wife, Margaret, was 18. He is an example of what I tried to teach my followers.
For the best marriage, it is RECOMMENDED, but not MANDATORY, that the man must be above his wife in these ten areas:
Age, because men live longer when married to younger wives. Please research it. Don’t just take my word or insult me because of a medical fact. Finances, because, as a man, you either foot the bill or go downhill. Knowledge, prayer and fasting because you are the priest of the home. Strength, since you are the head of the home, and you will need to do the heavy lifting. Tolerance because her mouth will likely be sharper than yours, and without tolerance, there will be violence. Planning and wisdom, so you don’t wear out your strength. And finally, patience so you don’t do everything your mind tells you to do.
Happy 49th birthday Mrs. Margaret Obi.