OVERCOMING GODFATHERISM IN BENUE: THE ORTOM MODEL

HARD BALL Whether it is in its ordinary parlance or in the Nigerian context, the term ‘Godfatherism’ can be discerned to mean a symbiotic relationship between two persons namely, the godfather and the godson, whereby the godfather uses his political power and wealth to secure political position for the godson, who upon ascension into power,…… Continue reading OVERCOMING GODFATHERISM IN BENUE: THE ORTOM MODEL

HOW APC MAY WIN OR LOSE BENUE IN 2019 DEPENDS ON CHOICE OF DEP GUBER CANDIDATE

The bandwagon effect is a political reality in Benue State. When the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the presidential election in 2014, therefore, the state became vulnerable and the party won the governorship election despite the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) being in power. There’s a proclivity that this pattern will be maintained in the 2019…… Continue reading HOW APC MAY WIN OR LOSE BENUE IN 2019 DEPENDS ON CHOICE OF DEP GUBER CANDIDATE

WHAT DOES AN IGEDE PERSON WANT?

Musing There is no wisecrack here, but an honest answer to the rhetorical question above will end my worry and anxiety as something out of the ordinary recently happened to the entire Igede people. The reader may want to know what it is by reading this piece. To start with, I charge us all to…… Continue reading WHAT DOES AN IGEDE PERSON WANT?

BENUE 2019: BETWEEN ORTOM AND JIME

With the governorship primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria’s North Central state of Benue concluded, the coast is clear for objective postulations on who becomes the state governor in 2019. The primary elections have produced standard bearers for the two parties; Governor Samuel Ortom for PDP…… Continue reading BENUE 2019: BETWEEN ORTOM AND JIME

HOW ATIKU WON, MAY PICK PETER OBI AS RUNNING MATE

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s victory in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP presidential primaries, has forced the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC back to the drawing board, jamesibechi.com has been informed. Reliable party sources confided in us that APC strategists will, in the coming days; step up mudslinging of the PDP and its presidential candidate.…… Continue reading HOW ATIKU WON, MAY PICK PETER OBI AS RUNNING MATE

POLITICKING HAS TAKEN OVER GOVERNANCE – EMMANUEL

Chief Ode Ochi Emmanuel is the Chairman, Middle Belt Traditional Council (MBTC) in South West geo-political zone. In this interview with EJIKEME OMENAZU, spoke on Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary, implications of Chinese interest in the country, among other issues. Excerpt: Nigeria recently celebrated its 58 years of Independence. How would you say the nation performed…… Continue reading POLITICKING HAS TAKEN OVER GOVERNANCE – EMMANUEL

Ameh, Kogi PDP Governorship Aspirant, Tasks FG On Flood Disasters

EJIKEME OMENAZU, LAGOS Dr Joseph Erico Ameh, Kogi State governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, has appealed to the Federal Government to evolve a permanent flood disaster management plan to save people’s lives and reduce victim’s hardship. Ameh, a security expert, who spoke to SUNDAY INDEPENDENT in Lagos, said that part of…… Continue reading Ameh, Kogi PDP Governorship Aspirant, Tasks FG On Flood Disasters

OJU/OBI FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY: AND DAVID DARES ‘GOLIATH’ AGAIN?

  By Onword Okpole Those who are not close to Hon. David Akobi Aduma are most likely to underrate him. His appearance is as natural and simple as that of the man next door. He is a man of few words and, sometimes, makes you strain your ears to pick up what he is saying.…… Continue reading OJU/OBI FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY: AND DAVID DARES ‘GOLIATH’ AGAIN?

HOW POLITICS OF MONEY AND LIES CAN DESTROY IGEDE PEOPLE

By Whiskeys Ogbo One of the things Igede people should watch for and be prepared to resist if we will ever move forward as a people and never to continue to succumb to mediocrity is the politics of lies and money. Tackling these issues is what I considered very vital to the survival of Igede…… Continue reading HOW POLITICS OF MONEY AND LIES CAN DESTROY IGEDE PEOPLE

OSUN: IT’S BONGOS IKWE’S SONG STILL

  INVESTIGATION jamesibechi “What’s gonna be’s gonna be”. Apology to Bongos Ikwe. For if by the time the Osun rerun guber poll is conducted to conclude the inconclusive election and Adeleke’s PDP, wins it’s going to be still “what’s going to be is going to be” – the song of the great Idoma-born timeless musician,…… Continue reading OSUN: IT’S BONGOS IKWE’S SONG STILL

MBTC BOSS URGES MIDDLE BELT POLITICIANS TO ESCHEW BITTERNESS, SELFISHNESS

BY EJIKEME OMENAZU, LAGOS Chief Ochi Ode Emmanuel, Chairman of the Middle Belt Traditional Council (MBTC), has urged politicians in the region to eschew bitterness and shun selfish interests to ensure the growth and development of their states and people. He said that the aspiring leaders should realise that the Middle Belt people had become…… Continue reading MBTC BOSS URGES MIDDLE BELT POLITICIANS TO ESCHEW BITTERNESS, SELFISHNESS

2019: JUXTAPOSING IDOMA-IGEDE INTEREST WITH STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF SENATORIAL ASPIRANTS

By James Ibechi and Okpe Sylvanus The problem of Idoma and Igede nations is not much different from the grievances of many minority ethnic groups in Nigeria save that the marginalization that the two ethnic groups suffers in the political arrangement of Benue state has made it a point of duty for Idoma and Igede…… Continue reading 2019: JUXTAPOSING IDOMA-IGEDE INTEREST WITH STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF SENATORIAL ASPIRANTS

2019: I’M BACK TO RENEW MY DESIRE TO SERVE AND MAKE A CHANGE – Isaac Egboja  

For the records Jamesibechi.com   Being text of speech delivered by the 2019 Benue South Senatorial aspirant, Dr. Isaac Akwuma Egboja, during the flag off of his campaign at St. Andrew’s Primary School, Otukpo on Saturday, September 8, 2018.   I am immensely humbled by your massive turn-out in response to my call. Your most…… Continue reading 2019: I’M BACK TO RENEW MY DESIRE TO SERVE AND MAKE A CHANGE – Isaac Egboja  

2019: PDP MAY FIELD DAVID MARK/OSITA CHIDOKA TICKET

Investigation jamesibechi.com The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may finally settle for the duo of David Mark and Osita Chidoka in the forthcoming presidential elections, if feelers reaching jamesibechi.com are anything to believe. On Tuesday, Mark picked up his expression of interest and nomination form – a final indication that he will finally contest the election…… Continue reading 2019: PDP MAY FIELD DAVID MARK/OSITA CHIDOKA TICKET

2019 Benue South: Why Senate seat should move to Old Oju District

2019 BENUE SOUTH SENATORIAL RACE Why Senate seat should move to Old Oju District By James Ibechi, Guest Writer By demography, the 2006 national population census recognizes Tiv, Idoma and Igede as the three dominant ethnics in Benue State. Their dominance is in the order that they are listed. In other words, Tiv, Idoma and…… Continue reading 2019 Benue South: Why Senate seat should move to Old Oju District

WITH KILLING OF FARMERS IN MIDDLE BELT, FG’S AGRIC EXPORT PLAN CANNOT WORK – EMMANUEL

Chief Ode Ochi Emmanuel, Chairman, Middle Belt Traditional Council (MBTC) in the South West and the Oji Kpururu 1 of Ibilla, is the Chief Executive of Dominion Global Logistics Limited, a Lagos-based maritime services provider. In this interview with EJIKEME OMENAZU, he spoke on the huge burden of foreign loans on the country, the failure…… Continue reading WITH KILLING OF FARMERS IN MIDDLE BELT, FG’S AGRIC EXPORT PLAN CANNOT WORK – EMMANUEL

BUHARI RUNNING LACK-LUSTRE ADMINISTRATION – EMMANUEL, MBTC BOSS

By James Ibechi and Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos Chief Ochi Ode Emmanuel, Chairman of the Middle Belt Traditional Council (MBTC), has described the three years of President Muhammadu Buhari administration as lack-lustre, stressing that he has performed very far from expectation. Emmanuel, who was reacting to US President Donald Trump’s statement describing President Buhari as “lifeless”,…… Continue reading BUHARI RUNNING LACK-LUSTRE ADMINISTRATION – EMMANUEL, MBTC BOSS

BENUE SOUTH SENATE SEAT: APC STAKEHOLDERS RESOLVE FOR OLD OJU, AS EGBOJA FLAGS OFF CAMPAIGN AT IGEDE AGBA

*Igede APC endorses Buhari, uphold Akume, Yaro’s leadership of party But for the fact that the Igede stakeholders who gathered in a near thousand at the Oju LG Pavilion at the weekend represented only a stratum of the Igede political spectrum – APC – it would have been correctly put that Igede community has wholly…… Continue reading BENUE SOUTH SENATE SEAT: APC STAKEHOLDERS RESOLVE FOR OLD OJU, AS EGBOJA FLAGS OFF CAMPAIGN AT IGEDE AGBA

MIDDLE BELT TRADITIONAL COUNCIL TASKS AKUME OVER CRISIS IN BENUE

EJIKEMEOMENAZU, LAGOS The Middle Belt Traditional Council (MBTC) has called on Senator George Akume, former governor of Benue State, to allow the state administration to run smoothly in the interest of the people. Chief Ode Ochi Emmanuel, the MBTC chairman in the South West geo-political zone, who spoke to DAILY INDEPENDENT in Lagos on Wednesday,…… Continue reading MIDDLE BELT TRADITIONAL COUNCIL TASKS AKUME OVER CRISIS IN BENUE

BENUE 2019: APC, PDP TEST STRENGTH

  By James Ibechi Relax convention, or just forgive my breaking of it, and let me start this insightful journalistic analysis like this: maybe, just maybe Chief Steve Lawani has no idea what the word contradiction means. Or he would not have said that APC showed Ortom the exit door from the party because of…… Continue reading BENUE 2019: APC, PDP TEST STRENGTH