Tinubu Disappoints NBA, Fails To Attend Annual General Conference In Lagos

By Lateef Adegbite

  Ahead of the 2023, general elections, the Nigerian Bar Association, N BA, under the close watch of Olumide Akpata, appear to have taken   advantage of its 2022 annual General Conference that kick started in Lagos, on Monday, August 22, 2022 to provide a platform for the 18 registered political parties by Professor Mahmood Yakubu led independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Presidential Candidates to come and speak to Nigerians about their plan for the Nigeria. The one week conference is expected to end on Friday, August 26, 2022.  

The Leadership of the NBA, were said to have too have sent out an early invitation to  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice  President ,during Olusegun Obansanjo’s Administration and the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Touch bearer and Peter Obi, a business mogul and former governor of Anambra state  and Candidate,  of the Labour Party, LP, described as the front runners in the upcoming 2023, general election. Akpat, the NBA , President and his EXCO members, were optimistic , that all the invited Political Parties Presidential Candidates will attend the conference in person without hesitation  or sending any Representatives . They got it wrong t wrong.

 While, Atiku, Candidate of the PDP and his counterpart in the LP, Obi, including  Prince Adewole  Adebayo, Presidential Candidate of  the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Chimamanda Adichie, were at the Lawyers’  conference   Dumebi Kachukwu, of the African Democratic  Congress, ADC,  was aid to have also attended the NBA, opening  Conference. Even Chimamanda Adichie, an award winning novelist, was said to have also attended the NBA, annual general conference.

Tinubu: APC, Presidential Candidate, Shuns NBA Conference, Represented By Shettima, The VP, Candidate

 Tinubu, the APC, Presidential flag bearer and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, and former governor of the north west state of Kano and incidentally the touch bearer of the New Nigerian’s People’s Party, NNPP, a party, NNPP, according to the organisers of the event, could not confirm their availability for the event due to undisclosed reasons.

The former Lagos state governor may not have attended the Lawyers’s annual conference to avoid talking on the same platform with Obi, Atiku, and others that may expose his unpreparedness for the 2023, general elections that he   had sent Kassin Shettima, a former governor f Borno state and now the APC, Vice Presidential Candidate, for the 2023, elections, who many believe can match Obi and the other NBA, invited Presidential Candidates.

Atiku: PDP, Flag Bearer, Shines At NBA, Annual General Conference

Atiku, the PDP, Candidate for the 2023, general elections may have taken advantage of the NBA, conference to speak out of his plan for the nation’s education sector, stressing that he will hand over all Federal owned Universities across the country to state governments to manage as a way to prevent the incessant strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. The former Vice President who could not hide his feelings was said to have made it clear to those who care to listen that   that ‘’the Federal government does not have infinite resources to manage the Federal Universities.

Given an insider information on how his Administration will go about resuscitating the  country’s battered economy, he had said that ‘’the  only way is  ‘’to make sure   that the government provide the conducive environment   to both foreign and local  investors   to participate in the country’s educational sector and other sectors of the economy like power and provision of infrastructural facilities’’.

The former Vice President had lamented that students of the Federal owned Universities have been out of school since February 7, 20222,   as had  embarked on industrial action, to press home their demands, which Festus Keyamo, a Legal Luminary and minister of State, Labour and Employment had said that the government cannot borrow to pay their N1.2 trillion when the country’s yearly   total  income is  about N6.1 trillion. 

Given the reaction of Nigerians to Atiku’s Statement at the NBA conference to hand over Federal Universities to the state governments may have informed why the PDP, Presidential Candidate camp had to go back to the drawing board to review what he had said, urging Paul Ibe, the Media Aide to the Adamawa state born politician’s Media Aide to withdraw the Statement. ‘’Atiku will not hand over Federal Universities to the state governments if elected as the country’s next President after the 2023, general elections’, he had said.

He noted that what the PDP, Presidential Candidate had told the Journalists who had ambushed for interview at the NBA event was that his ‘’plans for the country was for a ‘’phased devolution of power to the Federating units: states and the 774 Local government Areas’’.

Obi: Labor Party Touch Bearer

Obi, the LP, Flag bearer who was said to have been more concerned on how to better the nation’s economy since he declared his interest to contest the 2023, Presidential elections on the ticket of the LP, he had said that he will concentrate ‘’the government investment in tangible assets such as education and power’’, stressing that’’ the two sectors are critical to the country’s economic renainance’’.

The LP, Presidential Candidate, had said that that his Administration will revive the economy if the two most intangible assets:  security, Law and Order are properly tackled by providing  the conducive environment  that would attract investors if the LP,  is elected in the 2023, general elections. He had said at the nba   conference that’’education power and the economy in general can only be driven by these intangible assets’’.

Shettima: APC, Vice Presidential Candidate, Represent Tinubu At NBA, Conference

Shettima, the APC, Vice Presidential Candidate , may have spoken the mind of Tinubu,  the party Presidential Candidate, at the NBA ,  Conference  when he said  that the APC government at the Federal level  will ‘’replicate  the wonders of Borno and Lagos, achieved by him, and Tinubu, as governors of the north east and north west  states respectively,  across Nigeria, if the party is  returned to power  after the 2023, general elections’’.

 We are going   to replicate our achievements in Borno, Lagos and some of the frontline states so that our nation will be better placed’’, he insists.  He noted that the fundamental issue thatthe country needs now is good governance’’ Hear him: We have the antecedents. I built some of the best schools in Nigeria in spite of the fact that bOrno state at war’’.  

The question on the lips of most people was that if his Administration had performed wonders to reposition Borno economically during his tenure as the state governor, why did the state turn out to be the home of the Islamic Fundamentalist Group, BokoHaram and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, and subsequently the breeding ground of Banditry and terrorism in Nigeria since 2009.

It was on record that during  his tenure as governor of Borno state, some Local government  Areas  in the state were occupied by the insurgents  as the  residents  were forced to flee and taken to Internally Displaced People’, IDPs, camps built in the state by the Federal government for them, amidst tight security.

As at 13, 2022 2022,  the 13 year-old  Jihadist  insurgency  in the north east geopolitical  region was said to have killed  more than  40,000 people  and displaced over  2.2 million in the region with more of the victims from the Borno wonder state. In Lagos state, the area boys are everywhere threatening people’s lives.    

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