The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, in the same anvil the journey of a man on earth begins at birth.
It is on this philosophical premise that we need to celebrate this iconic leader, Chief (Engineer) Bashorun Bamifele Johnson Abayomi, who is married and blessed with three lovely children.
He was born in Isanlu community, Yagba East LGA of Kogi State.
The quintessential politician is admired by the people for being passionate about their welfare and for his humanitarian gestures over the years.
Those close to him cannot deny that he shares whatever he has with the people and that his philosophy has been doing good to as many people as possible and extending hands of fellowship to the people around you no matter the circumstance.
Obiniyi is soft as a flower when it comes to kindness, but tough as thunder when it comes to principle.
Bashorun Obiniyi is courteous and polite at all times, but can never be pushed around.
Coming out as an House of Representatives aspirant from Yagba Federal Constituency in Kogi State is his own of offering services to the people, and making life better for them on all fronts.
This is just but a snippet of the extensive repertoire of our Vintage; CHIEF (Engr.) Bashorun Bamidele Johnson Abayomi Obiniyi MNSE, MCILGPA, MCLRM.
As a philanthropist, he has been very conscious of his role in the development of his community.
In recognition of his kind gestures and philanthropy, he was honoured by the traditional council with the chieftaincy tittle of Bashorun of Okeagiland, and subsequently in December 2016 he was honoured with another exalted traditional chieftaincy title Akeweje of Bagido followed closely in 2017 with the title of Oluomo of Isanlu Kingdom.
His hobbies and interests include; Music, Football, Volleyball and Badminton.
His early education was at CAC Primary School Isanlu, he proceeded to African Church Secondary School Isanlu and finally St. Kizito’s College also in Isanlu.
He did not stop there as he went in search of further advance academic qualifications to qualify as a Civil Engineer.
In quick succession, he added more feathers to his academic laurels with; Masters degree in Transport Management MTM, Masters degree in Business Administration MBA and Advance Diploma in Theology from Christ Apostolic Church Seminary Ile Ife, respectively.
He buttresses his academic background with rounded Professional qualification and membership of relevant professional institutions for career advancement and enhancement:
- Member Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)
- Member Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria
- Fellow Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (FCLRMN)
His versatile professional work experience and managerial leadership capacity encompasses but not limited to the following:
Chairman/MDChief Brodefe Network Ltd. Abuja
Provides overall leadership and direction to ensure the organization achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Organizes and manages staff and contractors to provide effective and efficient planning and construction. Approves and adopts organization’s construction policies, procedures and maintains accountability for the performance of the entire company. Provides overall leadership and staff direction in formulating and achieving organization’s objectives. Oversees the development and implementation of short-range and long-range goals and business plans. Oversees organization’s planning efforts, including identifying major priorities, establishing goals and strategies that ensure the success of the projects. Provides overall direction to ensure the safe delivery of quality construction projects on time and within budget. Balances future infrastructure needs that integrate development opportunities effectively and respects community and stakeholders needs. Exercises fiscal responsibility and provides the framework for developing strategies to work within financial constraints. Manages departments including developing, monitoring and adhering to organization’s policies. /procedures. Budget and achieving goals and objectives. Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment, while complying with all construction rules, policies, and procedures in Construction of Roads all over the country.
Chairman/MD Sovereign International Sport Academy Abuja
Responsible for organizing sport championships, both local and international to discover talents at the grass root. These include Kogi State governors badminton championship from 2004 till date.
Chief Resident Engineer, Petroleum Tax Fund (PTF). Abuja.
(1998 – 2000)
Responsible for monitoring all PTF road project under Enugu State Zone, Redesigning, Rehabilitation, Daily and Monthly report preparation, Supervision and Monitoring of staff, determine the financial needs of each site contractor, prepare bills and claims payment for work done.
Redesign, rehabilitation and reconstruction of: Agabni road, Coal Camp road, Enugu – Port Harcourt road, Enugu – Abakaliki road, Enugu – Awka – Onitsha road, Abakaliki – Ogoja road, New Haven Abakpa road to mention but few.
In his personal statement, he stated unequivocally that; “ I will serve as a leader, live a balanced life and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference to the growth and development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. It is a truism that the dream one has is a picture of his tomorrow.
He learnt early in life to be profitable in what he does and perfected the art of being tenacious in any dream he chases. He also learnt to be industrious, consistent and powerfully focused. He has always been a dogged, hardworking person and has the enabling ability and capacity to survive in any kind of challenging situation. He did understand the moral of the “wise saying” that, “the choices we make determine to a large extent our success in life.”
This is not just about another aspirant, who wants to get to office at all cost, it is about a man that is ready to serve and bring development to the people of his constituency.
Kano Politics: The Prince, Commander, and the Comrade. Are they really untouchables?
By Adamu Aminu, Kano
Even during the Roman Empire, gladiators were given outstanding priority by the Kings of those days, based on their bravery, courage in battlefields.
And also, perseverance, undivided loyalty and taking daring task during difficult times of fighting for continuous survival on the monarchical throne, were among the yardstick to promote any warrior to the much deserving position as a reward to acknowledge his bravery.
What had happened in those days is seemingly synchronic with what is presently transpiring in today’s Nigerian politics, particularly in Kano, my exalted state, which is not an exception in this regard.
The notion which strongly affirmed that ‘Only the daring deserved the jug, full of sweet-marmalade in the time of victory’.
It was seen by many political pundits, that the daring credibility and allegiance catapulted the trio to become front-bencher in the Khadimul Islam, kitchen cabinet, such as;Prince, Emir’s grandson.
- Prince, The Emir’s Son
- The Comrade
- The Commander.
That might even be the rationale for people branding them as prolific in terms of popularity and influences.
But the questions were already put by some analysts, meant to corroborate the reportedly said impression, as follows;
- Why do such threesome command much attention in this regime?
- was it for their hustle during 2019 polls, that led to his triumph?
- Or was it due to their unflinching allegiance to the governors through thick and thin of his political journey?
- Why did they deserve to be seeing and call by many, as untouchables and indispensable in the present dominion of Khadimul Islam?
It is obviously known that every one good turn deserves another, and nothing happens spontaneously on a silver platter, without any cause or efforts.
But based on superficial perspectives, many including myself thought that these trios are Khadimul Islam right-hand’s men, who in the past took the bull by the horns, for the present state government of scaling through.
Firstly, let’s take the prince – who is the current party chairman, famously known for his fire-brand, pomposity and often wearing sternly-face to justify his bonafide royal background.
A one-time state commissioner of environment, who is lucky to have bumper to bumper proximity with his excellency, the ‘ Khadimul Islam.
A man whose everyone within the party is trying to avoid loggerheads with him in as much as you need ‘ Khadimul Islam ‘ to back you in your political aspiration within the party, an instance where the only ex-federal house member of Kiru/Bebeji, Hon. Kofa would give full testimony of this man strong influence in the party.
The Prince, presumably said, his contributing factors help the ‘Khadimul Islam ‘ forced the leader of Kano red-cap ideology movement into impromptu retirement from politics.
Secondly, the commander, fondly called ‘ Yaki sai da Kwamanda ‘ a young, light, -complexion politician who is believed to have built a solid base of influence in Khadimul Islam government.
The man raised not only with a silver spoon but with a political spoon in view of the key positions holding at his tender age.
The man whose courage during 2019 gubernatorial polls had his name dominated newspapers headline – also had his half-bared physique went viral all over, all in all, out-war to salvage his party from political nose-diving.
Thirdly, Mr Comrade, the present state Information commissioner. The flamboyant, comrade with dandyish disposition since from youthful heyday.
The man among the three formidable, who was certain of being among the list present state executive members.
A man who has been with ‘ Khadimul Islam ‘ for quite some decades, whose allegiance to him is undisputed. The comrade, who had in the last year run from pillar to post, tried to protect his master’s dignity originated from Daily Nigerian posted video scandal.
The Comrade who is said to be always on alert, keeping sleeves rolled up, walking tip-toed, staying wary in anticipation of any issue that may give his long-time master a sleepless night.
As the proverbial phrase goes on saying “One good turn deserves another” this might be the reason, why the threesome political companions turn out to be Indispensable and untouchables within the Ganduje’s led government.
Conduct fresh election in Bayelsa, APC writes INEC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh governorship election in Bayelsa state.
The supreme court had nullified the election of David Lyon, candidate of the APC who was declared winner of the election in the state in November.
The apex court asked INEC to issue certificates of return to candidates of the party with the next highest number of lawful votes and with the required constitutional geographical spread in the election, and on Friday, the commission declared Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect.
But in a letter, Adams Oshiomhole, chairman of the APC, told INEC that Diri did not meet the requirement and that a fresh election should hold.
‘‘In the said judgement of the Supreme Court, the candidature of our governorship and deputy governorship candidates were nullified and the commission was ordered to issue fresh certificate of returns with the highest number of votes and with the required geographical spread,” the letter read.
‘’It is however to be noted that the Supreme Court did not void the votes that our party polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the All Progressives Congress must be reckoned with in determining whether any other candidate polled majority of lawful votes cast in one-quarter of at least two thirds majority of the state.
‘‘We have reviewed the judgement of the Supreme Court and we are of the firm opinion that the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party cannot be issued certificate of return and or sworn in as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.
‘‘We are aware of that section 179(1)(b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria mandatorily requires a candidate for an election to the office of governor of a state to have not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all the local government areas in the state before the candidate can be deemed to have been duly elected as the Governor of the State. This mandatory requirement was affirmed by the supreme court in the judgement under reference.
“From the results announced and duly published by the commission, it is clear that no candidates meet this mandatory constitutional requirement, including the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who only managed to poll one quarter of the votes cast in only five local government areas.
“The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party or any other candidate whatsoever, none satisfies the requirement of one quarter of the votes cast in at least 2/3 of the local government areas in the state as required by the supreme court judgement further request that a fresh election be conducted by the commission for the office of the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State.”
‘Our mandate will be restored’ — Sylva breaks silence on Lyon’s sack
Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum, says the mandate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state will be restored.
Sylva said this in reaction to the sack of David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa by the supreme court. Lyon was sacked by the apex court just 24 hours before the governorship inauguration.
Douye Diri, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, was subsequently sworn in as the governor.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Sylva, a former governor of the state, said President Muhammadu Buhari and Aisha Buhari, his wife, had planned to attend the occasion.
Sylva, who is the APC leader in the state, apologised to the president for the “disruption of his busy schedule”.
He further asked the people of Bayelsa to shun violence while, adding that the legal team of the ruling party is already exploring the options available to them.
Sylva said: “I want to use this moment to call on all the people of our dear state, Bayelsa, to kindly shun all acts of violence and lawlessness.
“Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the events of the moment.
“I am aware that Mr. President and his lovely wife Her Excellency Aisha Buhari had concluded arrangements to travel to Bayelsa to witness the inauguration of the APC Governorship candidate as Governor of Bayelsa State. I therefore extend my apology to Mr. President and members of his entourage.
“To the good people of Bayelsa state, I would like to emphasize the need for restraint at all times. No doubt the events of the last few days are as provocative as they are regrettable.
“But as tempting as it might be for anyone to take the law into their hands, such temptation must be resisted in the greater interest of our state and the political stability of the country at large.
“The leadership of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its team of legal experts to study the situation critically and proffer legal options available to the party accordingly.
“We should therefore all remain faithful to, and have confidence in, the wisdom and ability of the party leadership to provide direction at this very sensitive time.
“Let me conclude by assuring Mr. President and our party hierarchy that despite this temporary setback, APC in Bayelsa remains strong and its members resolute in our support for the ideals of a greater and prosperous Nigeria as envisioned by our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.
“The mandate will be restored and that dream of a better, greater Bayelsa State will be actualised.”
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