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2023 PRESIDENCY: Former Minister Of Education, Oby Ezekwesili Takes PDP, Plus Her Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar To The Cleaners.

Oby Ezekwesili & Atiku Abubakar.

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is one woman whose words are never to be taken lightly or for granted, in all spheres of human endevour, and when she says anything about any of the candidates jostling to occupy the highest office of the land. 

Though, the very vocal ‘Madam Due Process’, as she is fondly called when she served in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whom the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, today, Atiku Abubakar also served as Vice President, had not made any pronouncements yet as to whom she is supporting, but had these few words to says about the candidate of the PDP.

 "I just laugh when I hear some people say our citizens movement will split opposition votes. But the PDP is not in opposition to the APC. The candidate of the PDP has over the past 14 years gone from PDP to AC, AC to PDP, PDP to APC and now back to PDP. 

For these terrible Nigerian politicians, corruption is all fun and games. These people have no desire but for more power, power, power, power. They stay up at night conspiring to steal and pillage, to loot and destroy. 

Oh, my brothers and sisters, I served in that government with one of the candidates who is running under #APCPDP in this election. Kai! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Six and a half years after, I had fought the fight that had to be fought from within, and then I left government knowing for sure that if this political order is not changed, the work of good governance that we do within government will never last.

I decided not to re-enter government, rebuffing every request made since, and instead made a decision to dedicate my life to activating citizens to push these blood-sucking political class out of office.

I returned from the World Bank five years later to do just that, and the PDP was still at it! Same incentives, same behavior. The political class was completely unchanged - and had in fact become completely worse.

For goodness sake, what has fundamentally changed about that PDP we have always known? What lessons did the party really learn after its defeat in 2015? 

Is this not the same PDP that looted the monies meant to equip our military, so that our soldiers had to run away at the sight of Boko Haram, because they had no weapons? 

The same PDP that spent precious days denying that our Chibok girls were kidnapped and so allowed the terrorists get away?  

Is this not the same PDP that conducted a recruitment exercise for the Immigration Service that killed scores of our young people and yet nobody was sacked or punished? Haba. How can we forget so easily!

So the question is: Apart from forgetfulness, why are some Nigerians suddenly considering the PDP yet again? 

I have heard some people say it is because the PDP candidate has run successful businesses and therefore will be good for the economy at a time like this.

That response just makes me shake my head in wonderment: Is it the same person we know, or are we speaking of another? Perhaps you never read a 2005 email from the president of Atiku’s university which was obtained by US investigators. 

Let me quote a small portion: “...The flow of revenue to the university will slow dramatically if Atiku’s political fortunes continue to wane… Construction delays on campus have also raised fears that the prospects for the university are linked to Atiku’s political success.”

Did you just hear what that email said? That the success of that man’s private business is dependent on our commonwealth?

A special report by a US Senate Committee on Foreign Corruption concluded that “over an eight-year period from 2000 to 2008, Atiku and his wife, Jennifer Douglas were able to bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States…” 

And these are the people you want to put in charge of the national treasury? In charge of the money for your children’s education? Of the resources for our country’s hospitals? Of the budget for our depleted army and our impoverished police force? 

If we dive into all the filthy issues involving the PDP candidate - from PTDF saga to $2.8 million Siemens bribery scandal - we may spend the entire day here today and I simply do not have that time. 


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