In News by stephen abiodun on the 27th, August, 2020

Okunbo: The Ace In Edo’s Gap

Okunbo: The Ace In Edo’s Hole

The quantity, velocity and number of campaigns of calumny in opposition to Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, a billionaire businessman and philanthropist, in the previous few weeks, underpin the consensus among the many elite and the typical voters in Edo State, that having wilfully taken on a few of its illustrious sons, Governor Godwin Obaseki is an sick wind that blows nobody any good and must be voted out of Authorities Home by September 19th. Obaseki doesn’t deserve pity of any form, actually.

He self-destructed by scrapping with effectively that means apolitical however rich Edo sons, who are actually all out to see his again. A statesman like Capt Hosa, for example, is the centripetal power of the governorship election with only one mandate: chase Obaseki out.

Prior, he would have remained within the background, due to his professed non-political stance.
However the governor and his administration had mindlessly and serially besmirched him and his companies.

For Capt Hosa, the September 19th governorship election is a battle he’s dedicated to serving to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the All Progressives Congress, APC, win, not for any ulterior motive however the necessity to rescue Edo from the impostor in Authorities Home.

Combating useless battles with individuals particularly people who have impacted the lives of the individuals for many years stays certainly one of Obaseki’s mortal undoing. He sadly and patently epitomises and embodies the biting aphorism that no man is sensible sufficient or ok to be trusted with limitless energy.

Pre-2016, Obaseki was dutiful, loyal and meek; virtues that gained him over to the Edo State elite, notably, Capt Hosa. For any right-thinking authorities, whether or not state, nationwide or worldwide, Capt Hosa is an ace within the gap – an efficient adviser and sounding board for financial insurance policies and instructions.

That Obaseki didn’t capitalise on his hand of fellowship is without doubt one of the main indicators of his administrative and governance ineptness and ignorance.

But, within the early days of his administration, Captain Hosa was certainly one of Obaseki’s cheerleaders – supporting, rooting and collaborating with him to make Edo work for the generality of the individuals. He contended that if Obaseki succeeded, it’s the individuals of the state that may be the best beneficiary and if he did in any other case, it’s nonetheless the individuals that may bear the brunt.

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Figuring out Captain Hosa means realizing a person at peace with himself, humanity and his creator. Undeniably certainly one of Nigeria’s most profitable and humane businessmen with pursuits in various sectors of the economic system spanning petroleum, marine, building engineering and agriculture, Captain Hosa has given as a lot to humanity and his native Edo State nay Nigeria as a lot he has been blessed by God.

Through the years, a lot as he’s not a partisan politician, he has at all times supported progressive politics and people with the fervour and devotion to raised the numerous the individuals.

Due to his dedication to creating Obaseki and his administration succeed, Capt Hosa, in 2016, had a gathering with the brand new governor on make the state an funding hub to develop income base, drive financial development, and reduce the monetary burden on the general public purse so the state authorities might spend much more on public works.

Believing that he and the governor have been in sync, Captain Hosa sponsored him and his officers on an investments pathfinder’s journey to China, due to his agency conviction in non-public sector-led participation as being the important thing to the financial and industrial improvement of the state.

On one other event, as a visitor of the governor on the Edo Conference in Toronto, Canada, he introduced the donation of 5 homes valued at N50million to assist Obaseki’s housing challenge and earn him the goodwill of Edo individuals at dwelling and within the Diaspora. Capt Hosa did all of those and extra with out essentially anticipating any patronage from the state authorities.

The eventual level of departure between him and Obaseki, in keeping with Capt Hosa, was when he began an avoidable combat with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the then APC Nationwide Chairman.

“At a time, I spent nearly three hours of my valuable time within the governor’s home, explaining to him the necessity to construct synergy between him and in one of the best curiosity of the event of our state. He was blunt that he was not curious about any peace speak and that he was embarking on a combat to the end with Comrade Oshiomhole,” Okunbo recalled, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Edo individuals.

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A person, who holds firmly that politics is about morals and values, and that no one wants amoral mates with shitty values, Capt Hosa stated he determined to fingers off the matter, having carried out all he might do to engender a peaceable ambiance for governance and improvement of Edo.

On the time additionally, it had turn into obvious that Obaseki’s fashion of governance was anti-people and divisive whereas his sturdy go well with is demonising those that don’t share his base political views. Worse, Obaseki and his rapacious crew pandered in the direction of venality whereas he made a botch of the state’s economic system.

They deified and enrobed him in transcendent garb with out commensurate achievements or substance and he believed his personal hype and turned a deaf ear to voices of cause. He did just about nothing to guarantee the populace that folks can keep linked and respect one another even when they differed politically.

Then, Obaseki started a reign of onslaught in opposition to Captain Hosa. First was the sponsored and sustained hearsay that he was within the governorship seat. Regardless of his sturdy rebuttal, the Obaseki camp feasted on it. Later, Obaseki, in a press assertion, blatantly accused Oshiomhole and Captain Hosa of plans to recruit thugs to disrupt the September 19th election.

Subsequently, an aide of the governor, one Marvellous Zibiri, wrote an incendiary article whereby he described Capt. Hosa as a ‘drug baron’ as a result of he was investigated by the Nationwide Medicine Regulation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) in 1995 and given a clear invoice of well being.

It bears recalling that after the NDLEA absolved him of any crime, Capt Hosa instituted authorized proceedings in opposition to the company on the Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal, Lagos, the place it was established that the prosecution had not made a prima facie case in opposition to him that may warrant the tribunal to ask him to defend himself.

Thus, Hon. Justice Tijani Abdullahi, who presided over the tribunal, discharged and acquitted him on a ‘no case’ submission. It was this case that Zibiri referenced and brought about to be broadly revealed and syndicated. The article was certainly one of many calculated makes an attempt to deliver Capt Hosa into disrepute.

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Though Captain Hosa fought again, acquired Zibiri arrested and the younger man, who realised his errors, overtly apologised. For a person with a big coronary heart, Captain Hosa forgave him and introduced him like a son. Zibiri had since written a number of articles, doting over the way of man that Captain Hosa is.

In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the individuals of Edo, Capt Hosa acknowledged bluntly: “This spate of coordinated assaults, with their attendant mode of vicious execution, can greatest be described because the unconscionable actions by assault canines and hirelings of the determined Edo State Authorities on the watch of Governor Godwin Obaseki.”

In accordance with him, as a good-hearted Edo son, he didn’t deserve the embarrassing therapy at the same time as his pedigree won’t ever let him to intentionally concoct any unsuitable in opposition to his state and Obaseki.

“I’m, nonetheless, shocked, bewildered and pained to watch that regardless of my very honest, sturdy and acknowledged dedication to assist the anticipated tempo of infrastructure improvement, progress and different social funding initiatives by way of the deployment of my modest goodwill and community of capital, for which I’m eternally grateful to God, alas, the response has been to color my particular person with a brush of public odium that verges on mischief.”

Properly, the die is forged now. The skunk on the backyard social gathering in Edo State will probably be marched out in September. However the honour, respect and popularity that Captain Hosa had constructed through the years stay immutable, irrespective of the antics of detractors.

What extra, Okunbo is ready to be honoured quickly on September 11 for the Better of Africa awards, a number of days to the governorship election. Now you can perceive why he stays the ace in Edo’s gap.

Written by Abdulahi Taminu.

*Taminu lives and works in Abuja, the nation’s capital

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