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Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by gratiaeo(m): 6:30am On Sep 15, 2013
Obasanjo, Atiku are finished politically – Jubril Aminu

Prof. Jubril Aminu is a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was also at different times the Minister of Education and Petroleum Resources. He was equally a senator. In this interview, he speaks on the PDP crisis, saying the attempt by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and some governors to break away from the mainstream PDP is borne out of the need to remain politically relevant.

According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan should concentrate on delivering on the mandate given to him by Nigerians and worry less about second term, which, he says, the president would get on a platter, if Nigerians see him as performing.

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How do you see the breakaway moves of some PDP members led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, some governors and former national officers of the party?

What they did is nothing to worry about. Democracy is partly about the expression of personal opinions. There is nothing in jumping ship by any party member under democracy. As an original founding member of the PDP, I have been around all the time and I can be described as a major stakeholder in Nigeria and my state of Adamawa.

I don’t support what they did and I also presume that what they did was not motivated by their love for the country but by personal ego and a way to salvage themselves from the situation in which they have found themselves. I suspect that when we get to know the extent of the forces behind the move, one would be surprised to see powerful people inside and outside the PDP, not necessarily governors, who are trying to settle scores or re-direct the party in some ways or just playing mischief.
Jubril Aminu

Jubril Aminu

I don’t get jittery when this type of thing happens. Nigeria moved from the worst moment to the present without collapsing. That will not happen since we survived the June 12 crisis that led to the sacking of Interim Head of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan, from office. What is happening now does not worry me. Until about a few months ago, there were only two parties but now we have new ones, which have no real ideology. To that extent, nobody should get jittery because these groups are driven by ego and their games don’t add up. I suspect that they need some tricks in order to survive. So, nobody should be worried about the antics adopted by the people causing trouble for the party.

In other words, they are frustrated people?

They are losers and they are looking for new avenues to win the game. Let me give you an example: Atiku does not stand any chance in 2015 because Jonathan is already in the game for re-election and he Atiku needs a new game in order to be relevant politically. Obasanjo, for example, is finished, but he has decided not to be seen as finished. So, all these people need a new game in order to be politically relevant. They have decided they are not finished politically. These are some of the things you should look at and not to be scared by what is happening. It is nothing new.

But when you put together all that is happening now, do you see the PDP resolving its crisis in order to win the next election?

The crisis will be resolved, but I don’t know who will be the scapegoat at the end. I don’t know who they will use to resolve it. This entire thing is being done to retain power by those who are there and those outside also want to wrest power from those wielding it. So, what is happening is a normal political game that goes on in any democracy and it will not break the party and the country as some persons have predicted.

Some people insist that the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, be removed as a condition for peace to reign in the PDP. Are they justified?

Those are very mean people, particularly the Adamawa State governor, who never liked Tukur. He does not want Tukur at any point and has always gone for his jugular. That is unfair and unhealthy for the party and the country.

But do you think that Tukur has led the PDP well?

What power do you think Tukur really has? What power did Audu Ogbeh wield when Obasanjo was in power? Obasanjo is the one who changed party supremacy for something else. He sent people to the Ministry of Power in South Africa to study how power was being managed and they said, ‘no, go to the African National Congress, ANC, and see what the party has on power’. I don’t see that happening in Nigeria because our people are pre-occupied with personal control of everything. They are concerned with using power. So, you cannot really accuse Tukur of using power.

He has shown strong commitment as a Fulani man to move the party forward. It is not easy for anybody with a modicum of self-pride to continue to hold on. What does he really want if not trying to work for the nation and its people? He has tried and people should leave him alone to move the party forward.

People like you, who have seen it all, should be able to play a fatherly role in the emerging crisis rocking the party and the nation. What advice have you given President Jonathan to solve the crisis?

I think Jonathan is too concerned about his second term and, because he is focused on that, there are people around him who are making a huge capital out of the situation. His fixation on second term brings about a good menu for people to exploit. He should focus more on fixing Nigeria and believing that, at the appropriate time, Nigerians will vote for him. Let me give you an example.

Lagos State governor is one governor who is working without looking back. He does not want the state to be ruffled by anyone. He keeps on working not minding whose ox is gored. The people are happy that the governor is working for their interest. The President is too concerned about second term. My advice to him is to continue to do the work that he was elected to do and he will get a second term.

If he works hard, he will get his second term easily. All these people who are talking do so for selfish reasons and nothing more. But, at the end of the day, Nigerians won’t judge their performance but that of Mr. President. He should ask them to allow him the chance to do his work. Many of them do not wish him well, they are looking for an opportunity to exploit every loophole for their personal aggrandisement.

In other words, Jonathan himself should step forward and do the work at hand.

Exactly! That is what I mean. Look at the ASUU strike, he should face it. He should tackle the security challenges in the northern part of the country and the problems in the health sector. People are taking advantage of his obsession with second term and are making money from it. Jonathan should see that the things he promised Nigerians are faithfully implemented and his second term will be smooth sailing. That is my advice to him. Jonathan should learn from the situation and make more impact.

Former Minister of Science and Technology, Gen. Sam Momah, argued against the continuous application of the federal character principle on the grounds that it encourages cheating and laziness at the expense of merit and hard work?

General Sam Momah is a good man and he is probably very sincere about it, but his proposition will not work. He can say what he is saying because of where he comes from. But, in the context of peace and unity of Nigeria, there is no reason to discontinue with the principle of federal character. The day somebody from Kano or Sokoto comes out and speaks about FC, you can believe him that he is serious. Nobody will believe Momah or anyone else from Imo or Enugu because they are from educationally advantaged states. But, in the context of Nigeria, for peace and unity to reign, the principle must be continued to give everyone a sense of belonging.

What do you make of the allegation that lawmakers are most highly paid in the world by a former Education Minister, Dr (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili?

These people have seen what the executive is doing with public funds, what the governors are doing with public funds and so on; why do they worry about the payment being made to the legislature? Are they fair? Anyone who wants to talk about the way public officers in Nigeria are being paid or how they are managing public funds should take a holistic look at the three tiers of government and stop singling out a particular organ for ridicule. It does not solve the problems facing the nation in any way.

Have we made progress as a nation at 53?

A former friend of mine used to tell me that you can always find fault if you want to. Nigeria has made enormous progress already in all sectors of the economy. In the past, we could count the number of bridges and schools in the northern part of Nigeria, but, today, it is difficult to do so. In Yola alone, you can see the level of infrastructural progress that has been recorded. I wrote a paper sometime ago that we are contacting diseases that were peculiar to Europe because of improved living standards brought about by advancement in our nation. We should even thank God that we went through a civil war and came out of it. We did not disintegrate.

We are largely affected by the selfishness of certain persons in the country and nothing more. Many states have also been created, thereby creating more centres of economic development and we should be happy that these things have been put in place for Nigeria’s transformation. We should be grateful to the founding fathers of Nigeria and do our own part to move the nation forward instead of always complaining that the nation has not made progress.

I disagree with those who hold that view and state categorically that we have made progress as a nation.

In education, our adopted policies that cost money and we should be ready to pay for such services and move on like the countries we are trying to copy. Corruption has increased the cost of everything in Nigeria and we should be ready to fight the virus like other forward-looking countries in order to make the kind of progress we envisage. It is only by so doing that we can record steady progress that even cynics would be able to see.


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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Caleboha(m): 7:00am On Sep 15, 2013
If only GEJ will listen to such advice! But he wouldn't. He'll keep trying to make peace with unforgiving greedy renegades, he'll beckon on Kwankwaso to stand by his side for a picture, lock up Amaechi's Official residence, annul Al-mustapha's death penalty, visit prophet TB fortnightly..... If he'll make 2015 a more covert quest and focus on winning the hearts of Nigerians Atiku and his antics will be history!

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by ogb5(m): 8:59am On Sep 15, 2013
Caleboha: If only GEJ will listen to such advice! But he wouldn't. He'll keep trying to make peace with unforgiving greedy renegades, he'll beckon on Kwankwaso to stand by his side for a picture, lock up Amaechi's Official residence, annul Al-mustapha's death penalty, visit prophet TB fortnightly..... If he'll make 2015 a more covert quest and focus on winning the hearts of Nigerians Atiku and his antics will be history!

Easier said than done.It is easy to give advice. How do you expect the president to focus on delivering the job when there are distractions every where.

A group of people clone the president's party and the president should do nothing about it? even when a court orders them to maintain status quo, they go about appointing new officers and opening new offices.

How does a president stay focus when they are burning the country and the ruling party?

Like he said, the problems are caused by politically irrelevant people, they are causing problems and scheming to stay relevant.

What is exactly wrong if Obasanjo stays out of partisan politics and plays the role of a mediator instead of causing controversies for the president.

Atiku is well acclaimed thief, why should the president allow a thief to split his party and keep quiet.
As for Amaechi, the president has not even spoken one word about him. What is wrong if Amaechi completes his 2nd term as governor and goes back to whatever business he was doing before coming into office. Must he die in public office?

The president must be able to multitask. He should work for the electorates and at the same time chase thieves like Atiku out of public discussions. Atiku, a known thief can not represent our interests better than the president

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Mylove55(f): 10:44am On Sep 15, 2013
ogb5:

Easier said than done.It is easy to give advice. How do you expect the president to focus on delivering the job when there are distractions every where.

A group of people clone the president's party and the president should do nothing about it? even when a court orders them to maintain status quo, they go about appointing new officers and opening new offices.

How does a president stay focus when they are burning the country and the ruling party?

Like he said, the problems are caused by politically irrelevant people, they are causing problems and scheming to stay relevant.

What is exactly wrong if Obasanjo stays out of partisan politics and plays the role of a mediator instead of causing controversies for the president.

Atiku is well acclaimed thief, why should the president allow a thief to split his party and keep quiet.
As for Amaechi, the president has not even spoken one word about him. What is wrong if Amaechi completes his 2nd term as governor and goes back to whatever business he was doing before coming into office. Must he die in public office?

The president must be able to multitask. He should work for the electorates and at the same time chase thieves like Atiku out of public discussions. Atiku, a known thief can not represent our interests better than the president
status quo means everything remain as it is b4 d nonsense special convention,no group should parade themselve as d authentic pdp.GEJ should concentrate to provide job 4 me and hundred million unemployed graduate.or else.....
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by takedat(m): 11:09am On Sep 15, 2013
gratiaeo:


Lagos State governor is one
governor who is working
without looking back. He does
not want the state to be ruffled
by anyone. He keeps on
working not minding whose ox
is gored. The people are happy
that the governor is working for
their interest.

cheesy Some people won't like this. Anybody seen Olisa Metuh



@Topic: Obviously Jubril Aminu is still seething with anger. Nyako frustrated his senatorial re-election bid. He offered Jonathan the best advice. Concentrate on delivering the deliverable(s) and Nigerians shall reward by re-electing him.
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Alxmyr(m): 11:26am On Sep 15, 2013
Mylove55: status quo means everything remain as it is b4 d nonsense special convention,no group should parade themselve as d authentic pdp.GEJ should concentrate to provide job 4 me and hundred million unemployed graduate[size=15pt][/size].or else.....


What is Nigeria population then?
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Mylove55(f): 12:57pm On Sep 15, 2013
Alxmyr:


What is Nigeria population then?
170m,is it everyone dat is working,dat is fully employed,almost everyone in my area in benin are unemployed since banning of bike.is bike riding a job?

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Nobody: 1:08pm On Sep 15, 2013
Caleboha: If only GEJ will listen to such advice! But he wouldn't. He'll keep trying to make peace with unforgiving greedy renegades, he'll beckon on Kwankwaso to stand by his side for a picture, lock up Amaechi's Official residence, annul Al-mustapha's death penalty, visit prophet TB fortnightly..... If he'll make 2015 a more covert quest and focus on winning the hearts of Nigerians Atiku and his antics will be history!



Sometimes, I wish I could just lend the man my guts and...wit. He should focus on winning Nigerians and forget expired politicians. Nigerians are wiser and attach little political value to these men. 2015 is all about GEJ and his achievement in office, not about Atiku or the American govt.

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by ochukoccna: 10:10am On Sep 16, 2013
And Jubril '6-3-3-4/AGIP' Aminu is not an expired politician too?! shocked shocked angry angry angry

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Okijajuju1(m): 10:10am On Sep 16, 2013
1st of All:: WTF is Jubril Aminu?!

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by kennyonthrone(m): 10:12am On Sep 16, 2013
Obasanjo i knw,Atiku i knw bt pls who is Jubril Aminu?

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Ogidan71: 10:12am On Sep 16, 2013
May God continue 2save us in dis country. Politics ear & der
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Gifted4all(m): 10:13am On Sep 16, 2013
What this men are after is our beloved national cake cos all of them are complete failures.using our cash to enrich themselves and sending their children abroad to study while we stay at home due to frequent ASUU strike.QED
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Kanwulia: 10:13am On Sep 16, 2013
How?

One was president for 8 years minus military career!
The other VP, minus PARA-MILITARY CUSTOMS career!

Why did GEJ run to OBJ? grin
Why did AMAECHI run to Atiku? grin

How many NIGERIANS will smell such offices even in the after-life?

How relevant can they be after these? undecided

Oh boy! Abeg use ya POMO knack the TOZO wey dey between ya legs sir! E be like say ya brain dey sleep for h-inside dia!!!

Sheeeeeeeesh!!!!
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by phayvoursky(m): 10:16am On Sep 16, 2013
wetn concern me. next pls.
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Eneze1(f): 10:17am On Sep 16, 2013
According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan should concentrate on delivering on the mandate given to him by Nigerians and worry less about second term, which, he says, the president would get on a platter, if Nigerians see him as performing

at bolded, I just wish Jonathan will listen to this and not be distracted
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by demelza: 10:18am On Sep 16, 2013
So Alhaji Aminu is still alive?

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by deskossy(m): 10:30am On Sep 16, 2013
in all honesty, this man make alot of sense

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by inspirenet: 10:31am On Sep 16, 2013
Okija_juju: 1st of All:: WTF is Jubril Aminu?!




shocked
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Nobody: 10:33am On Sep 16, 2013
smiley
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Dannyxy(m): 10:35am On Sep 16, 2013
Who said obj is polically finished,the person's brain needs to be hammered back to it normal position

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by davidbenz12: 10:37am On Sep 16, 2013
I didn't have enough time to read the complete article here but, I want to say is very sad that , under the leadership of PDP has caused this country a lot damages.The Nigeria has gone down in list of ranking in global activities even among African nations, some cases completely missing when it comes anything good in record keeping. Is not a good legacy since Pdp took.what a shame!
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Mayany(m): 10:38am On Sep 16, 2013
Pls oo i would like to know how many founding fathers pdp gat? #curious# Because tomorrow guys like ameachi and co will still claim to be what they are not any one with the complete list here pls let me know
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by ayodeji752: 10:38am On Sep 16, 2013
I heard dis man was a genius in university of ibadan where he studied medicine. He had distinction in all courses frm 100L to final year. A record dat no one has in d history of college of medicine, university of ibadan
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by comrChris(m): 11:01am On Sep 16, 2013
demelza: So Alhaji Aminu is still alive?
## hmm u wished him death before?
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by point5: 11:05am On Sep 16, 2013
Space reserved 4 better use..period
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by rill: 11:06am On Sep 16, 2013
Only politically?
Buh Wat of habatically
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by comrChris(m): 11:09am On Sep 16, 2013
like seriously this man really spoke like an elder,but the problem too is that nigerians r not gratefull,Gej has done much compare 2 our previous leaders even with the efforts of some groups 2make nigeria ungovernable he is conquering

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Krisddon: 11:13am On Sep 16, 2013
Atiku's political career was long finished! U all will affairm to this cos if Atiku were to be a man of virtue, he would have known the harm he did to himself when he left PDP. He exposed most of their top secrets in campaignig calumnistically against them. Some times i wonder why some people will so debase themselves and yet expect respect. When Atiku left PDP, i wonder what he was thinking. We all know that no Nigerian politician is virtuous not even the almighty one of the northerns who Babangida threatened to expose his secret some months back. Let me not digress, after all Atiku did which were and still are in the media, he still deem himself worhthy of relevence? Fighting GEJ with Mr. Baje for their selfish interests. Atiku can never win this war unless he goes through diplomatic means, humbly seek for a slot through wich he can continue looting even as we act like we never knew what had happed. Long live GEJ!

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Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Nonybb: 11:15am On Sep 16, 2013
I knew that since 2007
Re: Obasanjo, Atiku Are Finished Politically – Jubril Aminu by Edetbless(f): 11:15am On Sep 16, 2013
Oga Jubril you make sense. If only Gej will listen!

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