The fight against corruption
With the emergence of a new government came the renewed fight against corruption. Corruption is one malaise Nigerians have unanimously agreed is the bane of growth of the nation, both socially and economically and the campaigns of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC before the election centred on fighting corruption.
Soon after swearing in, the hitherto comatose anti corruption agencies like the Economy and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, ICPC, swung into action, arresting and prosecuting high profile corruption cases or those known as politically exposed persons.
The former head of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde was removed, and replaced with Ibrahim Magu, another veteran of the Commission. Lamorde himself became a subject of investigation by the National Assembly in a classic case of the hunter becoming the hunted.
A petition had been written against Lamorde by one George Ubo who accused him of not accounting for over N1trn of cash and assets recovered from accused persons. The ethics committee of the senate extended invitation to Lamorde, but he declined appearing before the ethics committee. He is currently out of the country, since losing his job.
The mother of all the fight against corruption has been that involving the erstwhile National Security Adviser, Dasuki Sambo. It has become a floodgate of who is who benefiting from the heist better known as Dasukigate.
The authorities claim that $2.1bn meant for arms was diverted to other uses, with a long list of beneficiaries astounding many observers. It is one case that the end cannot be gleaned from this beginning. It promises to reveal more, and the end perhaps may not be as theatrical and entertaining as the beginning.
APC’s internal squabbles
The ruling APC perhaps never knew it was going to earn the victory it did in the last general elections and that was why it never really was prepared on how to share the booties of victory.
With no prearranged zoning formula, especially as regards National Assembly leadership positions, APC nearly imploded in the tussle that ensued.
While the party as an afterthought insisted on zoning the National Assembly leadership positions to, especially the North East for the Senate Presidency and South West for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, other members of the party had other ideas. The party insisted on Senator Lawan from Yobe State as its preferred candidate for Senate President and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos as the Speaker. However, it did not get what it wanted. With the active connivance of the opposition PDP that has a large chunk of members in both chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kwara State and Hon Yakubu Dogara from Bauchi emerged Senate President and Speaker respectively.
This rankled and ruffled many feathers in the party leadership especially with the fact that PDP’s Ike Ekweremadu emerged the deputy senate president, a very novel combination at least since 1999.
The power tussle and the determination of some party leaders to unseat Saraki by all means even if by extra-legal means threw both the party and the National Assembly into crisis.
From the blues and just like a thunderbolt, the Code of Conduct Bureau woke up from its slumber charging Saraki of false declaration of assets; an offence he allegedly committed 12 years previously.
While Saraki vowed to fight on, those after him vowed to spare nothing to oust him. The case is still pending before the Supreme Court.
The rise of Fayose as the face of opposition
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State takes no prisoners. At the risk of his own political life, he has emerged as almost the lone voice condemning the excesses of President Muhammadu Buhari in office. He can be rightly described as one-man opposition.
In many cases where the main opposition party, PDP has cowed and abdicated its role, Fayose has dutifully filled the gaping void. The attempt of the ruling APC to use the judiciary to rob PDP of its victory at the polls has been vociferously condemned by Fayose. The numerous foreign trips of President Buhari have come under scathing attack by Fayose who advised the President to stop gallivanting and face his work at home.
However, his vocal criticism of this administration has given room to his election being scrutinised. The military has set up a probe panel to look