Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon is a household name as far as Nigerian politics is concerned. As a former member representing Oredo Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, he was famous for his use of often times big grammar that just leaves his audience confused.
Today, he is Chief of Staff to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and in this interview culled from The Nation, Hon. Obahiagbon speaks on the Rivers political faceoff and others.
On the purported feud between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan, he says “What are Amaechi’s political transgressions? That he regularly gives vent to the collective decisions of his brother governors? That he nurses vice presidential ambition which he has even denied? That he habilimented himself with a perfume of recusancy and not decumbency when he suspected a foul play on the oil wells that he insists belong to Rivers State? That he hobnobs with progressive governors? That he insists on the deepening of the practice of our unitary federalism? That he insists on the exercise of his inalienable right to re-contest as Chairman of the Governors Forum? Is this why the apparatchik and coercive apparatus of state, sustained by tax payers money has been arrayed against him? I see in this malodorous script the hands of Esau though the voice of Jacob and this is certainly an eschewable socio-political asphyxia cascading into a Frankenstein monster that does not dignify the Presidency and this Makossa dance must stop forthwith.”
On steps taken by the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN) – Justice Aloma Maryam Mukhtar – to sanitize the judiciary, the former federal lawmaker says: “No doubt at all that the Chief Justice of Nigeria has begun to intrepidly walk the talk by demonstrably showcasing her salubrious fingers in cleansing the judiciary of its odoriferous Augean stables. Recall that when she took her oath of office inside the hallowed chamber of Aso Rock on July 16, last year, she said inter alia: ‘I will do my best to tackle corruption in the judiciary by leading by example and hope that others will follow’ and since her assumption of office, some judges who have been adjudged guilty of malversation, have been committed to judicial sepulcher. She still has a long walk and she should be under no illusion that her audacious efforts would be resisted by retrograde forces of primitive accumulation as we have lugubriously witnessed in the case of the suspended Justice Talba. If she remains well focused and consistent in her logic, she can be rest assured of the strategic support of the progressive community.”
When asked to comment on the military offensive in the three states where emergency rule was declared, Hon. Obahiagbon stated: “Mark my words and you can quote me on this. The state of emergency that carries along with it increased military presence in three northern states of Nigeria would be in the long run a deprecable sciamachy. Students of history and historiography would not find it difficult to predict a recrudescence after a lull of the extant military kamikaze. It’s like an apple of Hesperides which is attractive on its face value but would amount to quixotically tilting at the security windmills at the end of the day.”
Speaking further, he said, “The phenomenon of Boko Haramism preceded the assumption of office of President Jonathan but it did not take on a sanguinary toga, until what was perceived rightly or wrongly as a megalomaniacal usurpation of the presidential mandate of our northern brothers. That is why for me a political solution is the ultimate Aladin lamp out of the phantasmagorical gridlock. I must urge that whilst the military blitzkriegism lasts, our military must respect the rules of engagement and ensure that the lives of innocent Nigerians in that part of the country are not wasted.”
On the various allegations by the Edo State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Gov. Oshiomhole’s age controversy, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Airport road and abandonment of project sites by contractors over the state government’s inability to pay, Hon. Obahiagbon responded thus:
“Let me say that there are no issues here to respond to. Casual visitors to Edo State would bear eloquent testimony to the fact that Edo State still remains a huge working construction site daily in progress. As for SUBEB, I do think that Mr Governor should be eulogised for his sense of commitment to Edo state when his eagle eyes discovered some irregularities and refused to paper over it as a family affair. I can also say authoritatively that the Airport road remains one of his testimonials as a political miracle worker and man of redoubtable vision.
“The matter of his age is over flogged but it behoves of me to remind the world again that it was Mr Governor himself who decided to set the records straight without promptings from anybody. Let me use this opportunity to call on all Edo sons and daughters wherever they are domicile (and this include members of the opposition political parties) to continuously pray to the Great Grand Architect of the Universe for the good health and long life of the governor for his selfless duties to our state. Edo State is truly work in progress and it’s my pleasure to be part of this irreversible history occasioned by Comrade Adams Oshiomole and I say cheers to him as he continuously basks in the euphoria of his 61st birthday.”