Senator Nwaoboshi at 60: the Gathering of Hyenas and Jackals
Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, the Nigerian Senator representing Delta North senatorial constituency, celebrates his 60th birthday today in Ibusa, Oshimili North LGA of Delta State. The event kicked off with a Thanksgiving mass at St Augustine’s Catholic Church Ibusa at 9:30am. Reception followed immediately at Nwaoboshi’s Ibusa Residence.
It is a gathering of “the hyenas and Jackals,” a euphemism for the power hungry, the womanisers, the looters of our commonwealth. Here is the notorious list of the attendees:
Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki was recently embroiled in a legal battle with Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau. The Code of Conduct Bureau had on 11 September 2015 slammed a 13-count charge of corruption offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to false declaration of assets in forms he filed before the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara State. Saraki eventually fought off these charges, although it was alleged that he “settled” the judge with US$2 million.
Senator Dino Melaye
Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West, is embroiled in an election recall saga after members of his Constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District submitted a petition, which had signatures of more than 52 per cent of the electorate in the area, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding his recall from the Senate. Leader of the constituents, Chief Cornelius Olowo, said that the move to recall Malaye was based on his “abysmal performance” since he was elected to represent the district in 2015. Dino Malaye, like Saraki, fought off the recall that has now been suspended after the Senate allegedly threatened to probe the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, served as TETFUND’s Executive Secretary from 2007 to 2012.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu is adept at propaganda and scare-mongering. He recently went on charm offensive against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by raising a false alarm that the crime agency was cooking up a plot to set him up by planting totems of corruption in his home. Ekweremadu knows the company he keeps, and as they say, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. Saraki, at the time, was entangled in the EFCC net on corruption charges. So Ekweremadu had to resort to the defensive tactic of crying wolf where there is none. His antic was dismissed by many Nigerians as “a red herring,” “a kite flying exercise” and, according to the EFCC, smacked of “a scripted propaganda campaign to distract the commission by putting it on the defensive.”
Ex-convict James Ibori
Ibori recently served 13 years in a U.K. jail for fraud and money laundering. And one of the counts Ibori admitted to at his trial, related to a $37m (£23m) fraud pertaining to the sale of Delta State’s share in Nigerian privatised phone company company V Mobile. The ex-convict is being feted since he returned from UK jail, and not too long ago, he received the delivery of two N136m worth Armoured SUV from Okowa and has been receiving the State pension of N50 million yearly and other perks since 2008 . In this video that recorded the celebration of Ibori’s release from prison, Nwaoboshi was seen boasting to the world that while Ibori was in prison he made him a Senator, made his daughter Erhiatake a member of State House of Assembly member, and anointed two governors in the state, apparently referring to Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Dr Okowa.
Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan
Former Delta State governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is corrupt and a chronic womaniser, favouring mostly married women. Ruke Amata and Gilda’s marriage collapsed after a leaked Blackberry messages between Gilda and Governor Uduaghan. In the leaked chats, the former Governor referred to Gilda, mother three children, as MMP (missing my princess). But being a womaniser is just a sideshow for Uduaghan. That Delta State is currently drowning in a sea of debt is thanks to Uduaghan’s corrupt management of the state as governor from 2007 to 2015. Towards the end of his uneventful reign, his idea of “finishing strong” was to embark on CLOSING DOWN SALES of whatever government property he was able to lay his hands on.
There were other Hyenas and Jackals present including Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, currently going through motion and running the state further down the cesspool.
Nwaoboshi in familiar company
But Nwaoboshi is in familiar company. For he too is a man full of sin. Well known for his stinginess and for being self-centred, Nwaoboshi uses government position to better himself instead of his constituency. He is currently facing criminal charge at the federal high court in Lagos for the illegal acquisition of Delta State owned Mansion House, which Nwaoboshi had purchased for a stipend with the connivance of then Governor Uduaghan. On the orders of judge Abdulaziz Anka, that 12-storey building located at 27 Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos is temporarily forfeited to the federal government pending the outcome of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigation.
Five Hundred Million Naira lawsuit
The last time Nwaoboshi gathered these usual suspects in Ibusa, precisely On Sunday, 13 December 2015, for a thanksgiving party to celebrate his victory at the Senate elections, it ended in a Five Hundred Million Naira (N500m) lawsuit.
A Delta State indigene, Oge Okonkwo Osinkor, was sued by Executive Chairman of Delta State Oshimili North Local Government Council Hon. Louis Ndukwe for using his Facebook and in WhatsApp (with the name: Daddy O Concept) to criticise Ndukwe for looting up to fifty million Naira (N50m) from the Council covers and using some of the looted funds to bankroll that extravagant thanksgiving party. But Ndukwe would later chicken out, and quickly withdrew the suit with the same speed he filed it.
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