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General News of Monday, 27 December 2021


Politicians who made the headlines in 2021

Politics is a game of numbers and there is no way, political office can be attained without membership of a political party and going through the rigours and probably back stabbing of a political process.

Nigerian politicians like their colleagues in other parts of the world have both been deified and villifird as sanits and villains.

In 2021, there have been politicians whose actions were registered positively in the conscience of the people and those who have also been registered negatively in the consciousness of the people.

There were also some who are known for all. The bad things and their actions are seen as 'business as usual'.

Here is a list of some Nigerian politicans who have made headlines either positive or negative in 2021.

1. Femi Fani-Kayode: The UK born Ife politican who always prides in being the son of Remilekun Fani-Kayode, the son of the First Republic Deputy Premier of the South West region always make headline for all the negative reasons.
Love him or hate him, he always does as he wishes. In 2020, he separated from Precious Chikwendu, his wife and mother of his four boys and also got into a messy quarrel with the Cross River State Correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper.
In 2021, Femi aka FFK was at his best again, criticising the Fulanis, President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC), visiting 'brother' governor's and receiving traditional titles in some states.
In 2020, a pastor prophesied that FFK will become president and though in a running battle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), he pitched his tent for the second time with the APC. A party he had vowed never to join.
Despite the knocks he got for his decision, FFK has stock to his gums this time and yet, this did not stop the EFCC from inviting him again.
The decision of FFK who has Abuja as his base to defect to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is premised on two grounds; his ambition to be Nigeria's president in 2023 and to seek favours from this persecution from the EFCC.

2. Adegboyega Oyetola, the executive governor of Osun State has maintained a low profile in his gubernatorial enclave.
However this low profile was shattered in 2021 when an investigation by an online medium; Premium Times surfaced which indicted him of being corrupt.
The object of his alleged corrupt act is connected to the purchase of a property in the United Kingdom.
This is apart from the running battle he has been having in the state chapter of his political party, the APC.
A faction of the party, The Osun Progressives (TOP) has accused him of not carrying party members along and demanded that the next gubernatorial candidate of the party emerge from Osun West Zone rather than Osun Central where the governor emerged from.

3. Rotimi Akeredolu, the self styled "Arakunrin" governor. The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has not courted controversy in 2021 but he's not popular whnnit comes to his disdain for the menace of Fulani herdsmen and the story of tears, sorrow and blood always left in the wake of their presence.
He has been vocal and outspoken when it comes to his support for the anti-open grazing law. He has also been responsible for galvanising his colleague governors in the south via the South West Governors Forum and the Southern Governors Forum to support the law.
Through his singular action, governors in the south geopolitical zone has through their various state houses of assembly assented and domesticated the anti-open grazing law in their states.

4. Festus Keyamo, the baby faced attorney once known for his no nonsense anti-government stance and his enviable records as a human rights advocate.
Since his inclusion into the Muhammadu Buhari administration as a junior minister, Keyamo has virtually discarded his anti-government and human rights records.
He has been left virtually in his space by the Nigerian masses not until he stepped out of his comfort zone and criticised the report of the Lagos State END SARS panel of enquiry.
Keyamo said he discovered loopholes in the report which was established by the Lagos State Government on the recommendation of the Federal Government.
His statement on the panel report generated a lot of backlash from colleagues, human right community and others even though Keyamo stated that his statement on the report was his personal assessment.

4. Uche Secondus, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman was having running battle till he handed over to Iyorchia Ayu.
Members of the PDP even from his Rivers State enclave made several moves both legal and political to upstage him but the princely National Chairman stood up to them until a successful national convention was held and the incumbent was duly elected.

5. Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe State Governor is a politician loved in his state but bated by a section of the APC for some of the decisions his committee has been involved in.
He is the Chairman of the Interim national committee of the party and also the chairman of its Committee/Extraordinary Convention Committee.
His decisions and actions as chairman in both capacity has not gone down well with most members of the party.

6. Ayo Fayose, the controversial former two term governor of Ekiti State was in it for his battle for dominance of the South West PDP with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
The batte got so tough that political watchers expected a bloody showdown between supporters of both men but alas, that was not to be.
The former governor who had been vocal of the Muhammadu Buhari administration finally made peace with Makind in April in Osogbo during the South West Zonal congress of their political party.
At the congress, both men embraced earth other and Ayo Fayose openly declared that Seyi Makinde by virtue of being the only PDP governor in the South West was his leader.

7. Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the 2018 election who still harbours the ambition of repeating same in 2022.
His defeat in 2018 has not yet been accepted by his party. The statement of the president declaring that the victory of the APC over the PDP in that election was "remote controlled from Abuja" has not gone down well with the party still.
Known as the dancing Senator, Adeleke who is the uncle to Davido, popular Nigerian hip hop artiste travelled to America immediately after loosing the legal battle for the governorship and registered for a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College in the United States.
After obtaining the degree in Criminal Justice in 2021, Adeleke returned to the country and Osun in grand style.
His decision to go back to school was to quash the controversy and allegations that he entered into the 2018 gubernatorial race with false academic certificates and qualifications.
His emergence and near victory in 2018 is still a shock as many pundits didn't see him as a force to be reckoned with.
His foray into politics materialised as a result of the demise of Isiaka Adekeke, his elder brother and first executive governor of Osun State.

8. Lasun Yusuff, former Deputy Speaker House of Representatives came out with a bombshell in the first week of December 2021.
He claimed on Thursday December 2, 2021 during the purchase of nomination form to contest in the 2022 Osun gubernatorial election that the Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election was rigged by the APC.
The firmer Deputy Speaker, who hails from Ilobu town, Irepodun local government area of Osun State also claimed that he was systemically schemed out of the 2018 gubernatorial election in the state.
This revelation from the former number six man in Nigeria has drawn a lot of backlash from the APC both in his home state and nationally.

9. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, popularly refered to as the two time governor is the biggest surprise in Nigerian politics in 2021.
Not a stranger to Nigeria, the foremost professor of Economics was as former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor who was known for his advocation of merger of banks to sanitise the banking industry was part of the Think Tank surrounding President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He got into trouble however with the powered that be during the administration of the late President Shehu Musa Yar'Adua when he proposed a redecimalisation of the Naira.
Many politicians in the corridor of power did not buy the idea and Soludo lost his job as CBN Governor when the late President failed to renew his term for a second fivve year term.
He disappeared from the radar for a long time until reappearing as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2021 Anambra State election.
Being a political underdog, his victory in the election over the likes of Andy Uba of the APC came as a shock to many.
His victory and initial endorsement by Bianca Onoh, the widow of Dim Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, the founder of APGA did not leave anybody in doubt that Soludo would end up clinching the victory.
APGA via this victory has also come to stay as the party to beat in Anambra State.