RE: SENATOR AKE AND THE INNUENDO OF CHANGING COACH: A POLITICAL SHOT OVER THE BAR BY KENNEDY FRIDAY

RE: SENATOR AKE AND THE INNUENDO OF CHANGING COACH: A POLITICAL SHOT OVER THE BAR BY KENNEDY FRIDAY

My good friend, Charles Charles O Aholu had written a piece with the above headline in which he apparently innocently misquoted Elder Statesman, Distinguished Senator Wilson Ake thus:
“in 2015 APC played a match with formidable PDP and benched its lionel messi. In 2019 we shall play another match and the coach is saying that we shall bench lionel messi again”. Will that happen? We shall not bench messi again. Rather we shall change the coach”.

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Charles Aholu had gone ahead, on the basis of that misquote, to brand the statement he credited to Wilson Ake “uncharitable”, among other things.

Compelled by the circumstance to gently respond to my dear friend, I had written a comment on Aholu’s post, which I now reproduce here in full:

My Chief Servant Charles O Aholu, you are my great friend, and seldom do I join issues with you publicly. However, this time, for the sake of the reading public, and for wrong impressions not to be innocently entrenched, I wish to state the following:

1. That I was at the momentous gathering #TheMeeting where respected Elder Statesman, Distinguished Senator Wilson Ake, spoke very factually and passionately.

2. That the quote credited to him in this post is not EXACTLY what he said. If there is no mischief to be attached to the misquote (as I suppose you are incapable of mischief in issues like this), then you may just have innocently ascribed to Senator Ake what he didn’t exactly say, and we can actually overlook that, considering your distance from home at the moment.

3. For record purposes, as it concerns the part of his speech which you have wrongly quoted here, this is exactly what Elder Statesman Senator Wilson Ake said, and I quote in extenso: “in 2015, we played a match against highly equipped team, PDP, and we benched our Lionel Messi. We are going to play another match in 2019, and the coach is saying that Lionel Messi will still be benched”.

The Distinguished Senator then proceeded to ask a rhetorical question thus: “If you are in love with Barcelona, will you allow that coach to continue to coach Barcelona?”.

He continued, “for us who want to win, we want Lionel Messi to play this match. And the Lionel Messi we have is Senator Magnus Abe”.

As you can see, Chief Servant, the question in his speech was a rhetorical one, as I already said. If you were part of the event, or if you listened to the video, or if you read the correct quote such as I have given here, however you respond to the rhetorical question is your own answer.

The Elder statesman would go ahead to say certain things that made tears well in my eyes, and of course, in the eyes of the audience.

He spoke of how people like him have been called derogatory names and branded “betrayers” because they insisted on internal democracy and expressed support for Magnus Abe. He spoke of the roles he and Magnus Abe played as the two Senators out of three who stood for Amaechi in those days of archetypal upheavals in Rivers State when it was difficult to “stand with” the leader. He spoke of the roles they played in the national Assembly takeover of the Legislative function of the RSHA to forestall what appeared then like inescapable illegal impeachment plot against CRA. He spoke about how they risked “losing their seats” at the Senate by taking the risk to defect on the floor when the threat of declaring their seats vacant was dangling like a hardened hammer in the hands of the leadership of the Senate just to support and succor the leader, CRA.

Chief Servant, let me tell you this, if you ever sit down and listen to these men, you will realize that political benevolence has never been a one way traffic, single lane course that just emanated from one direction. People have made sacrifices in the mutual creation of whatever political benefits have been.

Much as we advocate respect for our leader CRA, a call I totally endorse, we must respect men like Wilson Ake for who they are and the roles they have played in the whole gamut of our political family. Anything short of that is a one-sided heresy.

People like Wilson Ake know many things we may not know about the imbroglio in our party, and that come by reason of their vintage. So when they speak, we have just got to listen with open hearts.

The charge that the Elder Statesman should have called for internal democracy instead is also hasty, being that #TheMeeting in which he spoke came up with a liberal democratic document #TheCommunique which called for internal democracy. So yes, the Elder Statesman was only calling for internal democracy.

The Senator spoke for 14 minutes 36 seconds. I am doing a full transcript of his speech. It’s something that is recommended for every lover of our party to read.

Ake spoke well, and in all his speech, not once did he show disrespect to the leader. To say otherwise is to say something that is not correct. Let nobody do such a thing.RE: SENATOR AKE AND THE INNUENDO OF CHANGING COACH: A POLITICAL SHOT OVER THE BAR

My good friend, Charles O. Aholu, had written a piece with the above headline in which he apparently innocently misquoted Elder Statesman, Distinguished Senator Wilson Ake thus:
“in 2015 APC played a match with formidable PDP and benched its lionel messi. In 2019 we shall play another match and the coach is saying that we shall bench lionel messi again”. Will that happen? We shall not bench messi again. Rather we shall change the coach”.

Charles Aholu had gone ahead, on the basis of that misquote, to brand the statement he credited to Wilson Ake “uncharitable”, among other things.

Compelled by the circumstance to gently respond to my dear friend, I had written a comment on Aholu’s post, which I now reproduce here in full:

My Chief Servant Charles O Aholu, you are my great friend, and seldom do I join issues with you publicly. However, this time, for the sake of the reading public, and for wrong impressions not to be innocently entrenched, I wish to state the following:

1. That I was at the momentous gathering #TheMeeting where respected Elder Statesman, Distinguished Senator Wilson Ake, spoke very factually and passionately.

2. That the quote credited to him in this post is not EXACTLY what he said. If there is no mischief to be attached to the misquote (as I suppose you are incapable of mischief in issues like this), then you may just have innocently ascribed to Senator Ake what he didn’t exactly say, and we can actually overlook that, considering your distance from home at the moment.

3. For record purposes, as it concerns the part of his speech which you have wrongly quoted here, this is exactly what Elder Statesman Senator Wilson Ake said, and I quote in extenso: “in 2015, we played a match against highly equipped team, PDP, and we benched our Lionel Messi. We are going to play another match in 2019, and the coach is saying that Lionel Messi will still be benched”.

The Distinguished Senator then proceeded to ask a rhetorical question thus: “If you are in love with Barcelona, will you allow that coach to continue to coach Barcelona?”.

He continued, “for us who want to win, we want Lionel Messi to play this match. And the Lionel Messi we have is Senator Magnus Abe”.

As you can see, Chief Servant, the question in his speech was a rhetorical one, as I already said. If you were part of the event, or if you listened to the video, or if you read the correct quote such as I have given here, however you respond to the rhetorical question is your own answer.

The Elder statesman would go ahead to say certain things that made tears well in my eyes, and of course, in the eyes of the audience.

He spoke of how people like him have been called derogatory names and branded “betrayers” because they insisted on internal democracy and expressed support for Magnus Abe. He spoke of the roles he and Magnus Abe played as the two Senators out of three who stood for Amaechi in those days of archetypal upheavals in Rivers State when it was difficult to “stand with” the leader. He spoke of the roles they played in the national Assembly takeover of the Legislative function of the RSHA to forestall what appeared then like inescapable illegal impeachment plot against CRA. He spoke about how they risked “losing their seats” at the Senate by taking the risk to defect on the floor when the threat of declaring their seats vacant was dangling like a hardened hammer in the hands of the leadership of the Senate just to support and succor the leader, CRA.

Chief Servant, let me tell you this, if you ever sit down and listen to these men, you will realize that political benevolence has never been a one way traffic, single lane course that just emanated from one direction. People have made sacrifices in the mutual creation of whatever political benefits have been.

Much as we advocate respect for our leader CRA, a call I totally endorse, we must respect men like Wilson Ake for who they are and the roles they have played in the whole gamut of our political family. Anything short of that is a one-sided heresy.

People like Wilson Ake know many things we may not know about the imbroglio in our party, and that come by reason of their vintage. So when they speak, we have just got to listen with open hearts.

The charge that the Elder Statesman should have called for internal democracy instead is also hasty, being that #TheMeeting in which he spoke came up with a liberal democratic document #TheCommunique which called for internal democracy. So yes, the Elder Statesman was only calling for internal democracy.

The Senator spoke for 14 minutes 36 seconds. I am doing a full transcript of his speech. It’s something that is recommended for every lover of our party to read.

Ake spoke well, and in all his speech, not once did he show disrespect to the leader. To say otherwise is to say something that is not correct. Let nobody do such a thing.

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