What is Cooking at House No. 19 Ekwueme Way, Jabi, Abuja?

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Chuks Okocha looks at the purpose of the Victory Democratic Konsult,
which many allege to be the 2015 campaign office for President Goodluck
Jonathan
The one-storey building located at 19
Alex Ekwueme Way, Jabi, Abuja, near NISA Fertility Hospital, is causing
ripples. Painted white with a high fence and private security guards, some
politicians say the house is the campaign office for President Goodluck
Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015. But the chairman of Victory Democratic
Konsult, Alhaji Habu Fari, explains that they are into political and management
consultancy.

According to him, “We have heard what
people say, that this office is for President Goodluck Jonathan campaign office
for his re-election in 2015. My answers are simple. We are very much into political
consultancy, a new phenomena in political engineering borrowed from the
American system.”

Fari, himself a politician, has
worked as a former national secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria,
pioneer national administrative secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic
Party, former national chairman of the National Democratic Party, and recently
the chief of staff to the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
On whether VDK works for Jonathan,
Fari says, “If President Jonathan approaches us to work as consultants to him,
we will be delighted to do it. Is he not a politician? Is he not a Nigerian?
“We consult for all categories of
politicians, like those who want to be governors, members of the national and
state assemblies and others. We are duly registered with the Corporate Affairs
Commission to do the work of consultancy.”
According to a copy of the
Certificate of Registration of Business name issued by CAC, with the number
NS1020, belonging to VDK, obtained by THISDAY, the organisation’s briefs
include “guidance and counselling, management consultancy and general
contracts.” It was issued on September 4, 2012.
THISDAY further gathered that the
organisation has two serving Professors of Political Science as directors. They
are the former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran and Professor
Fred Onyeoziri, a former political adviser to an ex-PDP National Chairman; Hon
(Mrs.) Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju, a former Delta State House of Assembly member and
former Commissioner for Commerce & Industry in Delta State; Engr Omeni
Sobotie, a former Commissioner for Environment and former political adviser to
Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan; and an ex-banker turned politician,
Mallam Ibrahim Sidi Bamalli; pioneer National Director of Youth Affairs of PDP
and Special Adviser (Finance and Investment) to the PDP national chairman as
the coordinating director of the consultancy outfit.
Fari
emphasises the pedigree of members of the consult. “As you know, we are a
consultancy outfit that is into guidance and counselling, management and
political consultancy. Professor Tunde Adeniran is widely known as a leading
scholar in political strategy and public policy while Professor Fred Onyeoziri
has built a reputation over the years as a theoretician and great researcher in
democratic processes. They are fully involved in research that would be very
useful in making recommendations to our clients.”
On their relationship with the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe,
the chairman of VDK says, “He is a friend and so it remains.”
Fari further clarifies that he was
never an aide of former military president Ibrahim Babangida, but an associate.
“I was never an aide of General Babangida. He was a political associate. It is
better to put it at that.”  But one notable feature of the coordinating
staff of VDK is that they are members of PDP.
Credit: Thisday

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