Monday, 13 February 2012
GEJ set to host ‘Yoruba Goodluck Jonathan Solidarity Group” led by Abiola Ogundokun, Ebenezer Babatope & others
A source close to the group who is also in charge of ‘logistics and consultation’ claimed the YGJSG is meant to, ‘promote the transformation agenda of President Jonathan to the Yoruba people of South West Nigeria and counter the propaganda of South West ‘progressives’. The Aso Rock visit is a calumniation of several ‘consultative meetings’ facilitated by Niger Delta Elder Chief Edwin Clerk.
Leading the group are former Abacha propagandist Chief Abiola Ogundokun, PDP chieftain and former minister Ebenezer Babatope, also included is disgraced former Senator Anthony Adefuye who was beating up by Yoruba activists during the June 12 struggle, former Head of Service in Nigeria Professor Afolabi.
To give the RGJSG some semblance of credibility, pro-Yoruba activists and Afenifere chieftain Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, factional head of Afenifere Chief Reuben Fasoranti and former presidential candidate Olu Falae are on the list.
The YGJSG ‘Yoruba Leaders’ are set to “assist president Jonathan to determine contracts to be awarded South West Nigeria, supervise projects that would be allocated and take president Jonathans transformation agenda to the Yoruba grassroots.”
President Jonathan is following the template of his former Godfather Olusegun Obasanjo, who raised the Yoruba Councul of Elders (YCE) to counter what he (Obasanjo) described as the stubbornness of main steam Yoruba political elite and break the Afenifere group.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.