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Pulse List 2016 10 Biggest losers in Nigerian politics

A few politicians were handed bloody noses at the ballot; while others were just too confused to figure out what time of year it was.

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Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin play

Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin


There was plenty of ‘L’ to go around on the political turf in 2016.

A few politicians were handed bloody noses at the ballot, some got their political game horribly wrong, some miscalculated and others were just too confused to figure out what time of year it was.

In no particular order, here are the biggest political losers of 2016….

1. Femi Fani-Kayode

He could talk a big game, but it is often said of this former Aviation Minister that all you need to do to get him to dance, is offer him some 'food'.

Hey, we think that’s pretty harsh, though.

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What isn’t harsh, however, is that FFK (as Fani-Kayode is famously initialled) had a rough year.

Court dismisses Fani-Kayode's suit for lack of merit play Fani Kayode (center) (Bella Naija)

He lost out  in his own PDP, lost out politically, lost a tweet fight to Jimoh Ibrahim and spent most of his year walking in and out of prison, he could have penned a prison memoir by his own prolific writing standards.

2. Osagie Ize-Iyamu

PDP candidate ahead of the Edo governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, didn’t just lose the vote, he lost plenty of political relevance.

APC Edo governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki and PDP candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu play Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu (The Nation)

Ize-Iyamu and his PDP couldn’t get their acts together before the election.

The result was a defeat Ize-Iyamu is yet to come to grasp with.

3. Bola Tinubu

One cabal which has since hijacked the Buhari Presidency, sure emasculated the Jagaban of Borgu (as Tinubu is famously known) in the larger scheme of things in 2016.

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To rub some more salt in the wounds, Tinubu got his political calculation wrong in Ondo.

He refused to back his political party’s candidate and watched from the sidelines as Rotimi Akeredolu powered his way to Ondo Government House.

Buhari and Tinubu play Tinubu, Buhari (Presidency)

Tinubu also lost to APC party Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun. His vitriolic letter to Oyegun earned him few friends.

The godfather of South West politics may well stage a comeback in 2017, but 2016 has to rank as one of his worst yet.

Dear Tinubu, you played yourself this year.

4. Dakuku Peterside

On January 27, 2016, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Nyesom Wike as Governor of Rivers State.

APC’s Dakuku Peterside still hasn’t recovered from that ruling.

Wike continues to decimate Peterside and his godfather, Rotimi Amaechi, in the politics of Rivers State--gun, cudgel and barrel.

play Dakuku Peterside (R) (Punch)

For his troubles, President Muhammadu Buhari placated Peterside with the position of Director General of the Nigerian Maritime administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

It was the least we could all do for Peterside in 2016.

He needed that arm around his shoulder.

 5. Olisa Metuh

In January, this former Spokesperson of the PDP was having papers for lunch when he could actually have eaten chicken (apologies, Chicken Republic, but we just had to go there).

In April, Metuh was falling off his chair at a National Working Committee meeting of his party.

As the year wore on, Metuh had ditched his laptop from whence all his watery press statements once emanated.

As the noose from his alleged corrupt activities during the Goodluck Jonathan era tightened, Metuh was calling it quits with seeking any official position in the PDP.

5 times Olisa Metuh went dramatic during trial play Olisa Metuh (Lagos Television)

The court cases took their toll on Metuh, turning the erstwhile publicist into the beard gang model for the millennials.

We do love Metuh, make no mistake, but 2016 was certainly not his year.

6. Patience Jonathan

There was no peace for ‘Mama Peace’ in 2016.

At the time of writing, the former First Lady is still trying to prove to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the fifteen million dollars found in bank accounts traced to her, was legitimately earned.

President Goodluck Jonathan and First Lady, Patience Jonathan hit the gym. play Goodluck and Patience Jonathan (Twitter)

More illicit cash has been traced to Mrs. Jonathan in 2016.

Surely, there is God!

7. Eyitayo Jegede

This PDP candidate for the Ondo governorship election, just couldn’t wait for the year to end.

Jegede expended energy fighting Jimoh Ibrahim from within his own party.

By the time a war weary Jegede emerged from a bruising court battle with 'enemies within' to take on the APC candidate, he had lost the election.

Eyitayo Jegede play Eyitayo Jegede (Ondo events)

Days before and after the election, Jimoh Ibrahim laughed at Jegede’s expense and threw his weight behind Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC.

With 'friends' like Ibrahim, who needs enemies?

8. Tony Anenih

'Mr-Fix-It’s' last political act was supervising the thrashing of his anointed candidate in the Edo election.

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Former Governor Adams Oshiomhole may be a lot of things, but he’s certainly no choker. He whittled Anenih’s rigging powers in Edo politics in the span of eight years.

Tony Anenih play Tony Anenih (Citizen NG)

As 2016 neared its end, Anenih wrote a book and announced his retirement from politics. It was the least he could do.

He had no other choice.

9. PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the butt of political jokes all through 2016; and for good reason too.

PDP is closing its 2016 chapter with two national chairmen. It went into Edo and Ondo elections with multiple standard bearers until voting day and it watched helplessly as its members defected to the governing party in parliament.

All in a year’s work.

10. Abdulmumin Jibrin

Numbered tweets. Check. Mix-tape on budget padding. Check. Kissing your wife on Twitter. Check. Writing a thesis on corruption and padding. Check. Sermonising on anti-corruption and urging the EFCC and President Muhammadu Buhari to act or be damned. Check.

Abdulmumin Jibrin play Abdulmumin Jibrin (@AbdulAbmj/Twitter)

In the end, the lawmaker who represents Kano in the House of Representatives, was the one who got suspended from lawmaking.

In the end, Jibrin was the one who checked out of town to the U.K, his tail firmly tucked behind his legs.

Meanwhile, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and all other presiding and principal officers of the green chamber, are going about padding budgets like there’s no tomorrow.

One word summarises Jibrin in 2016: LOSER.

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