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18- 7 – 2019

This is Zikoko’s Game of Votes Weekly Dispatch. We share the most important things that happen in Nigeria every week. 5pm Thursdays. Stay woke. 


After 6 months of having to remind overzealous, praise singing friends and family he was only serving in an ‘acting’ capacity (…I imagine🌚) ⁠ — Tanko Muhammad can finally get a “CJN 21 4eva” license plate commissioned, because on July 17, he was confirmed as the 21st Chief Justice of Nigeria by the Senate.

Congratulations to him! Let’s look back at how he got here. 

Let’s cast our minds back to January 2019 when the judiciary surprised Nigerians everywhere by actually working, and doing so at the blink-and-you-missed-it speed of two weeks — which was how long it took to investigate, charge and suspend former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen for failing to declare his assets and owning five foreign bank accounts.

As the next justice in command, Muhammad Tanko was immediately elevated to the position of Acting CJN on January 25, a position that was extended in April 2019, following the lapse of the constitutionally allowed three months before he was finally confirmed on July 17th.

He has been in active legal practice since 1982 and has served as the Chief Magistrate of the High Court of the FCT, a judge at the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal and a member of the Bench of the Court of Appeal since that time.


On July 15, the contents of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde’s ₦48 billion assets declaration form called me a “broke boi”, demanded I “level up” and also took digs at my Twitter follower numbers.


Making up said contents are cash at hand and in the bank worth N234, 742,296.01, with an additional $30,056.99 in dollar terms as at May 29, 2019. Properties worth N2, 624,800,500, existing Eurobonds worth $3, 793, 500 as well as shares, debentures and other securities valued at N120,500,000.

Get more of the breakdown here.

Seyi Makinde is so very monied up, he’s wealthier than most states in Nigeria, even his home state — Oyo, which brings in about ₦4 billion a month.

Do you know how incredibly secured your bag must be, you’re actually richer than entire states? I mean, of course, you don’t, Tinubu does, but that’s another story.

“So how is he so gaddem rich?”

– Asks just about every member of the APC.

If we had to guess, we’d start with three words — ‘Oil and gas’. With a background in engineering, Makinde founded his first private oil and gas company — Makon Engineering and Technical Services (METS) in 1997 at the age of 29. This has since been spread out to The Makon Group (which btw, he owns) with interests in power, construction and engineering. Together with interests in real estate, it isn’t too hard to see just where his many zeros come from.

However, don’t get it twisted like most people; he doesn’t have ₦48 billion chilling in some overflowing bank account somewhere. The amount signifies the value of his assets spread out in assets, companies and cash.



Something is brewing in Edo State and it is not freshly made Omisagwe.

Currently slow-cooking in the state is a rift between two sons of da soil: APC Chairman — Adams Oshiomole and his protege, the current governor Godwin Obaseki.

We love our beef well-done. Here’s what’s happening.

Now, we’re not exactly sure when this beef started, but sometime between when Oshiomole picked out the perfect tones for 2019’s second-quarter safari suits, and Obaseki settled on navy blue as the sartorial shade of the year, something went really sour between the previously chummy besties.

The first sign of trouble came in June, when Edo APC Chieftain — Charles Idahosa demanded Oshiomole’s resignation as APC Chieftain for allegedly fuelling division within the party.

Then there was that really weird inauguration drama. So nine out of the 24 members of the Edo State lawmakers thought it’d be a great idea to have a secret meeting to inaugurate the House of Assembly AND elect a new speaker of the house. This happened close to midnight, June 17th. This was allegedly to ensure the governor’s speaker of choice — Frank Okiye was chosen, and not the choice of the 19 pro-Oshiomole lawmakers — Hon. Victor Edoror.

The most recent indication of the beef was the sacking of 8 commissioners by Governor Obaseki. Just guess who those commissioners owe allegiance to. No really, guess.

One day, one day, we’ll get a governor that actually stays gone at the end of his tenure. Until then, let’s see how this plays out.

Speaking of adults fighting…

The heat is still on in the petition filed to determine the true winner of the February 2019 Presidential election. On July 17th, a witness for Atiku, who served as a PDP agent in the 2019 elections broke down in tears during cross-examination when he recanted the alleged loss of two lives when violence broke out in his ward.

Please, please take one minute of your day to read the defence lawyer’s response.

At least Atiku is still putting up a fight, hear that People’s Democratic Movement?


In this week alone, Nigerians got word of the tragic murder of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of Afenifere leader — Reuben Fasoranti at the hands of suspected herdsmen along the Ore-Shagamu Expressway. Then there was the kidnap of two others and Madam Beauty Siasia, the mother of former Super Eagles Striker — Samson Siasia; a harrowing second kidnap in four years.

There was also the tragic loss of Senator Elisha Abbo’s uncle and the kidnap of Rifqatu, his stepmother, This isn’t counting the doubtless scores of lives, not known enough to get nationwide attention.

When is the state of Nigeria’s security, going to receive the attention it deserves?


The economy is tanking, our security is a joke, but at least the President has a new pretty portrait to look at.
Can I call a truce on Adeleke’s behalf? Dis tew much Governor Oyetola.


I learnt there are levels to this scamming game. Check out ‘Sour Grapes’ on Netflix, to find out how one ballsy con-artist swindled Hollywood producers and thousands of wine lovers of millions of dollars by selling counterfeit wines. Let me know how broke you feel after, okay?

Re-visited this article from one of my favourite writers, Lena Dunham on her first love.

This podcast on a reporter rapidly growing blind and the development of designs for the visually impaired? Listen, right now!


Smell you later, alligatorz!

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