Apparently my unveiling of the Katsina State APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda, PhD, has ruffled some feathers. Not unexpected though. The torrents of digressive, baseless and neither-here-nor-there attempts to counter the impressive resume of Dr. Radda as unveiled here says more than enough to call for a more forensic interrogation of the biography of Katsina State PDP’s gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Yakubu Lado. I find most interesting the boldest and “voluminously empty” rendition of Sen. Lado’s biography by an overzealous albeit, naive PDP spin doctor who took the bull by the horn and published what’s clearly a top PDP secret — Sen. Yakubu Lado’s CV.
According to the improvised biography authored and or shared by the naive enthusiast as an answer to my demand for the discrepancies in Sen. Lado’s CV, he confirmed Sen. Lado was born in 1961 as Sen. Lado is claiming in his official documents. However, he went further to expand the summarized Wikipedia biography of Sen. Lado which I published here earlier to highlight the discrepancies contained therein. In this version,,according to this emergency biographer, “Sen. Lado attended Danmarke Primary School, 1977-1983. And he move (sic) to Government Day Secondary School Burdigau 1984-1987. Later he attend (sic) Government College Katsina, 1987-1990. This is a lot more than I’ve been asking for long and as they say, half a loaf is better than none. However, this half a loaf is a lot less than none even with the difference between zero and none being infinite. Let me explain why.
The traditional and approved age of joining a primary school between the 60s and 70s is 6 and 7 for slow learners. If Sen. Lado was born in 1961 and was registered in Burdugau Primary School in 1977, the author of this bunkum have a duty to explain how he was delayed from jointing primary school and was only registered at 16 years. It’s silly to assume a child from a privileged family of a prominent and successful businessman as the author described Sen. Lado’s family could be delayed for 10 years from joining primary school.
Actually in those days one doesn’t need to be from a privileged family to join primary school. The most defiant of parents stand the risk of being sanctioned by local authorities for refusing to submit school age children for registration. The gap of 10 years missing in this bunkum is indicative of something out place hence questionable. If Sen. Lado was truly born in 1961 and joined primary school in 1977, he must have joined at age 16 which is inexplicable and impossible given the educational drive back then. Born in 1961, Sen. Lado would have joined primary school in 1967. That he only joined school in 1977, PDP should explain the huge gap by saying where was Sen. Lado or what was he doing in the missing 10-year window. That these unsettling questions are here and will not go away without a very coherent and logical explanation, PDP/Lado should up the ante and allay public fears by reeling out few names of Sen. Lado’s age mates or better, his school mates with whom he joined Burdugau Primary School in 1977 just so they confirm if they were the same age at conscription or if he was 9 or 10 years older than them.
We should be very conscious and keep in mind that we are only interrogating our leadership selection process here. I find bizarre that the bar was so lowered by one who’s of the opinion Dr. Radda’s “PhD” is useless (or something to that effect) as “PhD” is meant for mentoring not politics. Quite laughable even if irritating coming from Katsina. Ok, let me agree Dr. Radda’s PhD is for politics not mentoring to make him happy if he has to go this low to entertain himself. Now, since we are talking PhDs in political context, is Dr. Radda still not light years away from Sen. Lado? By the way, “Idan fitsari banza ne kaza tayi mana.”
We are talking about the highest level of responsibility known to human — leadership. Let’s agree there’s zero room for error and we must be as sincere as required to ensure a very qualitative selection process. Even with PDP’s insensitivity to quality and carelessness to public responsibility, former Speaker Salisu Buhari was impeached for a lot less gap in his résumé and in a more gangster-like era than today. Nigeria must have learned few more lessons about honesty as a critical requirement for leadership. Speaker Buhari was not impeached because he’s not liked or popular. He was impeached for needlessly and pompously lying to Nigerians that he attended a Canadian University in Toronto and acquired a certificate that he could be elected Nigerian president without.
Former Senate President Evans Enwerem was impeached as Senate President in 1999. He was impeached not for lack of popularity. He was elected Senate President by majority senators anyway. Enwerem was impeached because he allegedly falsified his name and caused a controversy as to whether his actual real name was Evan or Evans. Simply put, he was impeached for just an “s” which to date nobody could say if it’s a typographical error at some point in the authoring of his biography. If Nigerians could be this meticulous in 1999, I should expect the bar to be a lot higher in 2022. For anybody to assume Katsina, with an intimidating list of well educated and globally renowned personalities could fail to see through this trash is one and the same with assuming Katsina is traveling in reverse against normal traffic flow.
And PDP is so unstable and unable to build a respectable template leadership quality control. At different points PDP was blowing its rooftop; disrespecting every logic and common sense by questioning the certificates of President Buhari, a former Governor, former Minister and former Head of State and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a former Senator and former Governor. Today PDP is fighting tooth and nail to justify the huge gap in Sen. Lado’s CV. Apparently, PDP is only worried about certificates when the certificates are only those of members of the opposition.