Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Untold Story of Waripamo Dudafa, the man who keeps Patience Jonathan’s loot + Why they fell apart!


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Patience Jonathan sharing a toast with her boy, Waripamo Osei Dudafa as Preye his wife looks on


Since the return of democracy in 1999, the office of Special Adviser to the President on domestic affairs has come to be recognized as an office that comes with affluence, power and ambition in one swoop. Starting with President Olusegun Obasanjo whose reign glamorized the office, one Dr. Andy Uba who was said to be a United States of America based medical practitioner (before his appointment) became the first holder of that office.
Throughout his reign, Andy Uba, whose brother, Chris (Eselu) Uba is a tough and influential politician in Anambra state (South Eastern Nigeria) exuded power and influence on everyone around the seat of power Aso Rock Villa and even up till the exit of his principal; Uba became a permanent fixture on the Nigerian political landscape.
The Dudafas with God Mummy & baby Tarimobo
The office of Special Adviser on domestic matters under Andy Uba also came with her own peculiar scandal and traumas. If Andy is not accused of supplying “Chics” (Free ladies of easy virtues) for the sexual appetite of his principal at odd hours of the day inside Aso Rock, his name will be connected with an aircraft loaded with dollars and flown into a financial observant country like the United States of America. Andy Uba’s tenure as Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs was dotted with so many scandals including the one that alleged that his educational qualifications are much in doubt. Andy’s office was dirty. Andy’s transactions were equally filthy. And even till now, his personality still begs for clearance from morality.  His name is still featuring in bad boys’ movies like the “Ekiti Gate”
The Dudafas with Mama Peace carrying Baby Tarimobo Dudafa
Enter Waripamo-Owei Dudafa…
Unlike Dr Any Uba who hails from Anambra State (South Eastern Nigeria), this suave and calm looking man is from Bayelsa State in oil rich South-South Nigeria.  This blog knows nothing much about Honorable (Dr.) Waripamo-Owei Dudafa’s educational background.  Little is also known about his political background. So, we wouldn’t know how he got his “Honorable” title as well as his doctorate title. We are open to more enlightenment from any other media platform or from Dudafa’s family as we are eager to find out which educational institution this powerful ex-presidential aide attended and what his early political experiences are.
Waripamo, his wife Preye, his four kids with Mama Peace
Enter the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Household Matters & Social Event.
Unlike Dr. Andy Uba who tagged his own office as ‘Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs’ (Which made him one of the most powerful men in Aso Rock of his own days as he was the first and last person to see the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) Dr. Dudafa (They are both Doctors) elevated his own office to the title of ‘Office of the Special Adviser to the President on House-Hold matters and Social Event’.  Like Andy Uba, Waripamo Dudafa was equally influential and politically powerful.  He was one of the strongest politicians on the Abuja corridors of power and with time, he built a home based political think-thank in Bayelsa state which clearly revealed his political ambition.
Patience Jonathan holding Baby Tarimobo Daniel Dudafa
The Dudafa trademark…
Unlike Dr. Andy Uba who was President Obasanjo’s jobber man, Waripamo Dudafa was never President Goodluck Jonathan’s jobber man per say; he was rather his wife, Patience Faka Jonathan’s ‘spy boy’ and ‘political baby’.  Patience only plotted him in Aso Rock and around her husband to monitor and do what can be termed ‘political horse tradings’ for her. Like a former minister of Defense, General T.Y. Danjuma angrily noted and allegedly pointed out to President Jonathan towards the end of his sleazy regime “You are not in charge, we have 5 Presidents running the affairs of this nation. The first one is Patience Jonathan, second one is Diezani Alison Madueke, third one is Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, fourth is Stella Odua and the last one is Mr. Goodluck Jonathan”.
Waripamo Dudafa in a joyful mood as Mama Peace carries his baby while others look on
The appointment of Waripamo Dudafa in Goodluck Jonathan’s government was a confirmation that Jonathan as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces was only in government and not in power. He was in government while his wife, Patience and the other 3 ladies (Dieziani, Iweala & Odua) were in power. In many instances, it has been said that Madam Patience Jonathan is the real politician who fixes things around her much gentler and probably docile husband. In most cases, she takes decisions while her husband complements her wishes. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa was one of such powerful ‘decisions’ of Patience Jonathan that was complemented by her husband, Goodluck Jonathan who is famously regarded as the “Clueless President”
“Apart from his good look and intellect, Honorable (Dr.) Waripamo-Owei Dudafa comes across as one guy that is very dependable and able to function on many fronts and in many capacities both politically and other wise. He is said to be one of Patience Jonathan’s ‘corporate leg boys’ who run some of her ‘under-Gee’ errands for her”.
Waripamo and wife, Preye Dudafa
Why Patience loves Dudafa
Apart from his good look and intellect, Honorable (Dr.) Waripamo-Owei Dudafa comes across as one guy that is very dependable and able to function on many fronts and in many capacities both politically and other wise. He is said to be one of Patience Jonathan’s ‘corporate leg boys’ who run some of her ‘under-Gee’ errands for her. Another good thing about this Kolokuma/Opokuma Bayelsa state born dude is his ability to run head-tasking financial transactions like opening of companies, running of financial accounts and multi-tasking efforts that are not very common with regular people. His ability to run several companies at the same time which endeared him to the first family can be traced to his present predicament with EFCC as the Economic and Financial Crime Commission found Dudafa to be the major promoter of several firms like Ibige Services Ltd, De Jukes Fast Food & Restaurant Nigeria Ltd, Ebiwise Resources Ltd, Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd, Rotato Interlinks Services Ltd among several other companies he uses to launder the millions of dollars kept in his care by Madam.
 A tall, handsome and dandy man; these are some of the attributes said to have endeared Dudafa to Patience Jonathan. Even though, Dudafa later grew his aspiration and became politically ambitious as he wanted to become the governor of Bayelsa State, a project which was passionately supported by his godmother, Patience but rejected by God and the people of Bayelsa State.
Dudafa....The Man Patience Jonathan blessed
How Patience showed unbounded Grace to her Dudafa
Among the several Presidential aides that worked in Aso Rock Villa during the six years reign of President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Dudafa was alleged to have been shown more grace and given more privileges by the first lady than his contemporaries. On many occasion, Mrs. Jonathan was said to have gone out of her way to support Dudafa and please him in his daring wishes. One of such rare occasion was the christening ceremony of Dudafa’s 4th child on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at The Redeemed Christian Church of God (Fountain of Love Parish) beside Skye Bank Ltd inside Lekki, Lagos new estate, Osapa London (Along Lekki-Express Way). The baby christening ceremony which started 8 am dot had the first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria abandoning all other activities to storm the occasion. She was not only at the church with couple of her esteemed friends like Madam. Bola Shagaya, she was equally at the reception which took place inside the Grand Ball Room of the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Lekki at 1pm.
The Man Hon. (Dr.)  Waripamo Osei Dudafa
The Big list @ the Dudufa Party…
Some of the dignitaries that came to felicitate with Dudafa and his pretty wife, Preye on the occasion of the dedication of their 4th child,  Tarimobo Daniel Dudafa were the Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Seriake Dickson who was accompanied by his wife, Rachael. (The irony of it all is that the same Dudafa who had the privilege of having Dickson at his child’s christening later fell out with Dickson as he wanted to take his seat as Governor).
 Other dignitaries at the event were the late Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State who equally attended the event with his wife, Mrs. Amina Yakowa. Others were the then minister of culture and tourism, Chief Edem Duke, then Minister of Defense (State) Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, ex-NDDC boss Timi Alaibe, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Senator Joy Emordi,  Senator Nimi Barigha, influential business woman, Hajia Bola Shagaya, Ovation Magazine Publishr, Basorun (Dr.) Dele Momodu, ex-NIMASA DG, Patrick Akpolobolokemi,  Honorable Kingsley Kuku (SA to Jonathan on Amnesty matters), Dr. Doyin Okupe (SA to Jonathan on Public Affairs) and a host of other influential Nigerians and politicians.
L-R; Preye Dudafa, Rachael Dickson & Patience Jonathan carrying Baby Tarimobo Daniel Dudafa
A plethora of musical artistes like D-Banj, Asu Ekiye, Kefee Braimah, Midnight Crew, Buchi and others were on hand to serenade guests. Comedy was provided in great measure by Bovi while Cool D.J. Jimmy Jat, Nigeria’s most espensive Deejay was the man on the wheel of steel reeling out sensational and danceable tunes for the high calibre guests.  The Chairman of that baby christening ceremony was Lagos business man, Otunba Funso Lawal.
To show how faithful Patience is toDudafa, those who covered the event said she appeared some 36 minutes into the church service and made sure she was the one carrying the baby during the dedication service by ministers of God. The entire Lekki axis of Lagos was blocked that morning as the First Lady of Nigeria, arrived Lagos for the christening of baby Tarimobo Daniel Dudafa in Lekki. The first lady later led guests down to the Prestigious Oriental Hotel for the grand reception where guests were welcomed with a red carpet treatment as they strolled magnificently into the grand ball room of the venue.
That is just one of the scenes among the several scenes of dotting actions shown to Honorable Dudafa by his loving godmother, Patience Faka Jonathan. Even though his boss, Goodluck was not there in person, his wife dragged herself and two governors and their wives to the event.
Mrs. Preye Dudafa...The Woman who would have unseated Rachael Dickson
The Bigger Dream that flopped…
It was in between this time, that Patience allegedly started romancing Dudafa for her private runs, entrusting him to silently run her business empire on her behalf. He was said to have started running things for her since his appointment as SA to President Jonathan on House-hold matters & Social Event. However, either Mrs. Jonathan or Waripamo Dudafa himself was the architect of his own ambition to become the next Governor of Bayelsa State, we wouldn’t know. But his ambition surfaced at the beginning of Governor Seriake Dickson’s ambition to go for a second term sometimes in late 2015. By this time, Patience Jonathan had fallen out with Seriake Dickson who is largely seen as a Jonathan’s boy in many quarters. Like she did with Rivers State’s Rotimi Amaechi and forcefully placed Nyesom Wike as Amaechi’s successor, Patience picked a fight with Dickson and it became a political struggle for Dickson who narrowly emerged as PDP gubernatorial candidate for the second term after some dirty politics in Bayelsa.
The Couple who would have become the first couple of Bayelsa State
The War of Dudafa…
At the peak of the Bayelsa State election, Dudafa, haven been booted out of the PDP umbrella was almost taking his stand with the All Progressive Grand Alliance Party, (APGA) to achieve his dream of becoming governor. With ex-Governor Timipre Silva having his shot with APC and incumbent Governor, Seriake Dickson taking his stand with PDP, Dudafa whose image was already looming large was to find a convenient house to achieve his dream, APGA extended the opportunity to him while his god mother was ready to use her political clout to push him into Creek Haven Government House. However, a lot of factors worked against him. One of such was President Jonathan’s dwindling electoral value which saw the ex-president sliding off the popularity index until he slipped off with the March 28, 2015 election which saw him booted out of power.
The Dudafas with their Godmother during the christening of their 4th child Tarimobo Daniel
 Even though, Dudafa pulled his weight in Bayelsa as his candidate for Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency 2, one Engineer Ebiye Barabina won Bayelsa House of Assembly under APGA.  By then, Dudafa and Seriake Dickson had started a bitter political war fare courtesy the influence of Patience Jonathan. At another time, some Bayelsa politicians had peddled a rumor that Dudafa had been asked to join and work with Dickson but Dudafa came out via a Press statement denying such alliance and further lambasting Dickson describing him as a failure that is not fit to rule Bayelsa State for another again. It was now glaring that Dudafa was being pushed by Patience but Dickson who is equally politically savvy used some under hand tactics to starve off the strong oppositions. One of such tactics was the pronouncement by some Bayelsan youths that on no account should Patience Jonathan storm Bayelsa State for any public rally as she could be stoned with sachet of pure water and wounded. Although the threat was dismissed by Patience’s loyalists but for a long time, she couldn’t storm Bayelsa State especially after her husband lost power in Abuja. Funny enough, as a form of political compensation, it was same Seriake Dickson who gave Patience her unmerited position of a Permanent Secretary (AWOL) at the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education but Patience was never ready to look out for that as she battled to replace Dickson with Dudafa.
A toast to the gubernatorial seat of Bayelsa State
The Crash of Dudafa’s ambition…
The final hammer that broke the chord of love between Dudafa and his god mummy was sometimes in early 2016 when Patience Jonathan was rumored to have dumped the ex-Presidential aide for ex-NDDC boss, Timi Alaibe who is a more prominent and seasoned politician  in Bayelsa state. Alaibe a serial gubernatorial aspirant who have tried to rule Bayelsa State up to four times was said to have been chosen by some elders of Bayelsa who had a meeting with Patience Jonathan in Abuja. The elders under the aegis of Bayelsa Elders Consultative Forum (BECF) were said to have asked Patience to endorse Alaibe and dump Dudafa. Both Alaibe and Dudafa hail from same Kolokuma/Opokuma federal constituency of Bayelsa State.
The Dudafas expressing joy as Mama Peace joyfully carries baby Tarimobo
When Patience protested that it is Dudafa or nobody, the elders cited ‘Political immaturity’ as their reason for dropping Dudafa for Timi Alaibe claiming that the later is more matured for the job than the former. When Patience allegedly kicked, this blog gathered that the elders threatened to return to Bayelsa and re-dedicate their allegiance to Seriake Dickson than supporting Dudafa. It was at this junction that Mrs. Jonathan who was no longer in power and who badly needed to prove a point to Seriake Dickson that she is ‘a powerful woman’ agreed to sacrifice her political godson for another interest. Even though Dudafa’s house was bugled and attempts made on his life by people suspected to be agents of government, the decision by his godmother to ditch him at the last minute and use a stronger candidate to sack Dickson didn’t go down well with Dudafa as his relationship with Patience fractured.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa meets and greets Waripamo Osei Dudafa as wife, Preye Dudafa looks the governor wrily
The last straw…
The last straw that broke the camel’s back is said not to be the last minutes political ditching alone but a $6.9 million dollars forty feet mobile stage contract for campaign of ex-President Jonathan which was directly under the purview of his office but the money was allegedly taken off him and paid by ex-Petroleum minister, Alison Madueke during the last hour of his boss and that got him angry and felt slighted. Other deals involving his name like the sharing of ten billion naira to some Pro Jonathan group during the election period were also busted by security agencies as his name kept cropping up in several money spinning deals of President Jonathan and his wife.
The Dudafas with Patience Jonathan, Rachael Dickson and Amina Yakowa during prayer session at the Christening of Baby Tarimobo Dudafa Daniel
Sometimes in the middle of the year, Mr. Dudafa who is believed to be privy to a plethora of shady deals done by the Jonathan’s family suddenly became the guests of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission; and probably because of a lot of bad blood arising from his failed dream to rule Bayelsa which he felt was largely caused by his godmother, Dudafa allegedly decided to spill the beans. It was in the realm of his spurious revelations that the 4 accounts at Skye Bank domiciled with over $30 million Dollars were traced and frozen. Although, the ex-first lady is claiming that Dr. Dudafa was the one who deliberately opened four of the accounts in the names of companies belonging to him while he opened just one in her name, the question Mrs. Patience Jonathan will need to answer with time is that ‘Why was it possible for her to be the sole signatory and to be able to withdraw monies from those accounts with a master card from any parts of the world?’
From Pictures shown in this story, it is crystal clear that Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa was not just a political godson of Mrs. Patience Jonathan but was equally her business development manager of what can be termed ‘Business Courier’.
The Dudafas with Mrs. Patience Jonathan & Late Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State
Pictures Credit: Ovation International Magazine

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