The Recent Entry of prominent Lawyer Damian Dodo SAN into the Taraba 2023 Governorship Race is no doubt shaking the waters and altering the Calculations of politicians and Speculations of Political Commentators. His Move to Occupy Taraba Government House in Jalingo by the recent purchase of his Nomination Forms Comes after weeks if not months of speculations that he is interested in becoming Taraba’s Helmsman.
Dodo a Fine Gentleman who has Made Remarkable impact in the Legal profession Before his Current Move to join the Murky Waters of Politics is said to have the Blessings of the Powers that Be in the State and Beyond to become Taraba’s Next Governor.
As a lawyer with Over 25 years Post Call Experience He is reputed Not to have a single Stain Attached to his Name. This is despite him Handling Several High Profile Cases for private individuals and Entities as well as Assignments On Behalf Of The Federal Government Of Nigeria.
Despite the Highly Religious Nature of Taraba Politics Damian Dodo SAN, OFR, a Knight Of St. Gregory Born into a Christian Home. Damian Grew in the Midst of Muslims with Members of his Extended family Mostly practicing the Islamic Faith.
That’s why it is not surprising that most People angling, Calling and Supporting him to run for Governor are Muslims this is Due to His excellent Human Relations traits.
However, Damian’s Major Challenge is the Zoning Debate as there are agitations by people from the Muri zone that power should return to Taraba North In line with the internal Zoning policy of the people’s Democratic Party In Taraba State as he is from Taraba South where the incumbent Governor Hails From.
Secondly He is perceived By The Political Elite as a New comer Who wants to Come and reap from where he did not Sow. To them He should Remain in Abuja and continue practicing law and Allow politicians to play Politics.
Another narrative which is not in his favour is that he is too elitist. Only those who reside in Abuja know him and hear of his name. that his Gates Needs to be widely Opened for everybody to Come in if he must Succeed in the game of Politics. judging from the calibre of persons who went to purchase the nomination forms on his Behalf where mostly senior lawyers politically They Say that is wrong.
Damian Dodo a man of many first was admitted into the Nigerian Bar at the age of 20 a feat that has remained unprecedented till date. Became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in his 30’s Making him the youngest member of the Inner Bar as at the time he was admitted.
Damian Dodo is the First Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Taraba State, His law firm also produced the Second Member of the Inner Bar from Taraba State, Nasiru Dangiri, SAN.
He has served as Chairman of the National lottery regulatory Commission, Chairman of the Federal Government of Nigeria Independent investigative Panel on the Defunct Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Until Recently he was a Member of Council at the National judicial Council, Nigeria’s Apex judicial Regulator. He is also a Recipient of the National honour of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in recognition of his Invaluable Service to Nigeria.
Damian Dodo SAN, is also a fellow of the Nigerian Chartered institute of Arbitrators and Was Recently Decorated with a Honourary Doctorate Degree in Law by the Federal University Wukari, Taraba State in addition to Several honours He has received From Professional Bodies, Corporate Organizations, Groups and Associations.
Meticulous In His Engagements, Highly Professional in his official Activities, Stickler for Ethics and Time, Philanthropic in disposition, Damian Dodo SAN, OFR, FCIARB, is Set to Upstage the Apple’s Cart as the Mere Mention of his name Send shivers Down the Spine of His Prospective Competitors.
The Days Ahead Promises To be interesting.
Gaddafi, Writes from Abuja the Nation’s Capital He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.