New Article! Election Fever By Etcetera

The growing speculation that the elections might be
postponed speaks volumes of someone’s election jitters. But who will it benefit
most between Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and President Goodluck Jonathan
if the elections are postponed? The Independent National Electoral Commission
had four years to prepare for February elections. How come it waited till the
11th hour to start distributing PVCs? Nawa ooo.
People should know that no amount of scheming and
manoeuvring can stop Nigerians now. The much clamoured change must be achieved,
especially now that the masses have become more politically conscious and every
discuss around the country over the past few weeks has been centred on
politics. Politicians who have been blinded to the plight of the people should
realise that mere rhetoric won’t cut it for them anymore. Nigerians are
demanding for a change. The people are not smiling anymore. Whether it is a new
regime taking over or a return of the incumbent, whoever takes the seat better
know that a better Nigeria is non negotiable anymore.

It is a shame it took us this long to realise the power we
have as a people. But it will be the funeral of any politician who’s dumb not
to realise that it won’t be business as usual and that their campaign for
re-election is by providing the dividends of democracy from the very minute
they are sworn into office. I guess if someone told President Jonathan that
Buhari is going to have a huge support from the masses, he would have done more
to secure his place for another term by providing the basic amenities demanded
by the people. Getting re-elected shouldn’t be difficult for any public office
holder who has the interest of the people at heart.
Elections are zero-sum affairs. The more the Nigerian people
perceive the incumbent as successful the less likely they are to vote for the
opposition in the next election. And delivering democratic dividends (not just
on billboards or on pages of newspapers), undercuts the whole logic of the
opposition’s campaign against any incumbent or the incumbent’s party’s
continuation in office.
Is Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State the Director
General of Buhari and Akin Ambode’s campaign group. As governor, he is the
father of everyone in the state including Jimi Agbaje, Ambode and every other
contestant. He shouldn’t be replying or throwing jabs at any contestant no
matter the political parties they represent. With Agbaje’s tax issue, the governor
should have directed the Lagos State Inland Revenue Service to look into the
matter and if Agbaje is found wanting, he should be referred to INEC for
appropriate sanctions.
Whoever is in charge of Ambode’s campaign team should be
given a raise. A couple of weeks back, a lot of lagosians including myself
didn’t know who Ambode is. In fact, I had to call friends in Alausa to inquire
about him. But judging from the awareness his campaign has generated in just a
few weeks, if the governorship election of Lagos State is decided by that, your
guess is as good as mine.
Lagos State is officially looking like one big political
photo album or the living room of a wall paper merchant. Every wall or fence in
the state is covered with campaign posters of all sort. I thought Lagos State
government placed a ban on pasting of posters in the state. Or is the ban meant
for only entertainers? Well, now I guess those guys pasting those white tacky
A4 size posters with “House-girl or Plumber needed” have gotten all the encouragement
they need.
I think Buhari has attended more church services than many
Christians in the past weeks. Is he not trying too hard to convince us that he
is not a religious fanatic? At this age and time, we should be discouraging
sentiments in politics. Using the church for political campaigns is not exactly
doing that. One question is, is Buhari or Jonathan going to church to give
their lives to Christ and be born again? Should the church be allowed for
political campaigns? If a pastor chooses to hire out his church auditorium for
campaigns, is the congregation supposed to be included as part of the deal? We
attend church on Sundays to hear the unadulterated word of God and not to
listen to manifesto recitals.

Did Buhari pull out of the presidential debate for the same
reasons given by his party? Well, we are not buying all that gist. I think it
is the soldier in Buhari that took that decision. Being a good soldier goes
beyond matching to war. It is also knowing when to go to war and when to sit at
home. Buhari’s decision was smart indeed and I would have done the same if I
was in his position. As weird as it sounds, he doesn’t seem like someone who
can beat Jonathan in a debate. I have already pictured Jonathan entering the
debate with a confident grin on his face like a kid strolling to receive his
report card in front of his parents, knowing he had come first in class. A
debate between Jonathan and Buhari would have been like a boxing bout between
Mike Tyson and Bash Ali. There’s only one outcome. TKO!

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