The limits of propaganda and vote for reality

THE Special Conventions and presidential primaries of the two main political parties in Nigeria have come and gone. As anticipated, the frontal runners surfaced victorious despite sweats by someanti- popular forces to by impact different issues.

I particularly compliment Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for winning the presidential ticket of the ruling All Revolutionaries Congress, APC, despite the wishes of some members of the establishments and against all odds. This hard- fought palm has verified beyond all dubieties that Tinubu is a rugged politician and a dogged fighter.

He knows what he wants and works to achieve it, therefore marking him out as a visionary politician who’s always prepared for the job he seeks. In analogous tone, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar surfaced the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential seeker against all odds.

Atiku has shown interest in getting the chairman of Nigeria since the old Social Democratic Party, SDP, days in 1992. It wasn’t until 1999 when he came the Vice President of Nigeria did he come within sound of that position. He has sustained that political interest since also despite several attempts to blow him out course. Ironically, both Atiku and Tinubu belonged to the old PDM, a political movement innovated by the late General Shehu Musa Ya’Adua. Following the unfortunate death of the General, Atiku came the leader of that political movement.

Therefore, Atiku was in a advanced pecking order than Tinubu in the PDM political movement. still, the political influence of Atiku in the Northern countries, can not be compared to the large influence Tinubu brought to bear in the South- West geopolitical zone, especially Lagos State that he holds in avice-grip politically.

Lagos is the richest state in Nigeria and the near total control by Tinubu of its political affairs since 1999 has made him one of the most influential and flush politicians in Nigeria moment.

His palm at the APC presidential primaries and the way it was achieved is an attempt by him to extend his influence as a indigenous political leader to the public scene. Whether he’ll succeed in this will be determined by the outgrowth of the presidential election of 2023. Tinubu is the public leader of the ruling political party and that obviously gives him a head start in the presidential race.

As I said before in my former write- ups, the 2023 presidential election is going to be a two- steed race between the ruling APC and the main opposition PDP. All other parties are borderline political parties. Only the APC and the PDP can boast of the huge artistic votes which are important for the palms of political parties at pates.

During the presidential primaries of a major political party what matters is the palm of an applicant, and how he achieves palm is dependent on ingrain political dynamics of the time. I, thus, suppose that both Atiku and Tinubu should be celebrated for their emphatic palms in their separate political parties presidential primaries.

Their palms didn’t come readily, they defeated numerousco-aspirants to decide the palms; it wasn’t dropped on their stages, they worked veritably hard to achieve their palms.

In the course of their palms, they defeated numerous applicants from the South- East who couldn’t put up any strong fight for the ticket. They had all anticipated to be besmeared and helped by a advanced authority in undemocratic ways.

What manner of a competitor is he who can not hold his own and always anticipate to be helped before he can achieve any palm? It’s my position that the presidential applicants from the Igbo nation in the two major political parties in Nigeria shouldn’t have indicated interests at each if they knew that they weren’t prepared for the preceding contest.

To the stylish of my knowledge, the only two people who acquitted themselves respectably were Governor Nyesom Wike and former governor and minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Apropos, both are Igbos from the South- South geopolitical zone.

It’s egregious that the important vaunted Nigerian chairman of Igbo birth may be achieved through the Igbos from the two countries in the South- South geopolitical zone.

My faith in the Igbos in the South- East is no longer as strong as it used to be because of recent developments. They’re now perceived as noise makers and frequently too weak to contend against strong resistances.

Playing on feelings at every turn is the capers of straw- men. Power is sweet and it’s earned and taken, it’s noway given. In the interest of justice, fair play and equity, I had anticipated the APC to look in the direction of the Igbos for their presidential seeker. Dr Ogbonnaya Onu spoke to that point at the convention but it was too late as the minds of delegates were formerly made up by the time he spoke.

The APC had the duty to insure justice for the Igbos, but their failure to do that showed dissimulation on their part. The APC Northern Governors who claimed that the coming presidential seeker must come from the South without any study for the Igbos didn’t go the full overeater as anticipated of honest leaders. They were nationalistic but fell suddenly of holding the bull by the cornucopias.

This not opposing, nothing justifies the shambolic performances of the presidential applicants from the South- East geopolitical zone. You mustn’t dispute for an office if you know you aren’t serious about your bournes and thus anticipate it to be handed over to you by executive edict.

That’s why I had so important estimations for Amaechi because he came out to me as the most serious, set and redoubtable Igbo applicant on the platform of the ruling APC. But since the party threw the contest open to every part of Nigeria, I don’t envy Tinubu’s palm. He fought like a strong man and earned his palm; it’s therefore well justified.

 

With Tinubu’s palm, the easiest and foremost route to achieve a Nigerian President of Igbo birth now is through the PDP. But the Igbos must engage other Nigerians and make the needed network and agreement of political alliances. Those who believe that they can achieve it through Mr Peter Obi in the Labour Party, LP, are daydreaming and presumably living in another earth.

I’m a nice nelly but I do n’t pander to feelings in taking opinions. I’m realistic, realistic, rational and scientific in my decision- making processes. I’ve strategically looked at the scripts and the foremost time for a Nigerian chairman of Igbo birth is 2027 if Atiku wins and will serve only one term or 2031 if he wins and will serve the naturally allowed two terms. Resorting to protest votes by joining a borderline and electorally inconsequential political party is harmful.

For Igbos to make a advance in Nigerian politics they must operate from within the two dominant political parties. That’s what the other ethnical groups are doing and Igbos can not go to be different.

The ongoing social media propaganda about the presidential seeker of the LP and former Governor of Anambra state amazes me in no small measure.

 

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