I am still reeling from the sham called elections that were held in Nigeria this month. The flagrant abuse of power on the part of PDP, the lack of a credible opposition response and the total disregard of the 60 million (really?) registered Nigerian voters have combined to leave a sickening feeling in the depths of my guts..
I’ve had time to think through the whole process though and find the following salient points worthy of note:
- The PDP won only because they rigged more – every other party with the exception of possibly FRESH and Pat Utomi – attempted to put in place structures to aid and abet rigging in their favor. The PDP landslide only happened because they had more muscle.
- Most of the opposition candidates only featured on the platform of the opposition because they were unable to gain a toehold in the party that had the “powers that be” in each region.
- No credible plans and agenda were articulated by the vast majority of persons standing for election.
I don’t know if this is typical African resignation to the “will of God” or something but somehow maybe its the “best” candidate that has won at the end. A PhD in analytical chemistry plus time spent teaching in the four walls of a University seem to suggest that at least this man has a good head on his shoulders. Surely that is a better bargain than an ex- military warlord, a person who was fingered in major financial improprieties and an eloquent but other-wordly “man of God”. If I had been given the opportunity to vote, my vote would have gone to Prof. Pat Utomi but as has ensued, I was disenfranchised even before the votes were cast.. Well lets “wait and see” – obviously all efforts to get the vote annulled seem to be the wild rantings of an imprisoned child.
Maybe what is key is if the President -elect has the guts to stand on his own two feet. You know… I want to hear what a certain Tunde Bakare has to say about this new “Messiah from the North”!