Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Playing the Politics of Desperation with Desperate Nigerian Electorates

"IBB is the problem of this country"
- Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

"I won't bother myself with the integrity of politicians that will fund my campaign. I will take corrupt politicians money for my campaign as far as the money is not in my pocket"
- Nuhu Ribadu.

No doubts, there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics but permanent interests. Change is constant in life and people yearn for it. When the desired change is delayed or denied, desperation sets in; it is a natural phenomenon that we are currently experiencing in this country. We are so desperate for positive change in the politics of the country that we don't seem to care about how the change will come.

As the details of the political merger between five members of the G7 rebel governors - by extension, the breakaway faction of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) is eagerly being awaited, Nigerians appear to be divided over the merits and the demerit of this political stunt by our magical elites. One of the wonders of the 21st century is the association of General Mohammadu Buhari with questionable characters such as Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Lai Mohamed among others all in the name of forming a 'progressive' party - the APC.

Prior to the defection of some of the G7 governors to the APC, the leadership of the APC has been touring the country, baptizing and renaming known corrupt leaders as "wise men" and "progressives"; while the gullible electorates cheer on in ecstasy.

But is this the change we have been yearning for?

Can there be true repentance without restitution?

Is switching between political parties the yardstick for determining how 'progressive' one can be?

What are the ideology and political philosophy of the APC?

How important are the electorates to the political quest of the APC?

These and more are some of the important questions we need to ask ourselves.

One fact we may choose to doubt at our own peril is that the political vultures are gradually assembling to feed on the APC, partly because of desperation on the part of the leadership of the APC. From all indications, it appears the APC are all out to dethrone the PDP come 2015. The facts on ground however show that they have not prepared much for governance after their coveted victory. There appears to be using the devils' weapon against him- by snatching up ex-PDP assets; but can one dance around the fire expecting not to sweat?

Given the nature of the individuals within the fold of the APC right now and those who will join soon, will there be any difference between the PDP, as we know it now and the APC?
Your answers are as good as mine.

The picture is clear now; the difference between SIX and HALF A DOZEN is the number of letters in them. 

Written by Mazi Joseph

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