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Our Nation_Our Politics. Why PMB Should Be Easily Re-Elected In 2019, Part 2.

 

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In my introductory part, I gave a background of my politics and voting record so far in Nigeria’s 3rd Republic. 

Today, I want to share one the many reasons I have come to the conclusion that the 2019 Presidential elections is for President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) to lose. I hope to share some of these reasons one after the other before I conclude this series.

First reason. President PMB is a master of red-herrings! 

Now, many people (especially his many opponents and traducers) convince themselves that PMB is not a good politician! I chuckle at their naïveté! Well, they would be right if they rather say, “he is not a usual politician”!  But I find him a politician, smarter than most in this clime. I accept that his tactics may not resonate or work in a more advanced democracy, but no one can accuse Nigeria’s democracy of being that yet. Sorry, I digress.

The key to PMB’s successful deployment of this tool is that most of his opponents realise it too late; the smart ones, before it becomes too too late . What is it they realise late or before it becomes too late? The truth that PMB is indeed a consummate politician, albeit of a different genus. 

For those who still do not accept this theory, listen up. It is informative, is it not,that those who realise it before it became too late become his most vocal converts. No, I am not winking in any particular direction, thank you very much! 😁. Did I hear you say of littoral states? 🙈😁🏃🏿

But seriously, let me use the initial rallying point against PMB for instance – his military background and the fear of despotism.

Since 2003 when he began to run for president, the easiest weapon deployed against his candidacy had been that give him power and PMB will become a despot. 

His traducers referenced his 18 months in power as military head of state, statutes like decrees 2 and 4 and the many trips to jail by politicians of the 2nd republic and some media personnel. By way of information only, even I was also a victim in 1984 as a Student Union president! And to think that a few weeks before that I was foolishly shaking PMB’s hand on our campus when he visited! 😁. Only to go and publish “What Is Wrong With Nigeria”!

President Obasanjo used it against PMB during his Re-election in 2003 and Yar’Adua’s campaign in 2007, when PMB was the main opponent to PDP. Obasanjo’s use of this mantra is ironic given OBJ’s own military rule and his Ita Oko detention camp palava! Sorry, I digress again.

President Goodluck used it successfully in 2011 when he rode the ‘indigent boy’ sympathy wave to election in his own right, but unsuccessfully in 2015 when the ‘Despot’ got a winning coalition behind his swan song bid. And since his election, this has been the to-go mantra for those opposed to President Buhari. Despite this constant pounding, this incumbent seem on the verge of re-election when it ought to be a struggle for him! I run ahead of myself again, sorry.

But what is the reality about this ‘despot’ appellation? In almost 4 years in office, PMB has not been any more ‘despotic’ than previous leaders before him! So, why does it appear to be the ‘go to’ tactic? 

Because, interestingly PMB stokes this narrative himself! Some may think he does so unwittingly (because they will tell you “he is ‘illiterate’” – siddon there, you hear😁)! I have come to realise, however, that it is deliberate – throwing this red herring that he knows cannot stop him from retaining his lock on millions of votes – any day.

This even became an issue, emerging from the just concluded 2018 Nigerian Bar Association Annual General Conference, when in his conference opening speech, PMB again threw this classic red herrings before an audience that he knows will not let it slide! I even thought I saw a smirk on his face when he said it! My imagination? Oh, ok! 😃

What exactly did he say? He had the temerity to say to a packed audience of lawyers already put off by him that in the national interest the rule of law may be suspended, plying a Supreme Court decision that can be interpreted both ways! Choi! 

Predictably, most who heard him or have read the reports of this speech – educated and/or learned alike – have jumped on this band wagon, and taken this ‘song’ to town. Even our Noble laureate is now reported to have said a win for PMB in 2019 will lead to despotic rule! 🤣. 

Pray, how does all these discuss  dent PMB’s political fortunes? We do not have demographics of our elections, but I wager this bet: PMB’s core (and massive) majority of besotted supporters care less about all this ‘turenchi’! Why is that even so, you may wonder, can they not think? 🤣. Let me let you in on a secret.

How does this campaign of a lurking despot resonate with the poor and downtrodden who view PMB (rightly or wrongly) as the only one who understands their pains and therefore able to salve them? 

You are not likely to find PMB’s ardent (mind this word, please) supporters amongst the learned lawyers of the Nigerian Bar, or in the privileged clubs and homes in the land. No! His electoral lock comprises of those who feel left out since before independence, and guess who they blame for it? 

Before you dispute this, answer me this question: HOW ELSE DO YOU THINK ESTABLISHED POLITICIANS HAD BEEN URGING, PRESSING PMB NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION? Because unlike many arm-chair, social media politicians, they know the score on the ground – they can hold no candle to PMB’s ‘natural’ popularity! Take that to the bank, and the only viable opposition – PDP – have themselves to blame for this. Explained in Part 3 of this series.

That my dear readers is why PMB deliberately stoke the fire with his red herrings! Throw something to the horde to chew on, that will resonate with his core constituency that PMB is for us, while his critics are against us! How you may ask? Who would be afraid of a despotic Leader other than the guilty? Getting it now? Ask the redoubtable President Obasanjo, after his last caustic letter? What has he been up to lately sef? 🤐

Welcome, my friends to one reason why PMB should be easily re-elected next year!

Another reason will be explained in Part 3.

©Adewale Adeniji. 6th September 2018. 

Our Nation_Our Politics. Why PMB Should Be Easily Re-Elected In 2019, Part 1.

If you follow me on social media, you should know my politics by now. If not, let me be clear.

I am, if you prefer categorisation, a centre-left oriented political animal. I believe in government creating an enabling environment to help citizens get a fair shake in life. While that is liberal leaning, I equally believe in fiscal responsibility as a means to ensuring that resources of the state are not unduly wasted . To some, that is conservative. So, I regard myself as a centre of left.

I did not start there though. In my political formative years I was a dyed-in-the-wool communist sympathiser. Beret wearing, lingo speaking comrade! 🙈. But I was weaned of this with the collapse of the communist system and the inequalities it could not cure. So, to my many friends from way-back, ‘life’ happened to my ‘aluta’!😀

I need also to state that despite my love for politics, it is not a vocation I can take up anymore, for reasons I’d rather not go into. So, this series is not about angling for political office (elective or appointive).

But I remain and intend to remain an active voice in the politics of my country – to contribute to the narrative, and hopefully to national development – as a non-partisan voice, but free to make choices as they arise for the development of my nation.

Since the beginning of Nigeria’s 3rd Republic, I have voted in all presidential elections. And since I am putting all my cards on the table, let me tell you how I have voted over the years, because in this series, I want to show why I will be voting the way I will next February, if God permits:

1999 – Olu Falae (APP/AC Coalition)

2003 – Muhammadu Buhari (ANPP)

2007 – Nuhu Ribadu (AC)

2011 – Goodluck Jonathan (PDP)

2015 – Muhammadu Buhari (APC)

So, you can see that with the exception of 2011, I had always voted for the anti-establishment party because I always believed that the establishment party had produced candidates I couldn’t support. So, why did I vote for Goodluck, the establishment party candidate? Because I hoped that with the election of a president who did not come from privilege, may be he will place the under privileged as the centre of his policies. We are all living witnesses to how that panned out!

Enough of my political conviction and my voting background. I needed to put that out of the way to answer several questions I have got in my in-box from readers who wonder why I seem to support PMB now.

In this series therefore, I will be putting across my views of the 2019 presidential elections and why I think President Muhammadu Buhari should win it (please note my choice of ‘should’).

So, please join me for part 2 next time.

Comments are welcomed, even when you disagree. I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. But please if your comments are abusive and are based on premordial sentiments of religion and ethnicity, or pure, unreasonable hatred, I reserve he right to delete and block!

©Adewale Adeniji. 2nd September 2018.

Our Nation_2019 Election Hustings

Weh done o, putative candidates for office. I dey see your moves, your paros! 😀

You go on TV, on social media and yap about all that is wrong with your country, bla bla bla; yet you offer no single solution or alternative route. My friend you at nothing than a clanking cymbal. You are part of the problem.

Without offering plausible alternatives or solution, you offer no sensible reason why anyone who discerns should listen to you.

You have no solution to our issues, you are only trying to ride a justifiable wave of discontent to office.

You will be quite worse than those you want to replace. #ourmumudondo!

Offer me workable solutions, maybe you can change my mind. Rehash what I already know are issues you are wasting your time with me. Why? I can think!

Show me the road map to a better life for the masses of our people, yes I will consider your candidacy. Come to me with primordial, religious hog wash? Repackage what is disguised hatred for a personality you disagree with, I have already moved on from your space!

Anyone ready to join me?

©Adewale Adeniji. 29th August 2018.

Our Nation_Defection Blues

It is amusing, is it not, that there appears to have been a 180 degrees emotional reaction to the recent spate of defections going on in the Nigerian political space?

It began with the defection of a swathe of National Assembly members from the ruling APC to the PDP. The emotional out pouring then was that at last the APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) is finished! Then the governor of Benue State defected; and on and on went further comments and analysis along the same line.

Every counter argument that these defectors were looking for a platform to contest the next elections since they are most unlikely to find comfort in their current party was met with derision and cat calls. No! It shows his former allies became the ‘tyranny’ of this President, they screeched!

Then the defection of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the governors of Kwara and Sokoto state. The racket retched up! Now, of a truth PMB cannot surely win Re-election (A wi wi wi fun ko gbo. Ko wa tan ni di alaseju?! But we warned him, now see, he is exposed!) Saraki is a master strategist, they sang! He has knocked down the final nail in PMB’s loss, they chorused!

Even the PDP got on this emotional bandwagon. It went to town with how this is a confirmation that the ruling party had squandered its political capital! They were returning to power, bla bla bla.

All of a sudden came first as a rumour, then confirmation of the impending defection of Godswill Akpabio, senate minority’s leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom, a South-south state, from PDP to APC has changed the emotional fervour! (Cue: PDP’s electoral calculus had always been a solid South-South and South-East and the hijacking of enough votes in the North and South-West to wrestle power from the Ruling APC!)

It is as if the gates of hades were unlocked! Now, it is that PMB’s toured anti-corruption drive is a ruse; that it is quite clear Akpabio is being blackmailed (How I hate that word! Why not ‘whitemailed’? 🤔). How can a sensible person move in the opposite direction? Bla, bla, bla! Now the PDP warns the APC to stop poaching its members!

There are also rumours of impending avalanche of defections from PDP in a part of the country that had been the bastion of opposition to PMB – South East. And there is abundant panicking in the once rejoicing horde! The scratching of heads have made many heads sore! What could be going on? Rumours also have it that some who had earlier defected are now ‘regretting and recanting’?

Well, let me tell you what many have lost sight of – many who profess to understand politics and the game of it, and who freely tout same in absolutes, really need tutorials on this art; a sine qua non for holding political power. One small tip: the more adept ‘smoke’ out the less adept to show his hands; then swoop in to check mate!

The game is still not over, the chess play continues; the pendulum can still swing and I fully intend to keep my front row seat still! 🤣😂

©Adewale Adeniji. 8/8/2018.

June 12 Saga: Hafsat Abiola-Costello GOES BALLISTIC !

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“I will only respond because my Sister Mo Demie asked for my view…

Please nobody should abuse my late father here o, I didn’t come to your page to comment: All this sudden noise and write up to show that “Buhari was playing politics”……

When did it become a crime for politicians to play politics? Were they not voted in to play politics? Will it be wrong to develop our roads, infrastructure, free education, return oil blocks to the State instead of individuals? What is this noise all about? Jonathan was voted for by the South West in 2011, the same SW voted for Buhari in 2015, what is all this noise all about the SW going for Buhari? Obasanjo, the direct beneficiary of #June12 is from the same State with MKO, why didn’t he play politics and declare June 12?

Jonathan had opportunity for 5 years to do same, he rather gave Abacha from the North posthumous honor, pardoned Ex-convict from the West, Alams from the South…What do you call that? Is that politics or chemistry? 16 years opportunity to acknowledge #June12 they refused to use the #PoliticalUndertone

So are you expecting Buhari to use Biological or Chemical undertone to take such decision? Why are you guys fixated about those supporting Buhari, is it not a choice and must you dictate to others? You brought up religious sentiments prio to 2015 election, yet blamed Buhari fr being the religious bigot….
Jonathan was running from one Church to another, Sambo openly told them in the North that they must not vote for Buhari because Osinbajo is a Pastor of a big Church….Who is a religious bigot here? I mean, who was running from one religious organisation to another in 2015 because of politics? Pastor Bosun came up with that sudden apostasy, wrapped up Jonathan PDP politics in the name of “wake up call” message. I’m happy that I’m still here. I asked him when most of you were analyzing that heretic message that “Jonathan is fulfilling prophecy”…..

I asked a simple question: “Which prophecy is Jonathan”? Pastor Bosun went ahead to say “even if the Islamic party (APC) presents a Christian Governor in Lagos, you must not vote for him, you must vote for the other party(PDP)……Wait, who was using religion? Obasanjo removed Senate Presidents at will, removed any opposing voice, removed Fayose for a small insult, removed Ladoja with thugs in Ibadan….Who are you calling “DICTATOR”? BUHARI……… Obasanjo withheld Lagos State fund for 3 years, not minding how Lagosians would eat, Yaradua got there and released the fund…

NASS members were abusing Buhari openly, messing up everything at will, Fayose has been abusing Buhari for 4 years now…..not a single State in Nigeria has been denied their constitutional rights because of politics till date, all their funds, Paris fund, bail out, FAAC etc…But who is the DICTATOR? BUHARI. Jonathan ensured that NASS opposition members were locked out including Tambuwa the Speaker of the house. They had to climb gate to gain access…..Jonathan empowered OPCs in Lagos and they were destroying anything in Ikorodu to Ojota that looked like opposition party. Orga of DSS was used to invade APC secretariat, Journalist arrested and Newspapers siezed, we forgot all these….

Ekiti was militarised, Fayose was given power from Aso rock to order Military guys at will. Fayemi the incumbent at that moment was rendered powerless that he was shouting when Police commissioner was used by PDP and a guy was shot…All these videos and pictures are still here (google is your friend)…

But who is the dictator? BUHARI. Jonatahn met FX+ECA at $62 billion+. He DEPLETED it to less than $30 Billion in 5 years Jonathan sold crude oil for 5 years at an average of $100 per barrel of 2.2 million daily (2010-2014). Did he add a DIME to Nigeria purse in 5 years? NO. Buhari the ILLITERATE sold oil at an average of $50 of less than 700,000 barrel at some points because of militancy, yet had moved that FX to $47 Billion in 3 years. Don’t say how much did he borrow if you don’t even have the figure borrowed between 2010-2015 without adding a dime to FX. Who is the ILLITERATE? BUHARIIII.

Jide Omokore, Aluko and oil goddess Alinson made an oil deal of N1 trillion and chose not to remit to Nigeria under GEJ. Did anyone raise eyebrow? INTEL of Atiku refused to remit to NPA, not until last year that “ordinary” Hadiza the NPA boss challenged INTEL and insisted the funds must be remitted. A Christian Professor had been leading JAMB all through Obasanjo to Jonathan yet for 40 years of JAMB, only N52 Million was remitted to FG….A Muslim Professor who was appointed just in two years of handling JAMB remitted over N15 Billion……FIFTEEN BILLION o….

So who is following after righteousness? For five years of Okonjo Iweala was paying over 45,000 ghost workers unabated, yet just within 3 years, “ordinary” Kemi Adeosun removed such nonsense…I ask again who is more effective? Ordinary Abuja metro lane took 11 years from OBJ period that he initiated it….”

Alatika* United

 

A gallery attendee here,

A window dresser there.

That’s the way of it!

Pressure! Pile it on…

Except you deign another

4 years of dryness!

 

 

Another season of being

for all, yet for none!

Come on now, write yours ..

Yes, a letter you dimwit.

Pressure! Pile it on…

No more shoe string living.

 

 

Oh, how great were dem days

Breakfast in Dubai! Choi!!!

Croissant from Paris,

Caviar from Petersburg.

Cometh this man, cometh

starvation, privation!

 

 

Pile on the pressure!

He cannot even kaput in peace

Fool! Tight-fisted bastard.

Cause confusion, anarchy.

Trust our people, they’d

lap it all up. Write, grumble.

 

 

All aggrieved, unite!

Come, complain, harangue.

No more years, no more 

for the scroungy old fool!

Confuse every issue, 

Confound every one!

 

 

Coalition, yes! Nice word.

Tell the farmer, he is leading

the charge! What nonsense!

How can we live through 

another season of this man?

We are united. We love ourselves.

 

 

© Adewale Adeniji. 05/02/2018.

*Alatika – a local word meaning revellers.