How Jonathan’s supporters undermine his chances of winning this election
As I have always said, if I eventually have the opportunity to cast my vote in the forthcoming presidential election, I shall vote Jonathan. However, my decision to vote him rests on the fact that I am convinced that the opposition did not present a better alternative. I am not going to vote Jonathan because Ohanaeze ndigbo asked me to do so. Never! I shall vote for him because as an enlightened mind, I want Nigeria to make progress. I will not vote for a candidate that will find it very difficult to fit into the 21st century leadership demands.
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Having said that, I have noticed that the greatest enemies of Jonathan’s success at this poll are those that claim to be his supporters. How do you describe a situation where people from the South East and South South tend to regard any of their own that supports Buhari as a fool? It is common to see an Igboman rebuke his brother who expresses the view that he will vote for Buhari for presidency. It’s always, are you a fool? You want to vote for Hausa man? You want to vote a Muslim to rule you? But we forget that it will also amount to foolishness for a northerner/Hausa man to leave his brother Buhari and vote Jonathan or a Christian. Today, many Igbos and south southerners dislike Rochas and Amaechi solely on the ground of their support for Buhari but at the same time, we are happy that Shetima of Kastina State and Yuguda of Bauchi State are pro-Jonathan.
We want Northerners to vote Jonathan but at the same time we see our own people that decide to make their own choices according to how they feel as fools and unpatriotic. But we quickly forget that based on our current national population arithmetic which many will argue to be faulty; the north has more states and human population than South East and South South. Of course, as we all know, at present, the South West tends to go with APC than PDP.
Therefore, if we are to vote on ethnic and religious lines as many of us promote by our actions and spoken words, Buhari will emerge our next president. I expect Jonathan’s supporters particularly the Igbos and the South Southerners to focus more on the qualities of Jonathan that place him far above Buhari than this very mundane verbal attacks on their brothers and sisters that decide to support a fellow Nigerian. He who seeks for justice should at minimum come with clean hands.
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