Lessons from 2015 general elections
The 2015 general elections have come and gone, the
contests have been won and lost, the victors are doing their victory dances
while looking forward to the tasks ahead while the vanquished are nursing their
wounds and still trying to wake up to reality. The drama, intrigues, tensions
and uncertainty that enveloped the atmosphere is gradually dispersing as we
commence another four year journey to 2019. However, the 2015 elections came
with rich lessons, and here are some.
Never Ruin People’s Chances in your
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a party which prided
itself as Africa’s largest party, has ruled Nigeria since the birth of
Democracy in 1999. Apparently, the sixteen years old leader has been used,
misused and abused that the chances of some credible candidates under the
party’s umbrella had been almost completely eroded.
Some candidates, who contested under the umbrella and
lost, suffered defeat solely because of their political affiliation. There were
audible comments like “he is a good candidate; with a major disappointing ‘but’-
his platform”. The people perceived and labelled the self-acclaimed Africa’s
largest party as a wrong bus station to call for passengers owing to the
national appeal and reputation they earned for themselves in close to two
decades of their leadership. Their leadership actions and in some other cases,
inaction ruined the chances of most of their candidates in the just concluded
election. As I humorously put it – Never ruin people’s chances in your life.
PDP has messed up so bad that they made it nearly impossible for their good
candidates to win elections. People would say, give me HIV, STD, RIP...anything
Be Humble; tomorrow is Uncertain
The Omnipotent being has a
way of bringing humility to those who find it too cheap to add to their short
list of moral values and virtues. On the 18th of December 2008,
barely nine years into Nigeria’s democratic rule, headed by the PDP, the then
National Chairman vehemently stated that the party will rule Nigeria for not
ten, not twenty, but for sixty years. Making such expression on borrowed breath
with conviction was the height of contempt to the Supreme Being.
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With forty four years to go, the contemptuous
prediction like sand through the hour glass has been brought to an abrupt end. The lesson here is pretty
simple - Don’t count your chicken while they are yet eggs because those eggs
might break before they get the chance to hatch. Be humble; tomorrow is a
decision and no one can take that decision away from God.
Mind your Business
Before I buttress this point, I’d like to state that I
am a Christian by faith; although my name hints so, but it’s important for
The build up to 2015 general elections saw many
clergymen, literally abandoning their original business (or calling) to dance
in the mud of politics. They threw caution to the wind and made bold
declarations as though they just got out of a board meeting with God whose
universe they appeared to be shareholders/investors in. There were spiritual
endorsements, which eventually had no physical value or manifestations after 28th
and 11th of April, 2015. Some gambled with their integrity and
suffered immeasurable losses along with their anointed candidates.
There were so many “God told me” bubbles, prior to the
general elections which have since been deflated by reality and left the
message bearers in a lonely path of disrepute. Their obvious lack of interest
in their original business has earned them funny and uncouth tags and certainly
will reflect in their loss of fans and customers.
Importance of Teamwork
If snakes live together, who would approach them? But
they chose to live one unto itself, so they fall easy prey to man and other
predators. It’s difficult enough to successfully attack a single
viper...imagine they move in groups? One of the most important lessons of 2015
elections is that the outcome was a product of building a formidable team,
sharing a singular vision with team members, concentrating efforts and
achieving a set goal. What the ACN, the ANPP, and CPC could not achieve in
isolation become possible when they formed an alliance and eventually defeated
a common enemy.
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The outcome of the alliance of the parties vividly
exemplifies the African proverbs – If you want to go fast, go alone; if you
want to go far, go together.
Patience is a Virtue
Hasty decisions, seldom favours one. This is a fact.
There were individuals who played pivotal roles in the birth of the nation’s
new ruling party. They paid their dues, suffered verbal attacks and all sorts
of political jabs. They exercised patience for so long till they decided to
move to places where they were convinced they will have their breads buttered.
Sometimes, you don’t know what is going to kill you
until you try it; but then it’s going to be too late. It may be safe and on
point to add that these individuals, littered all over the country fell at the
edge of success owing to their lack of patience. Lesson – sow and cultivate the
seed of patience and reap bountifully.
Don’t Push your “Luck”
There are people among us who are lucky. What you
struggle for, they get easily; what takes you years, can take them days. These
people are no spirits, they are humans like us; they are full of luck. But even
luck is exhaustible and can disappoint fast when pushed.
Like our current number one citizen, there are quite a
number of serial beneficiaries of luck scattered all over the country with
countless numbers of testimonies on how luck has kept them living on our taxes
and commonwealth since the birth of democracy in 1999 and even before. However,
as the recompense for pushing luck, most of them have been disappointed by
their unflinching belief in the inexhaustible nature of the luck that has
sustained them thus far.
It is an art of wisdom in knowing when to take a bow
honourably with the ovation still in your favour; when to count on luck and
more importantly never to push your luck.
Sometimes, by Loosing, you also Win
Each time I try to convince myself that you sometimes
win by giving up; I am faced with the question - in what world do you leave the
ring and declare victory? Well, maybe in the world where your giving up is a
sacrifice, a martyrdom of your ambition. Where your giving up is to prevent a
nation from going up in flames and burning beyond recognition.
There seems to be a new trend of political opponents
who lost out in elections to make phone calls. This act was fashioned along the
now popular phone call of March 31st 2015, made by the outgoing
President in conceding defeat. It is no mistake to say that the singular act of
the President save Nigeria a lot of destruction, bloodshed, death and eventual
The actual loser of the election has been commended
for his famous and unexpected act of sportsmanship. He has been called the
technical winner for saving the nation a great deal of doom that was predicted
as possible aftermath of the general election.
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