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2015: Beyond primordial sentiments

09 December 2014, 21:30 Isaac Asabor

Somewhere in the eastern part of Nigeria, Mr. Eze has made up his mind to cast his vote for Mr Riberibe, who would be contesting for an elective position as a member of his state house of assembly, come 2015. The overriding factor that influenced Mr. Eze to vehemently take the decision of voting in favour of Mr. Riberibe in the election, precisely early next year, is that he shares the same faith with him, and both of them are also affiliated to the same orthodox church. It is expedient to opine at this juncture that the religious sentiment which invariably influenced Mr. Eze’s decision to make Mr. Riberibe his choice candidate in the expected election has nothing to do with the candidate’s credibility and competence.

Elsewhere in the northern part of the country, Alhaji Musa, like Mr. Eze, has also made up his mind to vote Alhaji Yaro for the next governorship election in his state, not because Alhaji Yaro has better credentials or was found to be more promising than other  that have equally shown interest for the political position but that both of them hail from the same local government area.

Similarly, in the western part of the country,  Mr. Alade who has picked the ticket to contest for a senatorial position in his constituencies is likely going to receive massive support from his people; not because of his leadership qualities or impeccable character, which he does not even have but due to his Father-Christmas-Type of generosity.  Mr. Alade is the man-about-town that whenever he attends any political or social event, he would touch the life of each and everyone with either a bottle of bear or worthy cash gift.

Also read: The evil of money politics in Nigeria

Under a similar sentimental condition, at the political party level, Mr. Owonikoko has been made the “anointed” candidate by a godfather in the party and some other party stalwarts that parade themselves as kingmakers. Irrespective of the fact that Mr. Owonikoko is not promising enough to represent the party in any political level but his candidacy as the next lawmaker on his party’s platform has been forced on the people as all party members have received directives and also brainwashed  to peremptorily ensure that Mr. Owonikoko is massively voted for. As ignominiously demonstrated in past elections, he may be rigged into power in a do-or-die manner.

At this juncture, it is not an exaggeration to say that the foregoing suppositions perfectly capture some of the unhealthy factors that are responsible  for the pervading and high turnover  rate of corrupt and clueless leaders from one political tenure to the other since May 1999.

Against the foregoing background, it is expedient for all Nigerians of votable age to prepare their minds on who to vote for into various political offices that would be contested for come 2015. In fact, the vicious cycle of electing  clueless and corrupt leaders into political offices across the country to come to an end, it would be very important for all Nigerians of votable age to eschew religious, party, ethnic or tribal sentiments and vote for the right candidate.

The reason for the foregoing view, cannot be far-fetched as clueless leaders are capable of messing up the economy the more instead of salvaging it. Simply put, electing clueless and corrupt leaders into political offices that cut across the three-tiers of government would do Nigeria no good.  

At the moment, media reports on the overall state of Nigerian roads and streets have no doubt left the people with doubt on whether politicians that promised “Heaven on earth” are truly who they claim to be. As you read this piece, many Nigerians, particularly unemployed youths who voted most politicians into various political positions with the hope that the politicians would truly create employment opportunities as promised are today in state of disappointment.  There is no denying the fact that the present crop of politicians are aloof and seemingly disconnected from the same people they promised to serve.

The neglect of the governed by the political elites from one successive government to the other since 1999 is very glaring that one would begin to wonder if the country is passing through a period of anarchy. As a writer that has an impervious mindset, I am not swayed by propagandized and misleading arguments and economic indices suggesting that all is well as I am not blind to realities.

Given the primary objective of writing this piece, it is pertinent to ask all Nigerians of votable age if it would be proper to vote another  crop of non-performers to power  come 2015. Without mincing words, blind affiliations to religion, party and ethnic or tribal group may make us elect another crop of politicians that would further subject Nigerians to another round of biting economic hardship.

Going by the deplorable employment rate in the country with its attendant poverty rate, it would be wise for all Nigerians, particularly the youths of votable age to vote politicians into elective offices by virtue of their personal credibility and competence and not on account of the parties they belong to, the churches they attend or the dialects they speak. 

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