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Idoma sycophants druming support for Mark's fifth coming

13 October 2014, 10:46 Ogbu A. Ameh

In a typical show of sycophancy often display by many hangers-on, cheerleaders and political jobbers, the political space is yet rife with shameless show of supports and endorsement. PDP chieftains in Idoma Land are not left out of this national support groups show of hubris. It is a known fact that borders on tradition in our country that elective positions and the contest are not base on issues, but parochial sentiment and financial inducement.

The call for the fifth coming of the Senate President is a testimony of our pathological tendency for monarchy or sit tight syndrome in position of leadership. We are still smarting from prolonged military rule and grappling with the spillover on party politics of ethnic and religious sentiment. when during his third term, one opposition candidate defeated him in his senatorial zone, his party resorted to all available shenanigan legal antics to enable him snatched the mandate and became the Senate president.

That was a calculated power game for him to be the bulwark against legislative confrontation with the executive arm of government which the President personifies. his forth coming, the power that be resorted to the criteria of three termer as a prerequisite for eligibility to aspire for the seat of senate President. all these go to show how shallow our political culture is in the true sense of egalitarian democracy.

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From North to South, East to West, this trend permeates the political landscape excluding young aspiring leaders from emerging. The Idoma sycophants said they have no alternatives to him yet, that the Nigeria's political dynamics requires his type, this is typical sycophancy in the highest order. There was Senator Ameh Ebute before him. this is a clear case of espirit de corp which the military establishment is known for. it founded the PDP to be the ruling party where their members retire to for political participation. since coup is no longer fashionable the world over, they continue to dominate power through partisan politics on the platform of their preferred party.

How can this narrow minded, selfish party chieftains decide the destinies of the entire Idoma people? On the home front, i dare ask; is their anointed candidate for life Senator altruistic in his representation of his zone? Are some sections not being marginalized since one of their own dared to contest the Senate seat against him? He actually defeated him at the poll, but his party could not afford to allow an opposition to win and see the exalted position go to a bloody civilian.

Their shameless shallow argument of a new entrant tantamount to a political suicide for the Idoma people can be deconstructed thus; must PDP always zone the seat to North Central? Must it be exclusive reserve of Mark? Was he born a lawyer or legislator? The National Assemblies as a parliamentary institution is a school for anyone who goes to represent his/her people. it trains parliamentarians as they come. it does not require prior knowledge.

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