Democracy: A Commander’s Show Of Revenge & Mockery By Odusote Oluwakayode
The impeachment of Murtala Nyako, former Governor of Adamawa state due to allegation of gross misconduct didn’t come as a surprise to followers of the nation’s political development. The game of wits between the People’s Democratic Party and the All progressives Congress is becoming more interesting as the epic battle of 2015 approaches. There are suspicions that certain powerful influence is being exerted from the presidency to deal with, curb and reduce the thrusting powers of the APC to the minimum. Nasarawa state is likely to be the latest victim of the political calculation of the PDP while Rivers and Edo states are said to be on the list of states to be conquered.
Politics is a game of numbers, therefore, ensuring the ruling party control more states to guarantee easy win for President Jonathan in 2015 is a course of action that must be accomplished. The nation witnessed the episodes of presidential force in removing governors during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The reasons for some of these impeachment saga and threats of impeachment are attached to political permutations. The calculations are hinged towards a goal and achieving such goal at any cost possible comes with heavy price. Apart from a people suffering from the excesses of leaders in government, the institution of democracy is disparaged and mocked.
The rubble is never cleared when institution and arms expected to protect democratic ethos disparage it. Resorting to politics of malice speaks volume of the extent at which our knowledge about the democracy we boast to practice can be gauged. We can only imagine the griefs that consume the heart at the display of reckless arrogance by mocking democratic processes.
The All Progressives Congress believes that they have a chance of taking control of the ASO Villa in 2015. In such ambition, the ruling party will not keep mum. From current events, who will win control is at the moment basically unclear, but the People’s Democratic Party get the nod by narrow statistical margins; thanks to the internal crisis that has bedeviled the APC of recent. The crisis is logically normal, going by the induction of so many interests that left other parties due to the need to achieve self centered ambitions.
The ruling party needs to pick up just few states especially from the south west to have a level of confidence in maintaining its grip at the centre. Out of the thirty-six states, nearly a handsome percentage is currently held by the PDP. That means progressives are playing defense in a political climate poisoned by PDP’s brutal bully in the name of impeachments and arrests.
No one is above the law, so irrespective of affiliations, the need to uphold the constitution and the statute of office with moral integrity is expected from political office holders, therefore, weep not for Murtala Nyako. Unfortunately, his sins didn’t become glaring when he was still a member of the PDP till he defected to the APC.
In this case, who is fooling who? the impeachment being a legal means to remove corrupt chief security officers of states or a commander in chief was used of oust the out of favor Murtala Nyako who was alleged to have breached the code of office he swore to uphold.
Few people could have been fooled by the list of offences said to have been committed by Nyako. Interestingly, most of the offences were not committed within the period he was in office as a Governor under the banner of the APC but that of the PDP. One wonders, what took the law makers so long to act legitimately.
What transpired in Adamawa state was a mockery of democracy, callousness and a clear show of revenge against Murtala Nyako which was well rehearsed and dressed up as impeachment. The actions of the members of the state house of assembly clearly displayed that the PDP, driven by envy and spite towards Nyako resolved to deal with him.
We are in the era of politics of revenge, but revenge has nothing to do with democracy. In a recent rally organized by the People’s Democratic Party across the south west, the governor elect of Ekiti state, Ayo Fasoye boasted to lead a crusade in taking over the south west from the APC. Most of these arrogant statements are made without respect to the electorate’s will to choose. Democracy is not about taking revenge, it is not concerned with individuals and their origins, but rather with a system that believes in a government of the people by the people and for the people. It is a system that advocates a society run on the basis of people’s choice, rather than a selected few privileged elite.
The ruling party should not take over by force. The beauty of democracy is the platform of contestation available to win the heart of electorates. The political field is expected to be for genuine and sincere battle of ideological brilliance and not for muscle flexing, revenge or slander. Virile opposition is healthy in a democracy. The opposition exists to check a ruling party and to champion a better alternative towards meeting the needs of the people.
With major political parties ever more dominated by greed, it is hardly surprising that reckless use of power will be adopted. When a government is dominated by those that do not care about the tenets of democracy, what should be expected is a heartless attack on the institution that brought them to the same power they love to disparage. We have seen a government that loves to introduce policies and programmes that help its own and not the people being governed.
The hope of every democrat is to have a society that recognize and respect the inalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. A society where the absurdity of class division does not hinder the needed progress to bridge a gap and a society of law and order, where no one irrespective of social class is above the law .
Whoever wrote the script that the Adamawa house of assembly members played and which may be likely played in some other selected states should realize and understand that the service of songs for is not what is needed for the survival of our democracy. The actors in the proposed states of Nasarawa, Rivers and Edo should look beyond self and now.
If in their shallow minds they connive to deceive while parading themselves as agents of change and transformation, then there is the important need to reconsider their roles in the whole exercise of mockery. If this display of arrogance, recklessness and revenge is what they understand to be a democracy, in my understanding, it isn’t.
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