Goodluck Jonathan, the 2015 Presidential Elections and Why GMB May Win By Olumuyiwa Babatunde Amao
Once again, Nigerians have been saddled with a simple, but complicated responsibility of deciding who pilots the affairs of their nation for the next years. Ordinarily, this task should not have aroused as much interest as it has over the last couple of months, given the (previously) predictable political culture of a vast majority of Nigerians when it comes to the Presidential elections. It is a political culture that has maintained very strong leanings and bias for the ruling party, irrespective of whatever political divide the flag bearer represents. To be sure, and over the last 54 years, and more specifically, over the 20 year period of Nigeria’s democratic experience (1980-1984 and 1999-2015), at no time in history, have we had the candidate of an opposition party emerge as winner of the Presidential elections.
Certainly, several factors are attributable for this. Some analysts have cited the silent but yet powerful role of religion, others have argued it to be a function of the power of incumbency, while to some others, the role of ethnicity in the determination of who emerges victorious cannot be wished away. While there may be some element of truth in some of these arguments, the simple truth remains that most Nigerians, ‘unless pushed to the wall’ are very reluctant to change, and would prefer to return the candidate of the ruling party to power ‘in the hope that things will change’. Unfortunately, such hopes have always been constantly dashed!
Unlike, previous elections however, the pendulum appears to be swinging in the direction of the opposition party; the All Progressives Congress, this time. Again several reasons are adducible for this. But for me, the most comprehensible of them all is the general misrule, and gross incompetence which has defined the Jonathan Presidency since its assumption office in a substantive capacity on June 11, 2011. For the purpose of this article however, I will examine this administrations’ much touted ‘exemplary performance from three (3) perspectives; Security, Economy and the Anti-Corruption, before drawing a nexus on the synergy between its (under) performance, and Nigerians may react through the ballot box on February 14, 2015.
Nigeria’s security challenges over the last five years have remained one of the major albatross, which perhaps foreclosed the chances of President Jonathan.
There is even no more SURE-P money. Oil price slump has ensured that. Also it is lesson for men of integrity to stay clear of this government as it a government of sycophants and people of low or no integrity. That’s why we are in this sorry state. If this government has been peopled with people of high moral standard we will not be in this quagmire. A government of anything goes, 7 is greater than 16, 16 is greater than 19, judges beaten up in court, army generals becoming “boy boy” to common criminals, national assembly teargassed, unelected first lady abusing openly in public an elected governor, governor being denied right to free movement or will be killed by soldiers, emir prevented from entering palace, job applicants killed after collecting money from them in a scam no offense committed, minister spending N10 billion gallivanting about and when asked to come and clear herself ran to court for cover, another buying 2 cars for N235 million and went free. And we are being asked to vote for the continuity of these absurdities.
I thought you don’t always know what’s going on under you?! Chibok girls whereabout, you don’t know; missing $20bn you don’t know; hate speeches, you don’t know; election postponement, you don’t know! How come you now know someone attended Obj’s function? Recall the first SURE-P chairman also resigned as a matter of principle. Isn’t all these a dent on you responsibility? “Integrity matters, doing what is good for the larger society, and not just what you want to do for a narrow society to please yourself”. That captures exactly what is lacking in your ignoble self…the very reason we’ll also march you up come March 28!