Jonathan: Endorsement in Darkness By Alwan Hassan
Last week, a bombshell was released, when the PDP endorsed President GEJ as the sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential election. It didn’t come as a surprise to some who have been reading and analyzing the body language of the PDP. But it did surprised some though, given the abysmal performance of the President in office. But the question that needs to be asked is; what did the PDP really endorse?
At a televised presidential media chat about two years ago, the President, responded to a question, with the “unpresidential” statement that is infra-dig to his office; “I don’t give a damn!”. With the senseless and gruesome killings remaining unabated, the insurgency growing by the day, swaths of territory been occupied by Boko Haram and our national sovereignty under threat, is the PDP endorsing a President that is clueless and bereft of the political will to curb and end this scourge? Or are they blinded by power to signal to us that they endorse his posture of cluelessness and inaction of not giving a damn to end this mess?
As the events unfold, the atmosphere was heavy with uncertainty. Things appear confusing as there are more posters & billboards of Jonathan’s 2015 reelection campaign than there is fuel in our vehicles. Sheriff and Ihejirika have been sponsoring Pro Jonathan’s rallies just as they sponsor Boko Haram insurgents. Electricity supply has declined to its worst ever, turning the country into a grave yard whilst the Transformation Campaign proceeds.
As if the endorsement isn’t pregnant with meanings, it only goes a long way to show us that the President has endorsed corruption. Never mind him lecturing us on the difference between stealing and corruption. But looking at it, from the prism of those that endorsed him, comprising the PDP Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Mu’azu, Jigawa State Governor who has sold out his people to protect his child, Chief DSP Alameiyesigya, Chief FFK, Mohammed Abacha etc, gives us an easy surmise why he was overwhelmed. The corruption charges leveled against the PDP Chairman and FFK have been dropped. Chief DSP has been pardoned. Abacha’s loots are being shared between the FG & his family. And the coterie of those pardoned is endless within the PDP. So, is this an endorsement for protection against the EFCC, or an endorsement of promoting stealing and corruption, while the nation bleeds profusely from this menace? Is this what the PDP endorsed?
Despite the presence of Boko Haram, the president steeled himself of criticism and allowed thousands, to rally across the country to insist his candidature. So, by insisting on his candidature in a season of Insurgency, are they endorsing the fast dissemination of the crime against humanity, just because the peanuts and crumbs that may be thrown at them? And is the president endorsing their action, by keeping mum about the rallies? Is this what the PDP endorsed?
Lamentably, what the PDP endorsed was a continuation of an insurgency that has crippled a certain region, business-as-usual for corrupt friends like Oritsejafor and a politicization of our polity at all costs, with an eagle eye on 2015. This wasn’t an endorsement on achievements, but a sycophantic endorsement on spectacular failures, recorded by the President.\\\\\
Alwan Hassan, Member, All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF).
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