Notification To Contest The Presidency In 2019: A Rejoinder By Saleh Shehu Ashaka
By SALEH SHEHU ASHAKA
Dear Mr. Ndabawa
Re: Notification to contest the presidency in 2019
I had always thought that the lowest any could descend in the act of betrayal was the nadir of ignominy plunged into by the duo of Brutus and Judas who at different times betrayed their masters.
But when I read the letter you wrote your former boss, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the former governor of Kano State, I wept because I realized that mankind is not yet rid of characters who wouldn’t mind going further down the abyss of infamy and treachery.
From my understanding of what transpired which is evident in your letter, Malam, out of respect and trust, took you into confidence as his former aide and wrote you for guidance and advice on the path he had chosen, which is to run for Nigeria’s presidency in 2019.
But for reasons best known to you, you chose to make a public show of it by circulating copies of your reply to the letter to your friends and associates rather than maintain the confidentiality implored.
This to me is the first Indication that you did not mean well and that you were nursing grudges against the former governor but was only looking for an opportunity to vent your spleen.
One would have overlooked this treachery if it had stopped at that but going further into the letter, the motive for your adolescent indulgence which is to warm your way to the heart of a possible new paymaster is amply revealed through the spittle licking diction and factual messalliance gleaned as prose.
But in your attempt to rubbish Malam, it turned out that you succeeded in making a fool of yourself even without a word from the former governor. This is because the occasion does not call for vitriol as
1)no harm was intended but an expression to serve the fatherland for common good.
2) Malam committed no offense by offering to serve his country in the highest capacity as president.
3) It is a mark of courage for somebody who has been out of office for close to seven years to despite the enourmous challenges that comes with the struggle, still offer to contest at that level.
4) It is out of respect and trust that Malam wrote to intimate his friends and associates which in his humility thought included you.
5) It is glaring that the trust was misplaced and that you are undeserving of respect and cordiality as one who will betray his master for a fee.
6) You set out to ridicule and lampoon a worthy cause for which no lily livered or treacherous persons can aspire and in the process exposed your true color and as ingrate, unworthy of trust, betrayer, fair weather friend and a sycophant all in one.
Taking a look at the reasons you gave for trying to discourage Malam from contesting the presidency one would see that yours was a just a vacuous blowing of hot air to gain cheap popularity and nothing more as all the point you raised stand logic on the head.
1)You said Shekarau should jettison his ambition because the much he achieved as governor in Kano were due to the effort of his appointees.
This is the most absurd view in political history because one would have thought that as leadership involves the ability to manage both human and not just material resources, then it would stand to Malam’s credit that he was able to identify such materials and deploy them to work for the greater good of the state. So there’s nothing self serving or subjective in that other than good leadership qualities on display. If on the other hand you were disturbed by the appointment of the SUBEB chairperson and you never brought it to the attention of the government that she was painting her face or applying make ups but you stood and was watching her with rapt attention and recording very detail of shades and colours, then it is you that has failed in your duty to report such errant act may be due to your amorous intentions which never materialized. The former governor on the other hand, had a very busy schedule while in office which does not permit him the shameful past time of peeking at women while they dress or analyzing the quantum of powder they apply on their faces which you have shown is not just one of your hobbies but a vocation.
2) In your bid to tarnish the hard earned image of the former governor, you attempted to paint him as wasteful by accusing him of overspending while on pilgrimage and claimed he stayed in a 10,000 dollars per night facility in Saudi Arabia. Let’s assume for the purpose of this argument that this is true even though no evidence was provided.
At what point did you realize that this was wasteful and what did you do about it? Did it not occur to you then that you could have made a stronger point if on that score alone you’d resign in protest?But you kept quite and probably slept in the boys quarters of the 10,000 dollar per night hotel only for you to several years later try to use it to blackmail him. That is not patriotism my friend but deviousness in its raw form.
3) You said the former governor spent over N3 billion to buy cars for people to further his ambition.
Again, at what point did you realize that this was wrong and what have you ever done to stop it as one of the key functionaries of government?
4) You said Malam would not be given the PDP ticket because leaders of the party like Jonathan would feel betrayed that he stashed up the funds he was given in 2015 to pursue his own campaign.
If you’ve been reading other than envying women for their make ups, you would have known that Jonathan has clearly identified those who made him lose the presidency and had made it clear that he did not set out to win states like Kano but only wanted a two third score to get the required spread natinonwide.
But you deserve pity to think that the ticket of the PDP is for any individual to hand out to another because it will be won through hard work, realilence and doggedness and that is why Malam is working hard to win the ticket.
5) You said Malam failed to deliver Kano the last time and that should count against his ambition.
Again, this has shown that you are a poor student of history because each election comes with its peculiarities and that was why even without power Malam won Kano in 2003 defeating an incumbent while the one that lost in 2003 was able to stage a come back in 2011. Going by your logic, once a politician fails in a particular election then that is the end of the matter.
Let me ask you, how many votes did Buhari get in the South west in 2011 before Tinubu and others decided to support him for the ticket of the APC in 2015?
6) You said Malam lost woefully when he was in office so he cannot make any impact now. This is absurd as it shows you do not even understand politics.
If you have any sense of shame, you would have covered your head for failing to help deliver your principal who appointed you as SA research and documentation, a very strattegic position in planning, in his home state rather than celebrate that collective failure due mainly to the inability of his trusted allies like you to deliver.
Going through the letter with all the subtle praises on the new men in power, one cannot help but see the real motive behind it which is to find new pay masters .
But you’ll be surprised that even those you are trying to warm your way into their camps would be wary of doing business with you as nobody would want that kind of character near him for the mere fact that when the table turns in future, he is bound to reveal his true color as a serial betrayer.