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Events and survival of Nigeria’s democracy

Ayodele Okunfolami


Sir: Virtually all the pieces in life, all of us want forebearers or referees to get or advocate us to the upper degree we aspire to.

We want a voice to talk and vouch for us. That’s the function godfathers play in politics. For the reason that godfather is already a longtime title with large political unfold, he presents a comparatively unknown candidate to the voters.

That godson, then rides on the shoulders of his extra hawkish mentor to acquire the place.

Nevertheless, latest political developments have seen the ugly facet of this follow. Alas, in the present day’s godfather, makes use of all his political energy to impose his hitherto unrecognizable protégé on the get together.

Usually and not using a robust political base to get himself by, this protégé pretends to stay loyal through the marketing campaign.

And since this republic has witnessed godsons turning their backs on their benefactors after entering into workplace, the godfathers now select politically weaker candidates to forestall future rebel.

Sadly, Obaseki defecting to an opposition get together he’s unfamiliar with to satisfy his ambition reveals he’s selecting to be godson in one other umbrella.

The identical vogue Oshiomhole swept the way in which for him to hold the broom of the APC in 2016, some bigwigs within the PDP with future elections in thoughts, are granting him unfair waivers to be the get together’s flagbearer in September.

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On the finish of the day, the loyalty he didn’t bestow to Oshiomhole, he would switch on these PDP guys that paved the way in which for him.

Loyalty is to individuals, people, males or egos and to not functions, ideologies, mandates or the voters. Unhappy.

Had the PDP accomplished its job as an opposition get together for the 12 odd years APC ruled Edo, would Obaseki had gotten the political fortitude to make use of them as a platform of final resort to pursue his ambition?

It’s excessive time our flesh pressers collected their events from bullies with state assets or cash baggage with egocentric pursuits.

The Republican Social gathering are nonetheless struggling to get their get together again from the personalization Trump has pocketed it into.

Simply as it’s riddling {that a} technocrat might be anointed by the godfather over the grassroots politicians which have laboured for eons, it is usually illogical that the politician who decamps on the eve of a major could be favoured for the ticket others uncompromisingly remained within the opposition for.

It’s this lack of ideas, morality and inside democracy which might be the issues with our politics, not godfatherism.

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And by the way in which, who’s the chief of a political get together? Is he the elected chair, a former governor or essentially the most senior political workplace holder?

Is it not absurd that Obaseki, who joined the PDP hours earlier declared himself the chief of the get together within the state? Does it imply the Tony Aziegbeni-led Edo PDP exco had been toothless all alongside?

Are there no inside decision mechanisms that political points are settled within the State Home or the house of a founding chief with ghost portfolio as if they’re extensions of the political get together?

Why are nationwide get together chairmen of the governing get together at all times suffocated out by bold political forces? What roles do boards of trustees play in political disaster or are political events run by emergency conferences?

Shouldn’t get together conventions even be instances to reaffirm and reassess get together ideologies and manifestos as a substitute of solely electing officers?

Nigerians are getting disinterested within the sequence of political dramas that play out season in season out. They wish to see robust and principled political events which might be extra intent in governing than in successful elections.

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If our political events usually are not wholesome, our democracy gained’t be. The democracies we admire are anchored on robust political events.

Even China with a suspect democracy is getting stronger politically, militarily, economically and technologically as a result of the Communist Social gathering of China is getting stronger.

The Nigerian political class ought to cease taking the plenty without any consideration. As soon as a pupil loses religion in his instructor, he loses religion within the topic, then loses religion within the college and finally ends up shedding religion in training altogether.

Additionally, when the ardent loses religion in his cleric, he loses religion within the temple and finally ends up shedding religion in faith all collectively.

The plebs too are watching and impatiently ready for redemption. They’ve regularly misplaced religion in politicians, in political events, in democracy and dangerously, they’re quick shedding religion within the nation.

Our political events should put their acts collectively to enshrine get together self-discipline, inside democracy and make sure the elected on their platforms comply with by get together manifestoes.

That was how progressive Awo and conservative Sarduana led their respective events with out compromising on the event that made the primary republic to stay a reference.


  • Ayodele Okunfolami, Lagos.


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