Tomorrow, March 28, 2015 elections will hold. I am not a Seer but I have been inundated with calls and questions from friends and associates seeking to know my prediction about the final outcome of the polls.
Without mincing words I am always emphatic and optimistic that my candidate at the polls will emerge victorious despite the challenging and odious atmosphere characterized by campaign of calumny both divides have endured but with more unbridled and malicious attack emanating from the ruling party against the opposition that I ardently support.
Under a free, fair and transparent process, I am quite hopeful that the candidate of All Progressives Congress will win this historic and intensely contested election come the D-Day, despite the daunting obstacles that have been thrown in the path of the moving train of change”.
Unlike the ruling party that has gained notoriety in unethically doling out large sums of foreign currencies to induce and win the support of the electorates of recent, the opposition towed a noble path as the people’s general aptly puts a check to the ugly trend. In his words, “I can’t give you a fistful of dollars or Naira to purchase your support. Even if I could I would not do so. The fate of this Nation is not up for sale”.
Those reassuring words from Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) are indeed the greatest words any noble man with conscience can utter at this particular period in our history where some people choose to mortgage the future of their kids and kindred over Mr President’s “rain of dollars”.
The greatest asset the opposition party relies on is the downtrodden and impoverished Nigerians who are worse hit by the dwindling fortunes of our economy and are desperately yearning for respite from the claws of indecisiveness, ineptitude in governance, massive corruption and insecurity that has plagued our people and economy, threatening and weakening our survival on daily basis.
The polity has undoubtedly witnessed an unprecedented display of passionate inclination of followers, in some cases fanatical campaign of swarming supporters geared towards achieving victory at the polls for their various aspirants vying for different elective positions. As much as we have witnessed such commendable acts of partisanship by electorates deciding to partake actively in the electoral process it may also interest you to note that some Nigerians have unapologetically chosen to be apolitical.
For some, it is not necessary for them to openly publicize their support for a preferred choice of candidate at the polls until they cast their ballot. Secondly some Nigerians have chosen to be spectators who claim to be remotely unconcerned about ongoing events. The third category of Nigerians are those who have vehemently rejected the candidature of the two leading contending aspirants at the presidential polls in particular for unknown reasons, which to me their decision only exposes how misinformed they are about the other array of aspirants whom deserve not be written off totally given the fact that they also provide the electorates with the ample opportunity of making a definitive choice where they feel a certain candidate has failed in meeting up to their expectations.
It is quite surprising to hear some Nigerians say they have not seen a qualitative and credible candidate amongst the contestants vying for the top-notch Job. Their reasons are not farfetched as I earlier stated, many of them have only paid attention to the two most popular candidates in the person of the incumbent president and a former military head of state, with their campaigns sometimes typified by mudslinging, diatribe on personalities which is unethical and assuming a dangerous trend as witnessed today, where incendiary remarks are made, maligning advertorials are produced and directed at tarnishing the image of perceived opponents just to discredit them at the polls, much media coverage has been given to these two “major contenders” to the detriment of the rest whom many may regard as “pretenders”.
The recent rescheduled presidential debate organized by the Nigeria Election Debate Group, held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Had in attendance 13 out of the 14 presidential candidates, the candidate of All Progressives Congress who is evidently the incumbent president’s arch rival at the polls was absent.
The organizers of the Presidential debate must be commended for at least giving some of the rarely known aspirants the national platform to sell their manifestos to the populace and a wider audience.
It must also be observed that some of these “unpopular” aspirants have not effectively done their own home work in regards to carrying out massive campaign rallies and paid advertorials placed on electronic and print media like the two foremost candidates have been doing effectively using wide network of party followers in various states spread across the country. That is certainly not a plus to the least known aspirant’s campaign train; it narrows their chances of selling themselves to the electorates in expectations of sailing to victory.
For majority of us who have made our choices and eagerly await the dawning of a new day tomorrow to initiate the “change” process we have been clamouring for, I urge all of us to be law abiding and conduct ourselves peacefully as the electoral law and guideline stipulates without stirring any form of crisis in the course of the elections and after we have casted our votes. I also wish to extend a similar appeal to my friends whom we share divergent views politically that all we collectively aspire for our beloved country is for good leaders to emerge through free and fair, rigorous and competitive voting process, therefore all the animosity generated should be shoved aside in the interest of harmonious co-existence and prosperity. Let’s not forget the popular saying “united we stand, divided we fall” whatever the outcome of the elections may turn out to be it is certain that there must be a winner or loser but let’s all exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship.
Let’s us remember we are all showing our commitment towards entrenching the values of democracy and its tenets therefore we should shun all vices that will discredit the process or endanger our lives by means of engaging or abetting electoral malpractices.
In conclusion, I have a message for my fellow undecided compatriots; I would like to quote Bertolt Brecht, who said “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He hears nothing, sees nothing, and takes no part in political life. He doesn’t seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rent, of medicines all depend on political decisions. He even prides himself on his political ignorance, sticks out his chest and says he hates politics. He doesn’t know, the imbecile that from his political non-participation comes the prostitute, the abandoned child, the robber and worst of all corrupt officials, the lackeys of exploitative multinational corporations”.
May God help us to make wise choices at the polls, without selling our conscience!
May God Bless Nigeria!!! May God Bless All True Patriots!!!
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