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As the race for the 2023 Presidential elections begins to gather momentum, the political bandits are beginning to rear their crooked heads one after the other, declaring their intentions to take up the baton of ruining Nigeria from the incumbent, who happens to have raised the bar of misrule to an all-time high.
The case of Nigerian politics is not one that anyone should bother to dissipate too much energy analysing, because the variables that determine the outcome of the electoral processes are not found in any political science theory. They are basically primordial and antithetical to the global concept of democracy.
For instance, the elements that throw up a candidate to vie for an elective office are strictly based on a person’s “pedigree” of how much previous exposure he must have had to public office and how much of public funds he has successfully looted into his private coffers, which now forms the size of his war chest.
This is so because no reasonable person who had worked very hard to earn his money in business would be ready to spend the kinds of humongous amounts required to fund the insatiable demands of political party members, settle support groups of different shades and sizes during electoral campaigns, then the actual purchases of votes by the electorates at the polls, then down to the electoral officials who need to be heavily ‘settled’ to successfully deliver him at the collation centres.
Also, when you consider that the people who seem to be gasping for air under the present terrorist regime, both from the pangs of the ruinous economy and also from the horrors of unprecedented state of insecurity, are already momentarily forgetting their parlous living conditions, and are already falling over each to passionately throw their ‘weightlessness’ behind candidate this or that, you realise that ours is a basket case as a nation-state. This is one idiocy we can no longer afford as we step towards 2023.
Yes, we acknowledge that nature abhors vacuum, therefore we cannot move an inch out of this quagmire we have found ourselves as a society if we don’t have a change in leadership.
However, it is my considered opinion that the only basis for which we should be picking a candidate right now must be that he understands how dire our situation is, and that he is ready to come in to overhaul the entire system, root and branch!
This would mean that a sovereign national conference (a referendum, if you like) needs to be convened, where we shall all sit to agree or disagree to continue this British experiment of a nation. Then, whatever the outcome of this mega referendum would be should become the foundation upon which a new Constitution would emerge, one that truly represents and aggregates the collective will of “we the people”.
Whatever else might be the consideration for supporting and ultimately electing a new President in 2023 besides this would simply be an exercise in reinforcing our collective servitude under these gang of looters (apologies to Dr. Amadioha Nze ) we parade as leaders, and whatever it is we consider pain right now would be nothing compared compared what lies ahead of us in another 8 years beyond 2023.
By Comrade Duke Aigboje
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK