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Opinion: Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al

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By Paul Adepoju

I’m not a huge fan of African folktales, but I love the smart conniving tricky tortoise more than any other character of our various tales by the moonlight especially in the popular story of the Tortoise and the Magic Drum. When the generous king gave his magical drum to sneaky tortoise, he decided not to reveal the secret of the drum’s “juju,” (magic), and tortoise’s greed became his undoing. Although this story was gotten from Elphinstone Dayrell’s Folktales from Southern Nigeria a book that was published in 1910, greed has gone beyond southern Nigeria’s tortoises; it has eaten deep into the deep cores of Nigeria’s moral values, leadership and social polities.- Paul Adepoju

The ongoing general elections in Nigeria could be described as an eye opener to the real problems Nigeria has with leadership. In the light of the revelations, we are getting a clearer picture of why it might take us – like a prophet of doom said – about forty years to get rid of PDP. If you are watching closely enough, you would agree with me that the problem with Nigeria is beyond Jonathan, PDP, INEC and corruption all put together; it’s basically power drunk politicians spiced with egocentrism, selfishness and self-centered hedonism. In the current political dispensation, the opposition has made it clear that these pathological traits are not just with the ruling party, it is a ubiquitously cosmopolitan phenomenon that free and fair elections alone cannot solve.

Accord to PM News, sequel to the just concluded parliamentary elections in Oyo state, the running mate to Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja – Oyo state gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party, Hon. Samuel Adejumobi who is also the Majority Leader in the Oyo state House of Assembly and seven others are now members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). This is in no way as a result of their interest in the ideologies of the broom; neither is it showing that they are strong believers of Ajimobi’s dream project which  is to transform Oyo state to Lagos within the next four years. No. They are simply pursuing political security and relevance when ACN captures Oyo state. In simple English, they are self seeking politicians just like the trail blazers in political parties including the opposition which can as well say good bye to the presidency. Hearing their argument is enough reason to justify the assertion that they are also self seeking, just like PDP stalwarts.

According to Nuhu Ribadu of the ACN, “We attempted to come up with a strong opposition to PDP. On the part of my party, we make every necessary sacrifice including, of course, an offer of stepping down of our presidential candidate in consideration of this. Because we saw that Nigerians wanted it and we also believe that it is the right thing to do – for all opposition to come together. The other party did not fulfill its own part. And it was not as big a sacrifice as our own. Sadly they did not just meet up with what we agreed. We are the senior partner in this alliance attempt…but we still consider it necessary and we did everything including offer of sacrifice of allowing the candidate of the opposition CPC to lead and we will get the Vice President eventually. They agreed and then they turned it down again. Sadly that is the fundamental problem that really led to the collapse of the last attempt.”

Yinka Odumakin spoke on behalf of CPC. “The talks ran into difficulties when the ACN insisted the only condition for agreement was that they must produce the Vice President. By the electoral laws, this was virtually impossible before this election. We suggested that they should let us jointly go into the elections and jointly form the government after our victory. But our friends were not ready to take us on our honour and went to the media”.

Although both parties claim to be aware of the yearnings of Nigerians, they however set those public yearnings aside and decided to nag over who gets what position. When black Americans in the US were in similar shoes in 2008 prior to Barack Obama’s election, comedian DeRay Davis made a statement at the 2009 All Star Comedy Jam. According to him, “black Americans are not interested in arguing over whether Obama was the best candidate or not, they just wanted Bush out, and a black man in the Whitehouse. We’ll get the best candidate later on. Let’s just solve this puzzle first”. They weren’t distracted but were focused, determined, and ultimately achieved their set goal. They were aware of the fact that such an opportunity might not come again in their lifetime.

This wasn’t the case with the opposition parties in Nigeria. At a time when the nation could be described as having slightly fair elections under Jega’s INEC, they decided to toil with the golden opportunity to allow Nigerians to vote PDP out of Aso Rock. Like June 12 1993 elections, they’ve blown a golden opportunity to write Nigeria’s name in gold by giving a common front that will allow the citizens to vote out the ruling party, no thanks to their individual greed and PDP’s carefully planned political creed.

In the wake of Nigeria’s electoral reforms, the gate was flung open and political parties arose almost on per second basis. According to INEC’s official website, Nigeria currently has sixty three duly registered political parties all vying for electoral offices. It’s funny to realize that all through Nigeria’s current democratic stretch, the ruling PDP is the only party that has not metamorphosed, others have and will continue to experience changes until they all decide to unite and present a common front. When rumors of the merger were heard and aired, Nigerians like me began to take them serious. But with the way it all ended, they’ve shown their childish unrealistic conquest with just one formidable force. Like M.I said on his Beef track, “they are showing their asses, they should put their pants on”.

Had they come together, the union would have had synergistic effect, not just additive. But they’ve blown it and will surely face the repercussions which include more internal crisis, confusion and frustration. Sobbing Buhari can now become good friends with IBB with his failed ambition and Ribadu, though young, would have Fashola to contend with at the next presidential elections during which PDP would be half-way through with the forty years prophecy. And God forbid if we have another Iwu as electoral chairman.

I’m happy with ACN, CPC, PPN, APGA and Accord parties’ solo efforts across the nation to deflate PDP’s huge intimidating balloon, but their efforts so far have been individual and less felt. PDP still has the majority in both chambers of the law making arm of government and with someone like Yerima getting a re-election, sanity has not been restored to the polity. There is still a long list of works to be done which needs another June 12 opportunity to come to actualize.

ACN and CPC got carried away with the euphoria of smelling Aso Rock and have presented themselves as not just unserious and unreliable, but selfish self-seeking mini PDPs. They are the last thing Nigerians currently need. Individually, they have negligible presidential numerical values, the odds are clearly not in their favor and the predictions so far favor Goodluck Jonathan despite the fact that he does not deserve it which is the most painful part.

Tomorrow, except there is a technology to prevent Jonathan’s loyalists from coming out to vote, lucky Jo will definitely win. Unlike past times when his good luck did the magic, he has the greedy opposition to thank. In the light of these, let me be the first to congratulate him on his stress free easy victory at the polls. Congratulations.

May his victory haunt every one that was part of the failed alliance talks. Shame on you all, and remember to tell your grandchildren what you’ve just done – getting us stuck with a guy who clearly has no idea about what Nigeria is all about.

Post Author: Paul Adepoju

Freelance writer

14 thoughts on “Opinion: Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al

  • Nmachi Jidenma

    (April 15, 2011 - 2:02 pm)

    Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al http://goo.gl/fb/saApv

  • Jennifer Ehidiamen

    (April 15, 2011 - 2:07 pm)

    Mr. Adepolju's opinion via @cpafrica: Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al http://bit.ly/hL8JnD #Nigeriadecides

  • Alayna Lefebvres

    (April 15, 2011 - 2:09 pm)

    RT @disgeneration: Mr. Adepolju's opinion via @cpafrica: Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al http://bit.ly/hL8JnD #Nigeriade …

  • Nmachi Jidenma

    (April 15, 2011 - 2:23 pm)

    RT @disgeneration: Mr. Adepolju's opinion via @cpafrica: Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al http://bit.ly/hL8JnD #Nigeriade …

  • Segun Dada

    (April 15, 2011 - 2:49 pm)

    What!! Has he won already? RT @LordVino: Lmao! Ilike RT @cpafrica: Congratulations To Jonathan, Shame on ACN et al http://goo.gl/fb/saApv

  • Lékan Ògúntúndé.

    (April 15, 2011 - 8:37 pm)

    Yorubas say: Otito Koro"!-TRUST IS BITTER!!! You said it all Mr. Adepoju! Here goes a saying:" A word is enough for a wise!' Thanks alot for putting my heart on writing on our funny, ridiculous, callous and undemocratic Elections! I believe, we have no strong opposition in funny Nigerian Politic since the Monsters both home and abroad killed the most strong and visionary Opposition Party, AG led by Great Awo! The so-called Opposition Partys since when I was born in 1980, could not even say boldly what they have as Manifestoes better than the Party Of Old Generals, PDP which has been the most worst and corrupt political Party in the history of Nigeria and Africa, if I had not exaggerated about PDP? You all knew, who has been colting the game of Nigerian Politics since 1999?

  • Lékan Ògúntúndé.

    (April 15, 2011 - 8:37 pm)

    Moreover, I thought, the root has been lost! We must ask ourselves where we are and where we are heading to as a Nation which has gone to wrong direction since decades! Lest I forget, I congratulate Mr. Jonathan for becoming a President again, despite your Political Party is visionless on Nigerian Obstacles which many of your Generals created for us innocent Nigerians who were being born in a country where its Ruling Class is callous, wacko and anti-Nigerian Progress. One Day Revolutionists Of Good Thoughts would be born who would turn things good for us voiceless Nigerians! Better still, or may be, We Should Rise For SNC From West To East, From South To North

  • Tunde MakarioWorks Opaleye

    (April 15, 2011 - 10:27 pm)

    Mr. Adepoju, would you have signed a letter of resignation as VP to a president that had not won and was not sworn in? And would you that individuals compromise on values too to 'save' the nation? Do you have any idea as to how 'certain opposition parties' can resort to blackmail and the likes if given more than an inch? Except you have the details of what broke down the negotiations for alliance, I advise you to stop pointing fingers everywhere…We all wanted the alliance for numerical strength but there are things that if you compromise, you ruin everything you've been building…

    And you can wait to congratulate the winner after the elections please…and not aid the already planned rigging…Until you have the true details of what went down, it's better to keep your opinion 'within range'

  • Tunde MakarioWorks Opaleye

    (April 15, 2011 - 10:31 pm)

    Mr. Adepoju, would you have signed a letter of resignation as VP to a president that had not won and was not sworn in? What letterhead would you use? Sambo's? And you'll just skip all the legal implications and ignorantly take an outrageously desperate decision to form an alliance that may not only result in a lost election but so much damage to individuals involved. And would you that individuals compromise on values too to 'save' the nation? Do you have any idea as to how 'certain opposition parties' can resort to blackmail and the likes if given more than an inch? Except you have the details of what broke down the negotiations for alliance, I advise you to stop pointing fingers everywhere…We all wanted the alliance for numerical strength but there are things that if you compromise, you ruin everything you've been building…

    And you can wait to congratulate the winner after the elections please…and not aid the already planned rigging…Until you have the true details of what went down, it's better to keep your opinion 'within range'

  • Akinboro Oyejide Ariyo

    (April 17, 2011 - 12:30 am)

    Good talk, we need a common front. Hon Samuel Adejumobi is not the running mate of Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, Accord Party Gubernatorial candidate in Oyo state. Hon. Sunday Ademola Alalade is Ladoja's running mate and he has not left the party for any reason. Please try to verify such sensitive issue before publication. Accord Party in Oyo state is in tact

  • Sweet Rosemond

    (April 17, 2011 - 5:29 pm)

    paul …jonathan knows nothing about nigeria??What does Ribadu,shekarau and even Buhari know about Nigeria.You should have simply concluded your write up with the fact that the alliance failed.simple.Lets stop sitting on the fence and throwing stones at those who made an effort.

  • james

    (April 17, 2011 - 9:13 pm)

    why the nigerian are sleeping, they are putting head in the same area corruption never left us by. we are surferring and smelling everyday friends and familys are the ones ruling us they are now doing us,like a slaves tomorrow father will be on the power next tomorrow son will be their, the next upper one will be friend eating the food of billion of people alone do we think the election is working white man has turn us to full they play us like game we are laughing we should just canel election in nigeria and let everybody know where he/she belong to…………….

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