Calm down y’all, okay? I can understand the hysteria and the excitement at the principal opposition party finally conducting and concluding their primaries and coming up with a winner but this was bound to happen anyway, right?
I cannot pretend not to understand politics but with all the excitement in the air, I have to confess that this one seems to be sailing over my head. What happened? Have the elections already come and gone? Do we already have a new president or did a political party – one out of almost fifty that will contest for the Presidential elections come 2019 – just finally decide on a candidate?
Hold your horses, my people, Nigeria is not yet Atikulated.
Remember how we got here in the first place? If you don’t, let me jog your memory a little bit – it was vide a refusal to scrutinize the credentials of the loudest contender and ensure that he understood that we were not just providing a retirement home with benefits; we needed someone who was ready to work and move Nigeria into the next level.
Methinks we are about to make the same mistake again.
I have listened to Atiku Abubakar speak several times; he was the candidate that impressed me the most at the last APC Presidential primaries. Not this last one where 7,000 delegates produced 14,000,000 plus votes and counting o. Nehi. I mean the past presidential primaries before this one.
Atiku had a blueprint for Nigeria; he hadn’t a plan.
He knew what was needed for each sector of the economy – or at least he had a good idea what it was; and he spent his time, money and energy touring Nigeria and meeting with the youth, professionals, business men, etc.
He held town hall meetings to discuss his plans for Nigeria whereas his opponent only appeared at one or two rallies where Lai Mohammed and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubudid all the talking; coughed once or twice and shouted “Hayfeesee” into the microphone.
Another contender picked the ticket for guber in his state and handed it to his son-in-law to hold for him while he rushed down to Lagos to go and try his luck at the Presidential primaries.
Atiku went in prepared and came out perplexed…
APC Magic, you will say.
Why do I need to remind you of all these? Because the chants then when Buhari was contesting, was ‘anything but Jonathan’; ‘even if na bread label’; ‘even if you show me pictures of Buhari robbing a bank’; etc.
He was shielded from serious scrutiny by the foolishness of his supporters who kept him away from the average Nigerian as if he was an egg.
Here we are today; thus far has bread label brought us.
Today, I can see all of you basking in the euphoria of Atiku winning the PDP PRIMARIES (sorry fam, I needed to shout that word to drag you all back to reality); and beginning to sound like the erstwhile Buharists in reverse.