Nigeria Leaders: politicians or political jobbers?
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Nigerian political system is a very interesting one. It is also dramatic. Most analysts and commentators often compare it to a farce, a non-humorous comedy. Apart from the violent nature of the system, the politicians are equally funny, just like their supporters. The system is often associated with disputes time after time. Unlike what they have in advance democracies, where partisan politics is also practiced, questions are continuously raised, whether they are politicians or political jobbers. This is due to the continual defection and redefection, from one political party to another; formation of new parties, and so on.
Since the first political party was formed in Nigeria, there have been hundreds of such, most of which were/are national, unlike other climes where two or three parties are national, while the others are regional, territorial or communal. As I write, there are about 91 political parties in Nigeria, some of which were allegedly deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, but went to court to challenge the decision. All these parties were formed by former members of the three major parties – PDP, APP and AD – registered, when the fourth republic began in 1999.
Several reasons can be given for the inter-party movement. These are greed, self-interest, selfishness, pride, poor leadership, corruption, and many more. Everyone of these people wants to be a leader; have all to himself; be a boss; and do whatever they like, including placing every Dick, Tom and Harry in whatever position is available. And so, if any threat to these is perceived, there will be dispute, and such disputes often lead to mass exodus of members from the party. They readily join the next big party, or form a new one.
What amazes reasonable people most is how their gullible, vu;nerable and myopic supporters easily swerve and adapt to their new platforms, which they had hitherto been embitter with. For example, when prof. oseireimen osunbor of the pdp was declared the winner of the 2007 governorship election in edo state, the then candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, challenged his victory at the Electoral Petitions Tribunal, eventually winning the case at the AppealCourt in 2008, which was the beginning of Edo political crisis. But years later, , both them were members of the All Progressives Congress,APC, just the way General Charles Airhiarebve, who contested and ran hate campaigns against Oshiomhole in the 2012 Governorship election, is now his good friend. And not to forget the likes of Atiku Abubakar, Dino Melaye, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Smart Adeyemi, Godwin Obaseki, Godswill Akpabio, Orji Uzor Kalu, and many others. What all these mean is that they are not real politicians but jobbers, and their ardent, gullible supporters are people who do not know what they really want. They need to follow credible candidates not political parties, if they want the party to be better. They need to stop following and dying for analog and rigmaroling politicians, and think of how to digitalize the system. Both the PDP and APC are analog, with outdated ideologies. Their leaders are Nigeria's problem. They are bereft of ideas needed to solve the problems. In fact they cannot solve the problems they created. Nigeria needs digital hands and brains, to develop.