Choose can­di­dates based on in­tegrity, self­less­ness

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine - Muazu Nguru

Iwould like to ad­vise those who want to con­test against Pres­i­dent Buhari in the next elec­tion not to do so be­cause they are go­ing to waste their en­ergy, money and time. Nige­ri­ans still need him. Any dis­cern­ing and as­tute per­son will see so if he analy­ses the present sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try. Nige­ri­ans are now in­tu­itive, saga­cious and per­cep­tive. Our peo­ple to­day can­not be de­ceived or beguiled by money or ca­jol­ery. Blan­dish­ment and blar­ney can­not work nowa­days.

All those who de­sire to com­pete or strive with Buhari know very well that he has out­weighed them in ex­tolled and laud­able qual­i­ties.

How many out of them used his monthly sub­ven­tion and other fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tions or grants in the ser­vice of their state. How many among the Na­tional Assem­bly mem­bers used their con­stituency al­lowances for the ben­e­fit of the elec­torate? We all know they are only per­fect in build­ing stately man­sions, park­ing aris­to­cratic cars and el­e­gant jeeps. One can­not see these politi­cians in their vil­lages un­til after four years when they come to seek votes. Then you see them dis­tribut­ing a few cars and dish­ing out some monies to buy the masses, es­pe­cially in the north­ern part of the coun­try, be­cause of poverty. I have no iota of doubt that in many states, my own state in­clu­sive, that these peo­ple have not built even a hut or makeshift shel­ter as class­room or clinic since 1999. How­ever on the other hand, it will not be out of place to com­pete with Buhari, be­cause only by so do­ing will the masses re­trieve and reac­quire some of their looted monies.

De­fec­tion or mi­gra­tion from Buhari’s party can never re­tard him, for those who left the party took very few of their sup­port­ers along with them. We saw this hap­pen in Kano and Sokoto states. Some­one said these are bad eggs, there­fore Mr. Pres­i­dent must get rid of them right from the begin­ning. They con­trib­uted noth­ing to the present gov­ern­ment and to the na­tion apart from selfish­ness, caus­ing de­lay of an­nual bud­gets. They are al­ways in show­down or con­fronta­tion with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Some­times, I be­come puz­zled and as­ton­ished. Why will these im­mi­grants not start their de­fec­tion un­til when elec­tion is ap­proach­ing? Why will they de­fect only from APC to PDP or vice versa? We have more than 90 po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the coun­try, why don’t they go to any new party so that they can show us their might and pop­u­lar­ity. How­ever, we should not lose sight that some of the de­fec­tors did it hon­ourably, for they ab­di­cated their seats be­fore they quit the par­ties e.g. Godswill Ak­pabio. To me, any per­son who gave up or aban­doned his po­si­tion and de­fected to any party, is an hon­ourable politi­cian. Many of failed politi­cians are not even sure of them­selves. They bought two nom­i­na­tion forms from their par­ties. Some bought the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion form and the se­na­to­rial one, while oth­ers pur­chased gu­ber­na­to­rial and se­na­to­rial forms so that if they fail in one, then they will move to the other. They have no any par­tic­u­lar rea­son but de­spair and des­per­a­tion.

Com­rade Adams Aliyu Oshomole was right and very cor­rect when he asked those who left his party to re­sign from the elec­tive po­si­tions be­cause they were elected based on their par­ties but not based on their per­sons, for if it were on their per­son­al­ity no one will go for them. That was why they at­tached them­selves to Buhari in 2015 to sail through.

The APC Na­tional Chair­man knows his right and he ought to fight for it. In fact I pity some of the de­fec­tors, be­cause they are go­ing to lose every­thing. My fel­low Nige­ri­ans, this time our choice of per­sons should be based on in­tegrity, pa­tri­o­tism and self­less­ness. It should be at the back of our minds that, in 2015 we voted in many un­fit per­sons be­cause of Pres­i­dent Buhari’s pop­u­lar­ity and his ac­cept­abil­ity by Nige­ri­ans, and these were the same peo­ple who turned against him, hence sab­o­tag­ing him.

This time, all con­tes­tants to all po­si­tions es­pe­cially those who are wish­ing to con­test for the up­per and lower houses should be scru­ti­nized and ver­i­fied thor­oughly by the elec­torate. We should know their back­grounds and in­cli­na­tion in terms of sin­cer­ity and jus­tice. We must make sure that we have not groped around in the dark­ness.

The rat­i­fi­ca­tion of Buhari by 7000 del­e­gates from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try on 06/10/2018 at­tests to his pop­u­lar­ity and in­tegrity. Please Nige­ri­ans, we should not make our Pres­i­dency for sell.

In con­clu­sion, as a Nigerian, I will like to ex­press my view con­cern­ing the bi­cam­eral sys­tem we are op­er­at­ing. It is very ex­pen­sive, costly and ex­trav­a­gant for Nige­ria. The dis­ad­van­tage and the loss we are in­cur­ring are much more than the ben­e­fits we are har­vest­ing. There­fore let it be uni­cam­eral and on part time ba­sis. This will re­duce the num­ber of po­lit­i­cal traders who come to the Na­tional Assem­bly to en­rich them­selves. Once again my com­pa­tri­ots, Buhari’s aim and ob­jec­tives are to re­po­si­tion this coun­try and fi­nally take us out of the woods, so let’s sup­port him.

Prof. Muazu wrote from Nige­ria Ara­bic Vil­lage, Ngala

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