Ahead of Nigeria’s Presidential election in 2019, and amid the random musings from our own East of the Niger, following the choice of ex-Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, as Candidate Atiku Abubakar’s running mate, it is apt to note that politics is all about INTERESTS.
Following Obi’s pick, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State was about the first set of persons that congratulated Obi, in a press statement by his media aide. But when musings started emerging, in one fell swoop, Umahi made a volte face, arguing that Candidate Atiku Abubakar didn’t consult ‘THEM,’ before his pick of Obi.
Whatever that means, I trust Candidate Atiku Abubakar. As a Bridge Builder per excellence, with over 27 years track record of building bridges from across Nigeria and internationally, he has what it takes to calm frayed nerves in the South-East.
Recall that since retiring from the Nigeria Customs Service in 1989, and his full-time foray into politics, in 1991, candidate Atiku Abubakar, like Pastor Tunde Bakare mentioned recently is an embodiment of WAZOBIA. He knows what to do and had already hit the ground running.
Let it be recalled that Obi and Umahi were co-travellers during the 2017 Anambra Gubernatorial election. So, when this disaffection started is beyond what meets the eyes. That is to tell you that Politics world over is about INTERESTS!
Be that as it may, all INTERESTS and EGOS must be massaged. This is not time to call-off people’s bluffs as DICTATORS do. The three-word question, “Who are you?” has led to a lot of political mishaps.
As this is the best time for the South-East to reposition herself and take her shots at the Presidency, come 2019-2023, 2023-2027 and 2027-2031, all hands must be on deck to lock down the South-East for Atiku-Obi and ensure that at least a 90 per cent of the eligible voters in the region, and Ndigbo from across the Niger, are administered with the new HERBAL MEDICINE in town- ‘ATIKU-OBI CLEANSER.’
For me, this novel Herbal Medicine is an antidote towards RESTRUCTURING Nigeria and allowing the country practise TRUE FEDERALISM.
I stand to be corrected, the ATIKU-OBI Ticket is the easiest route to RESTRUCTURING this feeding bottle, centrifugal political system that has impeded Nigeria’s growth and development since 1966.
And if by 2023, there is no HEADWAY, Yours Truly, God willing, will be out again to join the dissenting voices that will say “ATIKU-OBI MUST GO!”
We shall continue to bare our minds on these pertinent issues until we get it right as a nation.
For me, Governance is not a Rocket Science. So, let the BEST BRAINS be put forward.
Henceforth, we must send our FIRST ELEVEN, to represent us.
Ikenna Asomba is a Journalist and Social Commentator..