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Special, Wednesday Dialogue

Where will you press your hand?

Hey guys, time for another special post. Populist rhetoric is all the rage now! I have never witnessed this kind of manic interest and involvement in National elections ever. The mobile phone wielding youth have besieged polling booths to make sure their votes count and are counted. After reading a blog post titled The Smart kids by Ms Dania, I thought to chip in my bit by further helping people make up their minds on who to vote for this Saturday. (Yes, this blog is a lifestyle blog; politics is allowed)

I decided to give major supporters of the main candidates a shot at convincing you by letting them state (as short as possible) why they’ll be voting for their chosen candidates. (I know the post is a bit longer than usual but I’m sure you’ll forgive me)

Oghenetega – Banker (Twitter handle – @otegaogra)

My name is Oghenetega. Born of an Urhobo father and a mother with roots across Eastern and Western Nigeria. I just told friends that I would cast my vote, come Saturday, for Shekerau!

Shekerau Who? Few weeks back, many had not heard of this charming, well-spoken, technocrat turned politician until they witnessed the presidential debates. Though the incumbent, Mr. GEJ, in absolute disregard of our inalienable rights as Nigerians, chose to live in the ‘old ways’ by not participating in the debate, we nevertheless had an opportunity to watch 3 of the leading contenders on TV. At the end of the day, millions of other Nigerians, I believe, reached a consensus due to certain reasons – a few of which I am posting below;

• He has proven himself capable to govern a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society. I remember the days of Kano religious fundamentalism and ethnic bigotry.

• When last did we have a leader who exuded so much poise, grace and suaveness that could speak like a leader? Yes! SPEAK like a LEADER.

• The strides Kano state has made in the few year of his administration can only come second to the likes of Lagos State across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

• Unfortunately, he is working with a party that has a record of people that cross-carpet from one party to another, ANPP – a party that has no clearly defined focus or ideology. However, no matter what party he is working under or where he is from or who his running mate might be, I will vote for Shekerau come Saturday!!! Will you join me?

Aliu Dare – Blogger (check his blog here) @dreeee1 on twitter

I am supporting Gen Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential elections. After looking through his counterparts, GEJ is the status quo in my books as he is now a functional member of the PDP Cabal that has eaten deep into the stems of the Nigerian polity.

I wouldn’t even bother explaining “WHY NOT” the others because I know we all watched the debates. After asking myself a few questions, I had no choice but to settle for my candidate.

• Who among the Presidential Candidates can stem the ugly tide of corrupt practices in our country?

• Who among the candidates, can reign in the powerful corridors of power WITHOUT being extensively influenced “retardedly” by the same people who were allowed to appropriate national resources to themselves and members of their families at the expense of the long suffering masses? — NOT ANYONE THAT IS A PART OF THE STATUS QUO

• Who among the candidates, can stand up to a National Assembly that shamelessly and mercilessly award to themselves, unwholesome budgetary allocations in contravention of the spirit and letters of the Constitution?

• Who among the candidates can rescue Nigeria from the rut into which we have been plunged by our collective indiscipline and nonchalance?

I have been out of the country for almost 6years but been in the know of its affairs. To the best of my knowledge after asking myself all of these vital questions, I couldn’t settle for anyone but Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

Abdullahi Marduwa – Internet Entrepreneur

ON SATURDAY I WILL VOTE FOR NUHU RIBADU FOR PRESIDENT

I understand that anyone reading my polemic will immediately ascribe tribal undertones to my choice. Let me assure you, though my parents are Fulani, I have been to my village only once. My Mother is a Christian Yoruba Woman. I speak Yoruba fluently and have lived between Lagos/New York my whole life. Also, I do not speak Hausa/Fulani.

I TRULY DESIRE CHANGE!

• I think the choice of Fola Adeola as VP is inspired. I stand up for the courage of Fola Adeola to leave the confines of his sheltered life and enter the trenches of partisan politics. I sincerely believe in my heart of hearts that Ribadu and Adeola are ‘True Agents of Change’. The tandem of them and Governor Fashola give me incandescent hope that all is not lost in Nigeria.

• The ACN has truly shown itself to be a party with mavericks and inspired individuals and I will do everything in my power to support them…one of which will include waking up by 8:00am on Saturday and standing under Nigeria’s unforgiving sun for at least 6 hours.

• HE WILL ARREST CORRUPT GOVERNEMNT OFFICIALS (AT LEAST SOME!): I believe ALL the charlatans who’ve been parading themselves as Government officials will either flee Nigeria or be arrested.

• Harold Laski, in his book, A Grammar of Politics, says that no man can underestimate the mechanism of justice…and when we know how a nation state dispenses justice, we know with some exactness the moral character to which it can pretend. I believe Ribadu will “Dispense due and deserved justice; this I have no doubt”. To what exactness I cannot predict, but I can all but guarantee his will and moral capacity to make this happen.

Our dear Country has been tethered to an economic maelstrom for too long. We are on the cusp of another opportunity to seize control of the ship from our expired captains. On Saturday, I will VOTE for Nuhu Ribadu & Fola Adeola.”

Glory Okubo (Twitter handle – @gloryokubo)

I support GEJ not only for his numerous achievements in record time, but also his goodwill.

• GEJ is a REAL leader, listening to & working with Nigerians (consider his interactions on Facebook, with the entertainers, NURTW, etc) as opposed to the autocratic leadership we’ve had in the past, which has repeatedly failed us.

• He’s a real democrat, respecting the rule of law (as evidenced by his promise to ensure free & fair elections, which we are currently experiencing).

• He’s a planner and a strategist (consider the power sector road map, gas revolution plan, education plan, among others).

• He inspires in the average Nigerian the hope that irrespective of their backgrounds, they can reach the pinnacle of their careers.

• And he delivers. Increased power generation & supply; AMCON, buying bad loans from troubled banks; total radar coverage of the nation are just some of his accomplishments in LESS THAN A YEAR. Nigeria is currently recognized as the fourth fastest growing economy in the world.

There you have it. I’ll like to give a huge shout out to my guests and every other person that contributed to this post (@JideAboderin, @je_mc2, @RealistXX). Now, all four participants will be available to answer as many questions as possible so please, use the comment box and speak your mind.

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Discussion

102 thoughts on “Where will you press your hand?

  1. ..and yet again the GEJ and @facebook talk…. Plix..! The thing now is that GEJ is still gonna be president..sad but true…! But i’ll be plessing my hand for Shekarau.who know’s….but from the debate(s) i watched,dude knows what he is on about and many other right reasons…and if not Shekarau,Buhari would have been it for me(so many reasons i can’t type too)…GeJ is just…..! (reason’s i cant type too..so long) Nuhu Ribadu should just go and sleep…and Dele,that guy should just go and..Errr…Fart and then Sleep..! #dazAll

    Posted by Adahna | April 13, 2011, 9:18 am
  2. Interesting perspectives. If i was to judge based on the arguements put forward here then i’ll be inclined to vote for Nuhu Ribadu as Abdullahi put up the most convincing viewpoint, however i support the buhari/bakare ticket. I think Tunde Bakare is the real deal and Buhari’s past record already shows his difference from the regular military leaders. He is a strong leader who opposes corruption. Im generally ACN but i dnt believe Ribadu has what it takes, his position as a glorified bounty hunter at EFCC is hardly enough to run this country. while im not registered to vote im trying to convince everyone to vote for buhari/bakare CPC as president of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

    Posted by yemmie | April 13, 2011, 9:21 am
  3. Nice post.Sai Buhari.

    Posted by Hamid | April 13, 2011, 9:28 am
  4. Shekarau is a smooth talker but never did much as Governor.

    Buhari is a Strict Disciplinarian as we remember from his days as Head of State but that’s all the good about him.

    GEJ is PDP and surrounds himself with the likes of Obasanjo;that’s all I have against him. Need a change from PDP!!

    Ribadu seems the right man for the job considering his track record at EFCC,but what’s with the news of him stepping down for Buhari?

    Posted by mabijo | April 13, 2011, 9:31 am
  5. I am going to press my hand on the umbrella for a number of reasons. The most important reason being—» Buhari,Ribadu & co simply look like better candidates because it has been easy to portray GEJ as a bad candidate. Rhetoric isn’t enough, unless I see a more credible & viable opposition, I’m voting for the status quo.
    My name is @Lagoshunter & I endorse GEJ for president.

    Posted by @lagoshunter | April 13, 2011, 9:31 am
  6. To be honest, I still haven’t decided yet..I still believe some last minute occurence will influence my vote..I don’t know who I’m voting for yet but I sure do know who I aint…and that’s GEJ and DM

    Posted by kelvin | April 13, 2011, 9:33 am
  7. I see one of the guests reeling out a legion of GEJ’s accomplishments…in record time.Where are these achievements? or promises have suddenly become an ok substitute for tangible stuff? Whatever it is we have on ground is largely a continuation of what the late President Yar Adua. Or his stand on corruption. Look at the handling of the Bode George issue, or more recently the release and impending return of James Ibori to Nigeria from the UAE. Is that the kind of leader we need in this day and age? Anyway, let us leave Nigerians to decide the kind of leader they deserve, it is binding by me.

    I am still a swing voter, tho I know who I will not cast mine for. Saturday cometh. Go out and vote enmasse!

    Posted by Henry Okelue | April 13, 2011, 9:35 am
  8. To the GEJ supporter, Glory, can u please state to me where & how you saw increased power generation & supply? And the specific figures if you have them? Or where we were known as the 4th fastest growing economy in the world?
    Anyways I support Gen Buhari because I think he is the best man to come & clean up the house so we can start building properly, nobody can or will build his house in the bush, someone needs to clean up & I think the best man to do that is someone who has no allegiance to any corrupt party leader or chieftain. For these reasons I support Buhari & the CPC. I don’t think these are the best presidential candidates we can cone up with, but given the circumstances he is my choice.

    Posted by Keyzer Soze | April 13, 2011, 9:36 am
  9. Like Abdullahi said, I will vote for Ribadu on Saturday… In’t it just plain to see that the ticket is the only one with a credible mix of technocrats… Buhari Bakare might have offered an alternative but if buhari is tackling the corruption front, what experience does bakare have with economic matters…. btw, CPC is made up mostly of ppl that ran away from PDP and Buhari does not have experience in tackling corruption in a democratic manner i.e. through the courts… SAY NO TO DICTATORSHIP in any veiled form… As for GEJ – ITS A NO-NO and as for SHEKERAU – One tree does not make a forest…one tree can’t bring about change!

    Posted by Tobi | April 13, 2011, 9:48 am
  10. After the debate, I was also impressed by shekarau but I’ll agree that a lot of us didn’t know of him prior to this debate. I would have vote for him but I’ll rather place my vote where it might count. By this, I mean he isn’t widely known hence a lot of votes will not pour out for him as opposed to buhari. As buhari or shekarau are good choices, let’s poll for the one that has a better chance. I will be voting for buhari come saturday.
    I agree with yemmie above. Ribade being a redeemed hunter isn’t enough to rule the nation. I am also concerned that given the choice, ribadu will focus on chasing the past; trying to put the criminals to book other than focusing on other needs. Ribadu has a role to play in making nigeria a better nation. At the moment it is not the presidential role. As for GEJ, I rest my comment. If he becomes president, it will be hard to convince me it wasn’t rigged. By the way facebooking as a point? I think not.
    I am indeed happy with the youth’s response to this election era.

    Posted by agboola | April 13, 2011, 9:49 am
  11. Sadly, I wnt b plessing my hand, registered far away from where I’d b staying.. But if I ws, would vote for GEJ, apart from d fact dt he’s goin to still win regardless, I think he’s the best candidate so far, they all v their different motives tho. Buhari is good, probably d 2nd prsn I’d pick, a disciplinarian. Yes, shekarau’s debate ws impressive, but v u checked his achievements as a governor? Ribadu is just out of it cos he’s just going in for revenge (IMO)…well..may d best man win I guess or just wait for d next four years..

    Posted by dammydiva | April 13, 2011, 9:51 am
  12. the 4th fastest my foot… same way they claimed the federal reserves were rising afetr drying it up in a record 1 year… as for promises, which has he kept – power generation? fair elections (btw, his state had the highest number of ballot snatching last week according to @inecnigeria, increased pay (done under duress only last week) or WHAT???… i sure know who i wouldn’t vote for and that is GEJ

    Posted by Tobi | April 13, 2011, 9:52 am
  13. My Choices:
    1. RIBADU – Ribadu cos Nigeria needs someon who an cleanse the augean stables whilst having a competent person to Back him up
    2. SHEKERAU – Shekerau cos he’s been proven in Kano and he has great attributes of a leader
    3. GEJ – because he is the incumbent tho’ he might as well win thru rigging and more
    4. BUHARI – too authoritarian… imagine saying that the corrupt should flee the country. How? like Tobi said earlier, this is a democracy!!! prosecute ppl under the ambits of the law. I don’t think a draconian ruler will do us any good

    Posted by Sammy_USA | April 13, 2011, 9:58 am
  14. I’m not in support of voting for a candidate because “he’s going to win regardless”… that’s the exact approach that would further ruin this nation. At the end of the day it’s out future. And every single vote should count.
    That being said, on Saturday, I wouldn’t be voting for GEJ.

    P.S toolsman, i think this post is a fantastic idea, keep up the good work.

    Posted by dereni | April 13, 2011, 10:08 am
  15. @Adahna…lol @ fart and then sleep. But you really shouldnt assume that GEJ will win. We should just do our parts and hope the will of the people prevails

    I’m torn between Shekarau and Buhari but come Saturday, i have a feeling that i’ll swing the CPC way….

    Posted by Sam Sam | April 13, 2011, 10:09 am
  16. Interesting perspectives..all I’m goin to say is I’m definitely NOT voting for GEJ.I refuse to vote by sentiments but by facts.I haven’t seen any evidence of his capability to rule.
    I’m of the belief that nigeria doesn’t need persuasion but enforcement..Yes.y’all are way too stubborn :p.so for me, the choice is btw the police man (ribadu) nd the ex military guy (buhari)both seem like enforcers.
    I’m yet to make up my mind.I need to do more research.

    Posted by kechilauren | April 13, 2011, 10:12 am
  17. The problem with us Nigerians is that we easily accept mediocrity. The fact that GEJ claims to be technology savvy in the use of facebook does not make him an exceptional leader. In fact, I’d like to think he has too much time on his hands. So hiring a young person to handle his facebook does not make him the young person’s president either. If that’s the case, Fashola’s presence on twitter should earn him my vote too, regardless of his performance.

    For Shekarau, I will not lie and say I wasnt wooed by his poise and choice of words. Especially as I’d never heard of him till I watched the debate. He is close to epitomising the meaning of a Charismatic leader. At least he gave specific examples on plans towards lifting Nigeria – He answered the whats and added the hows to back it up. Unfortunately, not a lot of people have been able to vouch for his achievements. Will he do an Obama on us? Woo us into believing in him and then fail to deliver?

    Ribadu literally is full of energy like he is high on redbull. Its one thing to be full of it, its another to deploy it towards deliverables. He seems a little hot headed and looks like one who wants to cross a stream that has no bridge without being sure of how deep it is. He was very vague in his responses and I had more hope when I watched Adeola at the debates than I did with him. I’d have my mind made up on ACN if it was the other way round with Adeola as the prseidential candidate.

    Buhari is an ailing old man who will probably be the next Yar’adua. I dont doubt his intentions towards corruption to be particular, but then I worry on how well an authoritarian successfully becomes a democrat especially as Obasanjo didnt convince me much. Besides, will he last long enough to see it through?

    If I was to choose though, it would be between Ribadu and Shekarau and that would be after a little game of ‘inni minnie mani mo’

    Posted by semirahd | April 13, 2011, 10:13 am
  18. The spread of opinions represents the minds of Nigerians all over. Well, truth is I’m not yet decided on who I’m voting for but I definitely know I’m not voting GEJ or DM..In my opinion though, the Ribadu/Adeola combo is 2015 materiaal, the Buhari/Bakare might just be able to hold the nation till then..MIGHT is d key word…The Shekarau/? (I don’t even know his running mate. Anyway, hopefully I’ll know before then. *sign of the cross*

    Posted by kevinwithanl | April 13, 2011, 10:15 am
  19. In the last couple of months I have read manifestos, studied track records, watched presidential debates & even helped organize one of em. Truth be told I am yet to decide who I will vote for, but for the same reasons henry gave I know who I will not vote for. I believe GEJ & the umblerra party would just be a continuation of the corruption & economic stagnation that this country has experienced for the last decade or so. I believe a lot of his supporters are subconsciously being swayed by ethnicity, religion & catchy campaign ads. I also believe that the only way the opposition can win this saturday is through a coallition, I was shocked and upset when I heard last night that CPC & CAN had failed to come to an agreement. I know a lot of people are waiting for either Buhari or Ribadu (preferrably Ribadu) to step down & hence increase the chances of victory over the PDP but if all fails I will press my hand for Buhari. Not because I feel has a lot of innovative ideas on how to take this country forward but because I believe that this country’s basic problem is corruption & that he is the only one who can successfully cut it down to a bare minimum (complete eradication is a myth). Once that has been accomplished & he is able to partner with skilled & innovative Nigerians, our problems in Power, Oil & Gas, Education, Health, Agriculture sectors (amongst others) then progress & growth will no longer be things we hope for but reality. @FreshPrinzVick

    Posted by Ex-whore | April 13, 2011, 10:25 am
  20. as a people, our biggest problem is corruption.Corruption is like a canker-worm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the nigerian society. Once we get rid of corruption, or at least suppress its effects to minute levels, then nigeria as an entity can move forward. This MUST be our first move if we want nigeria to work. Putting this in perspective when choosing who the best candidate is… i gotta say buhari stands out. Shekarau is good in a debate. People in kano dont have him in high regards. We all know goodluck jonathan represents the status quo(and where has that got us so far?) I Support action congress, but if i were in a position to vote, i’d “press my hand” on broom everywhere but on the presidential ballot. Ribadu’s holier than thou attitude doesnt match his bank accounts. to make it worse he is being bankrolled by tinubu. i like tinubu. but i dont want him to mortgage nigeria. if ribadu wins, that is inevitable. Buhari lives down the road from my yard in maitama. He is one of the least corrupt nigerians around.The man has even turned down campaign donations from people who have been linked with corruption. as for claims he is rigd and dictatorial, wheres the evidence of that? last two times he lost, did he not go to court?

    Posted by jide salami. | April 13, 2011, 10:33 am
  21. oh yeah, Sai buhari! (i always wanted to say that.)

    Posted by jide salami. | April 13, 2011, 10:35 am
  22. I’m gonna press my hand on my PS-3 pad on Saturday…

    1. Jonathan… his association with PDP is irksome.. his own empathy and drunkenness (i bet u didnt know that)is a negative factor too.. WHEN the dude becomes president… Nigeria would be asleep for the next 4 years.. sad

    2. Shekarau… Only people that watched the debates know about him… besides.. governance is more than sweettalkking… he should go to the senate for all i care

    3. Ribadu … Did well at EFCC, though we might argue that he was targeting Obasanjo’s foes only… He should start at the Senate too

    4. Buhari.. The ‘lessest’ of the evils we have… he’s by no means the most visionary leader we can have.. but vision can come later.. like someone commented above.. we need to clear the land before we start building a new house.. He’s d man for the job…

    The accord they’re proposing now should have been done way back… if PDP is to be ousted.. other parties need to come together.. if that doesnt happen..(looks like it wont happen)… then the PDP wins…

    Thats why I’ll be pressing my PS3 pad on Saturday…

    Posted by Commentator | April 13, 2011, 10:35 am
  23. Ermm..like my colleague at work would say “can we have a president that’s younger than nigeria,for once”….lol…nways well I’m not voting for anyone(cos I dnt think there’s a credible candidate to handle our problems)..but seeing that 80% are against GEJ(one thing that is uniting nigeria..lol)..buhari is too old school..this is a democracy not the army..and putting up a pastor as VP doesn’t fool us…shera..whatever his name is..is just collecting his share of inec’s Money..oviation guy not even a chance..(Doesn’t that guy live in ghana btw??)…so I guess its boils down to ribadu(he’s like 40 something right?..lol)….and has the gtb guy behind him..sounds great..but hey what do I know..I don’t know shit about politics…vote wisely!!!…

    Posted by mr I'm out of this world | April 13, 2011, 10:36 am
  24. Heard there’s a merger being schemed by #ACN and #CPC with ribadu stepping down for buhari while bakare steps down as vp candidate. This is true as a reliable source witnessed tinubu, buhari, aregbesola, ciroma, atiku, ibb and powers that be hold a meeting in wuse2 yday….if u wan hear gist…tula u know how to find me. May God save us in this country. I’m voting for buhari by the way

    Posted by Actor No dey die | April 13, 2011, 10:38 am
  25. Me thinks Nigeria’s main problem is corruption and if we can get that sorted (@ least to a bearable level) then we would have done more than half the job of returning Nigeria to her glory days. Having said that, IT’S NOT GONNA BE EASY. It is obvious that what we need in Nigeria is a godfatherless president, who can make decisions without bias and unneceesary sentiments. Someone in the clime of an Obasanjo but who is also non – corrupt. I dont care if he’s 928 years old and from Sudan. Jonathan has had his chances but he hasnt taken them. Belonging to a political party filled with politicians that are hell bent on personal aggrandizement won’t cut it for us. No matter how much he “D’banjilizes”; Most of the youth still remember the celebration of Bode George and the stylistic avoidance of convincing the nation against other candidates at the debates. Seems to me that the only reason whey he is there today is because of his ‘goodluck’. I won’t even talk about Ribadu cos i saw him @ the debates and i dare say that he was just screaming like a police DPO. It is obvious that he is Tinubu’s front to continue in the status quo. Buhari didnt impress me @ the debates either. Only Shekarau spoke well, but the ANPP like someone pointed out seems to me to be PDPs whore house for expired politicians and dont seem to have the true spirit of the opposition. Out of all Buhari/Bakare seems to be the most viable option. Come saturday i will give them my vote. (I intentionally left Dele Momodu out for obvious reasons).

    Posted by SlevinCalevra | April 13, 2011, 10:42 am
  26. tinubu, aregbesola, ciroma, atiku, ibb and powers that be……..

    ARE MOST OF THESE PEOPLE NOT FORMER PDP MEMBERS??????

    I think Buhari should forsake this alliance and not give in to tribalist sentiments. But then again, that’s just my opinion

    Posted by Sam Sam | April 13, 2011, 10:46 am
  27. the Beauty of a demcracy is that the jus=diciary is allowed to do its JOB! Even when Ribadu took Tinubu to court, the Courts vindicated him. Why then do we judge a man based on our perceotions of him? He gave us fashola who is performing, yet ppl say he is collecting kick backs… he gave us oshiomole who is also performing and yet, we claim jhe is trying to be a godfather… hmmm..na wa for Nigerians ooo… even in the US, there are personalities that the parties build themselves around.. Lest you know, ACN has one of the most transparent structures amongst political parties – i guess that is why they presented the most viable opposition last week and the pariamentary results speak for itself..

    Posted by Sammy_USA | April 13, 2011, 10:47 am
  28. Yes, the meeting held but no agreement was reached. Personally, I think a merger, few days to the election will amount to suicide on the path of both parties… There campaigns already started way too late and now they want to educate all their supporters (including those who live in remote villages) to press their hands on dagger instead of bloom or vice versa? Chaos.

    Posted by thetoolsman | April 13, 2011, 10:48 am
  29. thanks for saying corruption can be sorted to a bearable level (buhari or ribadu can do that). afterwards nko,… will the economy now suffer? then you will have the proliferation of hungry, no-do-gooders again… buhari shld have chosen a great VP choice… that’s why i will still vote for Ribadu except i can be convinced otherwise

    Posted by tobi | April 13, 2011, 10:52 am
  30. the 3 gladiators(GEJ,Rhibadu n Buhari) have something good about them…………and they all have their weak points too……I believe the 3 of them have it in mind to take Nigeria to a greater place, but what about the foot soldiers around them?…what about the power-brokers?…..what about the god-fathers?….what about the ‘king-makers’?…what about those who want to die in power (whether directly or indirectly)?…….The votes are going to be seriously divided, I dont see a landslide win for any of them; we might have a runoff election….whatever happens, Nigeria is in God’s hands!……….well,i’l press my hand for Buhari!!!

    Posted by bukiola | April 13, 2011, 11:00 am
  31. My question for the Buhari supporters is what do y’all see now that you didn’t see 4 years ago?

    Posted by thetoolsman | April 13, 2011, 11:04 am
  32. *President yaradua is sick… ministers dont wanna hand over power… then national asembly hands over power… president is dead…. Goodluck is now president… should he run? he shouldnt! ZONING,ZONING!… ok hes running…campaign begins in earnest… Goodluck travels around the country, commissions a few third-rate projects…PDP primaries…Goodluck wins…continues commisioning third-rate projects… campaigns in lagos with notable ex-convict….then spurns presidential debate with no reason/excuse *dirt off shoulder*….. performs alongside d’banj(Nigerian youth ‘AMBASSADOR’)…. soliloqises by himself at BON debate…. Now wants us to believe he is the best man for the job* <——– in my head, this is my summary of Goodluck jonathan.

    Posted by jide salami. | April 13, 2011, 11:07 am
  33. honestly, absolutely nothing. The only difference is that now, im willing to vote, no matter what! 4 years ago, i had the whole ‘YarAdua will win anyways’ mentality. Now, i honestly dont care. My vote is my power and i refuse to be powerless….For me, Buhari represents the most tolerable candidate out of all of them…..

    Posted by Sam Sam | April 13, 2011, 11:09 am
  34. Amazingly, the all anti GEJ/PDP views validate my assertion. Very little is put forward for why any other candidate but GEJ should be voted in. Ribadu was EFCC chairman under Obasanjo/PDP regime. At the time,most people accused him of being OBJ’s bulldog. As for Buhari, we conveniently forget that he originally set back our democracy in 1983 & set the path for 16 years of military rule.Because of him, the middle class disappeared into thin air. GEJ isn’t the best candidate but being an incuncet doesn’t make him the worst candidate either. I want to vote for change, change that makes sense.
    One more thing,PDP is likely to win without rigging because it is the most popular party politically.

    Let us not forget,the fact that this conversation and sentiments keep coming up in all the discussions we find ourselves in,doesn’t mean we represent the sentiment of the general public or even our demographic. Victoria Island/Ikoyi or Asokoro isn’t Nigeria.

    Click here for an interesting point of view http://thinkafricapress.com/nigeria/nigerias-youth-silent-no-more

    Posted by @lagoshunter | April 13, 2011, 11:09 am
  35. GBAM!!!……that’s the truth about politics around the world…there are some certain people that have nigeria by the balls…and those are the people that actually decide..who wins or not….but its really good seeing how the youth are actively involved now…shows change is coming!!!….and I’ll finally be able to press my hand somewhere…vote wisely deuces!!!

    Posted by mr I'm out of this world | April 13, 2011, 11:11 am
  36. our no1 problem in Nigeria is corruption…so if Gen Buhari is going to use the 1st four years to tackle corruption,dt wont b a bad start cos no matter how robust our economy is,with all this criminals…we aint goin no where.Do u know the percentage of our budgets that goes to recurrent expenditures annually?Do u know aw much our law makers earn annually and most of them are not even university graduates like you and i.I believe we need to tackle corruption first and thats why im goin for Buhari/bakare.I want to be able to travel anywhere in the world and flaunt my green passport……i want a Nigeria wia i can comfortably raise my kids without sending them to ‘Ghana’ to skool…..

    Posted by bukiola | April 13, 2011, 11:12 am
  37. Nigeria is 4th fastest growing economy as evaluated by the UK Government http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/news/national/19821-nigeria-4th-fastest-growing-economy–uk-government

    Posted by lagoshunter | April 13, 2011, 11:17 am
  38. how many of us voted 4years ago. its a different level of awareness now. 4years ago, it was a foregone conclusion dat pdp’s candidate was gonna win, dnt think i know anyone that actually voted.we have 4 main contenders and BUHARI is the best to tackle the biggest problem we r facing.

    Posted by yemmie | April 13, 2011, 11:18 am
  39. 5th line typo *incumbent*

    Posted by lagoshunter | April 13, 2011, 11:19 am
  40. Four years ago, many people including myself were under the illusion that our votes wont count, we lost interest and didnt even bother to register, now thank God, the enlightenment has risen and we are ready to take the bulls by the horns, fight for our country and take it back by force. Sai Buhari, Sai General.

    Posted by Keyzer Soze | April 13, 2011, 11:20 am
  41. First thing I’ll say is-anyone who is voting for GEJ isn’t ready for change.
    You can’t be talking about change and what not when this man is part of the same system that has raped Nigeria for the past 12 years.
    The main problem we have in this country is corruption and as far as I’m concerned the only person ready to tackle that without any reservations is Buhari.
    The people that keep trying to paint him as an Islamic fundamentalist are the corrupt people who are afraid of prosecution.
    The truth is that,once corruption is reduced to the barest minimum in this country,only then can this country move forward.
    He may not have all the ideas,but at least I’m sure he will tackle our biggest problem-which is corruption.
    For the person that said he’s another Yaradua-please there’s a difference between old and ‘ailing’. Yaradua was sick,Buhari is not.
    I honestly don’t believe in a ribadu presidency. The Shekarau/Oyegun ticket is appealing but I’m not sure that’s enough.
    Anyway,my point is Buhari if voted into office will set the foundation of a corruption-free Nigeria.
    One more thing-we really need to get rid of this ‘GEJ will win anyway’ mentality.
    If nothing else,the elections of last Saturday have shown us that every vote counts. So why should the presidential election be different?
    Vote for change. Buhari/Bakare.

    Posted by The Recluse | April 13, 2011, 11:24 am
  42. Exactly…..four years ago..we knew election wasn’t gonna b free fair wt d likes of Iwu,OBJ and the rest……..the time has come now,we r tired of the same old routine of the ‘poverty development party’…even if we don’t get it this time,we wont give up…one day,we r gonna get it right!

    Posted by bukiola | April 13, 2011, 11:27 am
  43. If I was around I would be voting for buari.He seems like he would be able to tackle the issue of corruption which is nigeria’s biggest problem.There’s no way our country would be able to progress if its not dealt with first.Shekaru can come back in 2015

    Posted by msforbiddenc | April 13, 2011, 11:32 am
  44. 5th line *these

    Posted by bukiola | April 13, 2011, 11:35 am
  45. In reply to the toolsman. Four years ago i didnt vote for Yaradua neither Buhari. I voted for Atiku. Not cos i liked him really, but cos he was the ACN candidate and he was anti-Obasanjo at the time. Plus there was a lotta noise about Buhari being a religious extremist and a corrupt northern dictator. Honestly, i thought the man was the devil. However now, i am wiser and i have my own independent opinion based on research and antecedence. Looking back four years, i should have voted for him back then. There are unconfirmed reports that if the election back then had been free and fair, Yaradua would’ve lost to Buhari. Remember that it was the Chief Justice of the Nation that decided when there was a split amongst the Supreme court judges as to whether the election should stand or not. I was blind but now i see…

    Posted by SlevinCalevra | April 13, 2011, 11:36 am
  46. LagosHunter has once again fallen for the illogical belief that people who discuss the Nigerian election on the internet doesnt mirror the opinions of the public….just like we have the pro-candidate and anti-candidate stances on social media is the same way we have them in Asokoro/VI, and Ajegunle/Diobu….we are all human beings and Nigerians who travel on the same roads, buy from the same markets and experience the same terrible power supply….no?

    Posted by Henry Okelue | April 13, 2011, 11:38 am
  47. permit me to disagree with you n this comment. Shekerau’s achievements as governor can be felt in the economy and social life of Kano. When last did people feel safe to go to kano? When last did kano – a very arid region boast of so many water projects that are functioning … in the areas of economic empowerment of women and children, I still state UNEQUIVOCALLY that Kano state might only be second to Lagos in this regard.

    Posted by Otega Ogra | April 13, 2011, 11:44 am
  48. If I was in Gidi…Gats press hand on Buhari!!

    Posted by Iyamilele | April 13, 2011, 11:45 am
  49. his running mate is Chief John Odigie Oyegun… former guv’nor of edo state in the aborted third republic… btw, since Nigerians do not seem to be concerned about ‘running mates’, why bother?

    Posted by Otega Ogra | April 13, 2011, 11:57 am
  50. let’s not make the same mistakes the middle east made, back in the days. they allowed the likes of mubarak and co. to lead them cos they were hell bent on tackling coruption in their various countries. tackling corruption without a strategic and viable economic plan (which buhari obviously hasn’t shown us till date *remember his let’s get there first answers during the debates*)will only lead us back to where we started – more corruption in govt. – only better veiled…

    the eyes of our colleagues and mates in the middle east have been opened — do we want to open our eyes after 4/8years???? pls, let’s not be left behind… i still stand by my decision to vote ribadu/fola for the presidency… u r invited to convince me otherwise

    Posted by tobi | April 13, 2011, 12:23 pm
  51. Still undecided. With CPC’s Buhari, u can readily tell it won’t be usiness-as-usual up there in aso-rock.

    I don’t really care what changes but I do know Nigerians can’t bear the type of governance being served up to us any longer by the ruling party- from the President to the LG chairmen.

    Buhari looks like the kind of president Nigeria needs(shortterm) to give us that much needed bloodless revolution. He is angry(just like eminem)

    On the other hand we have ACN. Now, I’ve heard Fola Adeola speak on National issues once or twice, and I get know what everyone’s excited about in Shekarau(smooth talker & all)- But to me Adeola the brainy economist as VP with Ribadu the hardtalking enforcer looks like a good match- his take on so many issues sounds genius on paper, and it makes you think “how amazing this would be to have them implemented”.

    At the end of the day, IF A MERGER DOEESNT HAPPEN AND SOON, what will likely happen is votes for the opposition will be torn amongst many states and because its not individual voting system that is being employed in Saturdays elections(meaning if 50million ppl vote for ACN in a state that ACN wins, it still equals 1 vote for ACN) … PDP doesn’t seem like they will be toppled in these electionS, unfortunately.

    But God dey.

    Posted by RicDiZzLe | April 13, 2011, 12:34 pm
  52. @tobi, exactly!
    @otega,I hope you live in Kano to confidently speak so of Shekarau because I don’t and from those that live there his performance was below average!

    Posted by mabijo | April 13, 2011, 12:34 pm
  53. If I were in Lagos, I wouldn’t be voting GEJ.
    He hasn’t done anything of substance n to that, I know some ppl wld b quick to remind me that he’s been in office for a very short while. Look at the things he has handled so far- security issues, the independence celebration, and the outrageous budget proposed!!!
    This man is apparently wasteful, and shall have no better regard for Nigerians than his godfather obasanjo n the rest of the cabal.

    Ribadu/Adeola appeal to me- for once, the intellectuals are rising up seriously, to play a part in Nigerian politics…
    Buhari/Bakare also seem very credible!!!
    However, that’s just our view. The uneducated, myopic members of the populace- would still turn out for GEJ. that is what I fear.

    Its amazing how everybody has been so hyped about these elections. Thanks to the internet, n passionate compatriots… But still, this is not the end. I would like to see who would win and by what margin.
    If GEJ carries the vote…that shouldn’t be too surprising. Hope we keep this ginger, this interest in our nation’s politics, all the way to the next elections.

    I pray things get better. God bless Nigeria 🙂

    P.S. ACN won the West during the NASS elections, n CPC was quite strong in the North, and APGA/ANPP in the East. A coalition opposition govt would have been perfect, and would really boot the PDP out for good, but ah well… Maybe next time.

    Posted by Yasminn | April 13, 2011, 12:34 pm
  54. Apparently people expect politics to match up to their idealist views of how the world should be run.

    I am a realist. I believe in proper planning and organization. And as such I cannot give my vote to any candidate without concrete, well laid out plans.

    The beauty of democracy is the freedom it gives everyone to be right or wrong. Freedom of association. People talk about Bode George (apparently expecting the President to come from Aso Rock and stop his supporters from celebrating him) and James Ibori (expecting the President to stop a court in Dubai from granting him bail). They forget about Chris Ngige, whose first tenure was at the instance of massive rigging of the PDP but has all of a sudden washed his hands clean. They forget about Ribadu whose appointment as EFCC boss was surrounded by a total sidelining of the Police Service Commission’s qualification requirements, involving hasty undeserved promotions just so he could do his boss’ bidding (which he did very well by the way). They forget that Amosun, Ajimobi, Sekibo Abiye, Udoedehe etc were all PDP members who left because they couldn’t clinch the party’s candidacy. Those associations appear not to matter when it comes to the opposition.

    As for those asking for visible results and the difference between this dispensation and the past ones, I would like to remind you about the fuel scarcity, continuous fuel price hikes, incessant strikes, plane crashes, to mention just a few of the issues that plagued the past presidencies. Power supply has improved (I’ll say that again and again because power supply has improved in my area and many other parts of Lagos I know about). The textile industry in the North which had collapsed completely with 33,000 jobs lost for years has been resuscitated with a multi-billion naira bailout fund in less than seven months. The banking sector has started lending again thanks to the AMCON bailout after more than one and a half years of total freeze on lending and its consequent stagnating effect on the economy.

    It’s very funny when I hear people comment that PDP cannot win the elections without rigging. Many of you make the mistake of thinking that the popular thought on Twitter and Nairaland gives you a correct picture of GEJ’s support. I challenge you to go out on the streets and meet with the average Nigerians, those without blackberries and other fancy gadgets, those who account for the larger percentage of the voting population.

    I can’t wait for the opposition to resume office at the National Assembly. I’m waiting eagerly for them as a matter of urgency to slice their salaries and allowances appropriately (laughing hard). And don’t forget, the ACN, CPC and ANPP members currently in the National Assembly never lifted a finger to fight against the salary increase awards, and have never rejected it one day. They have been collecting it along with their PDP colleagues.

    GEJ is the most competent, most worthy and the best of them all. Shikena.

    Posted by Glory Okubo | April 13, 2011, 12:48 pm
  55. The meeting was still on as at 11:30PM last night young man…

    Posted by skills | April 13, 2011, 12:57 pm
  56. Yes I know.. but I’m telling you an agreement wasn’t reached.

    Posted by thetoolsman | April 13, 2011, 1:01 pm
  57. Sh*t!! she added “plane crash” to facebook…when did GEJ become God?

    Posted by Henry Okelue | April 13, 2011, 1:02 pm
  58. I’m voting for GEJ because most of the arguments against him arise because of his affiliations with PDP. We are voting for the man, not the party. I fear most of the other contestants do not have Nigeria’s interests in mind but are just running because they want to destroy pdp. This is not what we need.

    Posted by MsJulz | April 13, 2011, 1:02 pm
  59. There are too many things God won’t do for you, things you’re supposed to do for yourself. Total radar coverage of the nation is one important step in averting plane crashes. Understood?

    Posted by Glory Okubo | April 13, 2011, 1:26 pm
  60. @Glory, i seem to love the way you tried to convince us to vote for GEJ. unfortunately, your logic might well be applied to the other candidates and theior positions.

    Yes, some of us might not be representative of the core ‘masses’ but do you know why most of them are voting for GEJ? The ‘Nollywood and i am one of you’ campaigns!! Not because they believe it will improve their lives or add value to them in any way. Case in point, my mechanic and Drycleaner – 2 different people who just wanted to vote GEJ cos of those wrong reasons

    Do we want to continue allowing the masses choose leaders for the wrong reasons? if yes, then let’s go ahead and subject ourselves to more years of neo-slavery. If no, then we can do our bit by eductaing them properly on the reasons to vote for a particular candidate.

    P.S. they engaged me in lenghty discussions to change my choice whilst i tried to convince them otherwise. in the end, one chose to vote for ribadu whilst the other was convinced Shekerau was the man.

    “THE MASSES MIGHT VOTE HIM IN BECAUSE MOST ARE NOT PROPERLY EDUCATED AND SOMEONE SOMEWHERE IS PLAYING ON THAT NAIVETY”…

    Posted by otega ogra | April 13, 2011, 1:36 pm
  61. @Commentator, I like your analysis. But you need to be more patriotic. If its Buhari you’re sticking your neck out for, drop your game pad and vote him.

    Posted by BigBadWolf | April 13, 2011, 1:53 pm
  62. are you saying the masses will not be choosing Ribadu and Buhari for the wrong reasons? I think your argument against Jonathan also applies against the other candidates

    Posted by MsJulz | April 13, 2011, 1:54 pm
  63. @OtegaOgra I do know some people would vote for GEJ for all the wrong reasons, but that argument can also be applied to the other candidates. Reasons why the masses choose to vote whoever they choose to vote for is another topic entirely, however. I made that statement to debunk claims that if the PDP wins it would be as a result of rigging.

    Furthermore, which of my reasons for supporting GEJ can you apply to any of the other candidates?

    Posted by Glory Okubo | April 13, 2011, 1:54 pm
  64. From your name, I wouldn’t blame u much cus it says USA. For you to believe some Nigerian politicians aren’t corrupt is something, but for you to believe that some politicians aren’t corrupt because the couts of law vindicated them is entirely diffrent. It goes to show you don’t know how deep corruption runs in Nigeria..for you to have so much faith in our legal system when it comes to politics. Heck! A senator has been made from prison before…but that’s just by the way..f

    Posted by jadesola | April 13, 2011, 2:04 pm
  65. @MsJULZ & GLORY – My last comment was on the ‘logic behind the reasoning’ – and yes! majority of the pp out there would be votic GEJ because of lack of the ‘right’ information.. You can prove me worng by asking 5 people that can be classified as ‘the masses’ around you/ i would graciously accept that I have erred if proven wrong. thanks

    Posted by otega ogra | April 13, 2011, 2:10 pm
  66. corrections (Line 2):*voting GEJ*, *wrong*

    Posted by otega ogra | April 13, 2011, 2:11 pm
  67. Yes. Corruption is our no1 problem… Yet its not our only problem… Another major issue is mediocrity in governance… I think both are major…. In choosing who we vote for we should be mindful of both and should use them as criteria by elimination…. Using d corruption yardstick… out goes all d candidates except….. Buhari/bakare and ribadu/adeola….. Both will do well to tackle d endemic prob of coruption to a minimal level… …. But its useless to tackle corruption if after.. U̶̲̥̅̊. Have no concrete plans as to hw to improve our lot as a country.. And this is where d. BB team goes out…left is. Ribadu/adeola… in their. Previous endeavors… Both started their organizations from d scratch and built dem into lasting institutions dat are now benchmarks…. U̶̲̥̅̊ cannot argue dat. Efcc under ribadu is a benchmark for judging. An adminstrations readiness to fite curruption… And gtb is probably one of d very few banks in 9ja whose integrity is still firm after d banking crisis… Also even after both have left this institutions. No one has come to level any kind of misconduct against them…… And the institutions are still strong… These are traits of good administrator….obviously they both achieved this by surrounding themselves with a good working team of profs….. This is what 9ja needs now….not messiah….but some one who know how to form a team and lead the tteam to success…..
    RIbadu/adeola..my choic

    Posted by lade | April 13, 2011, 2:18 pm
  68. RE: Why I am voting GEJ

    I support GEJ not only for his numerous achievements in record time, but also his goodwill

    – can you kindly list those achievements? if 3rd class (Local government) projects and empty promises are his achivements, fine!

    • GEJ is a REAL leader, listening to & working with Nigerians (consider his interactions on Facebook, with the entertainers, NURTW, etc) as opposed to the autocratic leadership we’ve had in the past, which has repeatedly failed us

    – can he actually claim to be responding personally? if yes, what time does he have to take care of Nigeria’s wanton issues… a facebook page can be managed by a legion of employees or aides who reply on his behalf and give the assumptions that he does. case in point – the guys who wanted to share their innovations with him and he promised to call them in for discussions. whilst he claimed during his fbbok launch that he had acted upon all issues raised on his fb page- FAT LIE.. not until the boys came on the pages of newspapers to debunk these claims did they call them in for discusiions.

    • He’s a real democrat, respecting the rule of law (as evidenced by his promise to ensure free & fair elections, which we are currently experiencing)

    – real democrat?? highly contestable. he promised free and fair elections, yet his own state had the highest number of ballot-snatching last weekend. talk about charity begins at home

    • He’s a planner and a strategist (consider the power sector road map, gas revolution plan, education plan, among others)

    – that’s why he has been planning and promising and failing to deliver on all the promises he made when he took office. mention 3 that he made with timelines and he actually achieved them… may we not continue planning till we grow old ooo.. our children would not forgive us

    • He inspires in the average Nigerian the hope that irrespective of their backgrounds, they can reach the pinnacle of their careers

    – by deception through doing adverts that push a lie. how can they aspire without going to school. he should have empowered them by implementing the right policies and not through beautiful adverts

    • And he delivers. Increased power generation & supply; AMCON, buying bad loans from troubled banks; total radar coverage of the nation are just some of his accomplishments in LESS THAN A YEAR. Nigeria is currently recognized as the fourth fastest growing economy in the world.

    – The FG does not control the CBN. it is an autonomous body. AMCON cld have happened with/without Jonathan. don’t forget the Nat. Assembly were initially against it.

    -TRACON (totalradar Coverage)? are you kidding me? that messy project that took 7 years to complete? btw, TRACON is no more in vogue; the world is heading for a more reliable and dependable Automatic Dependent Surveillance and Broadcast (ADS-B). ADS-B is a cooperative surveillance technique for air traffic control and related applications. An ADS-B-equipped aircraft determines its own position using a global navigation satellite system and periodically broadcasts this position and other relevant information to potential ground stations and other aircraft with ADS-B-in equipment. ADS-B can be used over several different data link technologies, including Mode-S Extended Squitter (1090 ES), VHF data link (VDL Mode 4), and Universal Access Transceivers (UAT). ask the technocrats to explain better

    – as for our 4th fastest growing economy thingy, did you notice how they conveniently forgot to include the parameters in their press releases…

    Posted by otega ogra | April 13, 2011, 2:28 pm
  69. for once, i am seriously reconsidering my earlier choice to vote for Shekarau – thanks, ma’am for bringing another perspective to things

    Posted by otega ogra | April 13, 2011, 2:30 pm
  70. I guess those who want Ribadu now have to want Buhari since Ribadu is withdrawing for Buhari.

    Posted by MsJulz | April 13, 2011, 2:54 pm
  71. Ribadu IS NOT withdrawing for Buhari.. this is a rumour and the ACN National Chairman Bisi Akande has addressed the issue in a press release sent out today…

    Posted by thetoolsman | April 13, 2011, 2:59 pm
  72. Further evidence that GEJ is only paying lip-service to Nigeria’s development – http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art201010315513879

    Posted by otega ogra | April 13, 2011, 3:04 pm
  73. Got this update now: ACN NOT WITHDRAWING FOR CPC

    The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) wishes to inform all its teeming supporters as well as all Nigerians that there is no alliance between the party and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) ahead of Saturday’s presidential election.

    While it is true that representatives of both parties have engaged in talks aimed at forging an alliance that could dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the clueless party that has frittered away the huge opportunities that could have transformed our great country in the past 12 years, we regret to announce that such talks have not led to any alliance.

    We as party that believes in democratic values have therefore decided that in the overall interest of the parties involved, our democracy as well as our country, it is better for each of the parties to go into the presidential election on its own platform.

    If at the end of the election on Saturday there is no clear winner we will make a decision on which way to go, in the overriding interest of all Nigerians.

    Chief Bisi Akande
    National Chairman
    Action Congress of Nigeria

    Posted by Tobi | April 13, 2011, 3:11 pm
  74. So nobody is pressing hand for Momodu? 😦

    Posted by Temi | April 13, 2011, 3:19 pm
  75. so i guess its safe to say we should not believe everything we read/hear in the news….Including things about GEJ

    Posted by MsJulz | April 13, 2011, 3:23 pm
  76. @OtegaOgra it is quite obvious from your response that all what you are trying to do is “pick holes”. Unfortunately, your arguments are quite weak and/or unconvincing.

    -I have mentioned several of GEJ’s achievements already. U can re-read my reply post.

    -Whatever you say about facebook does not change the fact that the President has been interacting with the people through that medium. And don’t forget the other groups he has met with as well.

    -On the elections, if you were expecting perfection, then you’re probably not in this world. There were a few problems, but on the whole it has been credible.

    -“Failing to deliver on promises”. what’s the basis of this statement, considering the numerous visible achievements I’ve mentioned earlier? IN LESS THAN A YEAR?

    -Saying that he is deceiving people is simply YOUR OPINION. As for policy implementation, you appear to be oblivious of the fact that there is only so much policy implementation impact that can be visible to the plain eye in less than a year. Apart from the ones we are already seeing.

    -“The FG does not control CBN”. That’s quite an ignorant statement. And you contradicted yourself. If the CBN was that autonomous, what does the national assembly have to do with AMCON? The CBN’s autonomy relates to the regulation of the banking sector. But allocating funds to bail-out banks? That’s the fed govt’s prerogative.

    – The world is moving towards ADS-B, but can you please tell me how many countries have implemented it FULLY? Developing countries especially. Radar is not obsolete, and all these countries are still making use of it.

    -Anyone who is interested in finding out the parameters for Nigeria being the 4th fastest growing economy in the world is free to. No one is holding back that information.

    Destructive criticism never moves anyone forward.

    @Everyone I find it interesting that no one has bothered to dissect the reasons the others gave for supporting their respective candidates.

    Posted by Glory Okubo | April 13, 2011, 3:25 pm
  77. I’m not sure who I would be voting for on Saturday but what I know is I’m not voting for GEJ.
    What irks me the most about him are the incessant promises: promising to establish Universities and airports in all the states. He doesn’t appear to have a full understanding of the problems of Nigerians.
    As the youth have now developed interest in the political happenings, I hope by 2015 we would credible candidates to run for office but till then I think one of Ribadu or Buhari will do.

    Posted by Mo' | April 13, 2011, 3:35 pm
  78. Interesting views!But Ribadu still holds the Ace;Young,Vibrant,Trusted and Fresh not some recycled products!
    Why would I want to vote for someone who took the reins of power from a Democratically elected Government and now that he is retired from the army he believes he will serve well in the system of government he once opposed-No to BUHARI!!!!

    GEJ is a figure head,what landmark achievement can he boast of as Governor of Bayelsa State because as a President for one year he has done nothing but campaign. Although,I’ll give him a pass mark for better elections(so far) than we have witnessed since 1993.

    For Dele Momodu,am glad he is contesting. It sign of a better Nigeria when people against all hope still persist!

    Posted by mabijo | April 13, 2011, 3:46 pm
  79. Goin thru all d comments made me smile, cos I was happy to see quite a few ppl expressin my exact opinion.
    We all agree that corruption is d most pressing issue, cos it’s linked to d entire fabric of our existence as a nation. We also all agree dat b4 dis nation can move ahead corruption must be dealt wit severely.
    GEJ does not hav d political will to deal wit corruption d way it should b dealt wit. Same goes for Mallam Shekarau n I dare say even Ribadu (based on his willingness to cast his lot wit a man he openly condemned).
    Buhari is certainly not d best candidate for d job, not by any means. He may not hav d elocutionary prowess of a Shekarau, nor d youthful exuberance of a Ribadu, nor d campaign shenanigans of a GEJ. His VP may also not b d most technically astute individual, nor d most economically sound choice. But we would be kiddin ourselves if we didn’t admit dat deirs is d ticket wit d least political baggage. Of all d VPs, Bakare’s voice is only consistent in opposition of d status quo.
    N for those of us sayin Buhari is too authoritarian n seemingly despotic, let’s b real, generally, Nigerians will not tow d line unless der is som duress. Just look at how we drive in Gidi n I think any dissentin voice will be silenced. So we definitely need som1 who can b firm wen necessary, n can “bloody fool” (a fav military jargon) all those jokers in d legislative.
    So, my pellow kwantrimen, all ob za dogo magana…abuna…winded exflanation avob was simfly so I could say…Sai Buhari…Anga sheka…ayam fressin my hand por za Hurricane Buhari/Bakare.
    @MallamSawyerr…Deuces

    Posted by MallamSawyerr | April 13, 2011, 3:51 pm
  80. Hello Ma’am, I really wished I was trying to do some destructive criticism… Or am I blind..
    How come someone who hadn’t really been intersted in the Railways suddenly starts awarding projects few weeks to the elections?
    We all talk about Buhari cancelling the Lagos Light Rail Project – What about Jonathan’s canceling of the The ABUJA-KANO light rail project and furthermore diverting the funds originally earmarked for it to a different project that has no relation to the socio-economic wellbeing or geography of the communities and states that would have benefitted.
    If by presenting public facts, i am said to be giving weak arguments, then, I would rather do so for the rest of my life rather than distort the truth in any form.

    P.S. I would also like to state categorically that all the candidates have their shortcomings but it is our responsibility to help people make the right decisions by pointing out and exposing the real people behind the facades they carry about

    Posted by Otega Ogra | April 13, 2011, 3:55 pm
  81. Interesting views!But Ribadu still holds the Ace;Young,Vibrant,Trusted and Fresh not some recycled products!
    Why would I want to vote for someone who took the reins of power from a Democratically elected Government and now that he is retired from the army he believes he will serve well in the system of government he once opposed-No to BUHARI!!!!

    GEJ is a figure head,what landmark achievement can he boast of as Governor of Bayelsa State because as a President for one year he has done nothing but campaign. Although,I’ll give him a pass mark for better elections(so far) than we have witnessed since 1993.

    For Dele Momodu,am glad he is contesting. Its a sign of a better Nigeria when people against all hope still persist!

    Posted by mabijo | April 13, 2011, 4:09 pm
  82. What is factual about your presenting the CBN as a body that can autonomously bail out banks? Or your presenting ADS-B (which you appear not to even understand) as a currently implementable option when it is only being gradually embraced and radar is still being used all over the world? Among the numerous claims that were simply your opinion – failed promises and deception for example. Those are not facts.

    So apparently you are in Jonathan’s mind; you know what he is interested in and what he’s not.

    And since you say all the candidates have shortcomings, you should also enlighten everyone WITH AS MUCH DETAIL on the shortcomings of these other candidates too. I hope they’ll get some facts if you do.

    Posted by Glory Okubo | April 13, 2011, 4:36 pm
  83. I m pressing my hand for dele momodu because I am a fuji guy. St janet looked so hawt in dat dele momodu ad

    Posted by pasuma | April 13, 2011, 4:58 pm
  84. When U̶̲̥̅̊ put ribadu and buhari side by side there are so mAny similarities… Btw dem both….. But. Ribadu towers above him. In dat he his young…. And he is a better administrator…… and can be said to be less regional/tribal….. Dese 3 qualities… Are Wαt we need now….. We don’t need d messiah dat pastor bakare is selling buhari as to us…. No one single persoN has a solution to 9jas problEm….. In fact we need people dat are ready to work as a team. hEnce build institutions dat will outlive dem…. Mr buhari hasn’t shown us he can do dat..and we don’t need sumone to learn on d job…… As to mr jonathan…. His mediocrity and lack of any sort of vision is the only outstanding quality dat he has… Added to to dat his d way he has been spEnding our commonwealth like a drunkard son who inhErits his father’s wealth…. Buy jets… Sharing money..to buy peoples loyalty…9ja can’t afford another four yrs of jonathans type of goodluck…. 9ja will declare bankruptcy b4 he is thru……..

    Posted by lade | April 13, 2011, 5:01 pm
  85. So automatically @mr ortega, anybody that votes for GEJ is just ignorant and not enlightened? Or u are so sure ur own reasons to vote for the other candidates are valid??REALLY?

    Posted by jadesola | April 13, 2011, 5:04 pm
  86. @Glory oooooo…. Let’s set things stright. firstly I said CBN is an autonomous body but did not say they can Autonomously bail out banks. … will get back soon with ‘facts’ about the other candidates… #novex

    Posted by Otega Ogra | April 13, 2011, 5:09 pm
  87. My point exactly..
    dreee1

    Posted by ALLTHATISGOODABOUTNIGERIA | April 13, 2011, 5:09 pm
  88. That is my hommie (Y)

    Posted by ALLTHATISGOODABOUTNIGERIA | April 13, 2011, 5:22 pm
  89. just the fact that john oyegun is his vp is enough reason not to vote for him in my books, that man is my uncle and an asshole
    hiss

    Posted by 36F | April 13, 2011, 5:26 pm
  90. Great piece as usual. I’m glad you decided to write on this topic. The importance of being well enlightened ahead of this Saturday’s election cannot be over-emphasised. I’m a swinger right now; stuck between Buhari and Ribadu. Whilst I’m trying to make up my mind, I’m positive that GEJ is NOT the man for the job. Why? I refer you to Henry Okelue’s blogpost; “If The president were To Win” http://wordofmonk.wordpress.com/ GEJ has been in power for months and much hasn’t changed. Surely, we don’t want to spend the next 4 years stuck with the incompetence of the status quo because we chose to “play safe”. Yes, he may have his strong points but in my opinion he lacks the drive and firmness that this nation needs to finally progress. Regardless of the misguided sentiments some Nigerians are holding on to, whether or not GEJ wins eventually, I will not disobey my conscience by plessing my hand on the umblerra.

    Posted by Dotun | April 13, 2011, 5:33 pm
  91. babe, scroll up and see my summation of jonathan. i dont mean to insult him, but even though i think he is intellectually capable of getting the job done, the man is a slave to the circumstances and personalities surrounding his rise to power. and this we cannot afford at the moment. last year’s budget wasnt his idea. take a look at this years. theres nothing innovative about that budget. NOT.ONE.SINGLE.THING. if we are to be completely honest with our selves, goodluck jonathan… is a ‘Man-Friday’. a ‘yessir’ man. A follower, and not a leader.

    Posted by jide salami. | April 13, 2011, 6:36 pm
  92. I’m glad a lot of the youth are taking initiative & making their voices heard. We count for over 50% of the enitire populace.
    Unfortunately, the mass amount of voters are the uneducated or under-educated who have little or no access to cable or internet. And can be sweet talked with N1000 to vote a candidate or give up their voter’s card.
    I urge the youth to make their votes count by either voting a candidate they bliv in or vote out one they don’t bliv in by voting against him. Every single vote counts.

    Posted by Diva | April 13, 2011, 6:40 pm
  93. kilode.. 95 comments… I have not even read thru yet but i am sure its a good one.. Love the new theme

    Posted by H•A•W | April 13, 2011, 8:47 pm
  94. Glory, radar coverage can’t prevent a plane which has had a bird-hit from crashing into the sea,it can’t stop a plane that suddenly develops engine problems from crashing into the bush, neither will a complete radar coverage of Nigeria have stopped the Sosoliso air disaster. A total radar coverage will only help air traffic controllers to have a full view of what is in our airspace and not what has dropped out of it. I know you have some “facts” but you have to take it easy with half truths and blatant fallacies all in the name of defending a position. I wonder what else you will count as a GEJ success story, the fact that I have a job today or something?

    Posted by Henry Okelue | April 14, 2011, 1:09 pm
  95. I think I have some time to take some of your other fallacies to pieces.
    1. Only recently we had a crazy ASUU strike…GEJ was president.
    2. Not up to 2 months ago, we had a biting fuel scarcity
    3. Power supply is still as bad in over 90% of Nigeria. Only this morning did Imma Niboro say GEJ will pursue the issue of the power sector if re-elected.
    4. You say the opinions of people on twitter and facebook and Nairaland dont count. Seems like in your haste to make your point, you forget that GEJ/PDP supporters are all over this places you have quickly discredited. And mind you, I am not surprised you think the folks on Facebook and twitter are aliens, they dont exist on the streets that you so sweetly fondle with.

    Sound-bites, fallacies, half truths….makes me wonder if you are actually the daughter of an average Nigerian.

    Posted by Henry Okelue | April 14, 2011, 1:18 pm
  96. Its very hard for me to understand how anybody with half a mind can vote 4 GEJ. i understand how silly this statement is and the fact that everyone has a choice but its puzzling that what i view to be so evident is not being seen by everyone else. say wat u want but PDP does not give a rat’s ass about Nigerians, Yar Adua wasnt a bad person but his party made him ineffective, goodluck is going to be even more effective. Im not sure i need to give examples of decisions by PDP that shows their wickedness and lack of ideas. They have bribed and rigged and imposed themselves on us fot 12 longass years with nothing to show for it. i would have preferred a BUhari/Adeola ticket cos of the corruption/economic ties however, anything other than PDP would do. shikena.

    Posted by yemmie | April 14, 2011, 3:10 pm
  97. I’m not in the country so I won’t be voting but my prayer is that the best man for the job wins regardless of party, tribe or the status quo….people please “press ya hand” wisely…the future is ours

    Posted by Zed | April 15, 2011, 11:29 am
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