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.