To: The President
From: E. Terfa Ula-Lisa, Esq.
Subject: Credible Options
Being philosophical as well as pragmatic, you no doubt know that life presents us with a plethora of opportunities sometimes disguised as challenges. We have been a nation of missed opportunities, always trumping up the challenges and resting overwhelmed without a successful trouble-shooting because we have had leaders who do not think through national issues to come out with a final resolution to our malaise. However, as an introspective person, you have a rare opportunity that
As you rightly noted in your speeches both in
In my considered opinion, the elections are likely to be cancelled by the Court of Appeal or ultimately by the Supreme Court of Nigeria for the following reasons:
1. The opposition is not seeking for a declaration that any party won elections, but that the elections be voided for inaccuracies, irregularities, outright rigging on a massive scale and ballot box jacking by hoodlums all across
2. Section 145 (1) provides that: An election may be questioned on any of the following grounds, that is to say…b) That the election was invalid by reason of corrupt practices or non-compliance with the provisions of this Act.
The concept of Unity Government on its own is good, and would seemingly unite the power elite, but the strange bedfellows that may come on board as Ministers and Presidential Advisers a result of political patronage may not exactly agree with what we think need be the general direction of policy of this government. For the politicians, it would be business as usual; but we need to move away from that toward performance and progress as opposed to politics and patronage. Each party to any accord in negotiations must be made aware that it cannot be business as usual from the get go.
Minimal Role for PDP BOT
Nigerians may not have all voted for the President, but Nigerians all regard him as the person who is currently President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Before now, there have been many other past presidents/Heads of State. They all play minimal roles in governance as ex-leaders. Our constitution recognizes the Council of State and their advisory capacity. Nigerians currently resent OBJ’s muscling to remain active and relevant to this present government. He had his turn; he must be nudged gently to really retire, yelled at to back off; failing which, he ought to be checked or embarrassed to hold him in his place. He remains of the past.
What to Do
We hope the President has not missed the nuanced language of discerning Nigerians as well as the diplomatic community in aid of the Nigerian people regarding the poorly conducted elections. While Nigerians determine the political affairs of
1. The President take up policies that would endear him to the people of
2. Pay some local contractors;
3. Pay all the teachers and pensioners their outstanding salaries;
4. Fund from the Federation account or even the foreign reserves, the immediate emergent repair of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and
After starting on these ventures, liaise with the National House of Assembly, in consultation with the President’s lawyers and the lawyers of the opposition, to enter into an amicable out of court settlement of the Election petitions to cancel the elections and dissolve the INEC Board and recommend those with prima-facie offenses to be tried as provided by the Electoral Act 2006.
The consequence would be that this current President would have shown that he is more interested in fixing