From all indications, it appears the South-South and the South-East regions have finally shot themselves in the foot by blowing away what only a few weeks ago, seemed to be their best chance ever at producing a president for Nigeria.
Between Peter Odili, Donald Duke and Victor Attah the chances of the south-south producing a PDP flag-bearer was brighter and same can be said about the South-East which had Rojas Okorocha as a leading contender. Political watchers would have expected a last minute political calculus at the PDP convention that would produce one of these men as a common front at the poll judging by their individual strength, but they fell for the whims and caprices of the North once again. A further confirmation of the saying that “when it comes to the game of politics, the north plays it better”
But the ordinary man in the streets of Port Harcourt, Yenogoa, Uyo, and even Onitsha trusted his leader to fight a good battle at that poll ensuring that one of these regions produced the next Nigerian president. Or at least, be seen to have done just that. Only for such a leader to throw in the towel even before the start of the battle. What A shameless display of wanton disregard for their people who entrusted their future on them at the Abuja theater of shame!
And to imagine that just months ago, these same people shook Nigeria with their uncompromising position that they would settle for nothing except the presidency. Why don’t we have leaders who would say they mean and die for they believe? That is how good societies a built. Not through hypocrisy and politics of opportunism. I’m yet to see a society where lame men and cowardice remain political leaders but Nigeria.
Ours is a society where apologists and political leaper remain in the fore-front of public opinion. This same set of people will still parade corridors of power and even bag political appointments in the next dispensation. Mark my words.
Regardless of what has been said, Yar’ Adua’ selection is a tragedy for Nigeria. A man like Yar’ Adua would not have won the PDP ticket if Odili and his cowardly friends from the south-east and the south-south had not misled their supporters only hours to the polls.
South-south’s hope now lies in Action Congress to ensure that Pat Utomi’s political ambition is not sacrificed for Buhari in the name of coalition. And if I were any of the disgraces PDP apologists, I would make sure it happens for the region through Utomi.
Hoping that men of integrity from the regions would rise up now and make it happens.
By every standard, Utomi has what it takes to be Nigeria’s best president ever. one who would restore a good degree of respect to our national image and make things happen at the pace we should be moving. The youth of Nigeria at home and many Nigerians in the Diaspora believe in this intelligent man to prove to the world once and for all those we not just a bunch of illiterate dictatorial generals and money bag politicians leading a crime-ridden society. But again, please, don’t blow it.