771 views | Prince Charles Dickson PhD | June 28, 2020
You don’t ask a toad to give you a chair. You can vividly see it’s squatting. To say that Nigerians are easily excitable people is stating the very obvious and indeed our political players do not spare any effort in providing the much-needed entertainment.
The fever is intense, everyone is talking about Edo, and Ondo states, Adams, Iyamu, Obaseki, Tinubu, the Presidency, APC, PDP and 2023 and you will be forgiven to think that it is a repeat of 2014, or 2019. In our clime when everyone starts talking even patients at Psychiatric homes air the views.
Many analyst have written and quite a number of commentaries are in the public domain regarding how the so-called implosion of the All People’s Congress APC like the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP did just a few years ago is by the corner or how the dissolution of the NWC of the ruling party facilitated by Mr. Buhari is a masterstroke.
Have you read Mr Tinubu’s response, a very long one at that, addressing his concerns, Mr. Adam’s many mistakes and the dissolved fighting NWC members, and of course the fabled or soon to be viewed the 2023-jagaban movie.
The naysayers are predicting that PDP is coming back, they have won Edo, and Ondo, or APC is imploding, my poser is, in whose interest do they gather? Before discussing an implosion, is there really an implosion? We forget quickly, remember slowly and in cases even choose what we remember and why we remember, we are simply mischievous like that.
Only a few years ago the frenzy was the rAPC, like the nPDP,
The fact is that what Nigerians are going through at best is no different from the typical episodic irritation of a political system in which groups that seem to have been outsmarted conglomerate to realign for the purposes of power, power and power. The populace be damned!
It is not about Nigeria – its future, progress and prosperity, its evolution and integration, it is about ‘them’.
Leadership and followership is in a state of higgledy-piggledy, Nigerians are docile people, despite our acclaimed intellectual prowess, we are largely politically ‘miseducated’, and majorly functional illiterates, we still are naive, it might sound hard and derogatory but we are equally cowards that are quick to celebrate a bunch of self-serving, self-interest and petty interest infected persons.
Political schemes and permutations are largely regional, religious and ethno geographical.
We engage in two psychoses, first is the self destruct, we are not meant to live together, and we have too many myths and on the other hand, the fallacy of ‘god’ will come down and solve it all, because it is Nigeria.
We are a group of people that would complain right from meat not being in the soup, to that the meat is too soft or too hard, in some cases that we do not want the meat again, rather we want to fish but when given fish we tell people only yesterday, we had become vegetarians, thus denying goats their own livelihood and wasting the soup in the process…after killing the goat leaving the skin to suffer our greed.
What really is a political party, in democratic societies, people who share similar views and goals often join together to form political parties. They do this to strengthen their ability to influence governmental decisions of the nation.
However in Nigeria, the reverse is the case, we at best have a collection of anything and everything goes, no ideology, they all stand for nothing other than position, money and power.
With two decades already gone in our democratic trek, it is sad that we have parties that do not have a defining process, they have not been able to identify the needs and concerns of the people by interacting with the public at different levels of society, address these needs and concerns through the formulation of policies and thirdly execute their policies to the public.
Our leaders—so-called, are full of newspaper tigers, press conference lions; all the policies, achievements and troubles are only seen on the pages of newspapers, and social media platforms, while the ordinary Nigerians suffer the brunt.
Everything in Nigeria at the moment is only on the newspapers, the ruling party has achieved a lot in the three tiers of government through the papers, propaganda and we have a federal system of governance only on paper; yet cry restructure.
The opposition does not proffer solutions, nor do they ‘co-optite’ (cooperatively compete/ competitively co-operate) but take the other half of the hall to address the press and criticize.
Imagine a Mr. Wike of Rivers state of the PDP being a poster boy for good governance, oops how did I skip that juicy story, he called his own PDP NWC tax collectors.
A political party ordinarily has three persons called voice, choice and continuity.
The voice is the capability of parties to provide a voice for different elements of society and provide a safe means of competing with other parties without threats of violence.
There is nothing wrong with the proliferation of political parties, mega parties, opposition and this I have said regularly and I stand by it, but then in line with the personae called choice, political parties should offer a wide variety of voices to allow citizens to interact among different ideas of governance, these parties should differ in how they think the government should work and what it should provide to its citizens.
One strong characteristic of TRUE democracy is that it offers at least two or more strong political parties/ideologies which offer voters a real choice in government, our case is that of political parties of two sides of the same coin nothing is really different in terms of spending value.
This is where we get it wrong; all the present political gladiators are offering the same goods, same price and conditions, so they necessarily are no different from the party they are seeking to replace. Look at Obaseki/Iyamu…or tell me why Tinubu would want to be President with possibly a Professor Osinbajo better placed for obvious reasons.
Trading is at the same rate, same old faces, and same ideologies when any is available. I told a gladiator group that less we forgot, Mr. Ortom was PDP and APC and then PDP again, Ganduje was PDP, and the APC, Lanlong was PDP and now APC, Rochas was PDP, ANPP, then formed his own, and then finally APC.
Finally continuity is it, political parties are more effective when they are founded on a set of ideas for governance; this is so because IDEAS LIVE LONGER THAN PEOPLE. If a political party has a strong grounding in ideology, it can keep its members and supporters and provide leadership to the governed even if the leadership changes.
This is exactly what is lacking in the political party structure in our nation. Fundamentally and lastly it is obvious that in virtually all the conglomeration, one common characteristic is that none of these parties are really open and transparent, nor committed to a democratic system of governance including free and fair elections, in Nigeria, we have elections that are free yet not fair, and fair yet not free.
We are a group that stands logic on its head with an ‘isi ewu’ argument. Forgetting whether it is APC, CPC, AC, ACN, PDP, PDM, ID, APGA or rAPC until we do something different, all the current tide will not be stemmed.
Nigeria and her people do not have a special problem but we are lacking in common solutions…can the toad squatting provide us with a chair–only time will tell.