The periodic ritual of casting votes for politicians vying for elective posts in Nigeria’s common election will happen in 2023. Casting votes for politicians in search of elective places of work by the citizens is a part of our democratic tradition. And electioneering, which precedes casting of votes by voters, presents candidates for elective posts the chance to espouse and promote their political events’ political ideologies, and roadmaps for governing both the nation or the sub-national models in Nigeria.
However the ideological variations between one main political celebration and one other are nebulous. Actually, our political events don’t have any robust ideological moorings. So their actions aren’t hinged on political ideologies. Even those that lay declare to being progressive are bereft of progressive tendencies and beliefs. None of them tends actually both to the left or proper.
The fact of the character of political events in Nigeria is that they’re automobiles, which politicians use to grasp their political ends – that’s, the acquisition of political energy and posts. This prevailing scenario is not like what obtained within the first Republic when politicians waxed ideological. Then, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe would make speeches that have been marked and laced with “izs” and “isms,” a proof of his learnedness and deep grounding in political ideologies.
And Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s socialist disposition manifested when he dominated the Western area primarily based on democratic welfarism. His free schooling coverage, then, benefited many individuals of Yoruba descent, who got here from very poor properties. Tafawa Balewa, our prime minister within the first Republic, wrote a traditional novel, which proved that he possessed political ideology.
However our first Republic politicians, who have been males of letters, did not disabuse their minds of ethnic prejudice and spiritual bias. They launched ethnicity and spiritual bias into our democratic tradition and approach of politicking. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, everyone knows, was an exponent and advocate of ethnic nationalism. Though Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe championed the reason for one Nigeria throughout the Nigeria-Biafra civil warfare, he whimsically pandered to ethnic sentiments throughout his political profession.
It can’t be gainsaid that the primary Republic politicians laid the muse for the ethnicisation of our approach of politicking, and its colouration with non secular bias. It’s the political and democratic legacy they left for us.
Until now, which is the fourth Republic, the elements of faith and ethnic origins are options of our politics. It’s noticeable throughout our preparation for the overall election when the religions and ethnic origins of the presidential aspirants will both grow to be their albatross or benefit. They’re the determinants of who will grow to be the president of Nigeria.
Given the truth that ethnicity and faith play pivotal roles within the willpower of those that will grow to be the president of Nigeria, rotational presidency is the antidote to political strife in Nigeria. However now, our legislators’ overriding self-centredness, provincialism, non secular bias, and ethnic prejudice have pushed the ultimate nails into the coffin of rotational presidency.
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So, the prevailing scenario of our jettisoning of rotational presidency is a portent of doom for Nigeria, as to our nation’s unity and continued existence as one indivisible and united nation.
Had been the precept of rotational presidency nonetheless practised in Nigeria, APC and PDP would have produced presidential candidates, who hail from the southeast geopolitical zone, the homeland of the ethnic Igbo individuals.
However the APC’s presidential candidate is Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a Yoruba muslim. The principle opposition celebration, PDP, is fielding a northern muslim, Atiku Abubakar for the 2023 presidential slugfest.
The parsimonious Peter Obi, who was pressured out of PDP by circumstances, has grow to be the presidential candidate of the Labour Celebration. Labour Celebration has grow to be the third pressure in Nigeria as Peter Obi’s membership of the celebration as its presidential candidate has shot the celebration into stratospheric prominence.
Obi’s rhetoric on the financial system, his proposed insurance policies on tips on how to administer Nigeria if he wins the presidential election, and his possession of management qualities and probity received him to the perimeters of the youthful Nigerians.So hundreds of thousands of younger individuals in Nigeria, who come from various ethnic and spiritual backgrounds understand Mr. Peter Obi because the political Messiah and revolutionary, who will proper the wrongs in our physique politic, entrench nationwide unity in our nation, and set it on the trail of nationwide improvement.
Nevertheless, saying that Mr.Peter Obi is the linchpin for the political emancipation of the Igbo individuals in Nigeria isn’t akin to the ethnicisation of his presidential candidature.
The peculiarity of our democratic expertise and tradition makes it expedient and crucial for us- the southeast individuals – to overtly and unashamedly demand that the presidential seat rotate to the southeast geopolitical zone. It’s one situation, the fulfilment of which is able to assure us peace and unity and political stability in Nigeria.
Okoye, a social commentator, writes from Uruowulu-Obosi, Anambra State