Wednesday, April 18, 2007
What is WRONG with these people!
Right now, I am SO pissed off at these lame policticians masquerading as Presidential Aspirants. I am SO sorry, but they are pissing me off with all this whining and complaining ... I cannot believe that NONE of them can see beyond their noses. I guess this is why they say role models shouldnt go into politics, because even the ones I hold in such high esteem are PISSING me off!!!
They are asking for postponement of elections? What utter rubbish! The only person who has the moral ground, if at all, to ask for any of that is Atiku Abubakar, because of the late start he's had!
The others are just failures looking for somewhere to hinge blame for their woes. I respect politicians who are able, like Tokunbo Afikuyomi in Lagos, to acknowledge thier own limitations - but it would seem that when people get into politics they lose all sense of proportion. They refuse to accept that success in business and industry does not translate into success in winning votes!
The truth is, as it stands, NONE of the Presidential candidates can beat Musa Yar'adua. The PDP has worked HARDER than any of them in mobilisation, it has more structures (i.e. people, loyalists, patronage) in more states. Without rigging, the PDP will win this presidential election. Listen to that again: without rigging, PDP WILL win these elections. Just as without rigging they won in Delta, just as without rigging, they won in Ogun. Just as without rigging, Fashola won in Lagos, even though his principal Tinubu mis-governed the state.
Newspaper posturing, great ideas and grand oratory don't win people over; if they did Al Gore should have swept the polls without needing to wriggle his waist over Florida. If bad governance made people vote out incumbents, then George Bush would be back to ruining the family businesses by now!
Politics is about SELLING your ideas to the people. It's not enough that PDP has failed. People still stick with the devil they know. I know what I'm saying: I worked during the elections 2003, and I know that - sadly - Obasanjo won that election free and square. People voted for him cos he was the only popular alternative.
It is a silly, silly arrogance to expect that because you are a 'good' person or you have a 'blueprint' or a 'masterplan', then people should run to the polling booths and vote for you without marketing yourself or communicating this fact to them. If it was all a matter of being the best candidate then we could as well go and sit down and allow people select the 'best candidates' for us every four years. But this is democracy, dammit. You have to go out there and sell yourself to the people: they must buy into your plans, you must be able to convince, to persuade, to connect.
What I expected these candidtates to have done by now is forge a friggin alliance - and time is going people! I had thought by now they would have reaslised that none of them is force enough YET to defeat PDP, and humble themselves if truly they want change rather than fooling around with over-sized, misguided egos!
In the US, even a manic liberal like Michael Moore led a liberal coalition to vote for John Kerry instead of their first choice, Ralph Nader, because it didnt make sense to stick to your selfish guns and then lose the bigger war.
That is practical! As it is, of course Pat Utomi is one of my favourite candidates. The other being Atiku (many people want to cut my head off anytime i say that, but if you are open-minded enough to listen to me, you will understand, some other time though).
However, sadly, Pat Utomi hasnt gathered enough wind even though he has worked extrahard, and Atiku is viewed unfairly as a corrupt politician. People have sympathy for his cause but they are not voting for him nader. It is the sad truth I thought that Atiku new, smart strategist that he is. Sadly, his ego is about to do him in. It is so sad!
It is STUPID for instance that just because Atiku and Buhari for instance don't trust each other, they are ready to march separately into an election they are sure to lose. It is stupid for Ojukwu to cling on to Igbo votes just to show that he is still relevant when he can protect the Igbo cause better by attaching himself to either Atiku or Buhari, both of whom have Igbo deputies - since he claims he is all about the interest of Igbos.
If all these candidates really did care about Nigeria or about 'their people', and keep saying PDP is the evil to be removed, then they should be ready to put biases aside and then work together for this 'common good' of dislodging the PDP. It is extremely, abundantly, completely, utterly stupid to match into these elections, after all the money spent, doomed to fail - when together they (and us) stand to benefit more.
If Atiku, Ojukwu, Pat Utomi, and Kalu align with Buhari, THEN they well win this election. Kalu will come with Abia votes, Ojukwu will bring all the Igbo votes, Pat Utomi will bring that of all educated youth (operative word: educated) especially students, and Atiku will bring Lagos, Adamawa and Edo at least. Joined to Buhari's ANPP states, the core north, and those here and there who love his sound policies and clean record, he will beat Yar'adua. Any other way, these suckers lose!
Excuse my language people, but this election - our lives! - is just days away, and these people refuse to smell the roses!!!!! What is WRONG with them?!