It is no longer news that the posters of Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s intention to stay put on the ‘throne’ – irrespective of his waning popularity- are already showing ubiquitous adornment of the spaces in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Though there is no official reaction from the motley of media aides in the Presidency; it is not unlikely that, in the usual shenanigans in the Nation’s Power Corridor, the opposition may likely get some bashing for attempting to detract the President from his much trumpeted ‘transformation’ agenda.
If Dr Jonathan is interested in contesting the Presidency in 2015, we say, “why not?” However, what is of grave concern is the portent of the posters: ‘No vacancy in Aso-rock in 2015.
In the light of the foregoing statement, we are compelled to ask some pertinent questions:
§ Is this the language of Democratic practice?
§ Is there not a fundamental defect in our Political system where supposed leaders transform into Monsters?
§ Have we not trodden this pathway before in which another leader- of the same political stock as this President – declared an election a ‘do or die’ process?
§ Is he President likely to shed off civility and put on the garb of African leaders – in recent history – that have shown desperation in their final descent from power?
§ Is this not an early warning that results of the 2015 Presidential election have been written and kept in wrap just for the ‘formal’ announcement?
§ Is this a feverish response the Presidency of the impending merger of the major opposition Parties?
§ Is this a way of unduly overheating the polity, as an excuse for unleashing a very capricious onslaught on the opposition?
Whatever self-interest this latest goofery from the ruling behemoth is meant to serve, it would definitely this administration deeper in the mire of self-destruct!
Nigeria and her vast people cannot fit into the mould of a hollow, shallow and parochial frame of ethno-religious Political gerrymandering.
God bless Nigeria.
Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)
National Publicity Secretary, CPC
(Wednesday, 02 January, 2013).