(By Sylva Ifedigbo)
“If I had any hope whatsoever that a purpose driven opposition, one that will bring about positive change to the fortunes of this country was possible through the APC, it was all eroded following that news report. Truth be told, I was never excited about the whole APC euphoria, especially when it was parading as its leaders, the very same characters who have consistently raped us in broad daylight and signed off to themselves (and their generations to come), our collective patrimony.“
Speaking last week at the 7th Town Hall Meeting of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the hyperactive National Publicity Secretary of Action Congress of Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, boasted that the yet to be registered All Progressive Congress (APC) would have twenty three (23) governors in its fold at registration, with twelve (12) crossing over from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
I was not at the event but I am certain that in the true Nigerian fashion where someone would confess to stealing money and be hailed for it, Lai’s claim was greeted with a resounding applause by those gathered at the event; followed immediately by the sharing of banters through posts on social media by APC sympathisers and so called progressives – those in the ‘anything but PDP camp’ – as though the elections have been won by that declaration, as if all will now be well with Nigeria if such possibilities became real.
If I had any hope whatsoever that a purpose driven opposition, one that will bring about positive change to the fortunes of this country was possible through the APC, it was all eroded following that news report. Truth be told, I was never excited about the whole APC euphoria, especially when it was parading as its leaders, the very same characters who have consistently raped us in broad daylight and signed off to themselves (and their generations to come), our collective patrimony.
An opposition party made up of people who are in the opposition simply because the current equation in the ruling party puts them at a disadvantage should not be taken seriously. But then, it is always easy to be carried away by their sloganeering and talks of change, especially with the ruling party not doing itself any good by seemingly going round and round the widening gyre in their fulfilment of electoral promises.
However, the declaration by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the obvious excitement with which the so called agents of change are welcoming PDP Governors to their fold, tells it all that all their talk of change should be taken seriously only by people who do not know any better.
It is no rocket science. Anyone who tells you he will present you a basket of fresh tomatoes by fetching spoilt tomatoes from the basket he is encouraging you to discard is either insane or just plain dubious.
How do you talk of change when you are welcoming into your fold, the very same characters who have made the change necessary in the first place? How do you do things differently when you are engaging the very same people who have been doing it in a way you describe as wrong? They will suddenly undergo repentance and become different over night?
You cannot give what you don’t have is perhaps one of the most universally accepted ideals bothering on common sense. But then, how common is common sense?
In all honesty, APC’s hullabaloo of change has become downright nauseating and an insult on the sensibilities of Nigerians. Unfortunately, they have our collective amnesia, the gullibility of a large section of our people and the fact that politics here is about crowd renting and ballot box snatching, working in their favour, helping them in this grand baba ijebustyle political Ponzi scheme they are about to foist on the system. In more decent societies, they shouldn’t even be gracing newspaper headlines. In deed from what we have seen, APC and change should not be mentioned in the same sentence.
One can easily ignore statements made by politicians. I mean,you shouldn’t expect Alhaji Lai Mohammed to say anything else especially with the prospects of his hustle reaping a bountiful harvest. I am more disappointed however when so called change agents, social media activists and new day progressives openly identify with these masquerades and help them in advancing their claims. Many young people pushed by the patriotic zeal to evolve a better Nigeria have long concluded that the problem is the PDP hence anything else with any other name is welcome.
While one can find justification in the ‘we want PDP out’ position, how do you justify it when ‘we want PDP out’ has become ‘PDP under another name is fine’? We might have as well told PDP that our problem with them is their name and that a name change would be fine with us.
There is no doubt left that APC is nothing but a distraction both for the present administration and the Nigerian people who yearn for alternatives come 2015. The party takes the assertion “more of the same” to a whole new level and is clearly not the alternative we yearn for. The party is simply a contraption to capture power at all cost by desperate politicians many of who are now crawling out of retirement to attempt another bite at the cherry that is public office in Nigeria.
These yesterday’s men, as one commentator aptly labelled them, and their associates that are currently misgoverning us, who are all set to become progressive saints simply by crossing to the other side, represent the worst examples of credible democratic opposition and guarantee an extension of our woes should they succeed.
Nigerians must reject them now before we grow a monster that will consume us all ultimately. We certainly do not desire acquiring pneumonia in the process of curing common cold. I insist that among us are credible and experienced individuals who are fit for public office. A credible opposition, the kind that will inspire confidence in the people, should be seen courting them and making its platform available for them at all levels to aspire to and attain public office. Until that happens, we can all as well prepare our minds for many more years in the reverse gear.
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