This is the way things are going to go down as Buhari picks second term ticket
It is no more news that President Buhari last week, announced his intention to re-run for office in 2019. Apparently, he chose to run for office because he got positive feedback from some “Nigerians”. Anyways, Buhari’s decision to re-run was well anticipated, it takes courage to run for just a term and wave goodbye to power in Aso Rock Villa. A lot of political calculation and permutation have begun to surface as the opposition has started throwing stones as well. In all of these, we are sure of certain things, one party will win the Presidential election come 2019.
But certain things will likely happen, here are they;
The political system in Nigeria is very nonsensical, such that, politicians decamp from parties at the slightest threat to their political ambition. They decamp in search of parties that would give them the ticket to contest. The issue with this is that each party ought to have unique ethos and structure, which in turn determines the kind of party a politician belongs to. It is rather sad, that this is not the case in Nigeria’s political system. Infact, more than 50% of politicians have more than one party card during their political journey.
One of such who is likely to decamp is the current Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was a chieftain and former Governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before decamping to the All Progressive Congress. It is alleged that Saraki’s eye is on the presidential seat. Will he decamp and lose claim to the Senate President seat, only time will tell. We would see more politicians decamp in the coming months.
President Buhari swore in the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in 2015. The President ought to have picked an INEC Chairman from one of the three Southern geo-political zones, especially the South Western part of the country. Which is the only zone yet to produce chairman of the nation’s electoral umpire. But, Buhari wasn’t ready to gamble with the leadership of INEC. He chose someone he could trust and understand him. Has the time come for Yakubu to repay the “kind” deed? Anyways, the decadence of Nigeria’s election regulating body is another level. Recently, underaged voters were allowed to register for the upcoming election. By the way, this is will give room for rigging and other malpractices.
Less participation by the Electorate
It is a fact that Nigerians are tired of bad governance, but are not planning to do anything about it. The reason behind this is because they do not trust the electoral process, also they see no difference in the crop of politician vying for political offices. So they decide to sit back and watch from the sidelines. In 2019, Nigeria might record the worst numbers in terms of registered voters and those who eventually cast their votes. This is bound to happen if President Buhari is the only credible candidate. It is obvious that the President would be given the part ticket to run for a second term. People will watch from home if no real person comes forward to rule the nation.
2019 is almost here, we all need to get our PVC and decide who will be at Aso Rock next year. It is our duty to make this happen.
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