2019 Poll And Probable Campaign of “Stomach Infrastructure”
Nigeria News takes a look at the chance of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 against politics of “stomach infrastructure”
Thus far, it appears Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has matured. He got to the position through the back door but today most of those who opposed to him is giving him credit that the Senate, and indeed the National Assembly, under him has performed creditably in terms of Bills meant to positively affect Governance in Nigeria.
Of course, some might point to challenges with passing the Federal Budget. That one is politics, pure and simple. President Muhammadu Buhari sat on the fence at a time he should have been involved with the election of the National Assembly leadership. So, the Budget matter may not be the bone of contention in this piece.
But angling to be the presidential flagbearer of the opposition PDP is another matter. He does have a base, Kwara State. But Saraki’s hold on the state hardly has anything to do with quality performance, while he was Governor. The political dynasty which assisted him to where he is today has its foundation in “Stomach Infrastructure.”
The danger is that with serious rollouts from Abuja in the hands of persons who are not “Ebinnas”, Saraki can easily be caged in Kwara State. But the leadership of the Stomach Infrastructure Team must be a coalition or collegiate of at least five people, not just an individual. No individual in Kwara State today within APC can on his/her own match Saraki in any way. That is certain.
But dividing the state into five ‘Chiefdoms’ for the purpose of next year’s election and a serious supply of goodies should be able to relax Saraki’s hold on that state. Meanwhile, this cannot be achieved by Buhari directly. The funds have to be channelled through a politician who is hungry. And they are not many around Buhari.
However, if Saraki is smart enough to improve on his already fantastic stomach infrastructure programme, APC should just leave Kwara State for him as former President Olusegun Obasanjo did in the case of Lagos State when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was Governor.
And one thing is sure that almost all states in Nigeria run stomach infrastructure but with different methods. For instance, in Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode does it with some decorum for some selected grassroots politicians who are the real foot soldiers for the APC.
In Kano State, the procurement of wheelbarrow for “Mae Sai” is a form of stomach infrastructure the APC will need to upgrade if it must win the 2019 election.
We all saw what happened in Ekiti State, the winner of the July 14 governorship election, the APC candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi had to come with a form of stomach infrastructure despite the condemnation of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose and his system of governance.
This is an area the APC will have to work on if the party must win such candidate as Saraki and his allies and of course the PDP in 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari is not tilted towards this kind of politics, he must learn fast if he wishes to win the second term.