Nigeria News: The Second Half of 2015
Nigeria News takes a look at the desperation to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari as compared to what happened to former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
The political atmosphere is cloudy. No one could say with conviction who will become the next Nigeria president. Will President Muhammadu Buhari win the second term or lose to the closest rival, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar?
In the past, the power of incumbency had always dominated the election. Successive governments were good at using state security apparatus to intimidate rival political parties to perpetrate themselves in office. It was that bad.
Until 2015, Nigeria was virtually running a single party system dominated by the PDP. As a matter of fact, the PDP won all the Southwest, excluding Lagos and swept almost all the states in the north and southeast and south-south.
The only opposition party, Alliance for Democracy died after the 2003 PDP Tsunami but thanked the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that rejigged to become the Action Congress and later Action Congress of Nigeria.
Despite the revival of the opposition, the PDP won most of the states in 2011 but before 2015, the ACN reclaimed some of the states through litigations.
For 16 years, PDP dominated the stage. So, a few Nigerians ever gave it to another party ahead of the 2015 election when former President Goodluck Jonathan came out again to contest.
His reign was hurt with impunity. Nigeria became desperate looking for an alternative and had to settle with a retired general who had tried three times but failed, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The ruling PDP dug out Buhari’s past and made public that the former general had no West African School Certificate and that he was not qualified to be Nigerian president.
In spite of Buhari’s past records, Nigerians were ready to vote for him. There was desperation in the air, what Nigerians wanted was change as promised by Buhari and his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Enough of impunity and public sharing of dollars, Nigerians echoed. They preferred a Buhari that was once described as a tyrant, a college dropped to a Jonathan, a PhD holder whose regime was laced with impunity.
Today, the 2015 desperation is here with us and I tag it as the second half of the game that happened then. Nigerians are being reminded that Buhari has no WASC. The president said that his WASC result was with the Nigerian Army and that the Independent National Electoral Commission should visit the army for the record.
But Buhari’s results may not really matter now judging by the minds of some Nigerians who have shifted their allegiance to the PDP candidate, Atiku, an alleged looter, liar and political prostitute.
Atiku had faced terrible time defending his past and laundering his already battered image. He was seeing to be overambitious by his former boss President Olusegun Obasanjo. But since he became the flagbearer of the PDP for the 2019 election, Atiku had sought forgiveness from Obasanjo and week after week, his public rating has been growing.
It seems Nigerians want a change again, they crave for Atiku irrespective of the unsubstantiated allegations against him.
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