28th September, 2010
As the nation prepares for 2011 elections, I want to join the likes of Mr SonalaÂ Olumhense, Mr Femi Falana and many other concerned Nigerians to call for concertedÂ efforts to stop PDP leadership at the federal level in 2011. I say this because I knowÂ that throughout history the only thing that is permanent is change, and if there is anyÂ time in the nationâ€™s history that we need that change, I think it is now. The change thatÂ we need is possible to reposition this country to let the world know that we are aÂ serious people. For 50 years we have been promising our people a better life and for 50Â years better life has eluded Nigerians. We asked for bread they gave us stones. We askedÂ for fish they gave us serpent. We asked for joy they gave us tears and sorrow. We askedÂ for water they gave us blood. We asked for clothes they gave us rags. We asked for housesÂ they gave us huts. We asked for life they gave us death. Hope they said is no hope whenÂ we have to wait till the end of the world. No, no, we cannot just continue to waitÂ idefinitely.
There are ten compelling reasons why Nigerians must stop PDP at the federal level inÂ 2011. They are as follows:
â€¢None performance. Putting into consideration the resources that have passed through theÂ hands of the Federal Government controlled by PDP and what is on ground in terms ofÂ development in the past 12 years, I need nobody to convince me that PDP has failedÂ woefully in delivering democracy dividends to Nigerians. We do not have power to powerÂ our economy, our education system is down, our economy still oil driven, our hospitalsÂ mere consulting clinics, our infrastructure has collapsed, no jobs for our teemingÂ graduates, no security etc.
â€¢Looting the treasury/corruption. A minister of finance once alerted the country thatÂ whenever Federal, States and Local Governments get their monthly allocations the dollarÂ appreciates outrageously in the black markets. It has always been a big racket asÂ officials buy hard currencies at any cost and stash it abroad. Houses were bought in theÂ great cities of the world at the expense of 150 million Nigerians. You need to see formerÂ Governor Lucky Igbinedionâ€™s five acres of land castle in South Africa.
â€¢Need to sustain democracy. Nigeria operates a Multi-Party system and allowing a Party toÂ be in power for 12 uninterrupted years is dangerous to the growth of democracy. Even ifÂ PDP has done well in the past 12 years there is need for change of leadership just toÂ sustain democracy. For the sake of change in the United States, President Obama beatÂ George Bush. Prime Minister David Cameron beat Gordon Brown in Britain.
â€¢The need for generational shift. Having tried men in their sixties and seventies at theÂ presidency I think time has come to get the young people in their 40s and 50s to be inÂ the saddle. Young people are full of fresh ideas and new impulses. They are full ofÂ energy and drive to get results. We must give them a chance.
â€¢We have to avoid One-Party State. African countries have been ravaged and devastated forÂ years by the ruler-ship of one political party. A former head of state once recommended aÂ one party state for Nigeria . One party state leads to corruption and dictatorship, whichÂ lead to crisis, wars, bloodshed, and disintegration.
â€¢Free & fair elections. The only way Nigeria can have free and fair election from localÂ governments to the federal level is to send PDP packing. This rigging machine, the nestÂ of killers, this house of fraud, this shrine of corruption must be stopped by all meansÂ if we have to get things right. Rigging brings in mediocre and clueless touts in exaltedÂ positions in Nigeria and when this happens your guess is as good as mine.
â€¢Need to rebuild our collapsed institutions. Having been in power for 12 years withÂ little or nothing to show for it, if you give PDP another 12 years they may never get itÂ right. You cannot give what you do not have. Destroyers can never be the builders. WeÂ need committed men and women of substance to rebuild our battered and decayedÂ institutions.
â€¢Need to stop the nest of killers. Rogue politicians in PDP are vicious, desperate andÂ dangerous. They forcefully remove anything or anybody that stands in their way to power.Â They are reckless. They are bloody. Go back to history and see how many people that haveÂ died at peace time in Nigeria including the former Justice Minister Chief Bola Ige. Ah!Â Ah! This party must go.
â€¢Change is possible. We need to have the power to change leadership in this countryÂ anytime we want to. Power must reside with the people. The rigging machine called PDPÂ says they will rule Nigeria for 60 years whether we like it or not. This is arrogance,Â this is an insult, this is intimidation and we must use our collective will to stop them.Â No power on earth is bigger than the decency of the human spirit. Change is permanent,Â change is natural, and change is possible.
â€¢Need to forestall ethnic politics. PDP thrives on ethnic politics and primordialÂ sentiments. They divide the nation in order to continue to â€˜winâ€™ elections. DiversityÂ which is supposed to be a plus for Nigeria has become a curse and an albatross becauseÂ PDP must remain in power by all means. Now ethnic politics must take the back seat. OurÂ plurality must be exploited to give the desired result as we have seen in the UnitedÂ States, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Britain, etc.
A school of thought says â€˜it is a thousand times better to have common sense withoutÂ education than to have education without common senseâ€™. PDP has no common sense toÂ continue to rule Nigeria. We must stop the party.
â€¢Joe Igbokwe, Publicity Secretary, ACN writes from Lagos