Kogi State Governorship Election; Time To Reciprocate, By James Arome

One of the core attributes of democracy as it is practice in Nigeria and other countries that adopted the system is a periodic election. It is believed that democracy gives room for qualified citizen to exercise their franchise. In Nigeria, owing to the current democratic dispensation, the 1999 constitution as amended states that every elected officers has a period of 4 years in office after which such candidates can seek re-election but not more than two terms especially in the case of presidential and gubernatorial election. This re-election depends on so many factors especially the performance of such candidates. Although, every candidate would want to rear their heads righteous without considering the kind of perfection that defines them. They would want to blow their trumpet of falsehood and treacherously make promise with both sides of their mouths, thereby making it difficult for the people to know where they are coming from because they come from nowhere. I bet you they are only coming to take some people for a ride and if people fail to understand their swindling method then salt would be rubbed on their wounds again. All they want is just to be the set-man, map-reading the resources of the state for their narcissistic reasons. Well, that is politic, the game of who gets what, when and how as define by Harold Lasswel.

It is no longer news that the Kogi State gubernatorial election is around the corner and in no time, my good people of Kogi State will Come out in their large numbers to elect the person that will lead them for another round of four years. It is the constitutional right of the people to vote for their desired candidates. So many things must have been left pondering on their minds; some questions are beseeching for answers .To some extent some are even confused as to who is capable of sailing the ship of Kogi state that has been sinking for the past four years now. Meanwhile some are of the opinion that the current government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) is the best. Well, I’m not in any way to take side for now given the fact that everybody is subjected to their opinion even when comparison and justification will be made at the latter end. While making an attempt to decide who will authoritatively allocate the state’s resources as well as pilot the affairs of the proletariats, we need to as a matter of urgency wake up from our primitive ways of thinking, do away with preponderance mindset (population wise), and wake up from ethnic bigotry. Did I just say ethnic bigotry? Yes of course. If history needs to be told, then I beg to say that ethnic bigotry and preponderance mindset is what has beleaguered us in our own state.

Given to the fact that political affiliation, ethnicity and candidacy connection among others are some of the things that characterize voters’ behaviour in Nigeria which Kogi is not exempted, it is very pertinent to consider the fact that experience is the best teacher. We need at this time to go back to our memory workshop. The memory of how some people could not pay their children’s school fees because most parents were denied the sweet in the sweat of their labor. This inhumane gesture that forced many prospective scholars to drop out of school. We cannot even erase the endemic occurrence of Anomic suicide that besieged the ever vibrant Kogites because the government of the day upset their Apple cart. No wonder Emile Durkheim in his book on suicide theory emphasized on the needs for government improvement on the welfare of the citizen. Do we still need to flashback to so many people that have lost their jobs for no reasons?  May be I should forget about those that lost their lives to road accident during the incessant and historical screening but if I do, their family members will definitely not. Do I really need to prove a point by flashing back to some lecturers that were rudely and illegally sacked from our only most cherished Kogi State University thereby leaving the institution apparently stark of some intellectually and sagacious workforce. I am still stunned as to the level of brain-drain that must have hard-hit the institution by now. I think four years experience is enough for us to wise-up, it is sufficient for us not to be kept in the wilderness of sugar-quoted mouth. All malodorous antecedents should be a clarion call for my beloved Kogites to wake up from slumber and be proactive with their decision and disposition. It is time and ripe for us to make wise decision as it is very important that any decision we take in the coming Kogi State gubernatorial election can either make or mar us for the next four years. It is obvious that we have been in a docile and recumbent situation over the years. It time for us to know better and claim our birthright. Kogites must without hesitation stopped accepting what is below par; peanut must not be taken as balance diet. We deserve to grow and not groan, our children deserve a better life than what it is now. They deserve to leave in their own fathers’ land not as destitute. They deserve qualitative education as their fundamental human right and not by privilege, The laborers should be worthy of their wages and not to beg for it, they deserve to walk freely in their own state without any form of intimidation, the era of half bread is better than none must be totally relegated.

Although, I will not be bewildered if the arm of some electorate will still be twist with stipend by the political desperados who can do anything to get power, it will not be strange when cups of rice and cubes of “Maggi” will be made available to lure hungry electorates into another round of political and economic tsunami. All these benevolence and sudden remorsefulness of political gamers are not worth exchanging our destiny with. As put forward by Adam Smith, ‘is not because of the benevolence of the butcher, the bakers or the brewer that we expect our dinner but as regard to their self interest’. If they actually deserve our votes, then we need not to be induced by our inheritance. Reciprocating in this context is well deserved since they will be asking the people to ruminate on their performance; GYB led-administration performance. The performance of this administration I believe is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf. We don’t need anyone to come and sell their product of deceit. Convincing the people to buy the ideas of treachery should be practically channeled and not with words from their sugar-quoted mouth. People have seen the best and the worst of this administration. Many have seen what this administration has to offer to the people. Kogites have been led among the sharp of the forest and  have reached the ultimate, legs are feeble that many cannot continue any more. Citizens of Kogi have cried and nobody hears them, they have shouted and their throats have been blocked that they cannot shout anymore.

As a shareholder in this absurdity, knowing better is not an over statement. We have been held captive in our own land and our groaning fell on deaf ears. We have been gnashing our teeth both day and night and no one to come to our rescue. There is nothing we can do now than to result to self-help; voting our conscience. It is now our turn to pay them back in their own coin. It is often said that whatever a man soweth, that he shall reapeth.


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