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COLUMNIST, The Roundtable

Letter To President Goodluck Jonathan (2)

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 12:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Your Excellency, not many pundits are expecting the post-election fact-finding panel established by the national working committee of your party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to review its dismal outing in the recently concluded polls to come up with anything meaningful, given the manner it has handled such ‘family affairs’ in the past.

Truth be told, the party should look no further than your good self for the reasons behind the benumbing shellacking it suffered at the 2015 elections; not because of the cliched saying that the buck stops at the big man’s desk but because it is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Perhaps unbeknownst to you, your emergence as the PDP presidential running mate in 2007 was the handiwork of a scheming political godfather hell-bent on throwing political greenhorns right in the deep end in order to remain the master puppeteer still calling all the shots. Suffice to say you’re to be commended for ultimately striving to be your own man but if the truth be known, your failure to handle the ‘divorce’ proceedings with finesse caused your erstwhile benefactor to use his enormous influence to upend your reelection quest. I’ll explain this point in greater detail in my third and final letter.

You weren’t a career politician. You stumbled into politics when then-Bayelsa State Governor DSK Alameyiesegha sought a pliant apolitical deputy, only to move with supersonic speed to the highest elective office in the nation. Your transformation path was such that although you boasted a litany of high-sounding elective political offices in your resume, you didn’t actually stay long enough in any one position to make the desired impact and/or garner the required experience.

Your problems started mounting the very moment you overturned the well-intentioned zoning policy of your party. Your horde of supporters kept bellowing that the nation’s constitution superseded that of the PDP and were accusing the ‘North’ of acting as if it was their birthright to rule for ever. If only you had taken due cognizance of Apostle Paul’s admonition that not everything that is legal is expedient.

With the benefit of hindsight I’m sure you now find merit in my asking you then to reject the poisoned chalice and allow the North complete Umaru Yar’Adua’s truncated tenure. It was a very small price to pay for overflowing political income streams.

Not only would have the interlude enabled you to up your ante on the learning curve and be better prepared for 2015 when power would have shifted back to the South, but the North would have been beholden to you (just like they continue to be to former President Olusegun Obasanjo for for his transfer of power in 1979) and be obliged to return the favour four short years later. Furthermore, it’d have kept the ruling party as one united political behemoth destined to win elections at the three tiers of government for a long time to come.

Those who asked you not to mind the noisy neighbours from the North had convinced you that you should simply just do what your predecessors had done: use the enormous powers of incumbency to work from the answer backwards. And it worked like magic in 2011! This must have made you and your party giddy with success, reinforcing its predilection for arrogance, overconfidence, indiscipline, lack of internal democracy, imposition of unpopular candidates and persecution of top members of the party.

You didn’t bat an eyelid when the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode, Doyin Okupe, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and your loving spouse started demonizing northerners. It never occurred to you that politics being a game of numbers, it was an asymmetric gamble to antagonize more than half of registered voters. But why should it, when your senior aides made you believe you had the sure-banker formula for winning the jackpot!

Mr. President, they sold you the line that all you needed to win in 2015 was to retain your absolute dominance in the South-East and South-South, capture five out of the six states in the North-Central, win 2-3 states in the core North, capture another 2-3 states in the South-West and let the ‘System’ take care of the rest! But the known-knowns you earlier took for granted ultimately crumbled like a pack of cards!