The Oasis Reporters
January 22, 2019
When you watch the tumult in the APC campaign both at Jos and Maiduguri, especially the ugly fiasco and crass arrangements, it leaves you with an inescapable feeling that the organizers may be inept, but they are definitely enthusiastic. They want Buhari to win, not because they feel he is good for Nigeria, but they know that he is very perfect for their pecuniary pocket plans.
So they throw money, real money into the project, waiting for profit.
Ordinarily, why would rabble rousers fill every stadium Buhari goes to campaign ?
As many as they are, the urchins are there for the pay. It doesn’t matter if they would abandon Sambisa forest for two hours work in Maiduguri stadium, then still knock it down.
On the flip side, visit the orderly PDP campaign venues, you’d know that money is not flowing. And this fits nicely into the APC narrative that all the financial conduits that funded the PDP in the past have been blocked by Buhari. Then they grin and pat each other on the back.
But that is a big lie.
Informed analysts believe that the PDP campaign has some likely saboteurs within, with daggers drawn at Atiku Abubakar’s back. The swordsmen are the most threatened by an Atiku win. They don’t want it. Should Atiku lose, they’d have grown and matured into greater prominence in 2023 when they would tell him he’s too old to run again. It therefore pays them to sabotage Atiku for a Buhari win, which would expire in 2023 for them to insist on their chances for the PDP then.
Atiku and Obi should beware of the ‘ides of February’. Three weeks to the election, the people carrying out the campaign on their heads are the ordinary people who are simply fed up with the crass incompetence of government in the economy, health, education, security, the existing nepotism and the lack of a leadership can can build cohesion.
They are the people who support Atiku. Some of the fat cats at the top of the campaign are the ones pulling the retrogressive strings for their selfish agenda in 2023.
If Atiku Abubakar would be wise, let him directly but discreetly reach out to the people directly, without offending the campaign fat cats who surround him. For the good of the nation. Even though, like Olusegun Obasanjo said, he’s not a messiah, though a compass out of our national mess.
The Middle belt, the North East, the North West, the South South, South East and the South West cannot be left in this rot for another four years of despondency, anger, insecurity, hunger and other forms of malaise.
No, Atiku, do something about your lackadaisical campaign.