Count down to the 2019 general elections, the Nigerian populace were poised towards making a statement but despite the shenanigans and lack of professionalism by some key electoral institutions, it was obvious that the era of rapacious corruption, political high handedness, poor representation, and gross nepotism was fast coming to an end.
In Oyo, constituted authority was reminded that the people retains the highest power in a democratic setting. Paving way for Gov. Seyi Mekinde and his thirty two year old (32) speaker; Hon. Debo Ogundoyin. In Kwara, the otege political revolution was too strong for the Saraki’s to resist. In Bauchi, a region and area where the president and his party’s popularity was almost hundred percent in 2015, Gov. Abubakar lost to PDP’s Bala Muhammad. Among other shocks across the nation.
In Abia, despite the negative sentiments against the APC as regards the IPOB issue, a non performing senator who taught anything could be elected on the platform of PDP met his Waterloo in Abia North at the polls.
During the gubernatorial elections, though Uche Ogah, a redefined young man who has invested so much in Abia state was on the ballot, the majority of the Abia people decided to go with Okezie Ikpeazu. Not just because he was the most qualified for the exalted position, but for the balance, and stability his re-election would proffer to the state. With Gov. Ikpeazu the build Abia project was not expected to be in urgent fulfillment but a beginning of genuine and true developmental strides which includes accommodating the youthful and younger generation.
Although the Gov. Ikpeazu administration is yet to fully impress Abians in all ramifications, no one is really surprised. You cannot expect a solid house when the foundation is faulty. Out of genuine patriotism, we can only hope that our worst days are behind us.
Thankfully, the options are getting better, and the coast are getting clearer. Apart from the resurgence of opposition political parties, the level of political awareness and sensitisation among youth’s in Abia today is unprecedented.
It has become evident that it is no more business as usual, those who cannot deliver to their constituents the dividends of democracy, should sit up or prepare to go home.
The era where elected public officials who enjoy the luxury of our common patrimony are tolerated and pampered at the expense of the average electorate has it’s end in sight. In a case where Mr A fails to perform, it’s only normal we try Mr B. After all, there are loads of capable hands begging for opportunities.
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