The major concern of states is the acquisition of power,
defined as man control over the mind and action of
Elections are sensitive, reflective, decisive and interesting moments in the political history and calendar of a state globally; These are defining moments whereby the guilty entice the innocent via the stratagem of manipulating electoral processes, maneuvering figures and estimates to attain a desire for political post. The masses anticipate a new political identity, craving for a new political structure, seeking for the attention of their leaders, ensuing for the enactment of laws and policies along with new ideas that would oust the ideologies of the preceded administration.
Political campaigns evoke a dramatic scenery between the political candidate, the party and electorate; the persuasion, competition and engagement among the political party and candidate are effusive, evoking an emotional engagement between the political candidates and the electorate. The electorate are impressed by these analysis placed before them by their political candidates, political party; seeking for their support is transparent by the impression of personae and charisma of these candidates. It is a tool and a strategic movement to capture by what you offer, a question that cannot be erased from the political history of a state.
The belief and ideology of this exercise is placed on creating an autonomy for the masses of different class and age groups hereby ensuring that they are given the authority to select its leaders to serve for a purpose. This is sovereignty, it is what upholds a state.
The narrative is clearly missing in the political atmosphere in Nigeria. It is a tale of manipulative acts between the political thugs, political candidates and the electoral commission. Series of stories of rigging to ensure a political candidate attain its political position creating a dichotomy in the mind of the masses.
The belief of these electorate about politics and its ideologies are judged by the character of political actors. They are seen and observed as swift, sugarcoated talkers who entice yet, leave the society in shambles. The political position are bought at a price beyond the imagination of its audience. It is amazing but the truth cannot be discarded, there is a spot for you if you are ready to negotiate well with your godfather who understand the drift and political tricks to implore.
In Nigeria, the elections of 2015 took a different twist to the story we have read about political positions, candidates and parties, the atmosphere was different, the electorate clamoured for a new party to rule the nation. The streets were rowdy across the each region, chanting, Sai Baba, the kiosks and its occupant were eager for a new party, the slogan “change”was the language of the people and members of All Progressive Congress, the masses moved in groups to ensure a new political structure was in place.
The masses turned out in spite of its challenges in the coordination and collection of permanent voter’s card, marching forward to the electoral polls to vote for their new leader, the atmosphere was controversial while several region across the country were in turmoil over the coordination of Independent National Electoral Commission. Revolution was the topic, change was the anthem yet we had not foreseen the harsh reality and challenges we encounter today by the administration the masses fought for.
In that year, fellow patriots fought, prayed, sanctioned and moved for something different. We saw a leader observed as a staunch disciplinarian, we placed our responsibility on his shoulder attached with the belief that he is our Messiah; President Buhari was seen by the masses as a figure of hope, an icon of humility, saving the people from the crises and catastrophic atmosphere of crises enacted by the past administration. This premonition had become a fairytale rather than fulfilling the reality of its promise.
In 2015, an election was conducted, Sai Baba was the choice of the people, Sai Baba was the saviour and messiah the masses clamoured for. The masses fought against the incumbents considering their administration as the worst in the political history of Nigeria. It was a historical moment in which a different political figure, party and administration was elected into power.
APC was impressive, the eloquence of the leader won the heart of masses pondering on the issues of terrorism and insurgency, education likewise promise to restructure the system; the masses with these promises at heart cast their vote, chanting Sai Baba as the change we need across the country.
President Buhari won the heart of the masses with his confidence and aura. With his persistent drive to tackle corruption within every tier of government, he won the election, the street was rowdy and the chant “Sai Baba” was on the lips of the masses again.
He was sworn in as the 15th president of Nigeria, and the 4th president of the Federal republic on Friday 29,2015, it was a new day for New administration, it was the beginning of a new tenure for President Buhari and his political cabinet. The tide changed its wave during fuel scarcity crises across the country, the expanded difficulties led to a raging chaos among individuals on the queue at each petrol station.
The economic and social growth was distorted wherein the exchange rate dropped, the rate of unemployment did not reduce; the political thugs and crises disrupted activities within the state. Rather, we have forgotten the policies that have not been active. Despite these action, its glaring that no one has come to rescue affected regions from Boko Haram, Fulani Militia- the herdsmen so we call it and the controversies we have encountered so far.
Political leaders rather seek for another chance in 2019, discarding the problem on ground. This act has endeared the masses to question the credibility of our leaders within the country. So can one conclude that they deserve a come back or rather assume they, these aspirants, are God sent?