Courtesy demands that I first congratulate the able Alhaji Abubakar Atiku on his victory at the first ever actual free and fair PDP primary elections. This is one primary election Nigerians followed closely from afar. I would like to congratulate the entire People’s Democratic party on the success of the primaries at states and federal levels, although its long overdue that a 58 year old country conducted a free and fair election.
That being said, we can be done with the fertility now and face the business at hand.
As much as possible, we know that the litter of our walls with election posters signal the beginning of another season, but i like to believe that it is only official when primary elections kick off.
We are again at that time in our lives as Nigerian when we get to deliberate and decide those who will steal our money for another 4 years. Truth be told it feels like nothing has changed since your one time best friend the Owu Lord. Everything seems the same since the torch was passed on to one man who went into history books as a great leader, one who most probably would have led the true movement of a better Nigeria, the only president in recent history to reduce pump price of fuel rather than increase it, Alhaji Umaru Yaradua.
As we approach the elections one thing stand out this time, our people appear informed. I say appear because, in the real sense of it as a people, we are indeed uninformed, but what do i know.
I write this love letter to you sir, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar because I want you to win the forthcoming presidential election.
I want you to win just the same way I wanted President Muhammad Buhari to win in 2015 so we wont have another Obafemi Awolowo scenario of being another best president Nigeria never had. Alas, we can all see where that got us.
Just like every other Nigerian in 2015, you believed in the campaign of Change. We would all be liars if we argue that there are indeed no obvious changes, one we just never envisaged.
Sir, let me be quick to remind you that Nigerians will ask what changed your mind.
A few years back, you promised to sweep the country clean, now you shielding yourself from the rain, people will ask what changed? Low supply of brooms? Did the band holding the broomsticks together cut all of a sudden, these issues that will be raised, be ready.
Let me draw your attention to the primary election of your former habitat. While you won your primary election with barely about £3 votes, I mean 1532 votes precisely, your fellow contestant who happens to be incumbent won with over 14 million votes.
If i am not wrong, this means that even before the 2019 elections that there are over 14 million votes waiting to be cast. What a way to go.
I am sure as a seasoned politician and an almost elder states man, you can see the arithmetic. I know you are a smart man, how else did you make all that money if not hard work and so much dedication to your hustle, isnt it? Some of us want to know how you rose that high and fast. For me when i grow up i want to be like you if you tell me how you legally doubled up.
Quick one sir, before i go too far, a question crossed my mind, how do you intend to fight corruption? I just think people a few people like myself will care to know.
In all honesty, I really want you to win the election, at least if just for my friend who thinks that you have so much money, the chicken change Nigeria has got left in reserve wont mean much to you.
I even think it is very possible you could lend us some money to offset some foreign debts as some economists say we are broke and the central bank thinks we are approaching recession again like we ever left.
I want to believe that with you at the helm of affairs, Nigeria is in safe hands ‘economically’ as you have over time successfully run several businesses.
I hope you pay tax, be sure the watch dog is coming for you about that.
Just like the, incumbent, i am sure that your manifesto will contain good roads, steady electricity, good healthcare blah blah, but when you go to the bathroom as i believe this is one place you often frequent often, do ask yourself, are these supposed to be talk about these in Nigeria of 2019? Are these not basics? Are these supposed to be promises?
I also see that your love for twitter, a platform where you discuss with the youths, has increased over time. What a WAWU.
Nothing less should be expected from a man who supports the Not too young to run bill. Hope you still remember how to dab? There will be a lot of concerts.
I love your team, that is if they stick together. Do you watch football sir? I think you should let Senator Bukola Saraki man the midfield, the north central while His Excellency Gov. Tambuwal switch flanks like the Sanchez of old. Others you can put in roles you deem fit.
As a big fan of Mourinho, i will say always have a Fellaini.
Also note that whoever you bring in as Vice coach of this team will make or mar. Mikel Arteta, Michael Carrick, Gianfranco Zola, they make their head coaches look good. Learn from them.
The financial strength of your team is hefty, be careful who you buy in the transfer market. Your dressing room is important, it shouldn’t be ‘Pogbarized’.
Succinctly, here is what i think. Nigeria need a radical leader to bring the real change we all crave. Are you? I remember sometimes ago there was a man in Khaki who led several movements but a lot changed when he was shown the Vault.
As a 58 year old puppy, we cannot bite.
Nigeria at 58 cannot generate steady electricity, we don’t have good roads, we barely have anything.
18 years ago when you were a co-occupant at the Aso rock, did we have these? Is it possible you left us with all these in 2007 but were not well maintained, Nigerians will ask questions.
Sir, do you remember anything like PTDF, if you do kindly tell us about it before your opponents use it against you.
Needless to say 2019 will be a big fight. I know you are ready for it just like Mc Gregor was for Floyd.
Now that you have the ticket, a world press will be a good start, stating your plans, a road map, a blue print such that if and when you become president and leave, the next person can always start from where you ended. This is what Nigerians in the Diaspora look out for.
Enough is enough that one person build big roundabouts, another come to replace it with traffic lights, continuity is key.
I personally want to hear and read a road map, something even a nuisance will understand. Tired of the promises of steady electricity which we already create ourselves with our noisy generators.
It will not be a jolly ride as many questions will be asked, many answers will be needed. Do you have them all? Can you visit Donald Trump when he is president again?
Let me draw your attention to my brothers and sisters in the north, who live in fear of damage and loss of lives and properties, what would you be doing about them? During your nationwide tour, I am sure you must have seen how happy they are. These people don’t even have basic amenities as simple as electricity. Pardon me i said simple.
How do you expect them to see or listen to your campaigns, debates when they cannot even at least charge their phones. Do they even have internet?
Oh! i forgot posters will be littered on their walls. that should do the trick.
Here is my advise, one of the major reasons i decided to write you this love letter because i am certain you are capable of it.
The Yorubas will say (and i translate to English) a good Saturday starts from Friday and truth be told when you hit the clubs hard on Friday, you sleep like a baby on Saturday, now you see my Yoruba brothers never lie, but do not trust them, they are cowards. They never let anything come between them and their Owambe.
Give the people the basics you intend to promise them during campaigns (because you can afford it) so they can at least see and hear your debates and other promises.
Now here is the thing, ignore my earlier jokes and sarcasm, we all know that a big chunk of the votes will be coming from the north. These are people who live in fear, who cannot afford a good meal talk less of affording a generator set to watch you speak.
Please touch their lives, install transformers, buy them Televisions, radios, pipe borne water, do what you can even while you promise things you will do and the ones you surely wouldn’t do.
Carry the youths along. Not just by sharing the money because believe me people are already waiting inline. Tell us what you intend to do about the locust called unemployment that has eaten deep into our society.
Let us see a road map that at least show on paper where we would be by the end of your tenure.
State facts, draw graphs, show workings, we need to see these things. Lets us see what you plan to do, how you plan to go about them also plans for life after your tenure.
That being said, Congratulations once again as you emerge the flag bearer of the great party PDP, but bear in mind this one election wouldn’t be one of those where Nigerians are cajoled by artistes coming to perform at street shows paraded as campaigns. We watch their videos already on YouTube, You need to do more to win.
King Wale Applause