“Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
By Reuben Abati
There has been some clarity about Nigeria's 2019 Presidential election, with the end of the October 7 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of party primaries at all levels. On Saturday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at its convention held in Abuja, ratified the choice of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari as its flagbearer, with a curious vote tally of 14. 8 million. President Buhari and his supporters have continuously left no one in doubt that they intend to have a second shot at power and office. The number of party members across Nigeria who endorsed the Buhari candidacy has however raised eyebrows. 14. 8 million!
Atiku Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946 to a Fulani trader and farmer Garba Abubakar, and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village of Adamawa State. Atiku Abubakar became the only child of his parents when his only sister died at infancy. Atiku's father and mother divorced before his father died in 1957 and his mother remarried.
There is this recurrent argument in socio-political commentaries on the democratic complexion of Nigeria that there is the need for Nigerians to be patient with their polity in its stand-still march towards true democracy as it took even the United States of America a very long time to attain its present level of advanced democracy. The implication of this viewpoint is that there was an improvement in the American democratic learning process with each passing day or year. Can the holders of this opinion, in all sincerity, also say that the Nigerian electoral process (which is the pivot on which the machinery of democracy turns) improves with the passage of electoral seasons? We doubt that the answer would be a ready yes, and even if it would, the person answering would blink a thousand times and take in a deep breath before letting it out, probably with a large dose of inner guilt. The answer cannot be yes with the increase in violence, greed, electoral indiscipline, untamed killings in the country by Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen and cultists.
Hon Wisdom Ogan, a former CTC member of Okrika Local Government Council in an interview with newsmen over the weekend in Port Harcourt said the agitation for a governor from the riverine extraction is premature, and it would only be ripe in 2023 after the completion of Governor Wike's second term in office.
According to him, “Governor Nyesom Wike has performed well and one good turn, they say, deserves another. It is only proper to encourage him to complete his tenure, thereafter another section of the State will be encouraged to produce the governor”.
Hon. Ogan, who is the National Secretary of former Councillors, said those who are agitating for a riverine governor are not being sincere with their demands at this point in time.
The grassroots politician made it clear that Governor Wike has shown enough capacity to govern the State and has indeed extended development to all nooks and crannies of the State.
Ogan, who was the leader of Okrika Legislative Assembly, stated that what the governor needs now is every encouragement to consolidate on his achievements.
“Both the upland and riverine areas of the State have benefitted immensely from the Wike administration and at the end of his tenure, stakeholders will gather and consider the next zone to produce the successor, as no one zone can do it alone,” he said.
On the PDP National Convention to be hosted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital, Ogan said it is a welcome development, as it would boost the economy of the State and as well, afford the visitors ample opportunity not only to see the Wike's developmental projects but to feel the security situation of the State and prove the opposition wrong.
On why governor Wike was nominated again for second term, Ogan said there was no reason for comparison. “Gov Wike has impacted in our lives and we shall vote him overwhelmingly any day to reciprocate our love and trust for him.
I am from Okrika, one of the riverine communities, but we are totally for Wike like most riverine citizens,” he said.
He made it clear that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is united and poised to rescue the country from the non-performing APC administration.