On a Wednesday afternoon, after a strenuous day’s job off to the canteen to have lunch, as I sit to wait for my order, I hear chants from the Television and had to follow up what was happening, and then discovered it was the Peoples Democratic Party PDP’s Lagos rally at the Tafawa Balewa’s Square on the Island.
This was obviously the reason for the horrendous traffic round town. Either out of interest or dullness, I had engaged myself in the rally proceedings, as I watched; I noticed a colourful and quite cultural event, with lovely tunes coming from King Sunny Ade himself. Then I asked myself a question is this festival to blow their trumpet or a rally to sensitive the populace of the party’s intension for them?
To my utmost surprise, none of the speakers had a clear cut shot on their deliverables not even as a group all talked here and there, praises for the party, their leadership and self was all I heard from them as none satisfied my curiosity to hear them out, not even the gubernatorial aspirant of Lagos State, Dr. Ade Dusunmu.
I was expecting the maritime marshal to impress but his show was a run of the mill for a man vying for same office as BR Fashola SAN of the Action Congress of Nigeria ACN; knowing Fashola has an edge with his precedence added to his party’s political grasp on the state; I had expected at least a stiff opposition from her closest political rival the PDP which would give the state some sort of political check. None is forthcoming.
What the party lacked on the day was vision; and as such the rally was not guided, it went bizarre. It calls for serious concerns knowing that the platform our political leadership come from lacks base, we cannot embark on a journey and expect to get there when we do not have a clear cut direction, we have political parties that do not have the basic upon which good governance can strive evident by their lack of purpose, integrity and cohesion.
The way with which Bode George was celebrated was disheartening; a man just coming from jail for financial misappropriation, gross abuse of public office et al, all that notwithstanding he was given a hero’s welcome. It was so shameful that PDP would degenerate so low that they will give an open and warm embrace to such a disgrace to social liberty. This calls for questioning of the integrity of the party, as well as the individuals who celebrated him.
What beats my imagination is that a man will be celebrated for criminality, while an honorable man is relegated to the background and mocked for his steadfastness and honour. There is no longer any place for morality and conscientiousness in our political arena.
Our journey from 2011 will not accept such excesses from us, we are supposed to have a party system that will enforce integrity from the grass root to the top echelon of government, and if we can’t enforce integrity and conscientious drive by doing things right from the party level thereby avoiding eminent shame like this, then what is our fate when these political scavengers get to power.
What can be deduced is that this present political parties does not have future with this nation, by the time the much awaited renaissance starts, they will all die natural death, because they lack purpose, character and integrity. Even few that will survive; will all be a shadow of themselves. Other political parties are not left out, as they also have their short comings, parties that are ruled by a man’s opinion rather than a consensus ideology. There is no place for them all.
A general appraisal of the present political parties shows an absolute lack of political structure; this lack of structure shows in the quality of candidate(s) that they bring out. We have political parties that lack internal democracy yet stands for democracy; A shame to our national character.
Even the mentality of an average politician betrays what democracy stands for. Democracy does not stand for violence; democracy does not stand for results alone, it stands for process, character and value. An imp limitation of rascality is what our politicians portray.
A political reform will not make sense without the political parties being involved because they are the platform for this continuous manipulation of our socio-political justice. This can be injurious to our democracy if not reverted as it is gradually becoming a democratic tyranny.
These political parasites will continue to sap us dry until we all call for a revolt. Even when an aspirant has the intension to deliver they will frustrate and choke life out of him.
What a show of shame!!!