Obviously, politicians are full of promises. In fact, they are made of promises. This is why it can not be very easy to say whether they can be held responsible for anything they told us while on the soapbox or the promises they make in close-door sessions as they hunt to realise their mandates. That has been the nature of politics across the globe. Many people have decided to see politics as one activity that has no moral imput in its practice. This may be why the actors are not usually held responsible for all the blunders associated with it. But still, many people want to be politicians. Today politics is one “profession” that has the largest population and the largest abuses.
The 2011 general elections made a tremendous impact on the creation of upsets and new thinking among the politicians and the electorate at large. Some of the new governors and other political office holders that have emerged may have seen the propagation of a new order that tends to recreate a new thinking for the electorate. The emergence of person-based recognition as major issue in deciding where to vote may have been the major factor that contributed in the drastic reduction of the level of pressure that usually truncates our elections in the past. The enthronement of personal acceptance as opposed to bandwagon effect may have been a major political landmark that needed more reviews to the extent that the practice should become the new face of politics in the country. Many politicians who believed in the popularity of their political establishment as bases to win or return to political offices may have had all their calculations wrong and are now paying for it.
This week, about ten new governors mounted various leadership saddled in some states of the federation while new senators, representatives and state legislators became new spots in governance. The beauty of such developments is that people in power will no longer see a straight feight years as their birth right and would no longer want to continue to behave as if they have the exclusivity of power ties on their necks. Now political leaders must have began to forcefully imbibe the reality of the transient nature of power and the inglorious ignominy that accompanies those who have in any way misdirected it by any means. People will now begin to respect the capacity of anybody and greatly enthrone the efficacy of integrity, humility and philanthropy.
To a large extent, the election in Imo State has remained the revelation of the 2011 experiment and this will continue to live as the revolving learning spot for politicians who want to learn the golden tips to power. The gradual infiltration of APGA into the stems of Imo politics was a function of the expressions of the people whose mandate brought calamity to them instead of social and economic enhancement. The larger than life tendencies of the then ruling PDP government in the state had refused to listen to what seemed to have been the dominating moonlight tales which had centred on how the state had lost all the things that it held with pride. The people revolted in a most intriguing manner, so much so that they drew the sympathy of many outside the state and beyond. This was why every television spot was like a cinema hall in an effort by all to witness how truth will be subverted. The revolution that entered the minds of the average Imo indigene to go for a somewhat necessary political restructuring of the state was not different from what other non Imo people also had in mind. The Imo situation was like a movement. The Imo movement, which may be regarded an ideology that enthrones reasonable power administration pattern against the deafening arrogance of some few may become adopted by Nigerians as a safety valve for their hard won democratic rebuilding.
This is an opportunity for the new entrants into political office to begin to think as if nothing so dramatic has happened to their lives other than the huge challenge of taking care of their subjects and other serious callings.
One funny thing about the electorates across the mature democracies in the world is that they really do not ask for anything.They only want a person that can tell them the truth when it is necessary and lies when also necessary. Unfortunately, most leaders seem to have known what to do on their first day, only to succumb to the demands of the sweet aroma of office few months after. Some governors start well with roads and school rehabilitations or hospital cottages but go down to relax to embark on share vainglory few months after. This is why you can see any concrete development in most of the states other than projects that do not survive the slight summer breeze at night.
You may want to imagine why a government worth its billings would want to invest in publicity that is no vehicle for any sort of development.It is quite disappointing that one of the governors in the eastern part of the country had over 100 large billboards within its state capital just to scream some slogans that were mere conduit for re-chanelling state funds. The same governor was believed to have had more newspaper adverts than all brewing companies in the country put together. The same governor got one of the biggest public sector funds in form of bond and told lies about its internally generated revenue(IGR) but could not put the money into any thing the people can see.
It is good to let the new kids know that the electorate are asking for just a very minute portion of their rights or an opportunity to teach them how best they can solve their problem or carry on with their rights. They do not like the sounds of siren because it represents the unending signals of oppression. They do not want to see your picture all the time in the newspapers and television because they want to see your actions.
It is good to welcome all of you that have this privilege and hope that the best mark could be made of it. For those from Imo State, Ogun, Oyo and Kwara particularly, you will be the cynosure of all eyes just like you were to Jega and his thousand professors. You turned the table to enthrone economic development and this will be the issue which you would be rated on the last day.There is no doubt you have come a long way, guys ! Happy democracy !!