The saga of the NGF in 2013 comes to mind.
The Northern State Governors Forum held a mini-primaries.
But APC played politics.
The election process should have been by open endorsement but Fayemi of APC is said to have moved for secret voting by the Govs.
Amaechi could never present his 19 Govs publicly because the ‘traitors’ were unwilling to show themselves behind him
That part too is politics.
Moghalu’s rejection of the outcome and Durotoye’s celebration of it too, is politics.
Politics is the Art of the Possible and human behaviour is consistent with interests.
Oya show you have honour and abide by the results of your own process please.
Now imagine everyone has assured you of their support and you’ve sold family property based on their ‘support’ 🙆🏾♂️
Moghalu would look at the result, look at his numbers - then conclude he couldn’t have lost.
But Oga, that’s politics for you sir: “welcome!”
And others are telling you it’s an APC/PDP ploy to keep a good man from office.
So I understand Moghalu.
But the process is the process and politics is politics - democracy has nothing to do with competence or integrity and all that, but numbers.
Discrediting the process is discrediting them also and they’ll stand with Durotoye.
So, nothing mainstream politicians do is unique because, PDP.
Now imagine what happens in states where once you pick the party ticket, you can go home and sleep because you’ll surely win the general elections.
See, Politicians aren’t strange beings afterall.
Very soon, the ethnic dimension will enter the Durotoye/Moghalu saga and tents will form based on ethnicity.
Then you’ll learn more about Nigeria.
“Why don’t they just accept the results and move on?”
Lol, easy to say when you’re not involved - difficult to abide by when ego is fully engaged and people are still hoping to make some money by running your campaign.
One other lesson learnt is how to be magnanimous in victory if you’re on the winning side or emerge victorious.
If Durotoye had reached out to Moghalu almost instantly, Moghalu may throw in the towel and concede honourably, as he should.
But the lesson of magnanimity is very valid.
It’s a quote I’ve forgotten who first said it but one that has been a part of me for years now since I shed my first tears after managing a students union presidential campaign in the early 2000s and my candidate lost.
I’ve seen it work for and against my camp in many places, even as recently as this year.
So many lessons further to learn from their kangaroo PACT really, lol, PACT that can’t make imPACT.
You grow more by defeat than by victory because victory itself comes with either pyrrhic tendencies or hubris.
I’ve spent about an hour discussing irrelevant politics this morning but I hope those who read it have learnt a bit from it and won’t be so harsh when PDP starts its own.
Everything Human is inherently Human.
If one Human does it, another Human can do it.
Humanity is universal and nothing Human can be strange to Humans.
Whatever they’re doing could be you doing it too, if only you were in their shoes - unless you learn.