It Accurately Identifies where Nigeria is, Boldly Proposes where it will take Nigeria and Deliberately Spells Out how Nigeria will get there.
Also as a difference:
By attaching his name to #TheAtikuPlan and by presenting it himself personally and publicly (12pm live on Facebook and Twitter), HE Atiku is owning this manifesto personally and not giving room for ambiguity or plausible deniability.
Buhari didn’t do this.
Importantly, @atiku makes references to all least a dozen Govt Agencies, half a dozen bills, State Govts, Private Sectors that he will partner in implementing #TheAtikuPlan - this isn’t a magic wand messiah document;
One of the messages that changed my approach to life and my life itself was by Pastor Poju a few years ago and it was titled “How Your Thoughts About Others Affect Your Own Life.”
For the past few years, that teaching has shaped my attitude towards others and changed my life.
I was born into a church where the mantra was that for it to be well with you, it must be woeful for someone else - and this is reflective of African society where people believe that their inadequacies are the fault of someone else blocking them or taking away their shine.
I must have listened to that message over 100 times since then and internalised the lessons to a point where I now find it difficult to wish ill on anyone else, even when the person clearly manifests to me as an adversary.
A heart filled with hate can rarely make progress.
The Executive arm of Govt has maintained an indicting silence on this issue since it broke out and Osinbajo himself who has been chairman of yet another very fraudulent channel of corruption under the APC Govt has kept quiet.
PDP has spoken on the matter, Nigerians should echo.
Here’s a full report -
“All Govt officials involved in the approval, processing, release and diversion of the sum of N5.8billion for the emergency intervention of food security in the North East, are hereby indicted.”
The only way APC, as it presently is, can ever win elections again in Nigeria is by stirring up deep ethnic divisions as they did in 2015 but Atiku being a Muslim and Fulani like their Buhari, nullifies that plan.
Peter Obi, the Igbo, is now the scapegoat Hell-Ruffy threatens.
What Hell-Ruffy tweeted is a direct threat to the safety of PDP campaigns involving Peter Obi up in the North - and Nigerians should let it be in their minds that any violence against the man in Kaduna or elsewhere, like GEJ was attacked in 2015, Hell-Ruffy is the instigator.
Peter Obi is not the flagbearer of PDP and there is simply no way to interpret that tweet in electoral context to make it fit.
What Hell-Ruffy is doing is stoking the anti-One-Nigeria embers of his base and 2019 is a battle between a United Nigeria and the divisive APC.
When Sule Lamido implemented welfarist policies in Jigawa, the first thing he did was to call all the poor and indigent folks and enter into a social contract with them where the Govt gives them handouts tied to training and skill acquisition for all able-bodied individuals.
So it wasn’t just handouts; it was handouts with a view to building prodocutivity.
But APC lacks ideological grounding in how welfarism works and because it’s only aim is to steal the money and win applause, they’re not committed to learning how it works either.
Having joined the PDP as a matter of my own personal ideology which made the then AD anathema for me, the idoelogical differences between both parties have always been clear to me and I push this most times.
Recently though, I think @DoubleEph has been able to do so effectively.
DoubleEph has done threads recently that explain the differences in approach of the APC and the PDP to the Economy and to businesses - far better than I or anyone not versed in economic matters can.
The summary (as I see it):
PDP stands for Prosperity,
APC stands for Poverty.
For me though, I didn’t see these when I joined the PDP.
What I saw was a glimpse of AD around 2004 to 2006: a party locked in ethnic politics that could never manage to extricate itself because it simply never saw the grand vision of Awolowo or Bola Ige and so misunderstood it.
@omodekunrin - if I was discussing democracy since 1999, maybe I would bring in Obasanjo’s eight years but I was discussing how the military ruined politics - and Obasanjo could only have featured if his regime as military ruler was unfavourable to politics: but it wasn’t.
Obasanjo by convening a national conference where political groups first began to form and then by handing over power to civilians after an election actually did good as a military ruler - Buhari was woeful when he truncated democracy.
Seeing much political interest in the US Midterm Elections on my TL even from people who won’t normally discuss politics and I’m both delighted but also disappointed for Nigeria.
Politics here is at a very kindergarten level - without even comparing it to countries like the US.
Being in politics mostly for the past decade and associating with politicians, I still get shocked at how unpolitical it all is and how even the best of the best politicians are extremely terrible and inept at playing the game they profess.
(I should explain that last word...)
To profess something is to say it repeatedly or to pledge allegiance to something - and it’s the root word of another word: professional.
The contradiction of the Nigerian Politician is such that they profess to be Politicians but in truth, many of them are total Amateurs.
I remember some guy back then in Shitta who would strip himself stark naked whenever he wanted to fight - and everyone would scamper away, including his opponent, thinking “This one is a mad man who will not hesitate to strip me also equally naked like him - let me run.”
One of the best things that ever happened to the opposition forces in Nigeria pre-2015 was the loss of five AD states in 2003, leaving Gov. Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Capo Di Tutti of the AD - and I once highlighted this in a previous thread.
Whatever Bola wanted done, the AD did.
Bola Tinubu literally financed the AD in many states, determined who was candidate and oftentimes imposed them on his colleagues the past Governors - none of whom could disagree (except Pa Adefarati in Ondo) since Tinubu was sole financier.
By 2007, he changed the party name.
From AD to AC to ACN - Tinubu determined the pace and tone of opposition all alone.
If he wanted Lai Moh’d to demand GEJ as VP declare his assets publicly and GEJ complied then asked Fashola to do same, then same Tinubu asked same Lai to hypocritically defend Fashola - he did.
Fate pushed the @inecnigeria Resident Electoral Commissioner of the massively rigged September 22/27 Osun elections, Segun Agbaje, to attend a Public event and the good people of that dear state ensured he got served - as e dey hot, right at a funeral service.
The event was the burial ceremony of another INEC REC and former Rector of Osun State Polytechnic, Dr. Timothy Ibitoye at First Baptist Church, Oke-Owode in Ikirun.
Somebody had chosen Segun Agbaje to deliver a eulogy but as soon as Baba was announced, all hell broke loose.
The crowd in the church (congregation doesn’t seem appropriate in this case) immediately started singing songs reserved for thieves and robbers - and Segun Agbaje turned the podium (a pulpit cannot be defiled) into another Collation Centre as he tried to explain himself.
Biggest tragedy of the civil war for me was that a war between countrymen at best or neighbours at worst, was fought with such acrimony and bitterness and the worst hate speech imaginable that eventually made living together a very tough task for generations long after the war.
And I learnt something from there about different types of warfare - the way you fight an enemy whom your goal is to vanquish completely is not the way you fight an enemy whose territory you want to take over.
And those are even different also from the way you fight a friend.
At some point, the personal ego of being the right one is subjugated under the feeling of kinship and friendship.
Unless the aim is actually to fight to a point where reconciliation becomes impossible.
The moment Jafaar showed up in person at the Kano State House of Assembly, it became obvious to me that those who entrapped Ganduje are powerful and if he has any sense of decency left, he should simply resign and seek forgiveness from God and the good people of Kano State.
His Excellency is a criminal and if honour and decency are so far from him, APC and Buhari should help themselves by publicly cutting him off and replacing him with someone else as their party flagbearer in Kano.
The basis of nationhood is humanity - organisation and structure is important but not at the expense of humanity which when sacrificed ruthlessly like this, the victims lose their humanity, sometimes radicalise and become monsters we created...
People don’t understand these things and therefore focus wrongly on things such as “they provoked the soldiers”.
Countries exist that do not have military formations but no army unit exists without a country or organised humanity that it‘s serving:
Soldiers don’t kill citizens.
There is therefore little justification for the murder of those people by the forces of state - soldiers are deployed in war situations on the command of the C-in-C, to wage war against opposing combatants deploying deadly weapons and aiming to take the lives of the soldiers.
One of the most subjective issues to analyse is Political Leadership - partisan, ethnic, religious and most importantly, personal biases - which sometimes even the analyst is unaware of - often creep in and colour how we assess.
What some of us then do is first own our biases.
First step to objectivity then is to first admit that as a human, one is born bias - objectivity is not a natural state of the mind but it can be developed if one acknowledges subjectivity then takes deliberate steps to compensate for those biases.
Some of us go even further...
We go further by proclaiming our biases openly - and I’ve personally put out my bias for the PDP as a member of the party based on convictions.
Over time, another asset we’ve managed to add to our skills in assessing political leadership is the ability to compare leadership.
To think that the PDP pathway to victory in 2019 rises and falls on one out of six regions is an error in tactics which one is quite happy to let APC continue to revel in but for the sake of those who easily succumb to APC mind games, PDP has more pathways to victory than one.
Much focus has been put in analyses on the SE churning out votes in massive numbers but PDP was always up against 3 odds there - the IPOB boycott, APGA division and APC incursion via cash, promises, security forces etc.
This was why PDP had to pick a VP from there.
Based on political sentiments and even with a worst case scenario from the SE, voter turnout cannot be worse than 2015 when it stood at only 37% - only better than what it was from the SW where voter turnout was 34%.
Of SE 37% though, PDP took 91%,
Of SW 34%, PDP took 42%.
A while back, the idea that PDP could be a strong force going into 2019 was so far-fetched that some of our most committed members and leaders declared the party dead and some even formed other parties to be a third force.
Our position at that time was clear, steady and solid.
Those were in the heady days of the Makarfi-Sheriff tussle.
Then came the time to choose a new Chairman and the SW bungling of a position that had been zoned to Agbaje which led to the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as Chairman - many again felt that PDP would collapse.
The intervention is in line with the aspiration of many Lagosians and necessary in the face of the obvious failure of Visionscape but it should be communicated to the Executive led by Ambode to implement and not an instruction from the Speaker to PSPs or to Visionscape directly.
LSHA further told the Commissioner for Finance in Lagos not to pay Visionscape anymore - clearly a democratic aberration - but I can’t blame LSHA: it’s Ambode who should have resigned before now rather than the impending mess that the APC is about to unleash on Lagos.