A Reflection Of 2019 Elections 


The 2019 general elections are just around the corner. In Nigerian politics, it means different thing to different people. Nigerians either expect a new administration or continue with the current one.
If Nigerians expect the current regime to return, it may be an indication that the government has performed well. In that case, such achievements of the government will be evident for all to see and not by propaganda.
However, given the high level of deceit and propaganda by Nigerian governments, the people can hardly assess a regime to know whether it deserves a second tenure or not. But by right it is not supposed to be so. With or without propaganda, Nigerians should be in a position to assess their governments and return them or vote them out. Unfortunately, the present administration in the country is guilty of this.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has indulged severally in trying to convince the people that all is well. Rather than address real issues of development, the government uses propaganda to showcase phantom achievements and successes to Nigerians.
At other times, the government chooses to indulge in  propaganda against perceived enemies, whom they accuse of being responsible for their failure in governance.
Rather than be concerned with governance as they promised in their campaigns in 2015, they have resorted to blame game. They hold the opposition responsible for their woes and pitfalls.
For the opposition, it is a time to work harder to wrestle power from the incumbent. Wrestling power from the incumbent means doing everything possible legally to take over the reigns of leadership in the next year’s election.
As 2019 approaches, let the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) truly discover the cause of their failure in the last general election. If the incumbent came into power by rigging, the PDP have to ensure that this time around it doesn’t work.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), should never pride itself of being in charge. It should know that the incumbency factor will not give them victory this time because they know that they have not done well.
As the countdown to 2019 continues, the ruling party is showing more desperations despite their claims of anticipated victory and a reassuring mien. They say they are on top of the situation while in actual fact they are under the situation.
Besides the uncertainty that comes with the 2019 election, another source of acute anxiety is what Nigerians refer to as “second tenure woes”. They believe a regime that performed badly in the first tenure will do even worse in the second tenure. Such is the phobia they have for the present government should it return next year.
Second tenure in Nigeria has become a problem. Since 1999, it has been proved that first tenure chief executives hardly disclose their real intentions for governance. It is when they are re-elected that they carry out unpopular programmes and damn the consequences.
Arguably, I think many first tenure chief executives hardly execute projects until they get to their second tenure. The ones that carry out undertakings during their first tenures use their re-election to recoup their electioneering spendings.
The truth is that in Nigerian politics, the people don’t matter. What matters is their pocket or the money they will make from office. Since the people are not important, they are simply consigned to hell.
So, as 2019 draws closer, the people, both at the federal and State levels, are becoming more and more skeptical about what the election holds for them. Is it going to be a second tenure of an APC government of woes as usual or an entirely new government of hope?  This is for them to decide.
Nigerians must be very wary and choose wisely. We must have in mind that this democracy cost us so much. Therefore, it shouldn’t be given to those who would trample upon it like dogs and destroy it.


Soibi Max-Alalibo