More than two years to the next general polls slated to hold in 2019, politicians have seized the space and commenced moves towards entrenching their stranglehold on the polity. Insiders in government circle are already predicting heady days for political re-alignment, as aspiration as to who emerges governor or president seems a dominant issue.
It is against this backdrop that the recent upheaval caused by comments credited to former chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, Alhaji Buba Galadima, is causing anxiety and broadening the spectre of controversy. Galadima in a recent media interview had declared that, considering the performance profile of the present government, President Muhammadu Buhari would likely stand alone in the event he decides to seek re-election in 2019.
Responding to Galadima’s tirade on the chances of the president seeking a re-election, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, hastened to debunk the CPC’s chieftain, stressing that the president enjoys support and goodwill of the nation’s masses despite the problem haranguing the country. He dismissed Galadima’s postulation and told a bewildered nation how the former ally of the president used his position to impose candidates for electoral contest on the platform of the CPC for pecuniary interest.
Not wanting to allow the opportunity to pass by without launching an attack on the Buhari government, former supporter and now critic of the administration, Dr Junaid Mohammed, lampooned the administration for daring to speak on the chances of the president in 2019 when it was too obvious that Buhari was yet to deliver on his electoral promises and save Nigerians from hunger.
There is no doubt that the current controversy over the next polls is an unnecessary distraction to the present government, and that is capable of constituting an impediment to current attempts by the Buhari Administration to pull the country from the current recession. What this country needs now is a national consensus towards tackling the many challenges facing the nation. As it is, the absence of consensus among the nation’s political elite has provided a yawning gap in streamlining and coordinating efforts at pullin the country from the woods. Political differences within and without the All Progressives Congress (APC) now remain an albatross for a country that is left battered and facing the worst of its times since it attained independence on October 1, 1960.
We call on President Buhari to rise up to the occasion and ensure that there is consensus in tackling issues and efforts must be deployed not to allow the politics of 2019 to mar the nation’s chances in moving the country forward. As president of the country, Buhari should work towards unanimity of purpose among the various arms of government and deliver on the electoral promises of the APC.
Beyond that, he should work assiduously and tackle the wind of disunity that has ripped the APC apart and render it an ineffective political party fraught with irreconcilable differences among its strange bedfellows. It is only when this is achieved, the dream of realising the change promised Nigerians can only be a dream that may prove impossible to achieve at the end of the day. The APC should cease from fanning embers of discord over a dance that is yet too far to be considered an imperative for now.