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Home arrow Africa arrow Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan
Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tunde Adenodi, NNEWS Special Columnist   
Apr 11, 2011 at 03:01 AM

Tunde Adenodi

Dear Mr. President:

You became Deputy Governor without lobbying for it. You became Governor after your boss was indicted for corruption in your home state of Bayelsa by sheer happenstance. Then, from nowhere the late President Shehu Musa Yar’Adua nominated you as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without any effort on your part whatsoever

Then, the President died. The powers behind him thought they could engage in political gamesmanship in order to deny you what was ordained for you. They forgot that those whom God plans to crown as King, God would make King without their effort. They failed and you became President by Devine intervention in the affairs of this Republic.

This is the first time you want to be President and decide to ask the nation for votes as required by law. Let me state from the start that your chances of winning the presidency are very good if you put your trust in the forces that control your destiny from the beginning.

If you were religious, you would be compared with Jonah who tried to escape the reach of the Almighty who insisted that Jonah would have to be sent to Nineveh on a Devine mission for the Deity. Or you would be like Paul, the greatest persecutor of Christians who was stopped on his way to Damascus and turned out to become the greatest of all the apostles. Or, you would probably be compared to Moses who was a bit reticent in taking up the mission to rescue the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Or if you want to come down to earth, you would probably see the comparison between you and General Olusegun Obasanjo who served Abacha’s prison term to come out to become Nigeria’s President in 1999. He had nothing to do with the coup that got Murtala killed and brought him to power. In humility, he assumed power and handed over to Shehu Shagari peacefully. He did not ask to be President in 1999 just like he had not asked to be Head or State in 1976.

The clear difference between you and Obasanjo, so far is that he became arrogant with the power that God gave him and lost, forever, the aura and, if I might say, the halo bestowed on him by God. He lost this aura from the moment he started planning for a third term in office and lost it completely after he caused to be rigged, the election of 2007! You will lose yours if you try to rig the election next Saturday!

So far, you have done your job with humility and relative honesty of purpose. The greatest test is in this coming presidential election. You have campaigned throughout the length and breadth of the country and you will win a simple majority and 25 percent of the votes in at least 24 states. You will win enough votes to be elected president without a runoff. But you cannot rig regardless of what your die-hard supporters say. It is not even necessary to win in Abuja and don’t be embarrassed if you lose in Abuja. Washington DC is the capital of the United States but no Republican President has won in DC in contemporary times. None!

Preliminary results indicate a walloping for your PDP in many places in the parliamentary elections. These are local areas decided by local issues. This should not surprise you and don’t mess with local politics. You will get your fingers burnt. If your candidate does not win it is because he is not good enough. It has little or nothing to do with you.

AS president, you are vicariously responsible for the performance of the party in the whole nation. But it is not a wholesale indictment of you or your presidency. But the presidential election is going to be an indication of how the nation and voters in particular perceive your leadership. It is going to be a referendum on you from the time you assumed leadership of the country.

From the results so far, the ACN or ACN-like political parties have defeated the PDP in most parts of the old West. Do not try to change it. It is more an indictment of Obasanjo than of Goodluck Jonathan. The Yoruba are arguably the most politically astute in the nation. They are going to vote for you, not for Ribadu or Buhari in spite of Bola Tinubu or Tunde Bakare. The Yoruba are not about to forget Buhari’s tyrannical rule in 1984 in a hurry. Obasanjo forced PDP on them. Their politics is of the progressives in tendency not the reactionary conservative tendency of the PDP. That was why there was fire when Akinloye tried to “deliver” Ondo State to NPN in 1983.

The CPC of Buhari will give you a run for your money in the Sharia North. This is to be expected. There is a core of die-hard followership to Muhammadu Buhari in these areas. The Sharia Northerners are not going to vote for you or your party regardless of your Vice President Sambo. Adamu Ciroma and Atiku Abubakar have seen to that. But I cannot bet on it because of Babangida’s morbid fear of Buhari. He (Babangida) does not want Buhari to be President. He would vote for you and would wish that others vote for you too. Yes! He wanted a Northerner to be President but not a Buhari. The fear of Buhari is the beginning of wisdom! In spite of the towering presence of Buhari in the North, I expect you to defeat him in the North.

In the East, the fight is a straight forward one. You will win hands down in every State regardless of any possible contending South Eastern political party seeking the presidency. And as for your area of birth in the Delta, you are going to sweep through by a landslide.

So, Mr. President, the Presidential election is for you to win and win hands down. But you cannot rig it. If you do, you will end up like Obasanjo, unloved and unsung! 

Yours faithfully,  

Tunde Adenodi

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