All Articles Tagged: Election 2015

Rumblings in the Parties: We Need Dialogue, Not Dane Guns

Winston Churchill in Downing Street giving his famous "V" sign

Winston Churchill in Downing Street giving his famous ‘V’ sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During a luncheon at the White House in 1954, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain made a pithy and sententious remark whose echo still reverberates till today. He said: It is better to jaw jaw than to war war.

Since the national leadership and other organs of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) took an innovative decision to adopt President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a consensus candidate to fly the flag of the party in the February 2015 General Elections, there seems to be some disquiet in the party. Even in the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), the competition for the party’s ticket is tearing members apart. All things are not adding up; some are applauding this aspirant, some are kicking against the other, like brigands on the highways or a riotous crowd in the amphitheatre.

But what most people forget to understand is that in a human arrangement nothing is perfect, such developments are therefore not unexpected. It is difficult, if not impossible, to please everybody. Even within a family setup, there are bound to be disagreements between siblings and between the husband and wife. Divergence of views is an ingrained order of the universe. The ability to hold unto one’s opinion is what makes humanity unique, what makes change and progress inevitable and possible. But what is nobler and more creative is when we disagree to agree. This is where the consensus issue comes in. When a party or a group of people come together and agree to support someone for a particular position, nothing is undemocratic about it, it is their inalienable right. The same thing applies if the same people wake up tomorrow to canvass a different view. Full article

My Trip to Katsina

a picture showing the location of Katsina State in the map of Nigeria

When information came to me that we were going to hold our annual conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Katsina, Katsina State, many thoughts raced through my mind. Why Katsina of all places? I asked myself. Why fix this year’s conference in a far place like Katsina at this time? Upon the assurances from the State Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema that Katsina is safe, I took it with a pinch of salt and swallowed my phlegm. Full article