There is no doubt that the race for 2019 Presidential elections is in top gear, and all drivers and riders in the political scene, are putting their driving skills to test, as they are all in the race to out-run and outwit each other, either to retain power or to kick out the ones in power.
It was with mixed feelings that I received the news of the new coalition, nay metamorphosis of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 38 other political parties, which includes Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) Labour Party (LP), National Conscious Party (NCP) etc, into the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), in their bid to win back or wrestle power away from the ruling All Progressives Party (APC). A move that was inspired by the disintegration of APC, as the APC just last week received her biggest blow, when a faction of the party broke away to form the Reformed All Progressives Party (R-APC), leaving the ruling party more confused, than deformed, with the aftermath of the recently held national convention.
A critical look into the politics of coalition, which came to limelight, with the journey that started on the 6thof February 2013, prior to the 2015 general elections with the merger of Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP) and a faction of the All progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), whose sole aim now in retrospect, was not to bring about change, as was popularized by their slogan, but rather a selfish and parochial interest to kick away the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has been in power since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.
It is pertinent to note therefore, that politics of coalition is such that has never had something new or good to offer, but is saddled with lack of vision and innovation, as the driving philosophy, has always been and will continue to be a game plan devoid of the will to initiate or implement policies that will move the country forward, but rather for a particular party(s) to get back or retain power.
Nigeria as a country should and must grow beyond this circle and recycling, where a group of people who feels that they own a natural or traditional right to keep the country in their pockets and in the process take her backwards, should always remain in power. Our politics has simply become a “15thcentury board game” bereft of ideas, innovation, creativity, political will and the determination to bring about true and lasting change. We can no longer accept this power play, where when a few people feels that things are no longer going their way, all they can easily come up with, is to break away, form a new party, merge with another party, so as to get them back to power or to retain power.
It is so clear to see that our politicians do not have any guiding principles or philosophies, because if they do, they will not be easily swerved by every little wind. It is instructive to always change strategies to achieve a goal, but when strategies become repetitive, then it is no longer innovative.
This is therefore the time for all true progressives to rise and vote out all Reformed, Deformed, Confused and Cupped political parties, whose level of thinking can only produce strategies to win elections and not to govern a nation. We are better than this!