2023: PDP and the Coming Victory (Part 2)


By Jerome-Mario Chijioke Utomi

Nigerians are particularly not happy that the All Progressive Congress (APC) led federal government which lavishly promised Nigerians change and were voted to provide good and qualitative leadership; elected to bring the nation’s economy out of the woods and were chosen to bring democracy’s dividends to the people.

But instead of providing the lavishly promised and highly expected leadership, they visit the masses with cluelessness and utopia.

Instead of reviving the comatose economy, they threw it further down into recession and instead of bringing dividends of democracy, they democratized poverty, institutionalized unemployment and governmentalized hopelessness and frustration. They are not authentic leaders but political demagogues.

It is, therefore, expected that after about eight years of unfulfilled change, the electorate should be excused if they enter 2023 with a new dream on their minds, and head to the polls with a different mentality from what they had in 2015 and 2019 respectively.

The new orientation would be shaped by recent fiscal, sociological, political and communal happenings in the country; coupled with the pockets of ethnoreligious upheavals and misgivings from one region against another or powerful personalities against each other.

It can also be safely deduced that many different strata, sectors, and sections of the country will be looking up to 2023 as a year to settle various scores – both idealistically and holistically.

Recently, the talk has been about making a point and calling for a change to the current dispensation through mild aggression, in the form of protests, rallies, sit-at-home and heated public comments.

Though 2023 will again accord Nigerians the chance to make a change through a legitimate and democratic means, tension is already up and has again heightened by the realization that the nation is still being governed by people who do not feel the pinch the common man is made to endure, or that the leaders have simply chosen to be compassionate by proxy.

In fact, a glance at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) communiqué further lends credence to assertion.

It reads in parts; Mr President is unwilling, from his recent comments discountenancing the proposals for state policing, to participate in reviewing the structural problems of tackling insecurity in Nigeria.

While urging Mr President to reconsider his position and consider decentralization and restructuring of the security architecture as the most viable solution, together with proper arming, funding and training requirements for security agencies, the PDP Governors noted that the management of our oil and gas resources, the administration of federation account remittances have remained opaque, confusing and non-transparent.

In addition, the transition to NNPC Ltd under the Petroleum Industry Act has not been properly streamlined to ensure that the interests of all the tiers of government are protected, consistent with the 1999 Constitution.

Today, it is no longer in doubt that the political leaders have fractured our nation’s geography into polarised ethnosyncrasies and idiosyncrasies, all of which have led to agitations of different sorts and capacities. These have disjointed the amalgams of the country and made the nation that was once called the Giant of Africa now be referred to by friends and foes as a wobbling tripod.

Also, these developments have made 2023 a year with history in that it’s a year of elections, a year for another session of politicking when elections into various offices from the Presidency down to the state Houses of Assembly are billed to hold.

Most importantly, 2023 is bound to be a year in which the people’s action and decisions will shape their political destiny and determine their socio-economic future.

Obviously, the year will be pregnant with high hopes and has equally necessitated the need for electorates to develop an objectified oneness as well as an action plan that will aid them in taking whole. It’s a year for the masses and youths, in particular, to team up and fight the common enemy called bad leadership and its proponents. If the masses can achieve these, every other thing including restructuring shall be added unto it.

This role is pivotal because the strength of a nation is a direct result of the strength of its leaders. Everything rises and falls on leadership. This remark is visibly evident in the qualities of leaders the nation have unfortunately blessed herself with since May 2015.

The result of these political miscalculations led us to rhizomes of excuses thereby turning the country into a nation of narrative rather than action. The scorecards of the present crop of leaders have visibly advertised them as being clueless, lacking in creativity and outright lack of propensity to perform.

To exit this vicious circle of mal-performance, the people need reprogramming of their mindset as once the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. To make the reorientation work, early preparation is key as once remarked he that arrives first and take a position is at ease while he that arrives late labours.

2023 may be far but viewed from political pragmatism, it is just a stone throw. So, this is the time for the citizens to start asking solution-providing questions as well as performing the agenda-setting roles.

This is not the time to start waiting for the visitors called politicians whose visits occur once in four years and that are the electioneering period. Also, the masses have in recent elections voted based on vanity without recourse to their consciences.

To arrive at the Nigeria of our dreams, it is time to say no to this illicit incentivizing by these politicians now that the nation prepares for another round of political ultimate search come 2023. Voting based on pecuniary inducement or stomach infrastructure should be discouraged.

To make 2023 bear the anticipated political result as proposed, the people need the moral force to activate a shift in paradigm. Part of this needed strategy is the admission of the youths into their political school and calculations. The youths have watched for too long the political drama involving their nation from the political gallery.

Again, enthroning upright personalities as our leaders is important as leadership is about vision and is also about creating a climate where the truth is heard and brutal force is confronted.

My imagination tells me that all we have been having were not leaders but sets of opportunists that appear from the political moon, feed us with what we want to hear, win the election and that ends the political oratory and relationship till the next election year.

We obviously need to take this step as we have previously seen some of our elected officers become the reality to worry about as they became visibly determined to work across purpose with us while some of them consumed by the vertical pursuit of self-aggrandizement.

Allowing this trend and expecting a different result is tantamount to insanity. For us, as a people, to break out from this vicious circle of worries and poverty, the time to cause a real change is now.

Utomi Jerome-Mario is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), a Lagos-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). He could be reached via [email protected]/08032725374.

Related Stories

A Cultural Journalist’s 15 years of Research on Ijaw Culture and Worship

By Jerome-Mario Utomi No man, according to Aristotle, chooses anything but what he can do himself. And thus, choice is limited to the realm of things humanly possible. Aristotle further stated that there is no choice among impossibilities. Choice, by its very nature, is free. A necessitated choice is not a choice at all but a great sacrifice, he concluded. The above lines from great Aristotle amply capture the ‘fate’ or better still the position of Asiayei Enaibo, Bobogbene community, a Warri, Delta state-based journalist who made a necessitated choice/sacrifice by opting out of conventional journalism to explore formation that


Zero Routine Gas Flares and Delta Communities

By Jerome-Mario Utomi It is common knowledge that in pursuit of meeting the targets of 20 per cent (unconditional) and 47 per cent (conditional) greenhouse gas emission reduction as contained in the Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Accord reportedly signed by the President Bola Tinubu administration, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited/TotalEnergies joint venture recently achieved zero routine gas flare in all its assets. While it is obvious that “the significance of this achievement is that the last routine flare volume of about 12MMscf/d (12 million standard cubic feet per day) of gas has now been eliminated giving rise


Is Reciting the National Anthem by Force?

By Prince Charles Dickson PhD The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, sent out a State House press release, the summary being that the President was directing the Mandatory Recitation of the National Pledge After the National Anthem at Official Engagements. I wrote this piece in its original form in 2006…but I am rehearsing it again because (1) we don’t listen, (2) it is important that we listen, and (3) Cassandra in Greek legend, I recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge


Marketing and Retail Trends 2024

By Zuko Mdwaba The more data accumulates, the greater the likelihood that additional services and applications will access this data. However, the uncontrolled accumulation of large amounts of data is not expedient and leads to system inertia, so reducing this “data gravity” will be an important goal in 2024. As part of this, we expect IT and marketing departments to invest more in technical solutions to harmonise different data sources. This will give them more control over their data and at the same time more flexibility to focus on creative tasks, such as the conception and implementation of creative campaigns.

More Stories

IRC Lauds Tinubu’s State of Emergency on Food Security

By Adedapo Adesanya The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has lauded President Bola Tinubu’s declaration of a state of emergency on food security in Nigeria. Last week, Presidential spokesperson, Mr Dele Alake, said in a statement that Mr Tinubu took this step to tackle the increase in food prices. He said that the President was “not unmindful of the rising cost of food and how it affects the citizens.” Food prices have been on the rise across Nigeria in recent years due to conflict and unrest. The situation has further deteriorated due to the impact of government policies such as the


Stakeholders Prepare for Future Energy Nigeria Confab

By Dipo Olowookere Dates have been fixed for the 15th edition of Future Energy Nigeria taking place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos from November 13-14, 2018. A statement issued by the organisers said an addition to the event is the Generation Knowledge Hub aimed at assisting the local power producers and large power consumers to address the country’s insufficient generation capacity. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. “Nigeria’s energy potential and its challenges are well known and reported on,” says Future Energy Nigeria event director Chanelle Hingston. She adds, “The country is endowed with large oil, gas, hydro


US Stocks Open Flat on Ongoing Government Shutdown

By Investors Hub The major U.S. index futures are pointing to a roughly flat opening on Monday following the upward move seen last week. Traders may be reluctant to make significant moves amid uncertainty about the economic impact of the ongoing U.S. government shutdown. With traders shrugging off concerns about a potential government shutdown, stocks moved mostly higher over the course of the trading session on Friday. The gains on the day lifted the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 to new record closing highs. The major averages saw further upside going into the close, ending the session at their best


Lekki Toll Plaza Light Switched Off on Sanwo-Olu’s Directive—Tinubu

By Dipo Olowookere The chief executive officer of Loatsad Promo Media Limited, operators of the billboard at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Mr Seyi Tinubu, has admitted that his company switched off the lights at the scene of the shooting of innocent and unarmed protesters by soldiers on Tuesday night. Yesterday, Nigerian forces shot at peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate demanding for a better police and governance in the country. It was believed that several persons were killed and many injured. According to reports, moments before the unfortunate incident, which has been condemned widely worldwide, some persons


Delta Governor, Wife Test Positive for COVID-19

By Adedapo Adesanya The Governor of Delta State, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, has become the sixth Nigerian governor to test positive for the coronavirus disease. In a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, Governor Okowa said he and his wife, Edith, both tested positive for COVID-19. “My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation/medication,” he tweeted. The Governor had earlier gone into self-isolation with his wife last week after one of their daughters tested positive for the highly infectious disease. “We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and


Futures Climb Off Worst Levels But Still Point to Lower Open

By Investors Hub The major U.S. index futures have climbed off their worst levels of the morning but currently continue to point to a modestly lower opening on Thursday following the strength seen on Wall Street over the two previous sessions. A negative reaction to quarterly results from Morgan Stanley (MS) may generate early selling pressure, with the financial giant down by 3.7 percent in pre-market trading. Morgan Stanley is likely to see initial weakness after reporting fourth quarter earnings and revenues that came in below analyst estimates. Renewed trade concerns may also weigh on Wall Street after a report


Jumia Connects 11,000 SMEs, Brands to Consumers

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Abdullahi, has commended the management of Jumia for creating jobs for thousands of Nigerians through its operations in the digital economy ecosystem. Mr Abdullahi said the firm has had “an impressive journey” since it started operations in Nigeria nine years ago, noting that it has used the platform to connect sellers with buyers. For the almost a decade it has operated, Jumia has connected over 11,000 SMEs and brands to millions of consumers in Nigeria, boosted hundreds of independent logistics companies by incorporating them into the


Cheap NPK Fertilizers: Minister Claps for Indorama

By Aduragbemi Omiyale Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (IEFCL), located at Eleme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has won the admiration of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Muhammad Sabo Nanono. Mr Nanono, who was at the company’s factory last Thursday, said he was impressed with the decision of the management to use its blending plants for the production of NPK fertilizers at a subsidized price to smallholder farmers. He also expressed satisfaction with the massive supply of Urea fertilizers to over 70 per cent of farmers in Nigeria, saying this will increase food production in the

Recent Stories

Navigating the Complex World of Investing: What Novices Need to Know

Have you finally decided to take the leap into the exciting arena of investing? Not only is this an excellent way to secure a lucrative nest egg for the future, but many have begun to use these opportunities as a springboard for their businesses. However, appreciating the intricacies of online trading is no easy task. A great deal of preparation will be required and mistakes can occur on occasion. This is why knowing where to begin is one of the best ways to establish strong foundations. Let us therefore cut through a fair amount of “fluff” and examine a handful


No Going Back on Reforms—Tinubu

By Adedapo Adesanya President Bola Tinubu has said there is no going back on the reforms embarked upon by his government that have led to the hike of essential goods and services in the country. He made this known as he inaugurated the Red Line Rail Project in Lagos on Thursday. The project, an intra-state rail service, is aimed at improving transportation within the city and spans 37 kilometres. Speaking while inaugurating the project, the President reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving the nation’s infrastructural development. He said, “But this revolution that has started, this reform that is ongoing, we


Senate Confirms Appointment of Four Nominees to CBN Board

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The appointment of four nominees to the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been confirmed by the Senate. The nominees were confirmed for the position at the plenary on Thursday after the presentation of the report of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions. Chairman of the committee, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, informed his colleagues that only four of the five persons nominated by President Bola Tinubu appeared for screening. The nominees screened and confirmed to join the board of directors of the central bank are Robert Agbede, Ado Yakubu Wanga, Murtala


Africa Beyond Russia’s Grains Partnerships

By Kestér Kenn Klomegâh Until sustainable food security is established through modernizing agriculture and ensuring adequate support for local farmers, Russia’s grain supply would be a soft geostrategic bait (i) to reinforce the existing time-tested relationships with Africa and (ii) to solicit an endorsement for the unprovoked war in Ukraine. In a speech delivered on March 20, 2023, during the interparliamentary conference ‘Russia-Africa’ held in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin described six African countries as the least developed and poorest in the world that are urgently in need grains, alternatively referred to as humanitarian aid, to feed its population. The beneficiary


MasterCard, MTN Partner to Boost Digital Commerce, Payments

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A partnership aimed at driving acceleration of the mobile money ecosystem in Africa across 13 markets has been entered into between Mastercard and MTN Group Fintech. This is coming shortly after the payments giant completed the purchase of a minority stake in the telecommunications company. The deal will see Mastercard giving a prepaid virtual card tailored for MTN’s MoMo customers, granting them access to over 100 million acceptance points worldwide. Additionally, it will empower MoMo merchants to seamlessly accept card payments, enhancing the platform’s instant cross-border money remittance services and capabilities. Further, Mastercard will use its cutting-edge


Adesina to Receive Prestigious Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership

By Ichie Enyi Ejike Umunnabuike Jr Come March 6, 2024, the Lagos Continental Hotel will host an unforgettable occasion when the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, will be formally honoured and presented with the distinguished Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership 2023. The Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership was first announced in December 2012, with the official award ceremony held on March 6, 2013. Before Mr Adesina was announced as its fourth recipient, three other distinguished personalities had been conferred with the prestigious award – Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; former South African President, Thabo


Exploring Diverse and Evolving Sounds of Africa

Africa’s music scene is a sonic melting pot, where rhythms collide and cultures connect. It’s a universal language, a force that breaks boundaries and fuels the soul. This sonic tapestry isn’t just diverse – it’s explosive. Afrobeats and Amapiano own the spotlight right now. Those irresistible Afrobeats hooks? They’ve got the whole world dancing. And Amapiano’s hypnotic blend of South African house and street sounds? It’s straight-up addictive. Mainstream African artists are pushing the boundaries like no one else, taking Amapiano and running with it. They’re injecting their fire, creating a whole new flavour. This is proof that African music


Nigeria Needs Policies that Prioritize Economic Recovery—Peter Obi

By Adedapo Adesanya The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi, has raised concerns over the recent decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to increase the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to 22.5 per cent and the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) to 45 per cent. Mr Obi warned that this move is likely to worsen the ongoing economic challenges faced by many Nigerian households, and emphasized the need for policies that prioritize economic recovery. In a statement issued via X (formerly Twitter), the businessman and former


Silence Laboratories Raises $4.1m for Privacy-Preserving Computing

By Adedapo Adesanya Silence Laboratories has announced securing $4.1 million in funding to enable privacy-preserving collaborative computing led by Pi Ventures and Anurag Arjun, along with several prominent angel investors. In a statement shared with Business Post, the company said with the market for privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) growing globally at a compound annual growth rate of 26.6 per cent, there is growing demand. In recognition of this, Silence Laboratories is offering to provide mathematical guarantees for techno-legal expectations as part of a mission to create infrastructure to enable complex data collaborations between enterprises and entities, without any sensitive information being


MainOne Stretches Submarine Cable to Akwa Ibom

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A submarine cable spanning 45,000km in length known as 2Africa has been landed in Akwa Ibom State by MainOne, an Equinix company. It is one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects and will interconnect Europe, Asia, and Africa, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps. The cable is the first and only submarine cable system in Nigeria outside of Lagos, and it marks a significant milestone in enhancing broadband connectivity and driving economic development in the South-South, South-East and North-Central regions of Nigeria. The significance of 2Africa lies in its capacity to address critical internet