OUR politicians do not expect us to take them serious. In their thinking, some bags of rice, or whatever inducement that would swing the impoverished voters to their direction would sustain democracy. They have succeeded so far because the people have been completely alienated from a process that is supposed to be about them.
When a pang of guilty conscience strikes them â€“ in the few cases where they still have conscience â€“ politicians make futile efforts to propose issues, as if they ever mattered.
The current fad is the farce about continuity of programmes of various administrations, from the federal to the States. We may excuse the local government councils, which have become laws to themselves, or appendages of state governments that corner resources that accrue to the third tier of government.
It is not just that the programmes to be continued are mostly non-existent, the bigger danger is that in the struggle to gain the support of current office holders, compromises that have seen Nigeria to its present dilemma are being re-affirmed, often more emphatically, with more political god fathers popping up by the day.
Continuity is a farce. The governors know it, even the President knows it. What current officer holder do is to perfect schemes to produce malleable successors, who would ensure continuity in the sense that they would not expose evils perpetrated in the peopleâ€™s name.
Democratic transitions would be rare. After the rambunctious primaries of 1999, 2003 and 2007, stupendous energies are being expended in excluding primaries from the 2011 process. Even legislators started getting continuity endorsements last year.
Out going governors see to it that their deputies do not succeed them. This is becoming standard practice across the parties.Â The fractious tendencies in the parties have grown with this latest addition to political intrigues.
New alliances that are being forged stand because they give a new meaning to continuity, continuity of the farce Nigerians have been served for 10 years and more dangerous signals that very little would change.
Democracy and the people are the losers. One of the twisted arguments professional politicians present is that Nigeriaâ€™s democracy would grow if it runs uninterrupted. How can this development be successful when the experience of those who have gone through the process, some cases deputy governors, who have served in some instances for eight years, is discarded?
The farce about continuity clearly shows that our politicians can lie about anything that can give a veneer of credibility to their schemes. In 2007, 26 governors refused their deputies the chance to succeed them. The 10 exceptions – Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Anambra, Kano, Gombe, Borno, and Kogi â€“ were States where the governors were in their first term.
Indications are that the trend would continue in 2011.
Continuity is truly well and thriving!