BY EBELE ORAKPO
HMM, traffic is still very light. I wish Lagos traffic will remain like this for ever,” commented Joke this cold Monday morning, occasioned by the dry harmattan wind.

“Seems most people are yet to return from holidays and school children are still on holidays. Just wait till next week and Lagos will return to normal,” said Stacy, tongue-in-cheek because by normal, she meant the chaotic traffic.

“Schools will resume in February isn’t it?” asked Sam. “Yes. A forced holiday. As far as I’m concerned, it was not necessary,” said Joke.
“The Government has a reason. It is better to be safe than sorry. After the registration exercise, the children can go back to school,” stated Sam.

“Did you watch the PDP presidential primaries?” asked Martin to which some replied in the affirmative while others said they read in the papers. Continuing Martin said: “My dear, I was ashamed of Atiku Abubakar. He was the architect of his loss.” “How do you mean?

We all know that no election in Nigeria is ever free and fair. The governors must have been under intense pressure to deliver their states,” noted Philip.

“Excuse me! I think it was free and fair. The delegates only chose the better candidate,” stated Stacy.
Said Martin: “To me, the guy comes across as conceited.”

“No, I don’t think so. I see him as a humble man who was just playing the game of politics the way he knows how.it should be played,” said Philip.

“Ok, so how do you explain his speech during the PDP presidential primaries? Instead of addressing issues, he was busy attacking the person of his opponent. Is that what he intends to do for Nigerians if elected? “Honestly speaking, if I were a delegate who had planned to vote for him, after that disastrous speech, I would have made a U-turn and voted for his opponent,”shot back Martin.

“And what do you say about the promise he made to the South-East zone?  He was reported to have told them that if they want to actualise their dream of producing Nigeria’s president in 2015, then they must vote for him. Isn’t that preposterous? May be he thinks he is either a god or the king-maker,” said Martin.

“Poor Atiku, he had so many odds stacked against him. First he had money laundering charges hanging over his neck, and then came the endorsement by homosexuals,” noted Frank.

“Yes ooo, that was a big setback in a relatively conservative nation like ours,” noted Joke.

“That’s politics for you.A very dirty game. I’m sure his opponent’s camp arranged that,” said Stacy.
“Ehn, I’m sure they did in retaliation. After all, the witches and wizards first endorsed Jonathan before the gays endorsed Atiku,” noted Joke.

“I think Nigerians are wiser today and more aware than they were a few years back. They know what is best for them. We need someone who will deliver on promises, someone who will make life worthwhile, someone who will alleviate their suffering. Would those who are saying the northern governors betrayed them rather have their kinsman who will treat them like nonentities or a stranger who will give them the kind of life they desire and deserve?” asked Sam.

“We still have a very long way to go. There is so much selfish interest at play. Atiku obviously has nothing to offer Nigerians and so when he was given the chance to tell the delegates why they should vote for him, he began to play the ethnic game. Unfortunately, that became his undoing,” said Martin.

“May be IBB would have been a better option,” said Frank to which Stacy replied thus: “No way! Amongst the contestants, Atiku was the best option.

“To me, it doesn’t really matter where our leader comes from, all we want is someone who will deliver the dividends of democracy. After all, the fact that the North has been in power for so many years has not made the ordinary northerner better off so what are we talking about?” noted Sam.

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