Although the presidential election has come and gone, its credibility persists as a controversy. The outcome leaves a sour taste not only in the opposition’s mouth but also that of a good number of right-thinking Nigerians, who are yet to comprehend the February 23rd abracadabra. I’m still puzzled. An underperforming administration supposedly won, unsurprisingly, alongside weighty allegations of electoral chicanery. Yet, some Nigerians seem unable to hide their limiting pessimism about Atiku Abubakar’s consideration of lawful options to seek justice. Are you one of them? Obviously, this stance is taken with amnesia of history being also amenable to change. That previous presidential candidates recorded no success in contesting a presidential election outcome doesn’t make such past reality a given for PDP’s presidential candidate. If a day begins a story, why shouldn’t Atiku be the lead character?
Views shared by legal heavyweights Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Femi Falana (SAN) on Atiku’s journey of challenging the purported victory of APC’s President Muhammadu Buhari, as going to be an “uphill task” and “tough,” reflects the present popular opinion. Put differently, an Atiku and PDP victory would almost be like a camel passing through a needle’s eye. The road to there may be rough but achieving the feat is not impossible. Previously, unseating an incumbent governor from the ruling party through courts in Nigeria was an idea widely perceived as a reverie; Adams Oshiomole came into the picture and also disproved that notion. Under defunct Action Congress (AC), he sent PDP’s Oserheimen Osunbor packing through the judiciary due to “voting irregularities” on November 11, 2008. PDP was the ruling party at the time. History changed. Isn’t it ironic that Oshiomole is now the national chairman of a party that allegedly tampered with the people’s votes and subtly urges an aggrieved PDP to let sleeping dogs be? Be the judge.
Furthermore, President Buhari hitherto ran for office of president and failed thrice. Interestingly, too, an incumbent president prior to 2015 has never been unseated in Nigeria. Did President Buhari’s preceding failures hinder his success the fourth time or PDP’s track record of victory in presidential elections hinder her defeat four years ago? History changed. The seemingly unrealistic became realistic. Despite the certainty expressed by a good number of political analysts and Nigerians on the improbability of those outcomes, a situation recurring presently, the pessimists lost!
Finally, the power of incumbency easily makes the average person in this clime become blind to possibilities which disfavors the individual(s) in government. If you are, be healed!—this article says. Our Nigerian political past shows that not only is such attitude skewed but hardly affects the birth of a differing reality. Although history can somewhat be cyclical, we must recall that history also evolves and that’s what makes it interesting. Thus, Atiku Abubakar should go ahead with his plan to challenge INEC and spearhead enhancement of Nigeria’s political narrative.