... From: CHINWE ENEMCHUKWU To: email@example.com Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:45:21 PM Subject: Re: [asa-usa] HAZARDS OFMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2008View Source
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From: CHINWE ENEMCHUKWU <amalae7@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:45:21 PM
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"In Anambra, the only difference is that Ngige’s godfather is Chris Uba while the incumbent governor’s is his very self. Ngige needed logistical assistance, which he could not personally muster, in his bid for power." Dr NwosuDr Nwosu,After scanning through your long grammar below, I extracted the above fact. You are right on the money.Dr Ngige needed a Godfather in his bid for power, Chris Uba filled the shoes, stole the mandate and handed it to Dr Ngige who ran with it. Chris Uba found out the Igbo adage---- O buro inye enwe iko bu okwu, O bu inaputa ya iko, to be very true.Anambra state was almost burnt down as Obasanjo and Chris Uba chased Ngige around to retrieve the mandate. While running from them he did miracles for Anambra state to hang on to the mandate. We thank God for that. Now he needs to do Ndi Anambra a favour and that by doing the following:1.Leave the governor alone to do his work without interference, blackmail and mischievous maneuverings2. Lament the stolen mandate, apologize to Ndi Anambra and then get ready to contest in the next free and fair election, now that he can sponsor himself.I don't think these are too hard to do.Thanks for taking the time to put out your usual long verbosity with little substance.Chinwe EnemchukwuOrlando, Florida.&a mp;n bsp;**** and I approved this message***Chinwe A Enemchukwu
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From: "Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D." <okenwanwosu@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1:36:32 PM
Subject: [asa-usa] HAZARDS OF NIGERIAN BRAND OF PARTISAN POLITICS
The reported return of former Anambra state governor, Dr. Chris Ngige, has sparked some fireworks that have gotten many political observers excited all of a sudden. The ex-governor, after his extended trip overseas, returned with such a fanfare that rattled the nerves of those who felt that they were in firm control of the political terrain during his long absence. Ngige epitomizes the political contradictions of Anambra and rest of ground zero. He attained power by playing within the rules on the ground which, once in power, he tried unsuccessfully to change. Political godfatherism is still a fact of life at ground zero and throughout Nigeria for obvious reasons. In Anambra, the only difference is that Ngige’s godfather is Chris Uba while the incumbent governor’s is his very self. Ngige needed logistical assistance, which he could not personally muster, in his bid for power. Obi, on the other hand, had the financial capacity to be his own sponsor. If the fortunes of the two can be reversed, chances are that either would have done whatever was expedient to enable him to achieve power as far as politics Nigeriana is concerned.
The hue and cry about Ngige’s return and reported criticism of incumbent administration is certainly instigated by the perceived threat he poses to political dominance of Anambra by incumbent governor. There is a long list of other potential aspirants for Awka State House in 2010 but Governor Obi’s supporters don’t see them as much of a threat as Ngige. Those potential gubernatorial aspirants have neither the track record nor the intrinsic capacity within themselves to make any waves in an ocean that is currently dominated by the incumbent governor’s political machine. These aspirants and their political parties, therefore, opt to remain mum and prefer to lay low while surreptitiously scheming on how to actualize their ambitions during the 2010 gubernatorial contest. An emboldened Ngige’s open critique of the status quo has surely rocked the boat in an otherwise placid waters that most have become used to during his self-imposed absence.
Politics Nigeriana, in our era, has always been that of personalities and not of ideas. Political parties are nothing more than personal fiefdoms controlled and dominated by whoever is in position to foot the bill at any given time. PDP in Anambra state, for example, has always been perceived as personal political machines of the Uba family and all effort to upend that image has thus far been futile. In the same vein, APGA’s claim to fame in Anambra state is predicated on the political ascendancy of Governor Peter Obi sequel to the judicial victory that reinstated him after the controversial 2007 general elections. The unanswered question is wither APGA in Anambra without the person of Mr. Peter Obi? The same scenario applies to almost the rest of other partisan political formations in the state.
The vicious onslaught unleashed against the person of Dr. Chris Ngige by Mr. Peter Obi’s enthusiastic supporters is obviously odious and repulsive to many who know the ex-governor personally as a decent individual outside the framework of Anambra politics. The mud and grime being hauled at his person by individuals who hardly know the ex-governor personally are ugly manifestations of hazards of politics Nigeriana which are based on personalities rather than on ideas and issues.
Some of us who have opted for nonpartisanship in this political dispensation are keenly aware of the blur between party and the individual partisan as commonly perceived even by the educated elite in our midst. In fairness, it must be stated that Ngige was a beneficiary of personality cultism which marked his tenure as Anambra governor. I have no recollection that he did anything to discourage his praise singers who would assail whoever dared to critique his style of governance when he was at the helm. I personally was object of attack at the time by Ngige’s enthusiastic supporters for simply expressing my views on issues of the day as I saw fit. The same Ngige is now the recipient of the treatment meted out to some of us, on his behalf, when he was in power.
Proponents of personification of democratic governance constitute a great inertia to the evolution of civilized politics at ground zero. Experience has shown that this practice is an ill wind that brings lasting goodwill to no one. Even Governor Obi, who is the object of adulation today can quickly become the target for vilification as soon as he vacates the corridors of power. This is an aspect of politics Nigeriana that must be changed, not fostered by seekers of short-term partisan political advantage.