Public Affairs analyst, Mr. Johnson Chukwu has advised Nigerians not to expect more from the political leaders of this country this year as economic activities and governance will only be witnessed in the first half of the year after which political activities takes over the second half up till end of first quarter of 2019 as a result of preparations for the 2019 general election.
Chukwu who was reacting to the 2019 election timetable recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) however said that leaders at different levels of government would try to put up some performance to enable them get back to the electorates with the intent to secure party’s nomination.
He argued that lot of politicians would work hard in the first half of the year particularly for those who had not done much to leave some footprints in the first three years of their stewardship so that they could go back to seek for another mandate or they could go back and campaign for their party in case of a retiring executive.
In his words,” My take is that the first half of the year, government at different levels will strive to perform so that they could get back to the electorates when they are seeking for their party’s nomination and eventually election by the electorates. A lot of local politicians will take far reaching measures to perform in the first half of the year particularly for those who have not done much to leave some footprints to show what they have done in the first three years of their governance so that they go back to seek for another mandate or they could go back and campaign for their party in case of a retiring executive.
“But subsequently, after the first half of the year, economic activities will take the back seat and the political activities will now take the direction”.
He however called on Nigerians to rise up and demand for dividends of democracy from those they had entrusted with the collective interests of the masses saying that they should be guided by antecedents rather than sentiment in choosing who returns to power in 2019.
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