…political parties lose elections implicit in their selfish displacement of the structural base that gave impetus to the triumphal of their party during previous elections….(Chris I. Nwagboso, PhD, citing his article on “The Futility of the Minority Equation in Nigeria’s Electoral Calculations in Nigeria; Published in African Research Review, Ethiopia; in 2012).
Political appointments should be strictly given to party members who have the capacity to win elections in their geo-politics.
Thus, if you appoint a wrong person based on sentiments/inclinations, the people will work against him and your party will certainly fail woefully during elections.
Consequently, do not appoint someone that his/her people do not want to represent them, especially ahead of any election. Similarly, do not destroy the structural base of your party. Do not tamper with the structures through which you assumed political power. Such self-serving approach to politics will pinch you against the people. Naturally, the people in the affected areas will certainly demonstrate their anger via the instrumentality of the ballot box.
Some politicians are deceitful. Their people are aware of them and their antics. If you give them nominations for 20 times, their people will still vote them out for 20 times.
I, therefore, opine that party nominations ahead of the 2027 primaries should not be based on sentiments. They should not be based on affiliations, inclinations and other primitive considerations. Rather, such critical political road map should be strictly based on character and capacity to win elections for the party. A man or woman who doesn’t enjoy the supports and love of his/her people should not be given party nomination at all levels. Otherwise, the candidate and party will fail at the polls.
…our people know bad candidates and will not allow them do thanksgiving in church to celebrate victories they do not deserve….
Half a word!
Chris I. Nwagboso, PhD.
Writes from the University of Calabar.