The Politicians you should not vote for in 2018 and beyond
I was in Ibadan recently and I could not believe my eyes with the numerous campaign offices springing up. For the not too politically inclined readers; Ibadan is known to be the political capital of the South West. In the past when Nigeria operated the regional form of government, Ibadan was the city of the government that housed the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Premier), Chief S.L Akintola (Deputy Premier and later Premier), Chief Adelabu, Chief Aleshinloye and co. Ibadan is the largest city in West Africa and prominently known for its “Amala politics” (whatever that means).
The next general elections come up in 2019 and it appears that the city has started receiving her numerous sons and daughters who probably show up only during election periods. Election times have become yuletide period for current and aspiring politicians. Moving from Oluyole, Challenge, through Molete to Oke Ado and bursting out at Mokola towards Sango, you will notice lots of open spaces/offices tagged as one foundation or the other. These organizations claim to benefit the people and their messages of youth development, social welfare, food interventions and women empowerment. There is even one along Sango that belongs to a popular serving minister that has the image of Nigeria’s current president all over the place.
Ibadan is not the only city that would experience this surge, it is the same pattern across regions and crannies of the country. Some places like Osun and Ekiti are even worse as their elections are closer than the rest of the country.
My advice to young people reading this is to look beyond today and start thinking long-term. Does this person have plans beyond the N5,000 he is giving us? Does he/she have the right strategies and plans for the development of this state? Is he/she the kind of person that can represent us intellectually where important matters would be discussed?
In our work at YNAG to promote credible leaders, we have received applications from people who want us to help them in their campaigns and ensure they win elections. We are a focused organization and our objectives are clear and straight to the point. We are building leaders for the next generations, so if you do not possess the next generation skills, we cannot support you.
Here are a few tips to identify the right politicians to vote for;
Foresight and Prevision: To command a following and enjoy unquestioned loyalty, every leader has to possess rare, super-human attributes with which his followers can easily identify with. Examples of attributes that are not randomly distributed in the population include intelligence, brilliance, eloquence and oratory skills, patience, tenacity, courage in the face of adversity and the ability to touch hearts. Does the person possess all or any of these?
Charisma: That is, the image portrayed by this person to his/her followers and the masses. The effectiveness of communication strategies and how articulate his/her plans are. Capacity to build and hold together widening and concentric cycles of supporters and followers. His/Her ability to stand in the face of opposition and embracing other people’s point of views.
Depth of understanding of the environment and knowledge of consequences of policy choices: The individual should demonstrate understanding of the community and grass root problems. This goes beyond social media posts and blogs. How well is the person represented with his people?
Adetunji Adeniran is the convener of YNAG, a brand that develops leaders and enables them win elections in their communities.