By Abdulrahman Yunusa
“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” – Harry Emerson
Of course, it’s not obscure to anyone with an in-depth understanding of Politics and Democracy that strategy and astute plans play a pivotal role in setting a candidate on the track to success. And once one fails to plan well, the outcome becomes blurry and unappreciative.
My name is Abdulrahman Yunusa Darazo. I’m a staunch fan of Baba Sadieque Air Marshal and, at the same time, a State member of the Air Marshal campaign council who is additionally yearning to see the success of Amb. Air Marshal to uplift the status of Bauchi state in the sight of both indigenes and non-indigenes.
However, it came to our notice with tremendous and utmost dismay that in the recent campaign of our candidate on Thursday, 22 December 2023, which is the most crucial step in his political voyage. He and his cohort have goofed tremendously this time at the beginning of the game, for they could have made an attractive move. Yet facing one of the most shrewd political actor-cum-incumbent governors of the state.
Though I must acknowledge that they gathered a mammoth crowd in his first official political campaign, that is not the only way to sell a product. Having many eyes with a dearth of good marketing strategies brought nothing good to the seller. However, when the product is qualitative and still accompanied by good packing, it stands a better chance of being sold quickly.
Sorry to say this, but to my knowledge, the recent outing is one of the most haphazard, unstructured, and virtually ill-organized campaigns to have ever taken place in Bauchi state. Therefore the Campaign DG and his team need to wake up and adjust for a better war which is imminent against us. They should discard the holier-than though attitude of feeling they can do it alone.
The dark horse often lurks and waits for a chance to pick and use it against poor managers and political strategists. This tells a lot about the future of this ambitious journey.
More so, the event was packed with lacunae as some stakeholders needed to be carried along in the process. In short, the Campaign Committee should have honoured the members ranging from Local government to the state level with a bit of exception as both have never been briefed ahead of the campaign exercise. Thus, even some groups among the Artisans were busy complaining covertly for the inconvenience meted yesterday at the Campaign ground.
Hence giving the wrong impression that they have all it takes to go a long way with such a poorly designated team. What are they trying to insinuate, for God’s sake, is rendering our kerfuffle, registering and voicing our grievances as diehard supporters of Baba Sadieque an offence? Let it be if it is, but we must speak for the goodness of Sadieq Baba’s candidature.
Nevertheless, I have a question to ask at this juncture, which requires no response. What are they planning to gain with such a poor outing? What do they stand to achieve with such a gang of uninformed men surrounding our future governor if they tend to go this hazy way? Just ponder on these two questions in soliloquy.
As a matter of urgency, we need to build something gigantic and reliable that can stand the test of time. Something which even our foes would find hard to fathom, let alone penetrating to score some political points against us. Until we become wary and intelligent of our affairs, our contending parties could take advantage of our parochial approach and use it against us. God forbid.
Conclusively, it is evident that there is another crucial task to undertake, particularly in the Election. And ignoring some figures thinking they have no relevance whatsoever, won’t be a brilliant idea because they could be the ones to root for massive votes for our giant candidate Amb. Saqieque Air Marshal.
A stitch in time, save nine.
Abdulrahman Yunusa writes from Bauchi and can be reached via email@example.com.