By Odimegwu Onwumere
The All Progressives Congress has made its denial look childish as the news making the rounds has it that it has debunked the claims that it was wooing former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor kalu, to join its fold.
Whether Kalu and the former vice-President Atiku Abubakar have had political frictions in the past is left for the duo and, should not have been a yardstick for some bootlickers in the APC to downgrade Atiku and Kalu. It was speculated that the former was calling on the later to join APC, when he paid Kalu a visit to his Abuja home recently.
It is known in Kalu?s charisma that he would not join the APC?s foot-soldiers that called him names. Kalu has a lot to do in making sure that Nigeria gets to her destination. He has no time to join words with some languid folks in the APC fold. Anybody who has been following Kalu would attest to the fact that he has always earned and is earning the respect he deserves without intimidating anybody to do so.
He is a man that cannot be discriminated, but with the comment of the APC against Kalu means that the party wants Nigerians to see and take it as one party that has generalised itself as a bench for pseudo-democrats. If not, how on earth would such a high-ranked party debase itself to the base by saying that it did not send Atiku to woo Kalu to join the party, when many political parties know that number makes a political party.
Deliberately, it?s not certain that the APC chose to stay the wrong course against Kalu, when the dude has always said that he remains in the PDP. Who is sure if the APC is able to withstand through times when it is down and able to live up to times when it is up.?It was Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), who said that if liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
Kalu has always taken a step to and in the right direction and, would always betray the thoughts of those in the APC who perhaps were condemning him to see if he would make comments to the contrary that APC is burgeoning to dictatorship. Kalu has a prowess of the interest of Nigeria at heart and does not engage in unnecessary wars gingered by slothful politicians who are looking for relevance by blackmailing advanced politicians.
Kalu has always been accorded his rightful position in the country. He has always stood a ground in the discourse of this country where many dared not stand. He has always told the world exactly what democracy ought to be: free of bitterness. It behoves Nigerians to note that the comment by the APC has shown that some Nigerians are Nigeria?s enemies by vomiting issues gratuitously, because they feel they can.
It is observable that APC has seen itself as one party that many Nigerians have applauded hence it is allowing ego to brood in its tyro brain. Instead of look for ways to see if the mega billionaire would join it and use his wealth and knowledge to compel the party to the acme, it is making derogatory statements against Kalu that are capable of launching the Nigerian people against the party for the exaltation of any other political party.
No wonder Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965), Hansard, November 11, 1947, once said that many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
What was expected of APC was to apply psychological approach to address issues and not to talk like some market women who do not care how wide and wild their comments are. A political party is not only intended to win in elections, but, also, to educate its followership on how to be civil and approach the government and the people without making bias comments and waywardness to things.
The idea of a political party should be the process of wooing people to join and not the process of insulting those who do not want to join. Kalu should always see the APC as a new party where everybody is doing everything to outsmart the fellow for cheap political gains. He should not pick holes in their thoughtless comments against him. Rather, he should lend a helping hand and continue to educate Nigerians on how to be democrats and good citizens.
Kalu should know that he is one man who believes in Nigeria so much and does not care what contrary opinions are when he is operating in tandem with the rules and regulations as prescribed in the Constitution of the federation.
Let him continue to fight those who substitute democracy for election. Let him not raise his voice against the APC, because doing so would amount to raising it to the level of wisdom from the level of silliness it wants Nigerians to believe it is at present. Let all know what HL Mencken (1880 – 1956) said: Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.