By this time next week, September 28, all political parties in Nigeria would be allowed to kick off their political campaigns and set in motion all measures aimed at convincing Nigerians to buy into their manifesto.
One thing that will become very clear to every political observer in Nigeria, that’s the great importance of Party Machinery! Without a strongly rooted political party, campaigns will be haphazardly organized due to poor mobilization and coordination.
Despite the country’s claim to universal adult suffrage, most registered voters do not vote on election days. This is where political parties come in to educate, motivate and mobilize both human and material resources for greater voter turnout on voting days.
The party with the highest capacity to mobilize will automatically carry the day on February 25, 2022. So far, the four biggest candidates in the presidential race have shown that they enjoy a strong media presence and have followers across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
However, in terms of party resources and spread, only the PDP and the APC have proven beyond doubt to enjoy the highest national spread. If Labour Party and NNPP want to disrupt the status quo, they must ramp up capacity and ensure that their parties are fully built up to withstand the challenge.
Unfortunately, it’s too late to start building a political party now because campaigns will not give room for that. What this means is that all the candidates will be forced to make do with whatever they have as parties.
If this is the case, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Musa Kwankwaso of the NNPP would find it very difficult to campaign with huge supporters turnout in all the 774 LGAs and more than 3000 wards in Nigeria on campaign days.
It’s surely going to be a very hard time for all the smaller parties due to a mixture of several factors. This is why many analysts are clamouring for a merger between NNPP and the Labour Party to emerge as a stronger political unit capable of punching the life out of the two big parties of APC and PDP. Without this, Kwankwaso and Obi will fare badly. Just watch out and see for yourself.
In conclusion, permit me to wish the party with the highest mobilization, a success. I don’t want to know the name or the candidate, it’s time for Cold Political Calculations! Remove the sentiments and blame game, this is the time to start mobilizing at the grassroots for your chosen presidential candidate.
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