An Opportunity to End Insincerity And Insecurity - Private Media And Nigeria Elections 2011

26 January 2011

By Alhaji Khaleel Bolaji


The overwhelming election of Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State as the Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) at the party's National Convention and Presidential Primaries held on the 16th of January 2011 is a great opportunity for Nigerians to turn around the fortunes of their country for the best and end the vicious circle of insincere leadership, increasing insecurity and underdevelopment. 

Already, the imposition of candidates at purported primary elections organized by the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) for most elective offices in the forthcoming general elections has laid the foundation for further violence across the country especially as elections approach. The mass protests and demonstrations against such acts of imposition recorded in Adamawa, Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto and elsewhere are mere precursors of what may follow if the powers-that-be in the party eventually have their way in the polls proper. The corruption that characterized the primaries also indicates the fairness and transparency or more appropriately, the lack of them, that the PDP intends to continue with if elected. 

Apart from the well-known manipulations that threw up President Goodluck Jonathan as its Presidential candidate, many other instances indicate that the party is intent on insincerity. One classic case is the double primaries held in Ogun State where the party's Board of Trustees chairman, former President Olusegun Obasanjo organised a parallel primary election at his Presidential Library where his daughter was offered the ticket to re-contest for her senatorial seat, even though the initial primary election organised by officials from the PDP national headquarters was won by Ms Lola Abiola- Edewor. In addition, the mass exodus and defection of prominent PDP members in places such as Adamawa, Benue, Katsina and Kebbi states, among others, means that all peace will henceforth elude the party - and the country - if the party imposes itself on Nigeria once more. 

Nigerians must not be deceived by the PDP for a fourth time at the forthcoming general elections. Knowing that the electorate may not be easily hoodwinked into electing its candidates, most of whom emerged in fraudulent primaries, the ruling party has laid booby-traps along the path. The most prominent among these is the ill-planned voters' registration exercise which is in its fifth day today with some centers recording no registration whatsoever. According to Professor Ibidapo Obe, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos in an interview with LEADERSHIP of 15th January 2011, "The INEC Chairman's task is Herculean. Two weeks is not enough to register 74 million voters. Sincerely, he has allowed the PDP to push him to a point where it will be difficult for him to deliver on his promises in terms of credible elections. So, I pray for him because I know him to be a thorough person. But again, the circumstances and the area which he will be operating from will be quite detrimental to his desire." 

The  ANPP is the only party with the right members, manifesto and adequate experience that can bail the nation from its present economic and sociopolitical predicaments. The myth of the invincibility of the PDP at the polls has already been shattered so many times. However, it is the people that hold the power to throw out the toxic party through their precious votes in the April 2011 elections. 

We urge all Nigerians to defy all the difficulties of the current voter registration exercise and subsequent elections so as to ensure a complete change for the better in their fortunes and that of generations of Nigerians yet unborn.

Signed By Alhaji Khaleel Bolaji, mni - Director General, Shekarau for Nigeria Campaign Organisation (SfN) 0803 618 9067/0802 721 9449/


The Shekarau for Nigeria Campaign Organisation wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to owners and practitioners in the private media organizations especially the press for their commitment to the codes of accuracy, balance, fairness and objectivity so far in the coverage of the coming general elections

It is particularly pleasing that these media have strived to sustain the ethics of the noble profession in the face of the temptations that have corrupted most of our institutions today. This patriotic disposition recommends itself to all well-meaning Nigerians and is the path to tread if we really wish to rescue our country from the almost certain collapse to which it seems headed. 

This is the main reason why the All Nigeria Peoples' Party (ANPP) is more than ever before determined to offer outstanding candidates for political offices at all levels of government in Nigeria in the April 2011 elections. The nation is ripe for rapid progressive changes such as those for which the ANPP stands. We urge all Nigerians to rally round this party to usher in these changes peacefully through the polls. 

On the other hand, we also wish to call on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to be more alive to its responsibilities of ensuring that all media organizations abide by the rules governing political broadcasts. For instance, it is obvious that the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) continues to give far more coverage to candidates of the ruling party than to those of the 63 other registered parties operating in the country put together. Being the self-acclaimed largest television network in Africa, the disadvantage thus conferred on the opposition parties is unquantifiable. This does not help in any way to create a level playing field and is a gross breach of the law of fairness and justice. The NBC must not overlook these contraventions because injustice always meets retribution, if not now, certainly in posterity. 

While thanking those media who are standing firm on the side of justice to all, we also look forward to working in tandem with them when the overwhelming number of Nigerians elects our party into power with Shekarau as President in the coming elections.

Signed By Alhaji Khaleel Bolaji, mni - Director General, Shekarau for Nigeria Campaign Organisation (SfN) 0803 618 9067/0802 721 9449/


Alhaji Khaleel Bolaji, mni
Director General,
Shekarau for Nigeria Campaign Organisation


Alhaji Khaleel Bolaji, mni is the Director General for Shekarau for Nigeria Campaign Organisation. Upon his written correspondence to EsinIslam as supported by both Bala Muhammad and Emu Brown of the campaign organization, this news/press release has been made available. More stories about the Nigerian 2011 General Elections and the Shekarau for Nigeria Campaign Organisation have been posted on EsinIslam by Nigeria's prominent international writers including Saka Raji Audu.  To Read more about Mallam Shekarau - the Nigerian Presidential Hopeful, his achievements and visions visit Writer Homepage Of Saka Raji Audu at:




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