IT IS difficult to gauge the
motive behind Chief Orji Uzor
Kalu’s assertion that the April
28, Presidential election in the
South-east was rigged in favour
of President Jonathan. He boldly
stated during a programme
on Channels TV titled ‘View
from the Top’, on Monday that
apart from Enugu and Ebonyi
states where the PDP had very
good outings, every other state
they won in the South-East was
rigged. He was saying in effect
that General Buhari would have
received the greater number of
votes cast in the South-East, if
the election was not rigged. Of
course, this is one of the most
fallacious statements ever made
concerning Ndigbo’s voting
pattern during the election.
One can only hazard a guess
as to why the former governor
chose to make such a glaringly
false assertion. Is he trying to
prove to Buhari that the Igbo
nation actually voted en masse
for him; that their expression
of support and solidarity was
thwarted on the altar of willful
rigging by a select few powerful
politicians who subverted
the collective will of the Igbo
This is, indeed, a curious and
interesting revelation.
It is on record that Orji
Uzor Kalu, more than any
other politician outside the
PDP extraction campaigned
more vigorously for President
Jonathan, extolling his
virtues and sterling qualities,
accomplishments and personal
abilities beyond the ordinary.
The glaring truth is that just
as Orji Uzor Kalu believed
in Jonathan and worked
is the perfect existentialist who
believes that man, by virtue of
his birth, has been thrown into an
uncertain and indifferent universe,
exposed to uncaring determinism
in which his ability to survive is
governed by his personal choices
and decisions and the way he
handles options and alternatives.
For every hurdle or roadblock,
there is always a leeway of hope
for survival and triumph. The
stoic philosophy anchored on
calm, personal endurance of all
hardships, holds sway in his
mindset. No wonder, with this
kind of mindset, he is hardly
swept off his feet by unexpected
and unforeseen happenstances
or occurrences. He confronts
challenges in its strides, undeterred
by uncertain shade of unfamiliar
circumstances, convinced that he
will surely sail through troubled
waters and emerge with triumph
and positive possibilities. His
Spartan spirit abhors failure and
recourse to fatalism.
This explains why the individual
poverty index among all the
tribes in Nigeria is lowest in
Igbo land. However, to some
with vague understanding of the
existential realities that govern the
psyche and consciousness of the
IgboHomo sapiens, the irony of the
Igbo man’s dilemma is his resolute
single-mindedness. They believe
that his successes in confronting
challenges on a personal,
individual note, is a delusion
obscuring the imperative of a more
rewarding and result-oriented
recourse to collective action, which
ordinarily would have enabled
him to pull resources together,
galvanize the uncommon spirit of
industry and enterprise for which
his race is known worldwide,
for a common good of the Igbo
nation. There may well be some
hard truths in such perceptions
since the successes the Igbo man
has recorded as an individual in
the midst of dire circumstances
seem to have beclouded his sense
of recognition or perception of the
dangers inherent in self-driven
initiatives in such a heterogeneous
Nigerian society with multifaceted,
ethnic-driven agenda.
The Igbo man, however, has
nothing to regret about his
choices and decisions and has no
reason whatsoever to vitiate the
consequences of his action, in an
inglorious attempt to play to the
gallery and rubbish his principled
stand on the past presidential
election. In terms of political
expediencies and opportunism,
the Igbo seem to have lost out in
the power sharing equation as a
result of their voting pattern, but
the point must be made that such
seemingly inopportune scenario is
not likely to affect their fortunes so
negatively on a collective front. It
will likely be a blessing in disguise
as more and more Igbo will exploit
the ‘disadvantage’ and seek to
strategize on how best to maximize
the gains or otherwise of the
Buhari Presidency. It is, therefore,
surprising that those who should
have known the Igbo people too
well are making undue fuss about
the way they voted as if their
behavioral pattern in the political
engineering process has not
always been one of a principled,
predictable stance.
Beyond all these, the point
must also be made that in the
democratic process, choices and
decisions are not just made on
the altar of political expediencies
and unbridled recourse to
opportunism that seeks to sacrifice
convictions and principled stance
on issues. Nobody condemned
the Yoruba nation when, purely on
principles, they voted en masse
against Obasanjo. The Hausa
people were not condemned
for voting against Jonathan who
eventually cited more projects
in their areas than he did for
Ndigbo. Did Ndigbo not support
Yar’Adua and Obasanjo as well
as Jonathan, none of whom
is from the Igbo nation? The
Igbo nation from their voting
pattern over the years have been
laying sound foundation for
the flourishing of a democratic
process not anchored on ethnicdriven
agenda. The fuss about
not getting or occupying any
strategic position in the political
equation, becomes all the more
unnecessary when juxtaposed
with the traditional realities
of the performances of the
individual Igbo personalities
who have had the opportunity
of serving Nigeria at the highest
levels of governance. All these
Igbo men and women rather
than seeking to carve a niche
for themselves as champions
of Ndigbo’s cause chose to
serve Nigeria as their primary
constituency. It is, therefore, of
no tragic consequence, as far as
the collective welfare of the Igbo
nation is concerned, whether one
of their own occupies a powerful
position in Buhari’s government
or not. The innate proclivities
of the Igbo man have been well
enunciated above. It is, probably
pertinent, to let those who are
unnecessarily afraid of any tragic
repercussions on the Igbo nation
to know that the history of the
struggles of the Igbo people is
one full of heroic incidences and
the triumph of the human spirit
against all odds.
Baba Crusoe, Public Affairs
Analyst, wrote in from Lagos
relentlessly and assiduously for his
victory, so also did a great majority
of the Igbo people. It becomes
simply unthinkable that majority
of the Igbo men and women who
actually believed in Jonathan
would have turned against him
during the Presidential election.
Would it have been necessary
to rig an election in the South-
East in which the majority of the
electorate is favourably disposed
to voting for Jonathan? There was
a common understanding among
the Igbo people that Jonathan was
a better choice and they expressed
it by voting massively for him.
It will be most uncharitable for
someone who is probably seeking
to attract the attention of the incoming
government, to rubbish the
collective will and aspirations of a
well known resilient tribe, who are
always proud of their principled
choices and least bothered about
the implications. For avoidance of
doubt, the best in the Igbo people
are stirred, especially in the midst
of trials and tribulations.
Those who may not have
understood the primary motivation
and tendencies of the average Igbo
man may well be informed that his
well known republican attributes
and inclinations is a product
of innate, natural endowments
and not something that has been
imbibed and internalized as a
result of the exigencies of human
existence. While grappling with
the vicissitudes of life, he seeks
to subdue his environment and
become the master of his destiny.
It is, however, interesting to
note that this uncommon outlook
to life finds greater definition in
individual, personal strivings,
rather than in common assent
to tribal, political or economic
exigencies that will serve a greater
collective interest. In a sense, he

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