columnBy Alexandra Omordia
Abuja — Time will tell if Obama will eventually clinch the ticket to represent the Democrats. At the moment, he is doing quite well. His chances are very high. However, November's elections will determine whether he will become president .One would say that the Democrats have a better chance, but in life, sometimes the best candidates never emerge. More often than not, this is as a result of considerations given to other issues that have noting to do with competence.
Let's draw an analogy from our experience. Before the last elections, different parties held their conventions. However the convention held by the Peoples Democratic Party was watched with keen interest by the majority of Nigerians, because most of us knew that the candidate that would emerge from that convention would most likely end up as the president. Let's not go into the details of how most of us came to that conclusion, but we all know how politics is played here. At that convention, many PDP governors indicated their interest to represent the party as the presidential candidate. Donald Duke was considered by most Nigerians as the most credible candidate the party had to offer.
Donald was not only respected for his prudent spending, like Umaru Musa Yar'Adua was known for when he was the governor of Katsina State, he was also respected for his ingenuity. People felt that it was time for a credible candidate from the South-South to seek the number one position, but what happened at the end of the day? Umaru Musa Yar'adua was nominated. I am not in anyway putting down the character of Umaru Musa Yar'adua, he did his bit as governor, but Donald Duke did a better job. However, Donald got sidelined at the end of the day for reasons we may never know. That decision didn't come as a surprise to the majority. We know that the best people are rarely selected to take up such positions. This is disastrous for the nation, because we are at a stage where we need more than what we are getting, we need exceptional people with exceptional abilities to lead us to the Promised Land. If there is an available position, we have to seek from among us, individuals who can deliver. They do not have to be relatives or children of monarchs, bank C.E.Os, retired generals, or even politicians for them to be considered for any worth-while position. On the streets of Nigeria, we have competent people in abundance.
They may not wear expensive clothes. They may not be able to afford a decent meal, but that should not matter. These people have exceptional skills to contribute, like Obama has for the Americans, but if the people of America do not realise that, it would badly affect them. America is fast losing its larger than life status. It started with the September 11th thing, we are all aware of that attack, I hope. It exposed the vulnerability of that nation. Not long after that, Hurricane Katrina further exposed the nation, as the world watched barely literate Americans describing their struggles amidst poverty. if care is not taken, it will only be a matter of time before the American empire becomes a relic like other empires before it. Obama seems to have all it takes to do the job of restoring the nation to its former glory. Barak represents a minority that has contributed for many years to the growth of that country. The non-Caucasian group deserves a shot at the presidency. However, if for any reason Barak is sidelined, or even eliminated, that would be the worst mistake that country has ever made.