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There is one quote which over the years has dominated the writings of many authors in the realm of politics often attributed to different authors until recently attributed to John F. Kennedy. That quotes is this, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”

There is one quote which over the years has dominated the writings of many authors in the realm of politics often attributed to different authors until recently attributed to John F. Kennedy. That quotes is this, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”

However, irrespective of the original author or source of that quote, the truth remains that it is a highly instructive statement which must not be ignored by both politicians and the Statesmen. And as we gradually but steadily inch to the D-Day next year, this popular quotation comes to the fore.
Without any doubt, there are a good number of reasons why many people in this country have come to express some fears and apprehensions when the forthcoming elections come to the front burner. Admittedly, some of those fears are very capricious, but some of them are in fact genuine.
In this article, attempt will be made to take a look at some of the real fears in case appropriate steps should be taken to honestly address some of those issues.
As far as I am concerned as a Public Opinion Analyst who monitors the cumulative influx of public opinion whether expressed or suppressed, it is incumbent on me not to join the crowd in increasing the fear but make efforts to separate the grains from the chaff.    It is not necessary to ignore the capricious fears from the genuine, it is important to know that such fears exist. But let us concentrate on those genuine fears.
Yes, on paper, Nigeria is practicing democracy. But in practice, can we sincerely say that we are practicing democracy? The answer is in the negative. We are not.
Essentially, there are certain basic requirements which must be apparent before we can claim to be practicing democracy. These must include a process of choosing those to be elected to various offices to govern the country. In the first place, our electoral process is faulty from the word go. The number one fear today centres on the Electoral Umpire itself. The constitution of the INEC although certifies the basic Constitutional requirements, but the choice of the personnel is faulty.
For quite sometimes now, many Nigerians have raised moral questions as to how can the Chairman of the INEC conduct free and fair election in which his relation no matter the distance or organize an election in which his relation is running as a president? To begin with, the current INEC Chairman, no matter the amount of reforms he has been claiming to adopt cannot do it. He cannot do it no matter how much explanations he tries to dish out to the public claiming that this election is going to be free, fair and credible. The obvious questions are these: were elections in Anambra, Ondo, Edo and the recent one, Ekiti Governorship polls free, fair and credible? Of course, irrespective of what the courts have ruled or said, Nigerians know that those elections, particularly those of Edo, Ondo and Ekiti were nothing but compromised in many aspects. Nigerians are not fools. Even, today, the forthcoming Governorship election in Osun state, many believe has already been compromised before the election in spite of the claims that it will be free, fair and credible. Of course, such allegations are widespread.
In any Governorship election in which less than one third of the population claims to have elected the Governor of the State is in itself flawed heavily.
Therefore, the most genuine fear is the ability of INEC as currently constituted to conduct free, fair and credible Presidential Election, no matter the pretence. After all, no one gives what one does not possess.
Another major fear is the general belief by major Nigerians that if for any eventuality Buhari loses the election due to the character and conduct of many members of the APC leadership, they would advice him not to accept defeat. There is the general belief also that Buhari is a power intoxicated individual and that he is surrounded by many hawkish politicians who are not genuinely interested in the unity and existence of the country as a nation. For example, it is a matter of national disgrace and international embarrassment for the Government of Buhari to have organized “a civilian coup d tat” against the National Assembly.  Such an act of truism cannot be justified by any reason at all. Equally, many people believe that such inversion in abortive to take over the National Assembly has been engineered by the Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole. After all, Adams as a former Trade Union Leader has not divorced himself from belligerence attitude of labour unionism. No wonder then it was possible to mute such ugly idea.
Election is not warfare, it is a competition in which one has to win by introducing to the electorates a more superior admin.
Thus, gangsterism, belligerence, thuggery, rigging and all forms of anti-election and democratic practices must be jettisoned. These in fact are genuine fears.
Another genuine fear which the people have reasons to express is the issue of over militarization of the entire process. It is wrong, absolutely wrong for anybody to begin to think of bring anti-democratic process into the election whatsoever. How can one justify the introduction of military personnel to the tone of 30,000 for a Governorship election?
Properly put, election is supposed to be a peaceful process of selecting through election those whom the people think will represent them. It is not and cannot be over militarized. APC as a party has the tendency to lubricate election process with all manner of anti-democratic process. If this happens, the people will reject it.
Therefore, we must eschew every type of military tendencies in the forthcoming elections. This without doubt is a genuine fear.
Another genuine fear which the people have is that of logistics and management of the election. How can INEC administer an election in which 91 political parties will be contesting? Unfortunately, the INEC has shot itself in the foot and will find it difficult to allocate spaces for these 91 Political Parties. Although each party is to be registered according to its position in alphabetical order, the huge number of Political parties will constitute a problem not only for the electorates but for other members of the public. Admittedly, therefore, there is a genuine fear in this regard.
In conclusion, much as I do not intend to raise fear in the minds of Nigerian citizens, but it is important to highlight these flash points in case we tend to pretend that all is well. But, and only but if the electorate and the politicians would behave themselves, the election will come and go and Nigeria will remain strong and strong. This is my hope but will not remove the fear.

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