Politically inclined Nigerians realize that the second anniversary of Yar'Adua's inauguration is in a few weeks. They also realize that Presidential elections are on the horizon and many wonder whether Yar'Adua will seek re-election. However, it seems that Yar'Adua is maneuvering certain puzzle pieces to benefit a specific individual who just might be his handpicked successor for the upcoming Presidential elections.
When Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda, made Nasifat Yar'Adua his 4th wife in January 2009, he went from being another unrecognizable state governor to becoming the President's son-in-law and the focus of national scrutiny. In no time, allegations arose that public funds to the tune of N300 million had been used to finance his wedding celebration. Then, despite little evidence of the necessary experience, Yuguda's name was soon floated as a possible replacement for Charles Soludo, the governor of Nigeria's Central Bank. And, now, Yuguda has defected from his political party to join that of his father-in-law - the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Since entering the national spotlight, rumors of mysterious health issues have dogged President Yar'Adua. While campaigning for the Presidency, Nigerians were informed that he had a 'kidney condition' but were, unfortunately, never given any specifics. In March 2007, Yar'Adua was rushed to Germany for treatment and eventually rumors swirled that he was dead. Since becoming President, there have been reports of other health related trips and Nigerians have wondered if their President's health would impede his ability to run the country. Additionally, political opportunists have used Yar'Adua's health issues to call for his resignation and further instigate political instability. As such, the President's health has become a matter of serious concern for all committed to the nation's democracy and stability.
But, what does this mean for Nigeria's democracy and the will of the people? Should the concerns of the elite be the guiding force in determining who will have the responsibility of guiding Nigeria and remedying the nation's woes such as insufficient electricity, decayed infrastructure and other problems faced by citizens? Wills Yuguda become Yar'Adua's handpicked successor, the way Yar'Adua was picked by Obasanjo? This situation raises so many questions and only time will tell. What is certain, however, is that Yuguda is being maneuvered for something important, and all Nigerians must pay attention. After all, they too should have a say in what happens in their country.
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