Kolapo Olapoju: Adamu Mu’azu should emulate Ed Miliband and resign

by Kolapo Olapoju

There is no honour in Nigerian politics and that’s a fact.

Without overstating or exaggerating, our politicians are mostly a breed of thieving, shameless individuals, who have little or no integrity.

Only in these parts will a politician or public official perform badly/disgracefully, and still raise his/her head high and bounce along.

Only in Africa will public opinion be completely against a public office holder and the person will continue to sit-tight in office, as long he/she is not sacked.

Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom, has resigned following the embarrassing defeat suffered by his party in the elections of Thursday, May 7.

Milliband, a former Energy Secretary, who succeeded Gordon Brown in 2010, stepped down after admitting that the scale of election defeat had taken him and his staff by surprise.

In essence, just like the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria, the Labour party never expected that they would perform woefully.

The only difference is that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu and other party leaders have failed to follow the honourable route by stepping aside for others to have a go.

Miliband, who was evidently devastated, said he’s truly sorry for party’s crushing defeat but neither Mu’azu nor any member of the National Working Committee of the PDP has deemed it fit to apologise for their shortcomings in the general election.

Across board, from the federal to state level, the PDP was roundly beaten by the All Progressives Congress, and no one has said ‘sorry’ for this.

While Mu’azu has been going around defending himself and engaging in verbal fisticuffs with PDP governors, especially Ayo Fayose, the Labour leader immediately after the election gave a speech saying: “I take absolute and total responsibility for our defeat. I am so sorry for all of those colleagues who lost their seats.”

“While we may have lost the election, the argument of our campaign will not go away. The issue of our unequal country will not go away. This is the issue of our time, the fight goes on and, whoever is our new leader, I know Labour will keep making the case for a country that works for working people once again. This party has come back before and will come back again,” he added.

Only if Mu’azu would emulate Miliband and apologise, and maybe resign.

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