If you think those running the campaigns of the major contenders are old, analog politicians, think again. They’re young, educated, and highly intelligent people on both sides. A lot of them work feverishly to make sure those old guards are in our heads 24/7. The Buhari Media Campaign (BMC) folks work extremely hard. Some of them are our friends on Facebook and you won’t even know it. Have you seen Sanwo-Olu’s life-size cut-outs on every corner of Lagos state? Those are creative ideas of young, tech-savvy, streetwise youth in his campaign offices. Add the input of agberos removing the posters of opposition candidates, who wan die? They are on overdrive as we speak. So, when you look at the new guys and you wonder why young, energetic Nigerians are not rallying behind them as they should, understand that most young people are in a race for survival. Those young folks are busy securing the bag. You remember Chude Jideonwo, Tolu Ogunlesi, Kayode Ogundamisi and others who did it for Buhari in 2015? In different ways, they are enjoying the fruits of their labor.
There are young people who will work for peanuts or nothing to see a Sowore Presidency, for example. There are just not enough of those to knock on doors and some of us reading this, even if we support the third force, will not hit the streets for them. Young people are battling for survival. The old guards are benevolent gods this season, they can write a single check that will wipe away years of poverty in one day. And they do it from their loot. They know when to employ young people. Who do you think are running Alpha Beta and all those Realtor companies they use as fronts? Your guess is as good as mine, young Harvard educated guys, who in turn employ first class and second class upper graduates from our universities. They pay them good wages and it is hard to come from that and fight the establishment that made it possible. That is one of the reasons the old, crooked politicians will be around for a long time.
Until some of our new candidates get down after the election to start building from the ground up, it will be the same story every election cycle. It is not impossible, we have a recent example like Imran Khan in Pakistan. In spite of his Ivy league education, celebrity status and larger-than-life image as a sports hero and a wealthy citizen; it took him years to build a steady political following. Finally, he succeeded in sending the establishments packing. He is the Prime Minister as we speak. We don’t know the direction he would take his country, but he succeeded regardless.