The former aviation minister and All Progressives Congress (APC) leader has advised his party on how to defeat and counter supporters of the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate known as the Obidients.
Fani-Kayode confessed in his conclusions that supporters of Peter Obi are everywhere including North, West, East, South, and not only on social networks.
In a post titled: “Who are these Obidients”?, he explained that the “Obidients” have ideas and a vision but advised his party to play their cards very well.
He said, “In order to counter them and defeat them or keep them in their place, we must at least try to understand them and understand how their minds work.”
Fani-Kayode, who warned against underestimating the “Obidients”, said they are: “a very powerful and powerful rising force which, if properly managed, will turn into a major political power in the world. over the next few years with a strong ideological and electoral foundation, massive foundations and structures.
“That’s the potential they have and that’s how dangerous they can be.
“The truth is that they are far more dangerous to our collective cause as the ruling class than many of us can conceive or appreciate.
“Only the most knowledgeable can appreciate this and know precisely where all this may be heading.
“They may not have structures or representatives in the legislative and executive arms, but they have ideas and a vision.”
Read the full statement:
WHO ARE THESE OBIDIENTS?
Let me clarify this upfront. I am a member of the APC and a supporter of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
This contribution is no exception to that and my analysis is more of an academic and intellectual exercise than anything else.
I am NOT a Peter Obi supporter and have NO intention of becoming one. I am, however, interested in what its supporters stand for and stand for and that is the subject of this essay.
They deserve my attention only because their rise and relevance in the political configuration of our nation, in just a few weeks, is meteoric and phenomenal.
In order to counter them and defeat them or keep them in their place, we must at least try to understand them and understand how their minds work.
Here are my conclusions:
Those who are supporters of Peter Obi, the Labor Party presidential candidate, are known as Obidients and they are EVERYWHERE.
Those of us in the big political parties like the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, treat them with contempt and ignore them at our peril.
The truth is that they are far more dangerous to our collective cause as the ruling class than many of us can conceive or appreciate.
Only the most knowledgeable can appreciate this and know precisely where all this can go.
They may not have structures or elected representatives in the legislative and executive branches of government, but they do have IDEAS and VISION coupled with a clear ideological and philosophical bent that can and will last far longer than mere political platforms and structures.
Unknown to them and virtually everyone else, therein lies their power. As they say, an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped.
Long after we are gone, they will still be there because political structures and alliances rarely last, but IDEAS and VISION last forever.
Again, they will survive and we will all survive because they are not a political party in the true sense of the word, but rather a growing national movement that spans and expands across ethnic, religious, political and regional and traditional boundaries.
They also represent a generational and paradigm shift that is increasingly appealing to many and they are intertwined by a common purpose, a common cause and a common goal: namely, to rid Nigeria of the old order and usher in the new.
It’s really what they want to do and it’s the first and strongest source of their inspiration and motivation.
They are far more dangerous to what the French describe as the “Ancien Régime”, the old political class and the whole system itself than anything we have ever seen before, because most of them , with the exception of their leader and a small handful of seasoned veteran politicians and old war horses around him, are NOT politicians and have never ventured anywhere near the political arena or circles of power.
All in all, they are an innovative, aggressive and chilling group and association of angry and determined young men and women who clearly have the courage of their beliefs coupled with boldness, fury, audacity, rage and the firm resolve of those involved in the Endsars. the protesters and fiery foot soldiers who carried out the 1917 Russian Bolshevik Revolution led by Vladimir Iliyich Lenin.
There’s also something Rawlingesque and intimidating about them.
That is to say, they are like the late, great and powerful son of Africa and leader of Ghana, President Jerry Rawlings, who also led a successful revolution in his country in 1979 and who, during his second coming in 1981, when he overthrew another The government said: “if there is no justice, there can be no peace!”
It is the spirit that is in the Obidients and it is what animates them.
Yet if they don’t like to hear it, their chances of winning the presidential election next year, barring a miracle, are very slim and deep down they all know it even if they refuse to acknowledge it publicly.
Despite this, they are determined to fight until the end, to hope for the best, to work hard and to do their best and, of course, therein lies their victory.
In this game, courage is the key. As they say, “he who dares wins”. Again, as they say, “fortune smiles on the bold” and these youngsters are both bold and daring.
That they can challenge the status quo and compete for the sacred and awesome power that has been shared by the two main political parties or their ancestral variants for the past 62 years is commendable in itself. I’m not one of them, but I certainly welcome and applaud their efforts.
They too have the right to fight for their rights and their future and to be heard. They too have a dream and a story to tell and we must never blame them.
Yet, if the truth is told, they are not only interested in winning an election but, perhaps more importantly, they are interested in making a profound and provocative statement, registering their protest against the qou status and powers in place and by triggering and engendering a large-scale, comprehensive and comprehensive social, cultural and political revolution.
They want real, fundamental change, not fake change. They want to destroy the whole house and the system with everyone and rebuild a new one in their own image, with their own values and on their own terms.
More importantly, they want to see the backs of those of us who are in any way associated with the old order or who have been in government or the halls of power at ANY time during the last 62 years.
This desire and this feeling are the force which animates and propels them, which kindles their fire and swells their ranks.
They are like the Robspiers and the Marats of the bloody French revolution between 1789 and 1799 whose battle cry was “liberty, equality and fraternity”, which put an end to the French monarchy, the royal family and the nobility, their cut off their heads and established a proud and strong new order and a proud Republic.
Like Robspier’s small cabal of French revolutionaries, they are led by a small cell of intellectuals and idealistic extremists and are supported, strengthened and supported by an unstable, massive and growing support group and power base. dangerous men who threaten to use violence and hurl insults at their perceived critics at the flick of a hat and in the wake of years of pent-up anger and frustration.
If they ever get power, many heads will appear and many leaders of today and yesterday will go into exile or go into hiding.
This is especially the case for those who have something to hide or who have skeletons in their closets.
This is what makes them so threatening and I repeat, those of us who are in the big political parties or who are members of the existing and old ruling class underestimate them, ignore them and show contempt for their firm resolve and their growing anger against ourselves. Danger.
Most of my political associates, friends and colleagues from all parties tend to dismiss them with contempt.
They consider them inconsequential and maintain that they only exist on social networks. I do not agree. I see them in the streets and I see them in the churches.
I see them among my staff and among those who consider themselves to be among the oppressed and oppressed. I see them among professionals and those who are bankers, lawyers, doctors and artists.
I see them in the North, West, East and South. I see them everywhere and not just on social media.
I see them as a very powerful and powerful rising force which, if properly managed, will grow into a major political power over the next few years with a solid ideological and electoral base and massive structures.
That’s the potential they have and that’s how dangerous they can be.
The sooner those of us in the big political parties get off our high horses, show some humility, try to understand their mindset, reach out to them, take them more seriously , appreciate their anger, give them hope, make the necessary concessions and try to calm their growing rage and anguish, the better it will be for all of us.
They may not get today, but if we don’t play our cards right, they may end up getting tomorrow.
May God help us all.