By James Ibechi

To say that politics is a game is now a cliché, but it is true. Some politicians play it as a game, make the most of impacts they can make and honourably quit the stage; or step aside to borrow a clause from IBB, while the ovation is loudest.

Such politicians earn a good place in history in every society. An examples of a few of such include Nelson Mandela. I am not sure Goodluck Jonathan fits in this category of politicians and I am not interested in raising an argument over this, either.

Other politicians, however, see politics and play it differently. Those in this class mistakenly believe that election is the way to acquire power in a democracy.

Once power is acquired, especially either by hook or by crook as it is common in Nigerian clime, the ultimate lies in amassing wealth, excessively, to be able to prosecute the next election, after each one, to victory.

To such politicians, every election must be won by them or they are out of power and perhaps they are gone into oblivion forever.

So, to remain in power, whether they are wanted or needed by the people or not, is the only way.

Regrettably, such politicians always have their ways in Nigeria because while in power they use their ill gotten wealth to create poverty to an abject level for the poor masses of voters, so that the voters become too incapacitated to reject such politicians who only dole out peanuts as baits to them during elections.

It’s a sordid situation, but helpless.

Onoja Okibe

There are many other ways they devise to perpetuate themselves in power – including electoral fraud.

Such politicians though satisfy their selfishness and power obsession, they more often than not, end up as lame ducks and in ignominy.

Examples of such power-obsessed politicians who have ended up in shame or about to, abound and go without mentioning specific individuals, unless they turn a new leaf and take the path of honour they sure will reap ignominy and dishonour in the end.

One feels sorry for such politicians because power and wealth blind them to the reality of transiency of power – quote me, I am james Ibechi.

The name of David Mark comes readily into mind as an example of the second category of politicians who are incurably power-obsessed.

There is a saying, “cola nut lasts long in the mouth of them that value it.” The meaning of this African proverb does not apply to Mark. He has been in the Senate representing the people of Benue south for the past 19 years, getting to 20 and the more he remains in the Red Chamber the more his people cry out at home over the hard effect of his mis- representation. In fact, “David Mark appears to be representing his people very well but for himself and members of only his extended and conjugal family – as it has being. In this 20-year period, federal or constituency projects in the area are either non-existent or they are in complete state of dilapidation, that is, where there are existing ones. It pains so much.

In spite of the pain, like a bull in a Chinese shop that is difficult to be chased out, so Mark has proved difficult to be ousted though ballot power.

The agony over David Mark’s perpetuity in the Senate becomes heightened this week with the revelation of some empirical evidences indicating that contrary to the flicker of hope that the elder statesman would step aside from senate in 2019, there are grand plots by him and for him to spring a surprised return to the senate for a sixth time.

The caveat, however, is that, it is only possible for Mark to achieve such the sixth term plot if the PDP (Abba Morro) wins the senatorial election in the Benue South district. But if Moro loses as is predicted and SDP (Okibe Onoja) or another party wins, the game is up for Mark and he will go home and rest, following the loss of his presidential bid.

Voting along party line does not seem like what will happen in 2019, but in the case of Benue south senate election, if the people want to retire David Mark, the surest thing to do is vote against PDP, because Moro is just a mere cannon folder holding the forte for Mark.

This writer, however, is not against Moro as a person, but feels his vote for the former minister is a vote for Mark – which he will not let happens – because in Moro Mark is seen holding sway, let alone the fact that Moro cannot extricate himself from the said cabalism in Zone C for the past 19 years.

The people of Benue Zone C would find a bulwark in Okibe Onoja against whatever is David Mark’s return plot. Good for them that Okibe himself has stated that he is vehemently out to end “cabalism” in Zone C.

The story of how Mark is plotting to return through high-wired litigation, against PDP’s Moro and legislative approaches have been uncovered and will be served the readers.


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