Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Presidential Election, the Most Colourful in the History of Nigeria

APC presidential campaign rally in Lagos on January 30, 2015.
The 2015 presidential election in Nigeria was the most colourful and melodramatic election in the history of Nigeria. No previous presidential election has attracted so much fanfare of glitz and razzmatazz with top Nigerians entertainers in movies, music and comedy joining the bandwagons of the political rallies. 
The All Progressives Congress (APC) made their mega presidential campaign rallies look like music concerts with some of the most popular hip hop artistes performing live. The party also attracted the most beautiful women in the most colourful costumes. 
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari's presidential campaign in Imo State.

Don Jazzy and his Mavin Records stars Di'ja, D'Prince and others at the APC Presidential Rally on January 30, 2015, at the Teslim Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi dancing hip hop "Shoki" as Davido performed.
 Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola dancing "Shoki".

Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi in his special customized APC sunglasses in the open roof bus in Lagos.
Prof. Yemi Osibanjo and Olamide. 
 APC Beauties.
Beautiful wives of APC Leaders. 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also attracted some of the biggest entertainers, including top Nollywood stars and singers. 

Nollywood stars and other celebrities Fidelis Duker, Mrs. Ibinabo Fiberesima- Egbuka, Onyeka Onwelu, Kate Henshaw, Monalisa Chinda, Joseph Benjamin and Femi Ogedemgbe campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan at the PDP presidential rally in Lagos.
Waje performing for Performing Goodluck Jonathan.
 Emeka Enyiocha and another star.
Waje performing for President Goodluck Jonathan.
 PDP presidential campaign rally on January 30, 2015, in Calabar, Cross River State.

The presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) attracted the most vicious attacks from members and supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the print and electronic media and also on the most popular social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+; making Buhari the most vilified presidential candidate in the political history of Nigeria since independence and his most critical political adversary, the PDP governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayo Fayose even paid millions of naira for a terrible hate campaign advert against Buhari on the front page of The Punch, the largest circulating daily newspaper in Africa’s most populous country, wishing the retired general death. Other members of the PDP also wished him death and one of them later slumped and died. All the hate campaigns on the street, newspapers, radio, TV and internet were out of their desperation to stop Buhari from defeating their overconfident incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan. But contrary to their expectations, these hate campaigns attracted more sympathizers and followers to Buhari, especially among the youths who ironically preferred such a ruthless incorruptible political leader that will be brave enough to deal with the brazenly corrupt and incompetent administration of President Jonathan. 

Then appeared the beautiful daughter of the people's general, Zahra Buhari and caused a Twitter meltdown on January 13 attracting majority of Nigerian youths to flock to her father echoing the revolutionary mantra “Change” of the APC. Zahra Buhari became the beauty queen of the "Change" revolution on the internet.

The momentum of the “Change” campaign soon blew across all the regions of Nigeria like a hurricane that overwhelmed President Jonathan and his billion dollar political machinery. And the presidential election already scheduled for Valentine’s Day of February 14, 2015, was suddenly postponed with spurious excuses by the government. The presidential election was shifted to March 28, 2015, with many people condemning the postponement. President Jonathan and his presidential campaign intensified their hate campaigns and reinforced the military operations to end the insurgency of the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east of the country with their master plan to use a victory over Boko Haram as the last resort to win the presidential election by all means and at all costs. But the presidential campaign of the APC was turbo charged and unstoppable with Buhari riding on double decker bus with open roof  like a rock star in Owerri, Imo State and his vice presidential nominee, the charismatic law professor Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo rocking and rolling with the top hip hop stars in Nigeria and hobnobbing with the masses on the streets from Lagos to Abuja. He is the one who actually boosted the new image of the conservative Buhari with panache. And re-branding the people's general for the Millennial Generation or Generation Y won over the youths who are the largest voting block in the 2015 elections. 

See more in the first book on the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria, "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election" by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of "In the House of Dogs", "Bye, Bye Mugabe", "The Prophet Lied", "Diary of the Memory Keeper", and other others on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Tower Books and other major book sellers worldwide. 

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