BY OBIORA ORJI
In an election year as we are, mobilization in its entirety has remain a critical component of campaign. From available record so far, there has been a real paradigm shift from what campaign used to be in Nigeria looking at 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 respectively.
While others are busy waiting for a supposedly ‘Campaign Funds’ a few are making their way to stardom connecting to the critical mass with winning attitude and fundamental networking . Abuja, the nation’s capital has had its full share size of these strategists from a few support groups. Not necessarily the usual hoisting of flags and banners or posters but within the plank of packaging-raised above the usual ordinary public awareness through profile literature’s, posters and billboards with profound contents that only suggests that Presidential election is insight.
Yes, I repeat far away from those predictable programmes of online groups that have its support base across social media platforms, Google, You-Tube, Tweeter, Whatssapp, Instagram, Facebook an so on, apparently when and where there is data, and other analogue community with support base in newspaper stands, party offices, beer parlors and sports viewing centers, a name stands out like the Oak Tree in the forest. GOOD GOVERNANCE AMBASSADORS OF NIGERIA the brain child of Chief Felix Idiga has set out an intimidating mobilization profile like a third force in Nigerian’s campaign space of the APC, after overwhelming and irrepressible Mr President’s profile, the APC and its Organs due to its reach penetration in promoting the Next Level Agenda.
A fully registered association constructed on the highest moral integrity as a purpose-vehicle for the desired paradigm shift in promoting good governance that has failed woefully in Nigeria overtime. The group has evenly warmed its affection into the grassroots and amassed a cult-like followership. Just like the then Transformations Ambassadors of Nigeria TAN, GOGAN is at visible altitude of contact and mobilization of Nigerians cutting across ethnic or religious lines for Buhari. Its people-centric outlook is such that has been applauded by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari as well as numerous party organs. Like a quiet storm, the support group’s National Coordinator, Chief Felix Idiga, very unassuming successful business Czar is one whose ingenuity and milestones of mobilizing Nigeria for President Buhari’s re-election in 2019 has been silently on the rise with enthusiastic agenda setting, consensus building and reconciliation. The group has developed a whole new style and conversation that captures basic political themes for 2019 campaign flowing from its patterns of information and message intelligence to style of public appearance and presentation. Its key grassroots mobilizers and bloc voter syndication and convergence have been reassuring. GOGAN’s sustained exposure of PMB’s achievements while developing contents around them is such that has been welcomed across board. Only recently, apart from its 36 states shuttle, the Abuja Fountain square overlooking the Transcorp Hilton Hotel will for years etch a line in the hearts of its followers. It’s hoisting of Six feet balloon flying objects on the air and five polygon Balloon Beam across the highbrow Gana area of Abuja is among that kind of uncommon awareness that corresponds with its whole intent and purposes of mobilization for truly NEXT LEVEL. It has drawn many with questions that have attracted many answers in the affirmation. In its total winning onslaught against the opponents of PMB.
GOGAN has through its highlighting the gains of President Buhari in three and half years proved all opposition wrong by deposing their figments and unfounded allegations just to hurt his chances in the face of mountain gains that have been recorded. In a recent town hall meeting where it was on front burner on the desirability of President Buhari for second term, GOGAN has remain consistent with applauding these projects, for instance in the areas of Agriculture, Corruption, Security, Transport, Power, Roads, and other critical infrastructure. It believes that efficiency and dynamism by which 2019 Presidential Campaign is taking place is such an interesting one amongst others. In laundering and decontaminating the sour points in Nigeria’s leadership posture, GOGAN’s sustained engagement using all mediums of mass communication becomes essential to keep records straight and according to the front-line group, such cannot be achieved over night, the trust and confidence of the people to them is essential and that informed all its advocacy.
On it position to some key national issues like the recent pursuing of legislation expanding forfeiture and seizure of ill-gotten assets from public officers, it sees it as another bold measure from President Muhammadu Buhari which needs to be sustained for better Nigeria under APC led government.
According to GOGAN, it is 100 percent in sync with plans aimed at strengthen legal provisions to prevent stay of proceedings and other delays in corruption trials. They believed that so far Mr. President has promised free, fair and credible election and by extension promised to provide the opportunity that was not given to him to his opposition in the coming election by making the Independent National and State Electoral Commissions truly independent and free from political interference.
The National Coordinator was at many fora quoted as saying that ‘we are calling on all Nigerian is to take better introspection on the real issues that will drive the sustenance of our democracy and not the hype about divisions and hate speeches’. He states that Nigerians should have fate in APC’s ability aimed at Improving the lives of its citizens and for the citizen to keep an eye on their government, with more open access to government data, greater disclosure of government contracts prior to awards and during implementation, and ensuring the people’s business is done in an open and transparent way with the recent milestones on Economic Recovery Growth Plan and Ease of Doing Business.
Regarding security challenges facing the nation which has drastically affected peace and security which are fundamental to Nigeria’s social and economic well-being. It is the belief of GOGAN that every Nigerian should be safe and free to work in any part of the country, regardless of tribe, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. GOGAN is deeply worried that our globally-highly rated Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies are facing significant challenges on many fronts: terrorism, especially in the Northeast, unresolved high-profile homicides and the rise in new crimes, such as kidnapping, abductions and cyber-crime and has continued to explain to Nigerians of the need to unite and frontally fight the battle. The result of an international perception of Nigeria as a failing state where violent crimes, corruption and fraud are rife is no longer acceptable with the kind of fight PMB is putting on ground. The airports are getting requisite attention, alongside the second Niger Bridge as well as numerous road projects.
On Education, GOGAN espouses the APC plans and task of qualitative education and access with both school feeding, prompt salary, conducive environment and tools for educational growth thereby equally creating incentives and dedicating special attention to the education of girls.