Election fever is moving up a notch.
With a lot of people fed up about the state of the country, many have pitched their tent firmly with the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and it's Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates, Rtd Major General Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Some say they're on the APC wagon because they truly believe in the track record the former military head of state has, while others, like one of my favorite intellectuals, Feyi Fawehinmi says he's not so much for Buhari as he is against the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan. You can read his insightful post here. There's also this post by noted social entrepreneur, Gbenga Sesan, who recently resigned from the board of the non-partisan political advocacy group Enough is Enough Nigeria to campaign for and support General Muhammadu Buhari.
What strikes me as interesting are the young people who are using their talents to support the campaign, spawning sites like Factchecki.ng, a site set up by volunteers who say they want to "kill lies in our political system." Many others say they're hitting the streets to spread the word, and have been sharing INEC info and encouraging others to get their voter's cards.
That's why when I, along with my EbonyLife TV colleagues got the call that the APC team had agreed for us to grill their candidate, I was excited, pruning my questions, and trying to figure out how to temper my personal curiosity with real questions I thought people would want to ask. We put the call out to the PDP team, and I sincerely hope they get back to us soon, as I'd love to ask the President a few of the same questions as well.
As the moderator on a panel of 6 people asking Gen. Buhari a series of questions, from whether or not this is his last try for President, whether or not the APC and PDP are basically both sides of the same coin, and why we should trust him enough to vote for him, as well as a few "fun" questions, and, yes, even a selfie or two.
He struck me as a man who deeply believes he can turn Nigeria around, and who truly is unhappy at the way the country has turned out. Whether or not this will turn out to be his chance to do so, we shall find out at the polls.
I'm holding out hope that we will get to do the same with President Goodluck Jonathan, to even out the scales, get both sides of the story, and ask him why we should continue to trust him instead of going with someone new.
I'll do my best to post up a clip when the Election Special airs on EbonyLife TV. Till then, we continue to read and analyze as both candidates hit the campaign trail hard.
What do you think about #FeBuhari?