British Prime Minister David Cameron’s victory and re-election ensures that the conservative party will now rule alone. This victory ends the five years tedious coalition arrangement as Ed Miliband of the Labour Party and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrat resigns as leaders of their various parties. Nigel Farage of the UKIP has also resigned as the leader of his party. Is there a lesson for Nigerian politicians?
More interesting is the fact that over six weeks after the Presidential election results was announced we are yet to know those who will constitute the cabinet after May 29 in Nigeria. Less than 48 hours after the UK elections, the list of the David Cameron’s cabinet has emerged. The Prime Minister is retaining his Chancellor George Osborne who is now also the first secretary and the de- facto deputy.
He is also replacing members of his cabinet who belong to the liberal democrats and lost their seats. Cabinet members like the Business Secretary Vince Cable, Energy Secretary Ed Davey and chief Secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander.
Meanwhile, Nigerian born British citizen Chuka Umunna who just won his election along with three other Nigerians is a leading contender for the leadership of the Labour party. He will be contending with Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper.
Also history was made when a final year student of Politics and Public Policy of the University of Glasgow, Mhiari Black, 20 who is yet to complete his project (dissertation) defeated the veteran politician and former cabinet member Douglas Alexander of the labour party in Scotland. Douglas Alexander has represented the area since 1997. Mhiari Black is the youngest Member of Parliament since 1667. She is a member of the Scottish Nationalist Party who rose to limelight during the referendum campaign for Scottish independence.s
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
-Ex VP Atiku Abubakar on Restructuring.
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