Civil society promoters of the MOB have released the template on which political tenders may be presented to Nigerian voters, by contending candidates, under the Minimum Offer Bond, MOB, convention.
While tagging it ‘MOB Barometrics,’ the civil society coalition issued a release breaking down the campaign issues into the capsules of “SPINE” for contenders to the Legislature, and “DEPTH” for contenders to the Executive branch of governance.
The MOB is an initiative conceived to promote a narrative which sensitizes the Nigerian voter to cast the vote on the basis of the quality and credibility of the campaign promises which candidates aver to or execute in a Social Contract or Compact between the candidate and voters.
In explaining the rationale for the disaggregation of the political tenders, Barrister Frank Tietie, human rights, founder of the Citizens Political Action Committee, C-PAC and co-convener of MOB, decried the pervading culture where aspirants grandstanding before gullible voters and make campaign promises that conflict the duties of the executive branch with those of a legislator.
Elaborating further, Barrister Tietie noted that the ‘Doctrine of Separation of Powers’ enunciated by the French philosopher, Baron de Montesquieu, clearly demarcates the powers and responsibilities of the legislature as distinct from those of the Executive.
Tietie remarked that the acid test of quality of a democracy is in the independence of the legislature. The legislature, he noted, is the “spine” or the framework on which quality democratic leadership is exercised. This, Tietie, says, is why there are no tenure limits for legislators, the world over, while executives are limited in tenure. In a presidential democracy, the Executive merely executes Legislative policy.
Corroborating Barrister Tietie’s position, the publisher of Lamprace and co-convener of the MOB, Emeka Ike, harped the need for vigilance on the part of voters as a measure to restricting from the pinnacles of political power, persons who have shown little gift for prescience and visioning.
The Lamprace publisher emphasized that the coinage “SPINE” issues from the key considerations which define legislative competency in Nigeria, viz: Superintendence, Probity, Industrialization Policies, Nationalism, and Economy (Infrastructure).
Mr. Ike explained that legislative competency can only render development, when executed in “DEPTH.”
He stated that “DEPTH,” speaks to the needed executive acumen, derivable from Deployment (of human capital), Economy (Infrastructure), Policing and Enforcement, Treasury Governance, and Humanity (Infrastructure for the production of human capital).
Under the MOB, every campaign promise would be evaluated on the scale of “SPINE” or “DEPTH,” the MOB conveners narrated.