The world, particularly Africa is following this year's U.S.
presidential campaign with interest not only because the United States is a
super powers economically and militarily, but because of the Africa roots of presumptive Democratic
presidential candidate Barack Obama. So what is Africa saying about the
selection of Senator Joe Biden as Obama's vice presidential running mate?
Kabiru Mato chairs the political science department at the University of
Abuja. He told VOA Africa hopes the selection of Senator Biden would increase
the Democrats' chances of winning in November.
be very sincere, I think a lot of Nigerians and people all over Africa imagined
that he (Obama) was going to nominate Hilary Clinton. This basically as a
result of many factors one of which is the tradition in American politics where
you have very serious competition in party primaries, the winner normally
carries along the loser so that they can forge a common front, reassure the
unity of the party and party members with a view to facing the opponent in
general election," he said.
Mato compared Obama's selection of Biden to the choice of now Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as running mate for then Nigerian ruling party
candidate Umaru Yar'Adua. He
said the criteria used in the Nigeria selection process are different from
those used by Senator Obama.
agree with you that most likely Senator Obama must have considered the
integrity, the political credentials as well as other factors in nominating his
running mate. But the choice in Nigeria was not exactly the same thing because
here was a very contrite agenda where the primary itself was not free and fair,
where the sitting president unilaterally decided who was an aspirant, and at
the end of it, after the presidential candidate was nominated the issue of
running mate was announced from the presidential villa. So it was not a free
political intercourse," Mato said.
said there are a lot of factors and configurations that lead to alignment and
realignment of political forces in the Nigerian case.
is the regional issue; there is the ethnic issue; there's also the religious
issue. And in the case of Goodluck Jonathan, I think one of the most
fundamental consideration had to do with the Niger Delta crisis, especially if
we place it within the spectrum of the aggression and the violence that has
been taking place by either the youth of the region and those who desire to steal
oil from the region," Mato said.
said the world particularly Africa is following this year's U.S. presidential
campaign with enormous interest not only because the United States is a super
power economically and militarily but most importantly because of the Africa
roots of Senator Obama.