And the P.A.C.T Finally Unpacked!? —by Efio-Ita Nyok

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3 September 2018 
I guess Cross Riverians are still waiting for the duo of respected Dr Princewill Odidi and controversial publisher Agba Jalingo over updates on the perceptively bad brands in the persons of Kingsley Moghalu and Omoyele Sowore, they consistently sold to us. 
It's no more news that the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT), which housed eighteen (18) Nigerian presidential aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 general elections including the two already mentioned and 'their consensus' aspirants fela DUROTOYE  and fifteen (15) others —an alternative to the present political establishment, have hit the rock, dashing the hopes of Nigerians! 
But, that's not the news… 
The news is the reason why the duo backed out of the consensus election of DUROTOYE: for Sowore, concerning whom I may not have been sincerely surprised at his action, it's not a selection of a traditional ruler; really!? For Moghalu, after staying through the two-steps voting process until the end and was nearly voted, backed out on the way as the team went to brief the press of the outcome of their decision: his argument is that, the decision wasn't a consensus. Really!? Why did you stay through to the end? Sowore even tried… 
When I saw PACT, I had thought our salvation was finally nearer than when we originally believed, but —alas! I was wrong. I found myself expressing gross disappointment with Oseuno Inspire Justus in company of Brenda Effiom, Kebe Ikpi to even their surprise —was I really taking those guys serious? Ms Brenda asked me? 
I think my respect for Obasesam Okoi and Simon Utsu just soared —they seem to have seen this coming and started picking on particularly the other joker, Sowore. Is this the Moghalu Anthony Bissong Attah will vote for during the primary of the YPP? We are watching.
So, 18 persons formed a PACT thinking that they all 18 would emerge the consensus aspirant out of 18!? Actually, when I read some writers saying that Nigerian politicians think the Nigerian electorates to be fools, I may not have understood until now —truly, we may be. 
Our salvation isn't anyway closer than when we originally believed! 

Efio-Ita Nyok
Is a social commentator