Friday, 21 June 2019

How to Win Election on Campus



How to Win Election on Campus

Written by Tobi Idowu edited by Simon, Markus Yila.

Do not Keep your ambition to yourself for long
It sounds very awkwardly strange. Yes. How can a serious politician keep his ambition to his own heart alone? Except if you set out to lose. You have every thinkable chance of losing if you fail to recreate and reduplicate your ambitions in the hearts of your trusted allies first; and then, having had your allies on your ambitious sides, you start courting the hearts of others through every means possible. Do not let your friends and other people know so soon that you are interested in your coveted post. 

Be conscious of your reputation.
Why should you in the first place? Give a damn about what people think about you. Their thoughts matter. 

As much as you can, work on your courtesy.
Self-explanatory, I guess. Be known as that person who always greets, and returns greetings.
Is it not sickening when heaven-knows stranger just accosts you on your way to class in order to exchange pleasantries or greet you?
So, you should avoid being what you preach against. Greet even when it is not necessary.

Form a Team
How student politicians care so much for numbers in their ranks! Then you start hearing, team-this, team-that. You definitely do need a team. A one-man team will lose. Know what you want to run for. Get your form and your team when it is time.
Then, rest assured, you are good to go.

Please, be plainspoken.
This is very important.
Politicians are known for being deliberately evasive and ambiguous.
This is because they like to cloud their meanings in such a way that 100 people can get 100 different meanings from what they say. They could use meanings that suit different people at different times. This is bad, fellow. Speak directly. Promise if you can; do not promise if you cannot. Why should you promise twenty things because your rival promised fifteen when you know you can only promise one!

Never compromise, especially on your principles.
Politics is a strange field where strange things happen.
It is a field where people who are known for some admirable principles soon lose such lofty ideals in the name of political compromise. How bad! Fellow, you do not have to be.
There is no two ways about it. Some deluded folks would insist they can still keep their hands clean while playing politics; well, keep shielding your rumps from the wind because it will sooner be exposed!

Those recipes for success at the poll will go along a way to sealing your fate in the election you are participating in. However, there are still many other recipes which may be visited in subsequent pieces. Till then, keep winning. No, losing.
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