#EndSars Movement Inches Towards Political Movement
The ongoing successful nationwide #EndSars movement may soon assume the status of a political movement going by feelers from the streets.
As much as organisers are pushing to maintain political neutrality, the creeping hands of political influence is gradually emerging. While hardcore protesters practically rejected Omoyele Sowore, a political activist yesterday, Reno Omokri, self exiled PDP chieftain, is today pushing to get directly involved.
Similarly , APC Chieftain in Lagos state, MC Oluomo also made a pitch to align with the protesters with no success. From across the political sectors, political forces are desperately working to hijack and possibly tranform the movement into a political one.
Checks however showed that many hard core police reform activists are sensing the danger of a political hijack even as there is a noticeable divisions within the street movement.
Some activists uphold the fundamental reasons for the protests which is putting an immediate end to police brutality. Two fringe groups encouraged by political influence are reportedly pushing for an expanded focus to include electoral and political reforms.
Meanwhile, there are signs that the protests may have been used to test run political mobilisation for 2023 presidential election. The problem facing such agenda is the nature of Nigerian politics which is heavily influueced by religion and ethnicity.
The two dominant political parties have the structure and the resources which are not available to the third parties known to be favourite of the street activists.
Some political pundits are suggesting that the street power may however be deployed within the two main parties if a pro-street presidential candidate can emerge on the platform of any of the two mainstream parties.
“To deploy the streets for political advantage in 2023, either APC or PDP must present a candidate with street affiliation. A third party cannot make any difference”, a political activist hinted.