Across the country, a wind that some consider a wind of change and others see as a wind of dissent is blowing within the PDP and the APC.
It is difficult to say where on this would lead, or who the political beneficiaries would be. What appears certain, at least for now, is the growing feeling among most Nigerians that the nation’s political coloration is likely to tilt as we approach 2023.
The signs are already here. The mood of the political class seems to support such a possibility while the ordinary people appear determined to have a better deal, especially from democratic institutions funded by taxpayers’ money.
Prior to the 2015 election, a movement of dissenting voices as well as others who felt the time was ripe to rescue Nigeria supposedly from a cabal that has run its affairs came together. They may not have been like minds as current events in the APC suggest, but some like Rotimi Amaechi left the PDP and teamed up with other forces from the CPC, ANPP and the ACN.
The result of the understandings that they reached gave birth to the All Progressives Congress, APC. That group succeeded for the first time in the history of Nigeria to wrest power from a ruling oligarch. Four years after, the APC has another four-year mandate to pursue its presumed agenda of political change.
A spirited attempt by the PDP in 2019 to recapture power couldn’t fly in spite of the fact that the PDP fought a dirty legal war to upturn the electoral verdict, particularly after former President Goodluck Jonathan set a worthy example for all true democrats in this country to follow.
On the pages of newspapers, on radio and TV station as well as the social media, differences arising from the power play within the parties are on the front burner.
No party is free of the cold war that is gradually taking its toll on party loyalty, party discipline and party unity. Men have in fact, become too free. They do not respect boundaries, do not accept concessions and do not encourage party cohesion.
Take the APC for example, the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole who should be rallying the troops on the road to peace and progress is himself embroiled in a political dog-fight in Edo State that is turning embarrassing by the day.
Whereas he had no room for political godfathers whilst he was governor, his attempt to lord it over Godwin Obaseki has resulted in a full blown war.
In Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe has fought his mentor all the way. Some say he has received external help in pursuit of his mission. Now, his rebellion has new support in the Third Force led by Igo Aguma.
So, many months after the APC failed to field candidates, many months after the Supreme Court quashed all structures in Rivers State, the struggle for power is still on. Strangely, the battle is being fought amongst men who once stood together as associates and friends.
In the PDP where the signs show that the party is gradually being taken over by the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, there is equally growing resistance.
By the way, Atiku who controlled the Shehu Musa political machine is a returnee. Recall that the Yara Ar
The emergence of Governor Aminu Tambuwal a the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum may raise some hope, especially among those who think that that younger persons should take over the mantle of leadership.
But those who are following unfolding affairs within the PDP where Governor Nyesom Wike and others like him, are fighting the fight of their lives, know the selection of Tambuwal may be part of a ploy to keep some top players within the PDP in the loop.
Wike has always seen himself as one of the major power brokers within the PDP. Despite throwing in so much in terms of funds into the sponsorship of the party, Wike appears to have ended up with a shorter end of the stick.
There are even calls from some quarters that it is time the PDP changed its name. A leopard, an African saying suggests does not change the colour of its skin. What then would the change in name achieve. Will Nigerians ever forget that the PDP ever existed?
These developments put together are setting the stage for the twists and turns that are likely to trail the major political parties on the way to the next election.
With the PDP almost a shadow of itself in Rivers State, most Rivers people think the time has come to ensure a change of guard.
Most members of the party are seriously displeased. Although they may not be too heavier, they are not being carried along. With their leaders, they have entered the promised land, but their expectations in the land have remained largely unmet.
Kind words aren’t flowing from the leadership either. They have been told to take back their votes; told Ntoor by one who should be passionate about issues that unite them; and their chiefs treated like wet rags.
Workers have joined the queue as voices of dissent within the ruling PDP increases. There seems to be no end to the internal crisis that is rocking Rivers State.
The APC which should automatically stand in the gap as the alternative voice is drowned by its selfishness.
Rather than turn the arsenal under its command against the PDP which appears vulnerable, the APC in Rivers State is shooting at itself.
I have spent more years in the APC than I did in the PDP. In these years, I have become increasingly worried by the attitude in the progressive camp.
What is progressive about unending infighting? What is progressive about the kind of destructive conduct that we have all seen? What is progressive about a mind set that shuts out understanding, collaboration and peace?
I am certain, there are others like me who are asking similar questions. What has been the benefit of our time together? Why can’t we come to the round table to discuss a future that is before us in an atmosphere of great respect for one another?
There are those who for some reason say their fight in the Rivers APC is against Amaechi.
Our fight should be a fight over political ideology. In other words, it should be a battle of ideas in which superior ideas come up tops.
It shouldn’t be about persons or our personal interests. It should be about our way forward; about our commitment to equity, fairness and justice. It should be about the balance of power and a system that gives all of us a sense of belonging.
I do not agree that such views are subject to shouts from the roof top. I do not agree that there are issues that cannot be discussed.
I disagree with all those who think the best approach is in encouraging sharp divisions for personal or selfish reasons.
It is time to discuss issues that affect us more. Against this backdrop, our appeal is to the Rivers political class, especially those who are within the APC. They must sheath their swords at once.
Giving peace a chance shouldn’t be seen as a mark of weakness. It is an attitude to issues which depicts maturity, selflessness, courage and a search for peace.
We must move from our extreme positions on the right and on the left and come closer to the centre. We must steer our ship in a new direction.
Life is about giving, it is about taking. It about having a hearty laugh when it is necessary. It is about solving problems. So, lets solve our problem now.
A customizable subscription slide-in box to promote your newsletter
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.