The party PDP therefore needs to either perish and allow us to
forget about it or radically reform itself so that it can serve the
purpose a political party should oblige in Nigeria.
Just so we remind ourselves, the main purposes of a political party
in any country are to provide convincing alternative ideas of
governance, coordinate and prepare people for political offices,
hold accountable the party or group in power, intercept and
interpret the mood of the populace, identify and lead a chart to
gain power from the ruling group or party.
Please read with me from right to left. As at the time of writing
these notes, the best idea the PDP has had so far in identifying and
leading a chart to gain back power from the ruling party, APC, is to
zone the chairmanship to the north and zone the presidency to the
north. In a bid to show a break from the past and unite its best
minds for the future of the party and indeed the country, the
leaders of the party choose
Ali-Modu Sheriff as Acting Chairman. Those who supported him are
clearly proud of his past and they are counting on his ability to
midwife credible congresses across the country. Given the latest
results of the PDP congresses in each state, they must be really
proud of themselves.
To a people that
considered the PDP as totally corrupt and voted as president a man
whose main attraction seems to be his determination to fight
corruption, all the PDP can offer is that the fight against
corruption is selective and aimed against their own members. They
have not been able to say “No, our members are innocent and we have
proof”. All they can say is “we are all corrupt”.
The former Kaduna
State Governor was recently arrested by the EFCC and detained in
Kano. No one has come out to say “No, I know this former governor,
he is a man of integrity”. Rather
PDP chieftain in
Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso,
had the courage to say “If the Commission is serious about the fight
against corruption, it should extend its operation to some
APC members because they too shared
campaign money during last general elections. This campaign fund is
a tradition in
Nigerian politics and all
political parties did the same thing in 2015 election”.
nonsense! They say “you are a thief”, you say “yes, but I am not the
only one”. PDP needs
some honest people to stand up, apologise and ask any indicted
person to defend him/her-self. The party needs to assert: The PDP is
not a bunch of looters but a national party of ideas.
If the present leaders cannot make such statements, then it
is time for new ones who genuinely believe in the ideology of the
PDP, whatever that ideology is, to kick out the present leaders for
betraying the founding spirit and, takeover the party.
new, young, or untainted members of the party cannot have a say in
the fortunes of the party then maybe it is time they leave it and
move elsewhere. PDP is not the first party in Nigeria and it will
not be the last.
Instead of always saying “where
are the activists that protested against President Jonathan”, when
they see a blatant error or inconsistency in the action of the
ruling party, the PDP should start mobilizing protests and if need
be create activist with their own political credo.
The PDP as it stands today has
lost a lot of its voters, leaders and even founders. Some were
relegated into oblivion in the years of hubris; some have left the
party to join the other side to bring it down. The PDP needs to
justify its existence and the way to do this, is to let names and
faces that cannot be “witch hunted” come forward to represent the
party. Those that have led the party so far to electoral defeat and
moral rejection by Nigerians need to move away or be pushed aside.
The party needs to be seen as an
association of clear ideas put forward by passionate and articulate
people that can offer clear and better solutions to what the
government of the day is doing.
For the sake of the country, those that can be framed as corrupt should
stay silent and let those that have nothing to fear ask the
government of the day questions, proffer solutions in Parliament and
in the press, in the name of the party. If the PDP cannot find
people and ideas that will make it clearly better than the party in
government then it has no reason to exist. The PDP should perish or
reform itself for Nigeria like any other democracy needs a good
opposition for the system to work. This PDP as it stands today is
not capable of such