APC: A Party Merged For Self Interest And Not Ideology By Sabiu Zaranda
It is common in our political cycle to experience turbulence and slippery, and during such period, almost every Nigerian will literally become a political commentator and analyst of many sorts (myself included). Everyone wants to be counted and noticed for his contribution and prediction (Mostly doom). This ungodly trend is being created by our media that enjoy projecting a mere drop of water from a bottle to look like Atlantic ocean. The political turmoil witnessed during the leadership selection at 8th National Assembly was nothing to talk about to anyone who knew Nigerian politics, how APC emerged and subsequent defection of new PDP governors into APC folds.
APC as a child of necessity was formed by various political parties with different ideologies but with a common interest prior to 2015 general election. Let’s have a flash back in order to refresh our memory so as to fully appreciate and have a clear picture of the scenario. There was a moment in Nigerian that was referred to as “Season of defection and decamping” where a lot of politicians cross carpeted from one party to another. These groups of politicians were classified as the “constituent” who believed APC was just a platform for them to further their agenda and they could leave it once they got another platform that would better promote their personal interest. The constituents could fall for anything because they didn’t believe in change and they didn’t have character. Unfortunately, it has been observed that APC has more of this class of followers especially at the level of the elites. So all this hurly-burly by the bourgeois is not unexpected. We have seen it coming and it is high time we ameliorate the situation and device a means for total convalescent of our lingering unity.
APC Leaders and stakeholders have spoken; they have made an extempore speech on the lingering issues that concerns APC as a new governing party and Nigeria as a nation which after careful analysis do more harm than good to the expectation of Nigerians and at the same time tally with the wishes of elites and our bunch of prophets of doom. If at all we want to continue as one entity, then we must be very mindful, precise and exercise restraint in the way we approach, manage and react to issues of national importance. Our much anticipated change will not vanish with the national assembly in disarray; instead it gives us an avenue to fully understand those that believes in us and those that are with us to further their interest.
Finally, let our leaders understand that we did not just vote them to lead us according to their conscience but in-line with the change they preach. They must realise that they are not only expected to switch from the ways and manners in which government is being run previously but are also required to engage in some symbiotic act which will prove that they are concerned about the hope, expectation and anxieties of the people they lead. If mobilising and voting for change does not give us headache despite the security threat, I see no reason where forcing a leader to resign or impeach underperformed executive will be one. You may see the process of recalling a bench warmer legislator to be cumbersome but with determination and commitment, it is just a means of reorganising party members at ward level.
Note: The classification of APC members into constituent was done by Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara. I was privilege to have him commented some time ago on my article concerning the affairs of Bauchi State APC. Where he said “Note that Bauchi APC like the National APC has three classes of followers vis: Confidants, constituents and comrades” I will share the details with you in due course.
Sabiu Zaranda wrote from Bauchi
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