Is this Umbrella Not Torn Already? A Rejoinder By Mahmud Abubakar Lapai
This article is in response to an earlier article written by Ayokunle Odekunle telling us how the Peoples Democratic Party will continue to dominate our political scene for a long time to come. I would not have bothered with this rejoinder, but the writer himself challenged his readers to write a rejoinder and that is why I have decided on this. The best thing would have been to allow the fools fool themselves, but sometime we need to set the record straight.
Ayokunle ,in trying to justify his argument brings to the fore a story of a certain ‘Majiyagbe family’ whom he claimed to be very large, noisy, rapturous and garrulous bunch who always engaged in mini and major riots to mention but few. He went further to tell us how everybody within the neighborhood predicted the splitting of the Majiyagbes family to at least three different factions due to the continuous rancor within the family members. However that was not the case as the family in spite of all the troubles, knows how to call it members to order whenever the need arises.
It may interest my readers know that I agree with the choice of the writer to use the Majiyagbes family to describe the PDP considering its size, the day to day riots among its members from Federal, State to Local Government level and lastly for the simple fact that even a nursery school pupil will confidently tell you that the name PDP is gradually becoming history in our political arena. But unlike the Majiyagbes family, the PDP lack the ability to rally round its members in times of need, and if it does, then there is no better moment to display it than the just concluded national convention of the party which it fails to do.
Like I have said earlier, I would have save my energy on something better than giving relevance to an irrelevant subject like the PDP but the record must be set, truth must be told and answers must be given, therefore I will focus on few out of the six issues the writer brought forward to support his argument that the PDP’s umbrella will not tear.
In his attempt to praise President Goodluck Jonathan as a champion of all times, the writer began his piece by bringing forward to his readers the background of the crisis eating the PDP. Though am of different opinion as regard his point, I was shocked by his approach; he minced no words in describing the perceived enemies of the President as being bad eggs within the party whose lack of access to the control of the party machineries instigated their grudges against the person of the President. He declared that the President isn’t as dumb as many believe. In his words “As a president who wants a second term, he knows the importance of taking charge of the party machinery. He took effective control of the major organs of the PDP namely: the National Working Committee and the parties Board of Trustees.”
What? How dumb our President is indeed. Since when has the control of party machinery resulted to wining an election? Why was late Yar’adua not interested in the control of party machinery? When our universities are closed for over two months and our doctors also on strike the president is busy fighting over who controls the party machinery? Well, if the president thinks the control of party machinery rather than delivering the dividend of democracy will save him come 2015, he better have a rethink.
He went further to question the powers of the Atiku Abubakar’s led faction of the PDP. Going by the writer’s assumption, Atiku died politically since the day President Jonathan flogged the daylight out of him during the last presidential primaries and I begin to wonder if he is actually reading the handwriting on the wall. How dumb he is not to have seen that Atiku is actually gaining ground in the PDP by controlling seven of the governors elected under the PDP in less than two years to the general election. Unfortunately the writer chooses to close his eyes to these facts, as his own definition of relevance in politics is wining the previous election. He forgot that Atiku’s name is written in Nigerian history as being an obstacle to the all-powerful Baba Iyabo’s third term agenda and history is about to repeat itself.
The writer is so confident that the PDP is too large to feel the absence of the seven governors and Atiku himself to the extent of providing the names of the likes of Ahmed Makarfi’s and Nyesom wike’s among others whom he feels will deliver the affected states even without the support of the governors. He failed to understand that the PDP may be big but it’s not bigger than Nigeria and for every Goodluck Jonathan there are many Nigerians with merit and are willing to lead the country for the betterment of all Nigerians.
In the final analysis the writer named the embattled Rivers State Governor Rotimi Ameachi as the biggest looser in this whole drama over what he termed as ‘allowing himself to be used as a pawn in the hands of the Northerners’ he continued by saying “when they (the northerners) need him no more or strike a deal with the President, then EFCC will be waiting for him.” How shallow is this kind of analyses? Ayo refused to tell Nigerians one crime that Ameachi committed that will warrant his arrest after serving his complete 8 years as governor of rivers come 2015 neither did he tell us how and why the north is using him and what for?
Nevertheless and to set the record right in the interest of Nigerians, Ameachi is not a looser, he has never lost and he will not lose. He won the NGF election with 19 votes, he also won the support of 27 out of 32 lawmakers in Rivers State despite the effort of the loosing President, his wife and some so called machineries of the PDP in Rivers state to remove him from power and now that he is wining the support of Nigerians they say it is a northern agenda.
On this note let me quickly remind the writer that the PDP may be large, noisy, rapturous and garrulous like the Majiyagbes family but it will never be like the Majiyagbes family because it has broken up with two existing faction both having elected National Executive Officials.
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