Senator @bukolasaraki Analysed How APC Will Defeat PDP Some Thirteen Months Ago By Opeyemi Abdul-Lateef
Tracing the memory lane of Nigerian politics and taking cognisance of what works and what doesn’t, one would never make the blunder of thinking about unseating an incumbent president because of the impossibility fallacy that has not only taken over the system but the minds of the citizens as well.
The sacrosanctity of the impossibility is mainly owing to the fact that there are too much impediments for any progressive mission to succeed in Nigeria, especially in the political realm. Then for any wonder to happen in the politics of our land, there is an absolute need for rigorous revolution that will be ready to challenge the status quo. This absolutely, is what happened when Nigerians, politicians and non-politicians, painfully reached a halt where they were already sick of the anomalies in the leadership of President Jonathan, but there seemed to be no measures (or still ineffective ones) on ground to navigate the struggle.
The simple truth is that there was an opposition party that formed an assiduous challenge to the ruling party. But to be sincerer, the party was still not potent enough to pull the trigger. What appears indisputable is that the merger of various parties and prominent warriors marked a point of change in the game and the beginning of a worrisome opposition. In this pursuit however, the role of the new PDP in breaking some foundational pillars and escalation of some internal fracas in the ruling party, which lead to substantial “change” contrivance can never be undermined.
As if the amalgamation and all other actions were still not enough to launch the revolution. Yes they weren’t actually. What emerged as a serious task was a workable permutation within the frontiers of the new party (APC), it members and other powerful stakeholders that must be brought in to the fold, and most importantly, voters education and mobilization across all regions of the country.
Senator Bukola Saraki, as at the time when the climate was so unclear, when things were so daunting, with hopes hardly surviving due to the fear that leaves no mind unravelled, made empirical analysis of how the APC will defeat PDP. This doesn’t just connote that the Senator was part of the rebels against the incumbent; it also shows boldly that Saraki, among other colleagues, was a belligerent archer that his tactics at cutting down the flag of “power” were so impeccable.
Saraki has explained in a detailed-concise-interview by Premium Times Newspaper editor, Musikilu Majeed, how the APC will defeat the ruling party –PDP.
The former Governor and leader of the Kwara State politics analysed that PDP as at the time he was been interviewed (March, 2014), has 18 states while APC has 16 states by the virtue of the party of the governors of those states. Only that the Senator was so vivid in his argument that several numbers of the states are nowhere for the PDP. He emphasized that states like Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi and many others have never given their votes to PDP over the years. He maintained in fact, that PDP has never won in those states before. Then it appears that PDP didn’t have up to eighteen states as claimed whatsoever. The hallucination of controlling them was just a wrong calculation.
When you check the record of the former Presidents: Obasanjo and Yar’adua, and that of Jonathan’s first term, you will definitely agree that no opposition has ever reached such a pinnacle of opportunity, in terms of relevance and landmark prevalence. According to Saraki’s hypothesis therefore, APC after the amalgamation, has covered a broader landmass that beckons certainty of winning.
Assertively saying, Saraki disclosed in the interview that APC has nothing less than 16 million registered committed members across the country. When you see the interview, you will be amazed by the confidence of the senator in the rituals his party has prepared. It will therefore be irrefutable when he said to the PDP: “How do you think you can win?”
Addendum to the ample rituals, Saraki assured Nigerians that elections would be violence-free, fair and credible. We shall remain vigilant, he added. Then one would understand that the monitoring level of the observers, especially from the international communities, was not just a coincidence.
With Saraki’s scholastic analysis that eventually manifested, APC has won election very long time ago, and the desired change by Nigerians has come to take over from government of indecision, corruption and ineptitude.