I find it difficult to explain why the misunderstanding between the Peoples Democratic Party PDP’s Presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, and the incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Wike , continued to worsen. Could it be that team supporters from both sides in the conflict have chosen to fuel the conflict, operating from the shadows, rather than joining well-meaning party loyalists to douse the blazing fire burning to consume the fortune of the party in its determination to win the general elections of 2023? To shout aloud, it is a question of withdrawing the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the center.
The main actors in this conflict; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential flag bearer, and Chief Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, are both men of wood and caliber who need no undermining or undermining. esteemed in the scheme of things, as far as politics and politics are concerned. the current political space. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s track record as a former vice president under the Obasanjo administration; his deserved reputation as a democrat resulting from the favorable outcome of various legal battles against the PDP and President Obasanjo in the 4th Republic; and his reputation as the winner of the party’s presidential primaries, have largely contributed to enriching his political profile as a recognized politician.
On the other hand, Governor Nyesom Wike is a known political stalwart, whose reputation as a talkative politician in Rivers State cannot be denied. He is also an outstanding politician, a field mobilizer; a political juggernaut, who is used to forcing his way into any project he thinks of. Governor Wike is a sensible politician whose mind has always been focused. He is also a known fighter and can easily garner support for his cause, among his teeming support base in the state and nationally. He is the recognized author of Grassroots Development Initiative. (DGI) – a winning strategy of mass political mobilization which he deployed successively to win over his political opponent in his first outing as a gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State in the 2015 elections.
His mania for projects, executing viable infrastructure projects, is evident in the many projects he has had the opportunity to execute in the span of seven years since he took office in 2015. Not amazing that even his political adversaries have come to terms with the nickname given to him by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as “Mr Project”! This name was earned by Wike when he (Osinbajo) commissioned one, in the series of Governor Executed Projects, during his first term as Governor of Rivers State. There is no doubt that each of the duos is an asset for the party to which they both belong. Therefore, nothing should be done to discourage either of them from contributing their respective quota to the People’s Democratic Party’s expressed interest in winning the presidential and other elections, scheduled for 2023. In this light, the two parties have an essential role to play. in order to bring their party (PDP) to a landslide victory in the next election in 2023, of course, we don’t need to be told that time is running out, and they can no longer afford the luxury of hanging around feet on this issue.
For the avoidance of doubt, the former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as party leader, should necessarily take the initiative to call a truce, to immediately extinguish the flaming fire.
He needs the support and votes of all Nigerians to succeed in his political quest to become the Executive President of Nigeria, in 2023. If you ask me, former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been less diplomatic in saying publicly that it could do without the votes of a particular state to win the presidential elections in 2023. This thoughtless outburst was rather misplaced; and I suspect that this, more than any other factor, has added the fuel that prolongs the current crisis in the party today.
In a contest the magnitude of the PDP is right now, no one is indispensable and no contribution is unimportant. Therefore, Atiku should calm down and put his house in order before his invisible enemies pull the rug out from under his feet. He’s been in the presidential race for so long that he can’t afford to let this rare opportunity slip away. Before it is too late, he should quickly sort out the internal problems of the party, so that he can unfold his plans to face the real opponents of his party. He must know that victory for him is victory for his party; and the victory of the party is the victory of all the members. There is a grander and nobler picture in front of him now, which is to win the presidential election in 2023. He should not make the mistake of thinking that his party could easily defeat an incumbent government without promote internal unity within the party.
Let us recall that during the Jonathan era, in an election year, a crisis like this broke out, the ruling party (still the PDP) ignored the grievances expressed by certain influential members of the party, thus forcing them to form a faction ”New PDP” who eventually defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), paving the way for the APC’s victory in the 2015 general election. save nine”.
What is happening now in the main opposition party is similar to what happened in 2015. The slight difference being that then the party was the ruling party with all the machinery of government at its disposal. Yet he lost to the New Party (APC) which literally came out of nowhere to win the 2015 elections.
The possible consequence of the Peoples Democratic Party’s blatant refusal to heed Wike’s call for the restoration of internal party democracy with the legitimate representation of all areas in the party’s executive platform, could seriously hijack the party standard bearer to focus on the bigger goal of winning the presidential election next year, it may be too late for him to recover from the avoidable mistake. The occasion may arise where one would be forced to cry over spilled milk. Why not do it right now?
Will the current personality crisis within the main opposition party (PDP) lead to a similar development during the election campaign? It is difficult to predict but the answer to this poser can only be given by the current party leadership. Would the party throw the baby out with the bathwater? Or would he do what is necessary now to save the fortunes of the party, in 2023? The ball is in the court of the opposition party’s presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. There is a saying that if a snake enters a pot and you desire to kill it, it is imperative that you develop a careful strategy to achieve this goal, otherwise you risk breaking the pot and risking the escape of the snake. at the end. at the same time. Wisdom is profitable to lead.
By: Pie Obute
Obute is an Abuja-based writer.