I am a very happy man regardless of the PDP’s defeat at the Presidential election. The national leader of my party did not live up to the responsibilities of his office and Nigerians have showed him a red card!
I am also happy that in spite of the pain and personal anguish the President may be feeling at this moment, he conceded defeat graciously and kept Nigeria one. In addition, President Jonathan has also taught us calmness in the face of adversity by restraining his supporters from negative reactions. Those who said Nigeria will break in 2015 did not factor in the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian!
Over the last four years whilst still being a member of the PDP and having worked as a Special Assistant/Advisor at the PDP headquarters during this same period, I have remained in the PDP and disagreed openly with the President many times. My interventions are available at the nigeriavillagesquare.com, saharareporters.com and many other such outlets that have been gracious enough to give me the opportunity to air my views.
The PDP on its part needs to shed the toga of a spendthrift, no rules party and wear the new look of its motto, Justice, Unity and Progress.
I congratulate all APC members nationwide and all Nigerians for witnessing this momentous event. I must remind us about the words of John Philpot Curran who stated that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” As Nigerians, we must guard jealously this new nation that was given birth to on the 28th of March, 2015.
To my friends in the PDP, the President needed to lose his reelection in order for this nation to be reborn. It is ironic also that the one person that started and institutionalized the ills in the PDP was the same person that brought the PDP government down – that person is no other than General Olusegun Obasanjo. Now, let the healing begin.
Now that we have lost the election, let us take time off to reflect on what went wrong. I had warned in a publication four years ago –read here – http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/abdulmumuni-yinka-ajia/saving-the-pdp-from-implosion-why-the-largest-political-party-in-africa-needs-to-correct-course.html that the PDP was about to implode. As it is, it hasn’t really imploded yet, instead, it has suffered serious hemorrhage. Those of us that have tried to live above board even in the midst of the shenanigans in the PDP have an opportunity now to work assiduously to reposition the party, especially now after the buccaneers have relocated to the APC. We hope and pray that they will not impede General Buhari’s best intentions. This prayer is essential because as presently constituted, the APC is PDPLite. Some of the leading lights of the APC were in PDP up to a day to the APC primary in their states; now, that’s some change!
In the weeks to come, we need to come together cross fertilizing ideas on how to move forward from here. People like the real youthful national leader of the PDP, Abdullahi Maibasira, Osita Chidoka of the Aviation Ministry, Sam Amadi of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and a host of other fine individuals in the party ought to lead this conversation. While keeping our existing coalition, we are encouraged by Jimi Agbaje and Jumoke Akinjide in the South West of Nigeria as we make inroads into the traditional birthplace of progressivism in Nigeria. While acknowledging that we did suffer a shellacking in the North West and the North East, we can recover if we embrace credible leaders from the two regions.
Finally as my brother Tony Ubani, a onetime Director General of the Peoples’ Democratic Institute once said, it is time to reform the rally into a party. It’s also time to discard PDP Power in favor of PDP Justice, PDP Unity and PDP Progress – symbolizing all three essential words of its motto.
May God continue to bless Nigeria.
By Abdulmumuni Yinka Ajia
April 2, 2015
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