Why Atiku, Saraki, Other Who Left PDP Must Return And Rebuild Party...

Why Atiku, Saraki, Other Who Left PDP Must Return And Rebuild Party (READ)

By Deji Adeyanju | Op-Ed Contributor on November 2, 2016
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PDP, Bukola Saraki, President Muhammadu Buhari, Sule Lamido, Aminu Tambuwal, Attahiru Bafarawa Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (l), and Senate President Bukola Saraki

Some time in November 2013, 5 governors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC. It was an unprecedented move in Nigeria’s political history and formed the foundation for APC’s victory at the 2015 general elections.

The governors who led their supporters and political structures to APC were Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers). They were joined by other political heavyweights such as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, the then Speaker of the House of Representatives – Aminu Tambuwal, Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Ndume, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adam, Bindo Jubrilla and Abdullahi Gobir.

Others include Dr. Samuel Ortom, former Speaker Aminu Bello Masari, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Barrister Simon Lalong. In fact, of the 17 state governors elected on the platform of APC in Northern Nigeria only 7 are not ex-PDP members.

At no point since 1999 had so many political heavyweights left a party in such a manner. The loss of the clout, networking, followership and funding that these men represented was a significant blow that PDP could not recover from in time for the 2015 elections. The rest, as they say, is history.

However, things have not been rosy for these dwellers in APC. With the exception of Rotimi Amaechi – who currently serves as Minister of Transport, all of these men have been engaged in various battles within APC. And in the minds of many, it begs the question whether the whole excursion has been worth it.

For instance, Senator Bukola Saraki has gone on to become Senate President. But that only became possible after an alliance with PDP Senators. In fact, he is only being preserved as Senate President on the strength of that alliance.

His emergence as Senate President ruffled many feather within APC and it is believed that this forms the basis for his trial on charges of under-declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Others like Aliyu Wamakko, Murtala Nyako and Rabiu Kwankwaso have been sidelined in the running of the affairs of the party. While Kwankwaso is involved in a bitter battle with Governor Umar Ganduje over control of the party in Kano State, Wamakko has largely lost control of the State party structure to his successor – Governor Aminu Tambuwal. Murtala Nyako seems to have gone into hiding completely.

In the light of the current political circumstances, one wonders whether the lots of these political heavyweights will not be better served by returning to PDP. At least, in PDP these were men who called the shots, whose voices were heard. One cannot say the same thing for them in APC.

And there is a myriad of reasons why one may argue that these men should return to PDP. For one, most of them were founding members of the party. Most understand its ethos and ideology. As it stands, they currently find themselves in the APC where they struggle to acclimatise to the variances between the more democratic ideologies they were used to in PDP and the total control exercised by Bola Tinubu in the ACN wing of APC and the cult followership given to President Muhammadu Buhari by the CPC wing.

Secondly, many of these men have future political ambitions. It is common knowledge that Atiku Abubakar desires to run for President in 2019. Kwankwaso and Tambuwal also harbour the same ambitions. Rotimi Amaechi’s future political relevance has to lie away from APC seeing as the party is simply not accepted in home state.

Many analysts think that PDP would be a better place to articulate their political futures.

Finally, there is the altruistic reason. Most of these men, along with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, were founding fathers of PDP. While they may not have been in the room the day it was decided to form the party, they all played a role in its successes over the years.

In many ways, their abandonment of the party has led to its current travails. In many ways, the abandonment of the party by these founding fathers has caused it to lose its very soul and essence.

In the face of the outright failures of the ruling party, the return of these men to the PDP fold is essential not only for its survival but for the survival of the entire country.

Once you consider that President Buhari presides over Nigeria at its most fractured state since the Civil War and does not have the right sort of temperament to reunite the country, you will see the altruistic need for these men to return to PDP as a means of building the virile opposition that the country needs.

Having enjoyed many benefits from PDP, these men owe the party – and indeed the rest of the country – an obligation to return and ensure the party does not die. This is the only way to secure a viable opposition to the ruling party and prevent the establishment of a one party state.

Deji Adeyanju is director of Social Media of the People’s Democratic Party. He is also a former aide at the Presidency. He tweets from @adeyanjudeji.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

2 COMMENTS

  1. ANY POLITICAL PARTY NOT FOUNDED ON CLEAR PRINCIPLES–WILL SOONER OR LATER WITHER AWAY–LIKE THE EARLY MORNING DEW——The Fulanis and Yorubas destroyed PDP so that the Sokoto Fulani Mafia will take over-ASO ROCK–Atiku and Obasanjo are the most unstable and unthinking cold hearted, evil minded, LUCIFERIC politicians I have ever seen in my entire life————–They are the people who helped the 7 Fulani governors to pull out of the PDP SO THAT THEIR TRIBESMAN BINGO BUHARI will be imposed on us by the CIA—————via the LIES sold to us by Soyinka and Obj–Both of whom often labour for the CIA—-in Africa———————-Besides the writer a Yoruba man is only trying to fly a kite–or not his ethnic greoup also killed the PDP BECAUSE OF GREED—–For Saraki and Atiku——-among other unthinking Fulani and Yoruba politicians from Mali and Togo in Nigeria-OUR ECONOMY WOULD HAVE BEEN MAKING WAVES AROUND THE GLOBE—–Nigerians cannot go on playing these types of try your luck politics with the oil revenue of the people of the South south-for another century—Sadly the writer SEEMS TO BE WORKING FOR THE CUSTODIANS OF OUR COLLECTIVE INTEREST–FROM THE OLD REGIONS OF NIGERIA—who helped to destroy the PDP–HE SHOULD BE TOLD IN CLEAR TERMS TO GO BURY HIS HEAD IN THE SAND OF SHAME IN THE SOUTH WEST–YESTERDAY WE PLAYED SIMILAR SATANIC POLITICS OF ME FIRST BETWEEN AKINTOLA AND AWO—WHICH AGAIN LED TO THE CIVIL WAR—-AND THE EVENTUAL OVERTHROW and murder OF THE BALEWA FULANI GOVERNMENT———Again IF THESE political whores HAD ANY PRINCIPLES IN LIFE AT ALL–they would never have destroyed the foundation of the PDP, simply because an Ijaw man LIKE JONATHAN was TRYING TO BE president-FOR THE SECOND TIME RUNNING-Atiku and co should go BURN TO ASHES in the Sokoto WITH THEIR BELLBOY Saraki–who pulled the rug under the feet of–Jonathan because of greed—-Would Saraki—ATIKU———–NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF-in PDP than among the Apes in APC–today?-Now the Fulanis and Yorubas—-are trying to destroy PDP BY WANTING TO IMPOSE fULANI COWHANDS LIKE MAKARFI ON US—HAVE WE NOT HAD ENOUGH OF THE DIRTY SELFISH POLITICS OF THE FULANIS ati Yorubas in NIGERIA? Separation is the answer——let my people go

  2. ANY POLITICAL PARTY NOT FOUNDED ON CLEAR PRINCIPLES–WILL SOONER OR LATER WITHER AWAY——–The Fulanis and Yorubas destroyed PDP so that the Sokoto Fulani Mafia will take over-ASO ROCK–Atiku and Obasanjo are the most unstable and unthinking cold hearted, evil minded, LUCIFERIC politicians I have ever seen in my entire life————–The were the people who helped the Fulani governors to pull out of the PDP SO THAT THEIR TRIBEMAN BINGO BUHARI will be imposed on us by the CIA—————via the LIES sold to us by Soyinka and Obj–BOTH of whom often labour for the CIA—-in Africa———————-Besides, the writer a Yoruba man is only trying to fly a kite——-For Saraki and Atiku——-among other unthinking Fulani and Yoruba politicians from Mali and Togo in Nigeria–Nigerians cannot go on playing these types of ( try your luck) OLD REGIONAL politics with the oil revenue of the people of the South south-for another century—Sadly the writer one of the few Yorubas elites IS ONLY tryng to lay out his plans for the final takeover of the PDP by the Fulanis and Yorubas—again-YESTERDAY WE PLAYED SIMILAR SATANIC POLITICS OF ME FIRST BETWEEN AKINTOLA AND AWO—WHICH AGAIN LED TO THE CIVIL WAR—-AND THE EVENTUAL OVERTHROW and murder OF THE BALEWA FULANI GOVERNMENT———Again IF THESE political whores HAD ANY PRINCIPLES LEFT IN THEIR CALLOUS SOULS–AT ALL–they would never have destroyed the foundation of the PDP, simply because an Ijaw man was WANTING TO president-FOR THE SECOND TIME-Atiku and co should go bury their dirty smelly regional heads in the Sokoto for Saraki–who pulled the rug under the feet of–Jonathan because of greed—-Would Saraki—ATIKU———–NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF-in PDP than THEY ARE NOW among the Apes in APC–today?-Now the Fulanis and Yorubas—-are trying to destroy PDP FOR MARKAFI———————-SHERIFF IS THE MAN OR NOTHING———————UNTIL THEN LET US GO THE WAY OF THE RUSSIAN QUIETLY

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