#SoundOff: The PDP Strategy Manifested In The Ministerial Screening

#SoundOff: The PDP Strategy Manifested In The Ministerial Screening

By Ena Ofugara | Op-Ed Contributor on October 16, 2015
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FILE: A PDP campaign rally

Who noticed the BROMANCE between former Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi and Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor, himself?

Fayemi was “all over” Akpabio, even declaring, “I was inspired by what I saw Akpabio do…”.

Some people are getting carried away. They  shouldn’t. Especially supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Many PDP supporters do not understand their party’s strategy. Some are calling Akpabio a ‘disgrace’ for his Senate comments.

No, please. Akpabio should be told, “Sir, well played!”

Oh, you really think David Mark and other PDP Senators are impressed by Fashola’s talk of “I did not sign the cheques”?

“So how will you now ensure probity in your ministry since you did not do so in Lagos and you know the price of nothing except for your lawyer wig,”  Ben Bruce must have said in his head.

But, then, they all let it slide and clapped for Fashola to take a bow and go.

The strategy is simple for PDP as championed by Akpabio. Let me try to explain a bit.

1. They realize that APC is a dirty and corrupt party.

2. No matter how you want to go against the nominees that Buhari presents, it will not make Buhari dump his corrupt party members.

3. By signing-off an all of Buhari’s nominees, they give him the “tools” he needs to work with and little room to continue making excuses for his awful performance.

4. What is the point of making enemies of the new ministers? Do not forget Senators from all sides are patronised by the government. It is business as usual. And business as usual if bad for Buhari’s posture of “change”.

5. Buhari’s ministerial list humiliated Bola Tinubu, in some respect… That’s a good thing from the PDP standpoint.

6. Help them destroy the APC. Already a new party is ossifying and calcifying in APC. Approving Buhari’s ministerial list speeds up the process.

So before you criticize Akpabio, find a way of understanding the game plan. Nothing in the PDP Senators’ conduct suggests they are unaware of the corrupt characters that Buhari has presented before the Senate as ministers.

Game on!

Ena Ofugara studied law in the University of Benin for some years before leaving Nigeria for the United States where he is studying while working. He has a passion for Nigeria. He has a clear bias for his people of the Niger Delta and he believes the Nigerian system – justice, social, economic – is rigged against his people. So he became a social and political commentator to highlight this injustice. Connect with him on Facebook

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