By Sanusi Muhammad
On-going events within the opposition PDP indicates the abandonment of former president Goodluck Jonathan and his co-travelers most of who served in his purposeless administration that wrecked havoc on Nigerians for five years through shameless stealing and sharp corrupt practices that almost grounded the country.
Presently, the party has split into six groups all battling to control the party machinery despite its glaring loss of respect and credibility that may never be regained no matter the tricks.
There is also visible anger within the party over the zoning of its 2019 presidential slot to the north which foreclosed the return of Jonathan to the race should he nurse an ambition of return.
Pro-Jonathan sycophants and hangers-on who caged him to milk the country dry, are angry that the National Working Committee (NWC) had announced the zoning to enable most of its members to retain their positions in the March 2016 National Convention with ease.
Investigation revealed that the party’s humiliating defeat at the general elections led to the emergence of the six groups within the party for survival.
Each of the six groups is battling to secure the control of the NWC under the guise of reforming the party for a possible regain of lost glory.
The six identified groups are: Ex-PDP governors Forum; present PDP governors; ex-PDP Ministers Forum/Jonathan group; the NWC; Reformists group comprising former senate presidents, Ken Nnamani, Iyorchia Ayu and former senators Ahmed Makarfi and Ibrahim Nasiru Mantu and few others; and Northern group, compromising retired military chieftains and contractors, seeking dissolution of the NWC.
Many leaders of the party are insisting on the sack of the NWC to have genuine reformation but members of the other organ are clinging to the last straws to remain in office till next year as a life-saving strategy.
It was reliably gathered from a source that the agitation for a conference to rebrand and refocus the party was floated by the NWC just to calm frayed nerves for business as usual.
That the conference was initially slated for three days but the NWC scaled it down to two days for undisclosed reason.
The source further revealed that all is not well in the PDP since it suffered election defeat, “Most of our leaders and members believe we need to reform the party beginning with the dissolution of the NWC. But members of the NWC are locked in a game of survival. They are also using a divide and rule system to remain in office.
“Even some NWC members are already joining groups within the party to retain their seats at the next national convention in March 2016.
A former minister gave insights into the politics in the party and why the division might take a long time to resolve.
The source added: “Some former PDP governors and NWC members are working in tandem to hijack the PDP structure in order to call the shots ahead of 2019.
“Since these governors have the financial war chest to finance the already cash-strapped PDP, some NWC members are bowing to their dictates.
“Some former ministers and allies of Jonathan are not happy that the same NWC which is responsible for the humiliating defeat of the party at the general elections in April is still piloting the affairs of the party with pride and authority. They are demanding surgical reforms.
“These ex-ministers and northern group are asking that the acting National Chairman (Uche Secondus) should step down for a candidate from the north-east since the position was conceded to the zone. The last occupant of the position who led the party to disgrace, was the former governor of Bauchi state, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu who bulldozed his way to the position through fake leadership credentials that later exposed his incapacitation.
Another force in the party is angry with the NWC over the “hasty manner” in which it zoned the party’s presidential slot to the north in 2019.
A member of the National Executive Committee of the party said: “We have just realized that the zoning was hastily done in order to edge out our 2015 defeated candidate, Goodluck Jonathan from the 2019 race. The NWC has foreclosed Jonathan’s chances. This development has caused much anger in the party. The pro-Jonathan group, are annoyed with the NWC for allegedly backstabbing the former president despite leading the party to humiliating defeat.
“In fact, the NWC does not consult former president Jonathan regularly again on the direction of the party and other policies. Instead, the organ bows to the dictates of some serving and former governors. So, how do you reconcile with this development?
The scenario in the PDP is adding more salt to injury as the party is heading to disintegration with most of its senior members allegedly hobnobbing with the ruling party, APC for survival.
For instance, in Bauchi state where the PDP suffered its most humiliating defeat and disgrace in its history with only two members of the State House of Assembly, most of its senior stakeholders are now secretly romancing with the APC-led administration in the state for desperate survival even though, they lack any political value to add to the APC other than blackmail and insinuating hatred.
As rumored, PDP former national chairman, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu is busy holding nocturnal meetings in the state with self-acclaimed political juggernauts who survive on the ignorance of the electorates for a possibility of declaring for the 2019 presidential race on a different political platform while other notables of the party that contributed to its defeat in 2015, are said to be knocking at the doors of the APC for possible membership.
As Governor Muhammed Abubakar said, “The doors of my administration are open to every interested individual. We shall accept an individual on merit but not as a group. Days of politicking are on suspension. What we need are sincere and dedicated servants that can deliver positive results to the development of our dear state. We have the capacity to accommodate all interested individuals but on merit”.
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