Chief Tony Anenih
It was in a bid to forge a united front in the party that Jonathan mandated the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, to commence another peace tour. The tour that is taking Anenih to party leaders across the country in order to help bring peace to the PDP, commenced with the northern governors that were threatening to leave the party. The governor of Niger State pointedly told Anenih that the party should not force aggrieved members to leave the PDP.
This was partly because of the crisis that the governors seem to have with Tukur on the one hand and Jonathan on the other hand over the agreement that the office of the presidency should move up north.
Though at the moment, the Anenih committee has recorded what could be described as ‘partial victory’ given the fact that some northern PDP governors have been restating their commitment to the PDP and assuring the party leadership that they had no plans to leave the PDP, this is still far from the reality, as underground moves suggest that the threat to leave the PDP is more real than imagined.
The threat to defect to other parties is coming at a time the opposition political parties are waxing stronger on the merger platform- All Progressives Congress (APC). The two main opposition political parties in the north, the CPC and the ANPP, are almost on the verge of concluding their merger talks with the main opposition party in the country, the ACN, and with a faction of APGA.
This fast moving political development is also believed to be responsible for why the PDP appears to be taking a fear-induced approach to containing the crisis in its fold and the threat posed by the opposition.
But what could save the PDP from the imminent implosion, observers have noted, are deft political moves that would emphasise unity as against the divide and rule approach of the presidency and its leadership. But the question remains: who will bell the cat and save the PDP from an impending implosion, exacerbated by the party's poor crisis management approach?
That is a question that even the party leadership may find difficult to answer without being equivocal.