Inside Politics: By T U N D E R A H M A N, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the recent registration of the Peoples Democratic Movement, the political machinery founded by late Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, as a political party, many analysts and commentators had found it difficult to place the new party in the scheme of things. Coming from within the troubled Peoples Democratic Party where it had earlier existed more or less like a pressure group (if there is anything like that within the ruling party), many had asked whether PDM was a game changer or game spoiler in the politics of 2015. In my take two weeks ago on the “PDM Challenge”, I had also raised the same issue.
Though the interim National Chairman of PDM Bashir Yusuf is an ally of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (he was Atiku’s returning officer at the January 2011 PDP presidential primary election at Eagle Square in Abuja), I had stated in that piece that Atiku could neither be said to be in nor out of PDM and only the dynamics of 2015 politics would determine whether he is with PDP, as he claimed to be then, or in PDM. Now we all know better! Shortly after the break away from PDP and the formation of a new faction of the party, the New PDP, by Atiku, seven governors and their supporters, the politics behind the registration of PDM became manifest. PDM chairman Yusuf quickly issued a statement welcoming and saluting what he called the bravery and statesmanship of the dissenting leaders and governors who broke away from PDP. He commended them for staying calm “in the face of utmost provocation and outright oppression”. Then, he said PDM would stand shoulder to shoulder with them, with all “true democrats who wish to make Nigeria great again through positive political change”. Change! That word again.
Now, as to whether PDM would move to alter the game in PDP, you already know the answer by now. Will PDM or New PDP plus PDM spoil things for the opposition All Progressives Congress? I shudder to answer. Both or the trio are in opposition to the main PDP as it were. What may happen within the rank of the opposition would depend on their respective power of negotiation or bargaining. Otherwise, the two opposition blocs may cancel themselves out in 2015 and unwittingly hand over victory back to the main PDP.