PDP Convention: The Aftermath

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REUBEN ABATI
TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI, Email: reuben.abati@thisdaylive.com and abati1990@gmail.com

TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI       abati1990@gmail.com

The elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, December 9, was a charade and an anti-climax.  Everyone who had been a witness to the travails of the once-upon-a-time ruling party which lost power to the All Progressives Congress in 2015 – viz, the humiliation, the victimization of the party and its agents by the successor-government, the catastrophic seizure of the party by a certain Ali Modu Sheriff, the desertion of the party by opportunists seeking fresh foothold, protection, and relevance in the new ruling party, the pummeling of the party as a party of corruption by both the stupid and the knowledgeable- indeed nearly everyone who witnessed all this had expected that the party would use the opportunity of the Convention to renew itself and set the tone for a new beginning. The event of Saturday December 9 was truly meant to be the PDP’s new beginning but was it? No, it wasn’t.  The election that took place was another night of the long knives. After the macheting, the ego slaying, the marching out, and the intrigues of Caesarian flavour, the PDP was left in a worse state than it had been. It was sad. It was disappointing.  It was a big let down.

The All Progressives Congress has been gloating, trying to score a cheap point out of the melodrama of this PDP Convention, but it does not lie in the mouth of the APC to put down the PDP Convention. The tragedy of Nigerian politics right now is that we do not yet have, 18 years after our return to democracy, a political party that represents the closest ideals of democracy.  There are 50 political parties or so on the list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but they are all special purpose vehicles, designed to put ambitious men and women who go by the title of professional politicians in the corridors of power and more precisely, in close proximity to Nigeria’s resources.

These politicians are full of guile and bile; they would do whatever it takes to remain relevant, and once they gain power, they use it as they wish. More than two years after taking power, the APC has not been able to define what it had in mind when it campaigned on the platform of “change”. It has not been able to hold a Convention or form a Board of Trustees. Its leaders are divided, the government it has put in place is hobbled by inter-agency/intra-governmental rivalry and misunderstanding. It has proven to be no better, if not worse than the PDP it replaced. In the elections that have been held under the watch of the APC, be it in Ondo, Edo or Anambra, electoral integrity was a problem; whatever irregularities or chicanery may have been on display at the PDP convention are not alien to the APC or any other Nigerian political party.  This is the big picture for informed consideration.

But we rightly complain about the PDP, because we had thought that given the humiliation it has suffered since its exit from power, given also, the winner-takes-it-all and vindictive posture of the ruling APC, and given, if we may add, the obvious failure and refusal of the APC to impress the people with quality governance, the leaders of the PDP would do everything to project their party unto a higher pedestal and regain the confidence of the Nigerian people.

 On Saturday, December 9, they failed to do so. They ended up showing that they have learnt no lessons at all, and that they are perhaps incapable of learning.  December 9 was the United Nations International Day Against Corruption.  The label of corruption has been the worst stigma that the PDP has had to deal with in its short but eventful history. Rather than use the occasion of its Convention to market itself positively, the party delivered in broad daylight, a Convention that was a loud promotion of corruption, and a brazen mockery of the Buhari administration’s heavily conflicted campaign against corruption.

Long before the voting began, the news had been abroad that a certain Governor, namely Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had been going about insisting that his candidate, Uche Secondus must be the next Chairman of the party. Secondus, in his own right, a tested politician, and a man of great ability, had also been quoted saying it was the turn and the right of the South-South to produce the next Chairman of the PDP, regardless of an advertised agreement that the party’s Chairmanship should be zoned to the South West.  The main story was that Wike is the new financier of the party and that at the critical moment when the party was drowning and seeking survival, it was Wike who came to the rescue with financial oxygen.  The PDP went to the Convention of December 9 amidst loud whispers about how the party was about to be hijacked by highest bidders. Delegates were reportedly informed that if they voted in a certain manner, they would get a sum of N500, 000, an amount that reportedly went up to $10, 000 per delegate. Nobody controverted the story even as one of the founding fathers of the party protested that the Convention should not be sold to the highest bidder.

The suspicions and the whispers gained greater currency and verisimilitude, when just before the Convention, one of the Chairmanship aspirants, Chief Olabode George withdrew from the Chairmanship race.  He accused Governor Wike of manipulating the process and of insulting the Yoruba race. Wike had reportedly appeared on television to tell the South West aspirants to forget their ambition because the Yoruba have never contributed much to the PDP. The witchcraft of ethnic marginalization and victimization is a convenient deus ex machina for aggrieved Nigerian politicians.

Bode George dragged it out and railed in purplish prose: “Everywhere you look, the Yoruba people are now being brazenly insulted…The Peoples Democratic Party has now mangled and distorted its soul and spirit…There is no sanity or any sense of enlightened civility.” Events moved quickly as other South West aspirants withdrew from the race and announced Professor Tunde Adeniran as their consensus candidate. The only other South West candidate who remained in the race, Professor Taoheed Adedoja got zero vote at the end of the day. He too must have been so incensed he probably refused to vote for himself in protest! It was an interesting day.

Still, before the voting began, a so-called Unity List showed up at the venue of the Convention. It was distributed to delegates and it soon found its way into social media. Envelopes of dollar notes were also allegedly distributed. When the voting began, all the names on the Unity List were listed first and strategically positioned and when the results were tallied, all the names on the Unity List won. Note this: before that announcement, Governor Ayo Fayose had appeared on AIT Television where he boasted arrogantly that whoever was not happy with the outcome of the elective Convention had no option but to accept the results. Other Governors also said they had reached a consensus to support Uche Secondus and the Unity List.

The question is: what was the purpose of the Convention then? If the new leaders of the party had been selected, the main business of the December 9 Convention should have been a ratification of the Unity List and not a so-called election.  Uche Secondus and his Unity team may be capable men and women, but the process that has produced them is greatly flawed.  It was to all intents and purposes a kangaroo process about which questions of legitimacy may be rightfully raised.

 It is even more worrisome, that whereas there were 2, 115 registered delegates, the final vote count of 2, 297 exceeded that number. Were there ghosts at the Convention?
Professor Tunde Adeniran who walked out of the Convention in protest got merely 230 votes. Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi and Gbenga Daniel, also Chairmanship aspirants, have congratulated Uche Secondus, but the party is at the moment in the throes of a silence of the graveyard. It is not a comfortable place for a political party to be.

 The Governors and their allies who have currently seized control of the PDP may have done greater damage to the PDP than the Ali Modu Sheriff faction that failed.  In the days to come, nobody may defect from the PDP on account of this Convention, and no person may go to court to ask for the cancellation of its outcome but it is risky to alienate significant segments of the party as has been done.  This omission and the triumph of a cash-for-position politics was one of the many factors that divided the party and robbed it of victory in the 2015 general elections.

Wike, Fayose and their co-travellers are said to be the new PDP panjandrums. Governor Wike, Governor Fayose and the new boys on the block who have taken control of the PDP should moderate their triumphalism. They should remember the words of the sage who said that those whose palm kernels have been cracked for them by benevolent spirits should learn to be humble. They should ask the elders of the party to tell them some stories about the past.  Governor Gbenga Daniel who was frog-jumped out of the race, and who was not even allowed to add a candidate to the Unity List was once a powerful PDP decision-maker. The same is the case for Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke, Obong Victor Attah, Sir Peter Odili, Sanimu Turaki, Abdullahi Adamu, Ahmed Muazu, Achike Udenwa, James Ibori, Lucky Igbinedion… but where are they all today? Governor Olusegun Mimiko, most recently of Ondo state, and some other yesterday men did not even bother to attend the December 9 Convention.

Anyhow, my fear is that all the partners who contributed candidates to the Unity List and shared the positions among themselves are not working with any defined purpose other than their selfish interests. As they soon abandoned one another after endorsing the caretaker Chairmanship of Ali Modu Sheriff, they may again soon part ways when the differences in their motives swim to the surface.  The victim will again be the party.  This is indeed sad because the APC has performed so poorly in power there is no reason why it should beat the PDP in 2019.

But if the PDP does not quickly put its fallen house in order, it will fall into its own grave.  Since it lost power at the centre, Nigerians had looked up to the PDP to provide a robust opposition to the new ruling party.  The party continues to fail woefully in this regard. The opposition to the Buhari administration has been majorly self-inflicted; it is not because of any creativity on the part of the PDP or any other political party. The opposition has come mainly from a disappointed electorate that was promised change but got stasis, promised prosperity but received penury, offered hope but handed despair, motion instead of movement, opaqueness in place of transparency.

Bode George dismissed the PDP Convention as “brazen fraud and absolutely preconceived, monetized, mercantilist Convention”.  Political party corruption is the stimulus for corruption in the larger society. The crisis of internal democracy within our political parties remains a major challenge in Nigerian democracy. If the PDP must survive, new Chairman Uche Secondus and his Unity team must address the crisis of legitimacy of their own becoming. They must ensure that the PDP does not go into the 2019 elections as a divided and incapacitated party.  Secondus, now Nulli Secondus, should adopt a total approach by reaching out immediately to all aggrieved parties, and show that he is an independent umpire as the PDP begins the search for a Presidential standard bearer. He must disown the ethnic umbrella of his Chairmanship and project himself as an unbiased, open-minded party leader and as his own man.

Whatever may have happened at the Convention, he can still keep the party whole and together, since in any case, Nigerian politicians are always ever so circumspect and cowardly in a situation like this – nobody may take the principled position of going to court to challenge the irregularities at the Convention.

  • moribund9ja

    What a nice piece.
    I’m only learning the grammar, choice of words, sentence arrangements and entire style of writing.
    Abati is truly Number 1 in Nigeria and perhaps in Africa.

  • wode

    For an Abati to be thinking that a PDP, even if the convention had gone the way he wished, would out-stage PMB-led government in 2019 is nothing short of an outright lost of touch with reality. There is no doubt, APC government has its weaknesses. Those downsides are not in any comparable with the abysmally stinking rottenness in PDP.

    It’s obvious that Mr Abati and those sharing his line of thought of the (erstwhile) possibility of PDP regaining power in 2019 are mistaken people’s complaints as outright disapproval of the government. There is no doubt that the expectations were rife on the countdown leading to APC coming to power, with the belief that things would just change for better and PDP’s age-long misrule would be turned around just in a twinkle of an eye, unfortunately, that is expectations were not close to realities on ground. Forget the many nonvoting population online making noises, a lot of voting masses still have strong belief in PMB and wouldn’t bet an island to vote him again massively come 2019.

    It took PDP good 16 years before it got to where it was before leaving power in 2015? Have we all forgotten what characterized Obasanjo’s term, with strong fight between him and his vice which was also partly responsible for the number of Senate Presidents as well as Speakers of House of Assembly that we had with a period of 8 years despite the fact that the actors were of the same party at the time. Whatever might be happening in APC’s government now is nothing compared to what we have seen in the PDP day. I’m not an APC member neither do I belong to any political party, I’m however a realist not given to fictitious optimism of a PDP returning to power in 2019. Those with that hope would do a great deal to their health by lessening their expectations lest they suffer serious heart damage when reality finally down on them.

  • Rev

    I fully concur with the writer. It will be totally catastrophic if the APC retains power in 2019 and fails to be kicked out of power. The self serving tendencies of these money guzzling kleptomaniacs must give way to a sense of purpose if this must be accomplished. Nigeria is tactically finished if Buhari and the APC continues at the helms.

    • bigdaddy

      And which party devoid of kleptomaniacs do you want the APC to give way to? Please do not tell me the PDP?

  • RealityCheck

    Clearly, PDP is yet to be cured of this madness.
    Lesson learnt: Nill
    So sad, wharrapiry!

  • LEGACY

    The major problem with the Yoruba is their political
    ideology which is rooted in pretence, hypocrisy and politics of expediency.
    They would have helped Nigeria better if they play ‘value driven politics.
    Today they support restructuring tomorrow they are against restructuring.

    They always ignore
    their southern neighbours and but always rush to cut deals with the north which
    at the end makes them to lose out.

    But they will not learn!

    The same mistake Amolowo made, Abiola made, Obasanjo made,
    Bola Tinubu is making – Politics of indiscretion.

    When last did you see Yoruba political leaders working to
    cut a deal with other southern regions? They made a deal with the north to support
    them for PDP chairmanship. But where is the support? If they had gotten chairmanship
    position they will be in a ‘better’ position apparently to negotiate with
    Buhari in APC with a threat of moving to PDP if that fails. As things stand
    they have no option than to support Buhari or go to political wilderness.

    The norther elders made a resolution to support Yoruba for
    PDP chairmanship, but failed to do that at the convention because they are ‘smarter’
    than the ‘sophisticated’ ones.

    Let me let Yoruba know that PDP will most likely get a VP
    candidate from south east. So Yoruba whatever Buhari does you have nothing to ‘negotiate’
    with. But make no mistake you may also be threatened with no VP slot in APC.

    It is better to play
    a politics of value and loose than to play a politics of mischief hoping to ‘gain’.

    At the end someone will learn if he is sophisticated or a ‘sophisticated
    fool’

    Any way if you lose out in APC and PDP you may as well form
    an AD.

    As we wait for APC convention which may likely hold close to
    the election when there will be little time to manoeuvre, I will say: wash, see and learn if you would.

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      Interesting analysis. Unfortunately, your analysis is somewhat hindered by the Joker that is Osinbajo. Osinbajo had acquired a good reputation in governance. A Northern PDP candidate and a Northern APC candidate and an Osinbajo riding as a candidate in a third party will itself through up a curious permutation. Osinbajo has very good name recognition.

      • Grelia O

        Why is a mere party position, in your opinion, more important to Yorubas than whatever ideology that Yorubas are championing going forward? Given a choice between achieving some of the items on the “Ibadan Proclamation” or “On Regionalism We Stand” and party Chairmanship, VP, or even the Presidency with the current flawed structure, would Yorubas opt for the latter?

        The SE and SS have already adopted the Declaration and, therefore, ceded leadership of the restructuring fight to the SW. That, to me, is a masterstroke. With a progressive structure, it becomes less important who is this or that because the federating units will have more control of their affairs.

        With Buhari’s and APC’s opposition to the Southern /Yoruba devolution of power agenda, all that PDP needs to do is nominate a good pro-restructure candidate from the North, who will sweep the South and deny Buhari a few states in the North.

        One million Osinbajos or even Tinubus can never achieve for the Yoruba nation a fraction of what a bit of fiscal autonomy will achieve. It’s not rocket science.

        • Dele Awogbeoba

          Sorry but it does not work that way and the learned knows that. 14 states can kill any restructuring dream of any administration. Buhari cannot change the constitution of Nigeria today because PDP controls over 15 states and they can (as a party position) choose to oppose such a change. Irrespective of what the PDP candidate mouths off, he will be a Northerner. Northern interests will be paramount for him irrespective of the party he represents. Look at the cabinet put together by Yar Adua and compare it with that put together by Buhari and tell me whether their is that much difference in portfolios handed out to various regions?

          The Yorubas will not exchange its position within the APC for a pie in the sky position apped by a Northern candidate seeking to replace Buhari but also seeking to advance core Northern interests. Devolution of power is within the constitution of the APC yet we saw the votes of the constitutional amendment split along regional lines. Smell the coffee.

  • share Idea

    I use to think that Abati is speared on ethnic politics in Nigeria but his tone in this article betrayed him. How he clevverly left out Fayose and tar Secundus with ethnic brush as been promoted by Wike is beyond me. This explains why he could not defend his boss while been his spokesman then.

    Out of 20 posistions in NWC that was contested last Saturday, SW got 20, does it mean that Wike was bribing for those people or installing them to insult SW. When Atiku is eventually elected as PDP candidate, and he picks his runniung mate from SW, nobody would remember that SW were insulted during primaries.

  • Samson Judah

    The youths future is hijacked and we (youths) are still sleeping. What a bleak future still remains.

    • Tea

      what is your youthful governor from Kogi doing with POWER. Youth indeed

  • Curious One

    1. So a line up in an election (unity list) is not democratic.

    2. In not handing over Chairmanship to Yoruba (on a plater of gold) the convention was a sham

    3. A Governor who supports/endorses a candidate is undemocratic

    Bros (Dr. Abati) i no join you for this one o

  • Ralph

    Reuben is literally blaming APC for PDP’s failure to conduct a free and fair election. You couldnt make it up. How the mighty have fallen!

  • Ralph

    Dude, stop deceiving yourself. Your comment: “It has proven to be no better, if not worse than the PDP it replaced. In the elections that have been held under the watch of the APC, be it in Ondo, Edo or Anambra, electoral integrity was a problem; whatever irregularities or chicanery may have been on display at the PDP convention are not alien to the APC or any other Nigerian political party.” is a lie. No one can fault the elections in Anambra and Ondo. Even the Edo that went to tribunal was clean. I know you soiled your hands working for PDP but dont seek redemption by trying to say others are no better

  • Ify Onabu

    Have you ever watched a Nigerian analyse a football match? Our people do better in such analysis than the coach of the team.The trouble with Nigerian politics is that everyone wants to be a leader; none wants to be a follower. The moment one loses out in an election, the next thing he does is to pull down the house instead of contributing to strengthen the structure. If Rueben Abati is so disgusted with the outcome of the PDP convention, what has he got to say about an electoral process that brought Buhari to power? In that process in 2015, we were told that there were 2 million valid votes for Buhari in Kano State… and all votes were valid votes, no cancellations, no mistakes, nothing. Ever heard of such things? Even in advanced democracies where literacy level is very high, the electoral process still throws up one or two invalid votes. Shame of a nation!

    • Truth Konveyor

      You spoke out of point. Controvert Abati on the salient points he made about our highly flawed party democracy as encapsulated by the macabre dance of shame called PDP convention.
      We refuse to be distracted from the topic of discussion.

    • bigdaddy

      You are spreading fake news. There were invalid votes in kano. You can easily verify that from the inec website. Why is it you have no issues with the vote from Rivers?

  • Don Franco

    Dear Reuben,

    At some point, you ought to put the blame on the Yoruba PDP, who refused to meet with GEJ, Atiku and IBB in Minna the weekend before this election. That was where the decision to install Uche Secondus was made. Nonetheless, why didn’t the SW PDP chairmanship candidates put Professor Tunde Adeniran forward as their consensus candidate for the position of Chairman? What were Bode George, Dokpesi, Gbenga Daniel, Buruji Kashamu, Toheed Adedoja all doing on opposite sides of the same fence, instead of coming up with one strong candidate supported by their collective? It is the divisive political greed of Bode George and Toheed Adedoja that gave Governor Nyesom Wike the impetus to conjure up a Unity List that installed Uche Secondus (Nulli Secondus) as Chairman.

    The same way that the Ota Ape cheated Sunday Awoniyi to install Barnabas Gemade, and that Tinubu disgracefully rigged Tom Ikimi out to install John Oyegun; is how Wike and Fayose paid billions to select Secondus as “their” Chairman.

    From the ongoing disagreement between Rochas Okoroawusa and Bola Tinubu about internal democracy within the APC relevant to Buhari’s ticket, bigger drama await us in the coming weeks.

    Reuben, having regaled us with the saga of how the PDP Chairmanship was fought and won, I believe it’s now time for you to deploy your ink to writing about how the electorate should change the change that has led us to the sorry pass where we presently find ourselves.

    • Truth Konveyor

      You change the change and change into PDP. You are under great illusion to think that Nigerians would foolishly forget their 16 years of sorrow and suffering and jump to put PDP in power again simply because they are disillusioned by the ongoings in the country today.
      Certainly, PDP represents no hope to Nigerians, and therefore, they are no alternative to APC.

      • bigdaddy

        The reality is that life is harder today under the APC than it was under PDP. That is the bottomline for the common man on the street. He cannot link his hardship of today to the misrule and pillaging that went on under the PDP. Do not be under any illusion that they may be yearning for the PDP to “come and save them”. I certainly wont be surprised if the PDP makes a comeback and sacks APC from aso rock.

        • William Norris

          The current economic crisis was very predictable & preventable.

          In Jan 2012, the PEOPLE of Nigeria forced PDP to stop the economic progress that was being made via privatization & deregulation.

          The PEOPLE of Nigeria protested, rioted and went on strike to FORCE their government to continue giving them free kerosene & petrol. If they were TRULY PATRIOTIC and intelligent, they would do the same today and DEMAND that the government must FLOAT the naira.

          The events of Jan 2012 and Occupy Nigeria are a lesson that every Nigerian should take to heart. No matter what you say of Jonathan, he PREDICTED the future. It wasn’t even part of an election campaign, he analyzed information and told Nigerians the bitter truth even when crude oil prices were relatively high.

          Jonathan understood what was good policy and tried to do the right thing when it would have been easier and done the most good
          ————————————————
          Subsidy Removal: I’m Ready For Mass Revolt -Jonathan
          -Find alternative – Agbakoba, Falana, others tell President
          From IHEANACHO NWOSU, Abuja
          Sunday, December 11, 2011

          President Goodluck Jonathan, at the weekend, vowed to take the option of social revolt from Nigerians than back down on his plan to withdraw the subsidy on fuel.
          He said his insistence was informed by his knowledge that Nigeria’s economy will collapse in two years if the subsidy is sustained.

          Sunday Sun learnt President Jonathan stated this at a meeting with the leadership of some civil society organizations at the President Villa in Abuja, which was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economic Team, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and her Petroleum Resources counterpart, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
          __________________________
          From Jan 2012 to the time Buhari supposedly “abolished” subsidy in 2016, Nigeria spent at least $25 billion buying fuel that never reached the people. Yet this APC government has been running around trying to borrow $30 billion. Today the government still spends at least $2 billion per year on fuel subsidies, IN ADDITION TO LOSSES THAT CONTINUOUSLY ACCUMMULATE IN THE NNPC.

          The above is the genesis of the current economic crisis. The APC government made it worse by trying to regulate forex prices at a very unrealistic level.

          Nigerians had ample warning. That’s all the EVIDENCE needed to reach a rational conclusion.

          • power

            You talk about Jonathan every time. He’s no longer the president. His policies were discarded by Buhari. LETS MOVE ON!

          • William Norris

            It’s not just Jonathan.

            IBB and OBJ also improved the Nigerian economy but were ultimately frustrated by the Nigerian people, the majority of whom embraced Fulani feudalism.

            Knowing what went wrong is the first step to salvation.

      • Don Franco

        Dear Truth Konveyer,

        PDP is a lesser evil than the APC.

  • Olisa

    Dear Mr. Abati I feel your ethnic pain, but whining over APC’s or PDP’s faux-democratic process is similar to whining about a square peg not fitting into a round hole.
    Nigeria is a dysfunctional democracy – a product of a dysfunctional constitution, and will continue to produce dysfunctional results as its natural outcome. We either make do with what we have, or better still, mass-revolt for a just and truly democratic constitution.

  • KWOY

    1. The bile & bitterness of the disenchanted Yoruba! All these is because the Yoruba was shut out in in their desperation to enter the PDP train after mocking the Igbo in 2015 for voting PDP! But why was there this desperation, to the extent of 4 Yoruba aspirants stepping down for one of their own? Why is th Yoruba desperate to join the PDP? But, happily enough you FAILED! And the fact that you failed in spite of all the stepping downs, and in spite of all the pacts with northern candaidates to support you, and in spite of the ethnic card by Bode George is a proof of, as I have always said, that THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN for the Yoruba! Things will be worse in the future!

    2. Meanwhile, you have been handed the honour to stay in APC. Let Tunde Adeniran & all the rest of them defect to APC!

    3. And meanwhile, this is one of those LEGACIES of Obasanjo, the only man who left legacies, according to you & the rest of the Yoruba press! Unlike Obasanjo, Jonathan is a man of no legacies because he allows free elections! You haven’t seen something yet. You will get what you want with Buhari in the APC convention the genera elections! And meanwhile, you left out Kogi State among the elections conducted under APC. Was that deliberate? Was it because it was the only one which approximated an ideal democratic election?

    • Full blooded Nigerian

      So pdp is now a regional party. Interesting. It is comment from shallow minded people like yours that causes gej to lose the election in 2015. You believe you can go it alone. Let’s see how it pans out.

      As for the whining losers at the convention, they should be happy cos it would still have been a futile journey at this period of time.

      PDP needs years of reforms to be acceptable to Nigerians. The future of 180million Nigerians cannot be entrusted in the hands of Wike and Fayose

  • American Abroad

    Sour grapes.
    Or perhaps, borrowing from another relatively recent ThisDay headline, Sore Grapes!

    Interestingly, Mr Abati (nee Mr Special Adviser on Media), finally lets out most (if not all) of his inner bile in this dark monologue, deploying sarcasm, churlishness, history, wit, satire, even Latin (!!!) to capture the melt-down at Eagle Square. Is this Heaven or what? Not quite done, he fronts a suspect list of extinct panjandrums (his descriptive, not mine) to underline his faux-outrage: Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke, Obong Victor Attah, Sir Peter Odili, Sanimu Turaki, Abdullahi Adamu, Ahmed Muazu, Achike Udenwa, James Ibori, Lucky Igbinedion, Governor Olusegun Mimiko… it is a long list, with all silly honorifics intact, including knighthoods (who doesn’t recall that Sir Peter was knighted by the Queen in her penultimate Birthday Honors list?), Obongships, gubernatorial Governorships, the whole works. Besides all being Yesterday’s Men, what has any of those C-listers contributed to any society, any strain of humanity, any civilization, anything… besides looting our common resources for their personal use? But karma, as we have failed to recognize in amnesiac Nigeria, has a very long memory.

    I listened to some of the losers, including Dokpesi: there was an unmistakable sense of the valedictory in their poorly-constructed congratulatory messages, thinly disguised as civil introspect. If I wasn’t in polite company at the time, I swear, I would have laughed out loud in derision. Of course, Wike, the boy wonder has nothing to offer, but neither does Secondus, Adeniran, Daniel, Dokpesi, George, nor any other panjandrum-in-training. The situation is not so different on the Other Side: can anyone honestly say anything good, to say nothing of inspiring, about Oyegun, Mr Buhari’s own personal lickspittle?

    It will be a pleasure watching the PDP enjoy the unmitigated pleasure of sleeping in the bed they have studiously made for themselves. If recent history is anything to go by, PDP will be joined in congress- same bed, same condom- by the APC in no time. Which ought to remind us that any country- or Party- that envisages a serious Presidential contest between Mr Buhari and Mr Atiku is simply not ready for nationhood. Any electorate that is forced to once again choose the precedence between lice and fleas does not have a functional democracy.

    So, I’ll ask yet again: are we all insane in my beloved country of birth?

    • Adeyemi Owolabi

      Sincerely Iam similarly bemused with your conclusions. The more I see Atiku, the more I see another Zuma as the Nigerian president. The forebodings are not even helped by the faltering Buhari who for all he cares his kinsmen from the fulani herdsmen can afford to continue on their killing spree without a whimper from him. When will the youths ever be considered worthy enough for consideration?

      • Mystic mallam

        It should be when will the youths consider themselves worthy enough for office? You can’t possibly expect consideration to be gifted to them, can you?

    • William Norris

      Yes Nigerians are insane….no more insane than you were in endorsing Buhari for President in 2015.

      • vicar ubosi

        Oh shut up Williams…eat and grow up

    • Tony Oshea

      You smashed,sorry “hit the nail in the head”! APC as a party is yet to convoke a national convention, several years after its amalgamation of strange bedfellows.He mentioned the perception of corruption on the new leadership of PDP in comparism with Chief George-who served term in prison for corruption-as chairman of an agency. Question is was Prince Secundus ever mentioned in a corruption case? It amounts to ketlle calling a pot black when a man who is under investigation by EFCC and recently detained will cast aspersions on the person of the national chairman of PDP,whose mandate cut across the north and south. An election was conducted and the delegates,from north and south voted,period! That is democracy. Is it only when a SW candidate wins that an election is considered free and fair? Atiku,Makarfi and a host of northerners accepted the decision of the delegates,ditto for the SE and SS. Dr Odili who is mentor to Secundus would be proud of him,like other former governors-Igbinedion, Ibori,Udenwa,Imoke,Babngida Aliyu and several other ex-governors. It is a challenge on whoever has vested interest to sample the opinion of these ex-governors on the outcome of the PDP convention.My guess is they are ALL satisfied with the emergence of Prince Secundus.

  • FrNinja

    PDP is not the only opposition party. This is the time for other credible parties to step up. If PDP is funded by Rivers state govt, where is the opposition funded by private sector, the common man and the diaspora?

  • karlheinzbergemann@yahoo.com

    The integrity of votes cast by the people and for the people is an anchor in any democratic process. Nigeria is yet to understand that the voting process must not be corrupted in any way whatsoever as was displayed at the pdp convention. Suffice to say that this is a malady in the whole Nigerian political parties. Whereby political leaders impose their candidates right from the stage of choosing delegates at the state level (inducing with cash). It manifests itself at the conventions of parties to elect party officials and even to party flagbearers who end up being more of stooges with no clear cut agenda for the interest of the masses . Unfortunately the masses bear the brunt of it all and are to be blamed because of an attitude of not being concerned. The reason democracy is still not developed in Nigeria. Ghana is way ahead of Nigeria in the democratic processes. We can see the kind of democratic leaders being voted into power at every poll. They are not sponsored charlatans but Democrats .Are nigerians sure they want democratic rule or autocratic rule? Maybe a kakistocratic one is best suited for a people who have degrees in every discipline from universities but end up empty in terms of wisdom and understanding. Wake up sleeping dwarf