How the APC is on Its Path To Political Death And What That Means For Ahmed Tinubu.
As a people, we must establish first and foremost, that Nigeria has a problem, a very big one at that. The surest path to solving any problem is by establishing and accepting that they exist, and then digging deep to its root causes, to creating lasting solutions to those.
The Nigerian problem is so much, that it takes far more than merely faith, hard work or goodwill to solve them. The number one problem of this nation solely hangs on “leadership”. A holistic approach in solving Nigeria’s multi-faceted problem begins with solving her problems of misleadership. This is where the onus lies.
Nigeria suffered years of misrule under harsh military conditions. The military leaders had this dictatorial tendencies that birthed Nigeria’s problems. The coups and counter coups even meant worse for the nation. The civil war of 1966 lasting for three years drew the nation several years backwards. The casualty on both parts was disturbing; however, the Biafran side bled the Most. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
When the democratic rule came into be, like a promising bride, it stood to usher in freshness and fresh breath, but even after sixteen years of PDP in power, the pace at which Nigeria ought to rise didn’t happen, if anything corruption, misleadership, bigotry and tribalism overtook everything.
The eventual failure to excel on the side of the PDP after sixteen years, gave Nigerians a reason, by hook or crook to look for another option. The APC came promising, offering itself as next option and with all the promises to better the lot of the nation and turn things around for the nation in so short a time. Nigerians took them seriously, and gave them power. However, the worse was only in the offing at that time. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Sadly, APC, just like her sister bride, the PDP became even worse than the PDP. The misrule, bigotry, tribalism and lately also, to add to those wrongs were tyranny, selfishness, clannishness and acts of dictatorial tendencies. APC and PDP were two sides of a coin, both correlated in unseriousness and political thievery. It was same cycle of political leaders that make up the two components. They were one and same.
Nigeria’s ruling political party, the APC has lately, found herself in loggerheads, crossroads and what may be its toughest moment in history. There seems to be an ongoing twist of things, fracas and turns of events in the political party. It’s really going through hard and tough times.
Many Nigerians are jubilant with the current melodrama that’s currently playing out with, and in the political party. If anything, they’re thankful to God, for if wishes did be - their end which has always been inevitable is finally near.
There’s this saying that anything not built on solid foundations are destined to collapse. It may take time, but most definitely, at the height of times, the bad job done would become visible, and with cracks on the walls, and deep down from its roots, a disastrous fall would become inevitable.
The ongoing fracas in the APC isn’t coming as any surprise to many of the onlookers, especially those who follow events as they unfold and had watched from a distance, keeping close tabs to what has become.
How was the All Progressive Congress, APC formed?
It was a fall-out from a people, whose marriage was never to happen at all, but only became solely by an accident. The accidental union had no unique feature, it was merely a contraption of persons who felt the urge to take power by whatsoever means readily available and possible within them.
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP was formerly Nigeria’s ruling party, and had held power for onwards of sixteen years of democratic rule in Nigeria. It’s pertinent to clearly note herein, that the PDP failed Nigeria, but when APC posed as the long awaited messiah, Nigerians even got more worried and concerned.
Olusegun Obasanjo came from prison to Presidency, served two term, and pushed for a term term in office which if it had been allowed, would’ve birthed life Presidency for him. He eventually had a sickly two-term Governor of Katsina State, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who was retiring to Ahmadu Bello University for a lecturing job wheel-chaired to Aso Rock and made President.
Goodluck Jonathan was merely adjusting his chair as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, when his Boss, Alamesieya was impeacehed and he became Governor. He was yet to settle down to work, when Obasanjo and the PDP brought him to Abuja to become the Vice President to Yar’Adua.
At the demise of Yar’Adua, Jonathan became what he was never prepared to be - President! Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was angling for a second term in office, when the fallout of different political parties, merged and teamed up to make him loose. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Muhammad Buhari, a former military leader had contested for the President of Nigeria on three previous occasions and lost at the three trials, until the fourth try with the newly formed APC. Therefore, one can say that it was only Buhari who truly pushed and angled for the job and got; sadly, he came unprepared for the onerous task of leadership. He was only desperate for power, without set-out plans.
Therefore, the sad reality is, at the forming of the APC, there was no ideology, non workable template, no mission, no vision. One may say, they only had an ambition - “win the election at all cost”. Therefore, even the ambition was a self-serving one, not aimed at bettering the lots of Nigerians as a people.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The CPC led by Muhammad Buhari had tuned-up, and so was the ACN led by Bola Tinibu, then fallouts from the PDP and a few from APGA. But majorly, the first three political parties. The ACN at that time held the South West, while the CPC has loyalists who would easily switch party affiliation from PDP.
Both Buhari and Tinibu were to be the leading faces and leaders of the political party that was to be formed. At the election proper, Buhari was to be the Presidential candidate (at that time, contesting for the fourth record time), and Tinubu was to bring the Vice Presidential candidate. The sharing formula was well spelt out, but again, no where was there any thoughtful plan for the general good or wellness of the nation and her people. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Tinubu and Buhari
The PDP failed to keep their house in order, even allowing for many loopholes within the party. There were sellouts, and they dealt the party the last blow. At the heat of their grievances, a New PDP was first formed, led by Atiku Abubakar and Bukola Saraki, before they resigned their membership, and crosscarpeted to the newly formed APC.
These were all individuals with Presidential ambitions. They all wanted power by all means within their reach. Adams Oshiomole, a two term Governor of Edo State was later elected National Chairman, after a short term of the founding National Chairman, John Oyegun. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
When Oshiomole emerged National Chairman, not much was expected of the former Nigerian Labour Congress President. The Comrade as he was fondly known was a bright star while he led the Union, but on ascension as Governor, another being was created. He failed in many fronts, governance and leadership.
It’s on record that he led in protest against the sovereign wealth fund been saved from excess crude fund returns. He was outspoken, even taking the Federal Government to Court that the money be shared amongst states, against a professional advise from a world renowned economic expert like Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala, who was at that time the Nigerian Minister of the Economy. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Minister Iwuala and the then Gov. Peter Obi shared same sentiment that Nigeria needs to “save for the rainy days”, but that plea meant nothing to Rotimi Amaechi led Nigerian Governor’s Forum. The monies were shared like usual bazaar. We didn’t save at our rainy time and years of windfall and plentiful.
Oshiomole seems to be handpicked by Tinibu himself, and his loyalty, just like that of the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo is First to the Lagos State landlord, Bola Tinibu. They seemed to also have huge control of the Presidency, especially when the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari was alive. Many Ministers and Governors were controlled with a whip from the faceless hands from the Presidential villa.
The shockest outing of the APC upon the faces of the Nigerian people was how they succeeded in beating the process, maneuvering figures and unapologetically arriving at throwing out a duly elected Governor, Emeka Ihedioha of PDP, and replacing him with Hope Uzodinma of APC in Imo State.
The story of Uzodima coming from a distant fourth, to magically clinging power is a shocker. To this day, Imolites, ndi-Igbo and indeed Nigerians are scandalized by the level of thoughtless manipulations and broad day light robbery of democracy in the State. It’s said that Kyari was the hand behind the sad magic.
The sudden demise of Abba Kyari, a death brought about by the novel Corona Virus, Covid-19 has brought many things to light. The then CoS, Abba Kyari was the Presidential heartbeat, eyes and voice. Kyari was actually the Nigerian President, acting from the backdrop. What he permitted was allowed, and what he disallowed was never to be.
An instant example was the obvious fact that the Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari was limited in many of her outings. Infact, the First Lady at some point was more or less, confined to a corner, relegated to the back and totally neglected. The wife of the President complained and spoke up at several times, even at public foras about a powerful and manipulative “cabal” in the Presidency that at some point, the President personally said that his wife belonged to his living room, his kitchen and the other room (bedroom).
Thesame treatment was metted to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi who even though controlled three Ministries merged into one and was the Director of the Buhari/Osibanjo Campaign at that time, and a big financier, being a two term Governor of the oil hub of Nigeria, Rivers State. At some point, Amaechi wasn’t even taken seriously.
When the news of Abba Kyari’s death came public, there’s no sugarcoating anything. There was this seeming sense of jubilation, even from the low and mighty. Aside the death of Abacha, no other news has been so happily accepted and celebrated in Nigeria but that of Kyari. It was this death that opened up freedom for the First Lady, Transport Minister and many others. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
What’s currently playing out in the APC now is a continuation of the freedom that has come with the eventual demise of Mr. Kyari.
The thing about APC is that the political party wasn’t built on any foundation at all, if anything it was on lies and plain deception. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos was one of the prosperous Governor in Nigeria, but for differing with his godfather and the landlord of Lagos, Tinibu, he wasn’t allowed to contest for a richly deserved second term. He was booted out, even right from the primaries.
Edo State election was on the verge of happening, and for the fact that the hardworking Governor, Obaseki had differed with his predecessor and former godfather, Adams Oshiomole, the Lagos style was implored to be replicated in Edo.
Unfortunately, Obaseki wasn’t having it; he wasn’t going to be a stodge forever, or allow his ambition be thwarted by Oshiomole. He wasn’t going to chicken-out like Ambode of Lagos. He rose like a wounded lion, and chose to face his fears and fight his battle to the last.
Obaseki being who he is, stood his ground, struggled to make headways and reached out, but no goodnews followed. He was screened out of the APC primaries. He swiftly renounced his APC membership, and moved to the PDP after consultations with party leaders from Edo State and beyond. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Oshiomhole was caught on camera jubilant, celebrating that Obaseki had been screened out from contesting in the APC primaries. As he was celebrating, the worst was yet to happen. The God of Obaseki came to fight for him. In less than twenty-four hours after the celebration, it was cut short as an Appeal Court also sacked Oshiomole from parading himself as National Chairman of APC.
Oshiomole ran from pillar to post, struggling to find a way to retain his position as National Chairman, in his case, the hunter so suddenly became the hunted. As Obaseki was pushing to cling the Gubernatorial ticket, Oshiomole was struggling to win back his National Chairman position. Again, the demise of Abba Kyari was the beginning of an end of a marriage that was never to happen at all.
There’s a new sheriff in town. This one seems more powerful and doesn’t give a hoot about what anyone feels, says or can do. It’s obvious that this new sharif means business, and has implored his own style. The First Lady, Aisha Buhari now has a voice of her own, the many likes of the Transport Minister, Chibuike Amaechi now has a voice too. It’s like power has returned to the original owners.
There seems to be a masterplan to subdue, humble and maybe also, tactically humiliate the Landlord of the West, Bola Tinibu. His foot-soldiers are either being dropped, rejected or pushed into submission. There has been casualties like Babatunde Fowler of FIRS who pushed for a fresh term, but was replaced.
The Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, a Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria has no voice today, and has remained nearly helpless and hapless. The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole has been outsmarted and booted-out.
They’ve come for the big man finally, where after the replacement of the National Chariman, by another, Victor Giadom on Acting capacity, the Leader of the party, Bola Tinibu himself has been sidelined, and not allowed to attend the National Executive Council meeting of the APC. He had always attended in the past, but now, was totally neglected.
The ongoing fracas in APC is indeed good for Nigeria. APC is a marriage of disgruntled, aggrieved and desperate individuals who came together solely to grab power, without any thought-out plan on how to use power to impart on the people and society in general.
If the fall of APC would save Nigeria for the better from further destruction and devastation occasioned by misleadership, stupendous corruption, unseriousness, cluelessness, religious bigotry, tribalism and clannishness, so be it, may it crumble to the ground.
The APC is the verge of drawing its last breath. Will it die? That’s left for the party leaders to decide.
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