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APC crisis in Nigeria – a chance for PDP to recuperate

FindOut 06/24/2020

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As said by the elders, “two poor heads can never be equal to a good one” and likewise, “when a group is gathered for hypocrisy, the foundation is never solid and the building will never last long”. Moreover, “a house built of saliva will be brought down by mere dew”. These had been the cases with APC in Nigeria and at every state nationwide.

Against the 2015 general election, parties like ACN, CPC, APGA, ANPP and the new faction of PDP formed the All Progressives Congress (APC) on 6 February 2013 in anticipation of the 2015 Nigerian general elections. The resolution was signed by Tom Ikimi, who represented the ACN; Senator Annie Okonkwo on behalf of the APGA; Ibrahim Shekarau, the Chairman of ANPP's Merger Committee; and Garba Shehu, the Chairman of CPC's Merger Committee. Ironically, less than 2 years before the party's historic victory in the 2015 elections, Messrs. Annie Okonkwo, Tom Ikimi and Ibrahim Shekarau resigned from the party and joined the PDP.

In November 2013, five serving Governors from PDP defected to the APC, as well as 49 legislators who joined the ranks of 137 legislators in the APC as a result of the prior merger of the smaller opposition parties. This initially gave the APC a slim majority of 186 legislators in the Lower House out of a total of 360 legislators. Subsequent political wrangling and pressure from political factions and interests outside the National Assembly of Nigeria, gave the party only 37 additional legislators thus giving the APC a nominal majority of 172 out of 360 Legislators, as opposed to the PDP's 171 (though some smaller PDP-allied parties hold the balance of the other seats.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. This was further confirmed when the party seated 179 members on 15 January 2015 when the House resumed after a long recess to finally affirm its majority. The governors who defected to the APC were Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State. It had been previously reported that Governors Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State were set to defect from the People's Democratic Party to the APC; however, both ended up remaining with the People's Democratic Party. In the 2015 elections, Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu ran as a senatorial nominee of the People's Democratic Party for the Niger State East Senatorial District, losing in a landslide to the APC's David Umaru.

Prior to the formation of the APC and its victory in the 2015 elections, Muhammadu Buhari had previously contested (and subsequently lost) the Nigerian presidential elections of 2003 and 2007 as the presidential nominee of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the 2011 Nigerian presidential election as the presidential nominee of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Worth nothing, the results of elections held in Osun state, Kogi and Bayelsa told a lot about the formation of this party, APC. The results of the elections in these states showed that the party is a combination of thieves, robbers and killers in the state. People who are less-worried about the need-felt of the people but instead, the interest of themselves and the said political party are those that came together to fight corruption in Nigeria.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. A lot of defections happened before the general election in 2019, which constituted the present APC and PDP as rival parties in Nigeria. Hence, the party, APC had been having a lot on their hand and much in their mouth to chew. There has never been a peaceful for a moment. This has significantly led the APC to have had four Acting/National Chairmen in just two months before the national headquarters in Abuja is finally placed on hold.

In a condition whereby the opposition party is ready for change and success, this time is enough for them to put together, the good people in them and plan accordingly to release a distinctive win in the 2023 general election.

But what happens if PDP recuperates? The story is always the same since everyone has right to leave a party and join another just as it happened with the current APC. 

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