June 17, 2024

NIGERIA Global News

PDP: A Ticking Time Bomb, Waiting to Explode Soon


With lots of aspirants running for the 2023 general election, there’s bound to be a division in supporters of each aspirant, and this is already happening.


In the just concluded party presidential election held yesterday, supporters of two of the major aspirants, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Nyesom Wike started a verbal war.


Senator Dino Melaye, a strong ally of the northern presidential aspirants, Atiku and Bukola Saraki, who was also present in the meeting used that opportunity to denounce the Southern presidential aspirants, Mr. Ayo Fayose.


Senator Dino responded to Fayose on Friday, saying, “Inebriated by several wraps of amala in Abuja, former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, in his characteristic exuberance, directed indecent and indecorous attacks at two serious contenders for the presidential ticket of the PDP, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, and His Excellency Bukola Saraki.


“Incidentally, the mauling of amala gained more publicity over the collection of the presidential nomination form in a pretentious exhibition of dining with the masses. This frugal populism has since been deflated by allegations of charges for the ferreting of billions of naira from public coffers in Ekiti State. Are amala and abula so expensive?


“The issue before Nigerians now is not who can eat more, but who can produce food. That is why the attempt to tar the outstanding achievements of Atiku Abubakar as former Vice-President and Bukola Saraki as former Senate President, Fayose will be discounted as the belching perfidy of a presidential gambler.


“It is clear from the verbal missiles deployed by Fayose that he was simply de-marketing frontline aspirants in the PDP as a counterintuitive strategy to shore up the chances of his political godfather in the APC.


“It is amazing that Fayose, who could not manage and retain a PDP state, now aspires to lead a behemoth structure like Nigeria. Today, Ekiti is stripped of all vestiges of the PDP; no PDP senator, no PDP House of Representatives member, no House of Assembly member, no local government chairman, and not even a councilor. He left Ekiti State worse than he met it. How could he fail in the state and expect promotion to the national?


“The contest for the ticket of the PDP and the Presidency of Nigeria is a serious engagement. Those who aspire to the position must elevate themselves above pedestrian conduct and address real issues, rather than dwelling on inconsequential inanities.


“The national leadership of our great party should caution Fayose by curtailing his unproductive verbiage against serious contenders. Having failed to upgrade from local political space to the national stage, Fayose may indeed be assisted to undertake a week-long orientation session on the ethics and codes of peer relations on a presidential canvass.


“Nigeria is in dire straits at the moment. It is beyond the call of jesters in the corridors of elevated governance.”


Senator Dino Melaye also called on the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to caution Ayodele Fayose, against ruining the reputation of other presidential aspirants.


According to him, Fayose’s comment is a strategy to shore up the chances of his political godfather in the All Progressives Congress.


Fayose didn’t let Melaye win the verbal contest. He gave him a clapback by describing him as a “political hushpuppi” who would take different positions on the same night.


From another angle, did Fayose just call Melaye a prostitute? Let’s not go there.


Speaking through his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, Fayose replied to Melaye, saying that “If the man he is deceiving with his fake support speaks, we will respond accordingly.”


“As for Fayose, Nigeria and its people must be rescued from this APC Calamity that that political jester of Kogi teamed up with others to enthrone.”


“That is a project to which he (Fayose) is committed, not rantings of a jester in the palace of politics.”


Sources say that Fayose is capable of the presidential election. However, he is seen as a major ally to the other southern presidential aspirant, Nyesom Wike.


Whether or not Fayose is a strong ally to Wike, isn’t even the problem. The issue is that Saraki and Atiku contributed to President Muhammad Buhari’s victory in 2015. In fact, they had played a vital role in the party conflict that led to the party’s loss.


Wike, on the other hand, seems to be on about giving a show than doing the actual work required of him.


The Chairperson of the Rivers State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Beatrice Itubo, said that the Governor lacked compassion for its workers.


In her statement, she said, “He is a television governor and not people’s governor. He is also an overhead bridge governor. All other sectors are dead. Education, zero; health, zero; agriculture, zero; and welfare of workers, zero. Is it when we all die, then our spirits will begin to use the flyovers?”


Over his presidential ambition, the Labour president explicitly doubted his capacity to rule Nigeria.


She said, “For now, with this present stance, I don’t think he can be the President of Nigeria. I am not saying he may not be, but he will not have my support and also the support of the workers of Rivers State”


The All Progressive Congress (APC) is not left out as they have been experiencing a series of internal conflicts as to who will be the party’s consensus presidential aspirant. That’s if there’s a consensus going on in that party.


Party members are beginning to advocate that APC should zone the presidency to the North. However, a member of the APC National Executive Committee, NEC, says the party has already decided to go with the South.


What is good for the goose is good for the gander.


Let’s keep watching how the drama unfolds with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), their numerous aspirants, and their inability to come up with a working strategy.


As for the All Progressive Congress, APC, it’s all just a matter of time.





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