I am not writing this letter because everybody in Nigeria has suddenly learnt the art of letter writing, neither am I writing this because I want to glorify your effort and villify the Peoples Democratic Party. I’m only writing this for the sake of the soul of the Nation and to get direction for future political action, as per 2015. So let me not be seen as a Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) sympathiser or an All Progressive Congress(APC) warmonger. I cannot make myself a pawn in the political turntable of any political party.
I must however quickly confess that the emergence of APC as a strong force in the Nigerian political party system was to me a welcome development, if not for anything but to check the excesses of the ruling party and ensure that Nigeria does not become a one party state.
However, recent developments within the party have made me to begin to wonder whether my initial expectations do not only amount to wishful thinking and a hopeless expedition of expectation.
First, there is this highly publicised defection of PDP members to the APC, and the continued seduction of more members of the PDP by the APC. I am slowly beginning to wonder whether this so called APC will at the end of the day be anything different from the much maligned PDP. My question is, if the PDP is as bad as the APC is painting it to be, why go about wooing members of the PDP to join the APC. Is it not trite that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump”? If the APC is going to be made up of political turncoats from the PDP, wouldn’t I then be an idiot (please forgive my use of words) to lend my support to the APC instead of the PDP if I really desire change? In what way then can we say that APC is different from PDP? How is your ideology different? Is it not just a case of political criminals turning on their partners who have refused to make a fair share of the loot? Lets think on these things because its really a pity that the Nigerian political party system is not founded on ideology but on individuals and group selfish interests.
Closely allied to the above is a question of whether APC is pursuing national interest or sectional interest. Lets be frank with ourselves now: what is the latent but dominant founding goal of the APC? Is it not to return power to the North? If by 2015 a northerner, to be precise a Moslem northerner, is not presented as the presidential candidate of the APC, do we think the political party can still stand? Just recently 37 members of the House of Representatives defected from the PDP to the APC. Out of this 29 were from the northern extraction while 8 were from Rivers State- and we all know Why the Rivers State members left the PDP:at least its not for the love of the nation. Again out of the 5 PDP Governors that defected from the PDP 4 are northerners while one is from the same Rivers State. Also about 90% of the principal members of the interim executive of the APC are Moslems. Check out this: 1. Party Leader – North: Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Muslim). 2. Party Leader – South: Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Muslim). 3. National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande (Muslim). 4. Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari (Muslim). 5. National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah (Muslim). 6. Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El- Rufai (Muslim). 7. National Publicity Secretary: Lai Muhammad (Muslim). 8. National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq (Muslim) 9. National Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa (Muslim). 10. National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado (Muslim). 11. National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banie (Muslim). 12. National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin (Muslim). 13. National Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor (Muslim convert). And the union with other political parties, is it not just to give the APC a more broadbased platform to actualise their agenda and add a little “Nigerian flavour” to the northern ethnic delicacy being prepared by APC? Can we then sincerely say that the APC is fighting for the interest of the nation and not sectional interest? Without meaning to dabble into arguments on the propriety or otherwise of President Goodluck Jonathan going for a second term in office, it is my opinion that the reason we are in this mess as a nation is because we have been playing tribal politics for so long with the soul of the nation. This rubbish must stop. We can’t continue to move around in a circle and deceive ourselves