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Can this political parties gang up to Upset PDP?
this political parties gang up to Upset PDP?
With almost three years to the 2015 elections, the opposition political parties, especially Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) are mapping out strategies to outwit the ruling party at the centre, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Several strategic meetings are regularly being held by the leaders of the opposition.
But the PDP is not resting on its oars. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, says PDP would not only defend the existing states and federal structure it controls against political predators, but would encroach into the territories of the opposition parties in future elections.
The opposition parties are warming up to form a coalition that will be formidable enough to give the ruling party a fight in 2015. The National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has hinted that his party would soon merge with other opposition parties, ahead of the 2015 general elections. According to him, politicians from the parties had already begun moves to explore the possibility of fusing together very soon.
“The merger of our party, ACN, with the CPC, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a splinter group of disenchanted members of the PDP will come into being very soon. I Can assure you, the leaders of the parties have been meeting to consider the proposal, as the only way we Can rescue this country from the PDP,” he said.
Mohammed noted that the performance of the PDP in the handling of the nation’s resources has served as an impetus to recruit non-politicians into the envisaged party, saying “even people who had never joined partisan politics have come to be identified with us.”
The recent meetings of the leader of the CPC and former Head of State, Muhamadu Buhari and ACN leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Lagos and Kaduna were in furtherance of the merger talks. The closed door meeting was said to have centred on the political future of the two leading opposition parties, especially on consultations towards merger or alliance ahead of 2015.
The meeting was said to have become expedient as some PDP leaders, who are angry over the outcome of the party’s recent convention, are considering working with the opposition parties to confront the ruling party.
Sources in the CPC and ACN said the Buhari/Tinubu meeting discussed a possible alliance that would include the other main opposition party, ANPP.
Speaking on the meeting, the National Secretary of CPC, Buba Galadima, said that the two leaders had “fruitful discussions” on alliance and workable plans ahead of the next general elections. He said they also reviewed some of the issues that scuttled previous alliance moves before the 2011 elections.
Rotimi Fashakin, the CPC National Publicity Secretary gave credence to this assertion when he said: “The visit is part of the ongoing cooperation among progressives in breaking the primordial barriers of yore and ensuring that the yearnings of the people for a stable, virile and just nation are satisfied.”
The expectation of the opposition is that they Can feed on the envisaged internal crisis in the PDP on where the President comes from in 2015. The North is angling for the PDP presidential ticket in 2015. Other expectations of the opposition is that the perceived public discontent, especially on a lot of unresolved issues like subsidy probe, pension scam and new tariff on electricity will sweep the PDP out of power, provided the opposition Can come together.
National Mirror gathered that the opposition wants to explore the frail relationship between some power blocs in the North, even as associates of late President Umaru Yar’Adua are plotting to get power by teaming up with the Tinubu force to wrest power from the PDP. Key northern leaders of the party are increasingly being targeted by the opposition for collaboration. The plot is particularly focusing on some northern power brokers in the PDP who are threatening fire, if the Presidency does not return to the North in 2015.
The thinking is that a new brotherhood is thus being formed with three political structures of Buhari, Yar’Adua and Tinubu to form a new political force that will fight PDP dominance of political enclave in 2015.
There is, however, fears that the merger may not work as the previous one failed to hold in 2011 because of the greediness of political gladiators who failed to have a sincere coalition. But the National Chairman of the CPC, Prince Tony Momoh, noted that the failure of the opposition to unite and face President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 election could be attributed to ego problem among alliance partners.
“But we have learnt our lessons and the outcome of the election showed that the PDP cannot be defeated without all opposition leaders coming together. We are in touch with each other now and we all realised the bitter facts. We will form the alliance again,” he said.
The promoters of the merger have to learn from the past, especially on the issue of supremacy which led to their falling apart in 2011.
Unlike in 2011 when the CPC thought that with its general acceptability in the North, the party will sweep everywhere, but reality dawned on it that politics is not a game of chess, as it only managed to win a state (Nasarawa).
The partners in the coalition this time around, have decided to put all the cards open and face the reality on the ground that to defeat PDP, they need all the cohesion and political will to confront the reality on the ground.
A source in the ACN said that all the issues like party logo, name, presidential candidate and running mate among others that truncated the merger/alliance talks in 2011 would be sorted out.
However, former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje said that the ongoing gang up being planned by opposition parties ahead of 2015 general elections against the PDP will fail
According to him,
“The gang up of the opposition parties would fail because all their merger talks ahead of 2015 will be exercise in futility. It is not new, we are all living witnesses to the kind of ganging-up that came up in 2011 when we were preparing for the general election, and it is not different. The gang up came up in 2003; the PDP demolished the gang up. It came up in 2007, it was demolished and in 2011, they were demolished.”
According to him, the gang up cannot be different from the past which ended in disaster for the opposition, adding that it will only give PDP strength to forge ahead.
Speaking to National Mirror on the issue, former National Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George said that the so-called internal wrangling which opposition are cashing on is no longer there. “Let me tell you that there is no more crisis in the PDP, we are one united family, therefore those who are talking about division in the party are those who are planted there to do so, now they are disappointed,” he said.
George pointed out that with a united family there is nothing the opposition Can do come 2015. “Let me assure you that all the gang up by the opposition will fail; we are going to win more states, particularly Lagos come 2015,” he said.
The former Minister of Transport and member of the Board of Trustee of the PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope who also spoke with National Mirror expressed similar optimism that PDP will defeat the gang up of the opposition parties.
He explained that the PDP has learnt from its past mistakes especially where it erred in the past.
“We are now a united family, and there is no forces of opposition that Can defeat us. Let me assure you that the opposition will crumble in 2015. Go and write it down, there will be a crack in the opposition and they are going to fail like a pack of cards,” he added.
The unanswered question is that will the leadership crisis in the CPC affect the merger process? Will the younger element in the party give Buhari the go ahead to negotiate on their behalf when they are already queuing behind former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el- Rufai? Will the question of who will take what not be the albatross of the merger when the chips are down? The wait and see game continues as the die is cast.
Can this political parties gang up to Upset PDP?
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