Political season is upon us and the atmosphere is thick with anxiety, plots, counterplots secret meetings and machinations. The Political transfer window is open and the PDP seems to have signed the very best, or did they?
Senate President Bukola Saraki, Kwara State Governor Abdul-Fatah Ahmad have thread the path of fellow like minded politicians in Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwasso, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Isa Misau, Senator Nazif, Senator Danbaba and a host of others in moving to their Natural Habitat, the PDP.
The PDP seems to be in a celebratory mood, but alas, their celebration seems premature. It will be interesting to see if the PDP under the leadership of Mr Uche Secondus and guidance of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike will be able to manage the ambitions and desperation of of such political gladiators with many of them having a history of sabotage and anti-party activities behind them.
Politicians like Sule Lamido and Ahmad Makarfi who also desire the parties presidential ticket can feel rightly aggrieved should they be overlooked in favour of money bags like Atiku or last minute decampees like Senator Kwankwasso or Saraki. They have a legitimate argument in the fact that they are founding members of the party and have never abandoned the party nor schemed against her even in her post 2015 loss period. Failure to manage such tricky scenario can prove more catastrophic than their 2015 loss.
Nigeria’s political arena today is vastly different from her Pre-2015 period. INEC has come out of recent polls with her credibility enhanced, the PDP might just discover some of her recent catches like Senator Dino Melaye, Governor Ortom, Senator Isa Misau, Danbaba and Nazif to be political liabilities in the grand scheme of things whilst the likes of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwasso and Bukola Saraki are not as politically important as initially thought.
The election of Comrade Adams Oshiomole has turned out to be a masterstroke, he has a track record of being dogged fighter and a history of slaying political heavyweights and permanently retiring them going by how he slayed the famed Mr-Fix-it Tony Anenih juggernaut and the Igbenidion political dynasty. The PDP has surely met her match in the vibrant dynamo and many of her alleged ‘Big wigs’ will suffer a political defeat that they’ll find it hard to recover effectively retiring them politically.
The APC should worry not about such ‘losses’ and consider them as similar to an Obese person losing weight, thus instead of getting bogged down by internal saboteurs, the party is repositioned, healthier and lighter to final strike the fatal blow that will effectively bury the PDP.