September 21, 2017

Why are they all joining APC?- Niran Adedokun

Why are they all joining APC?- Niran Adedokun
The rumour that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro had decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) kind of messed up a theory that I had always had about the man.
Those who have dealt with him on the political turf may hold a different opinion gained from their
experience but I have always regarded the former Senator as a principled politician who does not allow his belly dictate to him. I also felt that Obanikoro was good at reading the political temperature in the country at every material time such that he has always taken decisions that
made common sense.
I didn’t see him as one of those who would jump ship just for personal expediency. And expediency can only explain his leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC.

In fact there were already interpretations along these lines all over the social media. Since he has been mentioned in alleged misapplication of monies while he was Defence Minister in the last
administration, and now the ongoing situation with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), a lot of political watchers have suggested that Obanikoro may have made that move to come under the wings of the APC, like man y of his former party mates have.
It is, however, good to know that he has not joined the APC as was speculated.
In the past couple of months, erstwhile PDP heavyweights like former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, former Enugu, Sullivan Chime and most recently, a serving Senator from Akwa Ibom State, Chief Nelson Effiong have joined the
APC. In all of these cases, you will find motivation in the hunger for self-preservation, even if they refuse to own up to it.
You ponder about it, how is the APC better than the PDP other than the fact that it is currently in power. Now, I agree that being in power is enough for politicians to flock to any political party in a country where politics and government remains the only easiest ways to earning a livelihood but then such people should not play on our intelligence by suggesting that one of these parties is better than the other.
I know it is obvious to us all that the factions of the PDP seem sworn to incinerate the party but I do not know how the APC is better. From all I can see, the ruling party is itself in the waiting lounge for its own funeral. Factions of the party, which cannot be less than three are just waiting for the right time to draw the daggers and exterminate themselves one after the other before driving the final nail in the party’s coffin before the next general elections.
Things seem so quiet now because members of each of these factions are in various prominent positions which they do not want to lose just yet and anyone who is conversant with politics in Nigeria should know this.
Why has the APC been unable to hold its convention for instance? Why has the party been unable to arrive at decisions concerning its Board of Trustees?
In addition to that, one should also ask these APC joiners whether the party has presented any ideological manifesto that they found superior to that of the PDP.  If that were the case actually, how easy would it have been for them to have suddenly abandoned the party that brought
most of them to prominence without undergoing any serious character test from the receiving party.
So all these decamping and defecting are all about feeding on the national cake and those who are decamping realise that very soon, everyone in the APC will have to “find their level”. But before that happens, they should also partake of the feast that the national cake presents.
It is unfortunate that the APC condones that!
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