SIR: As the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to dominate national discourse, it is useful to put former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent prognosis in perspective. Obasanjo was quoted as praying: ”May the fortune of Nigeria not collapse like the PDP.”
The question begging for an answer is: Who are the dramatis personae responsible for the disgraceful eclipse of PDP? This ponderous question is what PDP has avoided for so long, and instead has chosen to blame every tangential link to the party’s misfortune.
It is rather strange that nobody in the party has been courageous enough to see Governor Fayose and Governor Wike as major spoilers in the PDP’s conundrum. The governors have been playing Russian roulette with the party in a manner that stupefies dispassionate political observers.
It was the two governors that magisterially sponsored the recruitment of Sheriff as the chairman, hoping Sheriff would remain a puppet ad infinitum; but when Sheriff proved to be his own man, the governors resorted to a new manoeuvre called Caretaker Committee, an anathema to the constitution of the party.
Now the same governors are frustrating the innocuous attempt of former President Jonathan to wade in through political dialogue. They have railroaded the caretaker committee to zero in on the legal option.
The governors’ umbrage against Sheriff’s faction has to with the latter’s alleged romance with the governing party. This, the committee has made a political capital, without any modicum of evidence.
Has the committee or the governors identified any surreptitious contact between Sheriff and Oyegun ever since this speculation has been making the rounds? Can the party prove beyond reasonable doubt the way the former Trump’s security adviser was indicted for making inappropriate contact with the Russians before the U.S. presidential election?
These are issues that beg for empirical evidence and not political shenanigans and rabble-rousing.
For all intents and purposes, Nigerians would begin to take PDP serious the day it disconnects from the comical politics and negative paradigm of these two governors and starts to focus on developmental opposition based on evidence of performance by PDP-controlled states. Lagos was an indisputable model for the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposition platform that unseated PDP.
Which PDP-controlled state can be used as evidence in governance index to prove the toga of cluelessness of the present federal administration?