Backstage realignment of political forces ahead of the titanic power contest in Nigeria is hotting up across the political parties. In the months ahead, it is expected that power seekers will be criss-crossing the two big parties – All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Except there is a major political earthquake in the country, 2023 is not likely to produce nationalistic leaders. Since 2015, parochial considerations appear to be gaining the upper hand in the affairs of the most populous black country in the world.
The emerging pointer is that if APC zones its presidential ticket outside Northern Nigeria, and PDP chooses to float a northern political potentate, massive votes from that bloc will swing to their ‘son’.
The reality of Nigeria’s politics is that there is no clear dividing line between the parties. Political demigods and their power-hungry followers wear any tag of a party that guarantees them unfettered access to the public till.
The same PDP stalwarts of yesteryears whose profiles are dented with allegations of corruption, are parading public offices today as APC saints.
So, the behind-the-scenes plots and counter-plots for 2023 by the power gladiators at the moment, is lacking a clear agenda for resolving Nigeria’s problematic national question and fiscal federalism.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Governor, Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who was made by the PDP, and governors on his former party’s platform, are vociferous about winning the 2023 elections without saying how and on what issues.
Beyond mere political rhetorics, the political sovereigns are expecting the contending political forces to articulate their plans on how to reverse the worrisome abject poverty, scandalous massive unemployment, all forms of poisonous religious killings, and ethno-centric uprisings in the country.
Then, and until then, will their predictions and unguarded boastings make sense, and not just a gasy claim by Governor Masari that APC will record massive victory in the 2023 general election going by the number of people who joined the party during its recent membership registration exercise.
Masari spoke when he received the mid-term report of last Saturday’s APC Local Government Congress from the National Working Committee chaired by Aliyu Kumo at the Government House, Katsina, claiming that his party has laid solid foundation for its success in the next general election with its record of performance in the country.
“APC has done well all over the country and we are going back for state congresses and finally we cap it with the national convention that would produce elected leaders of the party. We are laying solid foundation for APC, preparing it for 2023 elections which I hope APC would win by a wide margin, because if we took the registration of membership of the APC even if 70 per cent of those who registered came out to vote for APC, APC is sure of getting close to 30 million votes. So we can say that success is only a short distance from us. We will be there, and we will achieve it”, he said.
PDP governors have also expressed readiness to reposition the party to rescue Nigeria from the alleged misrule of APC. Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said this while briefing the media after a seven-hour meeting of the Forum in Abuja, late on Wednesday.
“We have been meeting since 3pm, meeting for about seven hours. Very fruitful deliberation. You must have seen that we received leaders of our party in various other states where we don’t have a governor.
“We had a robust discussion with them on how to move the party forward, bringing all the leaders together, not only working towards a best national convention, but even beyond that, so that we can continue to sustain the goodwill that PDP is enjoying in Nigeria, and send the right signal to Nigerians that we truly prepared and working together as a family to ensure that by the grace of God, come 2023, we present a very united force that will rescue Nigeria from the misgovernance of APC.
“We also had in our meeting our candidate in Anambra governorship election, where we received briefing from him on how prepared our party is in Anambra and to confirm to you and Nigerians that all of us are united in supporting our party in Anambra. By the grace of God, we shall work assiduously towards winning the Anambra election. Also, we have discussed the forthcoming convention and you will hear from NEC what the position is going to be“, Tambuwal said.
While the ding-dong ahead of 2023 poorly entertains the oil-polluted communities of the Niger Delta, gully erosion-ravaged communities of Ndigbo, those of drought-threatened in the North, and the general malaise of poverty cum unemployment, PDP’s National Executive Committee was expected to take far-reaching decisions on the zoning arrangement for party offices.