Permit me to reply to an article titled – Why Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) may Win again – by my brother Edozie
Okeiyi, Director of Media and Strategy, Great Nigeria
Movement, in the globally acclaimed Sahareporters, one of the
moral forces of Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.
One would like to start by saying that Edozie falls into the
category of Chop-Sand-Syndrome, found mostly among my
Igbo brothers, whose trajectory is without scant regard that
Ndigbo like Dr Ogbonia Onu, are prominent in their own right in
All Progressives Congress (APC), deliberately define the APC as
Yoruba and Hausa party. This is wrong.
The Chop-Sand-Syndrome proponents in the South East, will
tell you that APC being championed by Yorubas and Hausas
means that there is nothing in the kitty for Ndigbo; whether
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, is performing or
They will wittingly or unwittingly ignore the fact the shortest
route to president of Igbo extraction is APC; for if President
Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, wins 2015 presidential election, the
earliest an Igbo can be president is 2027. But if APC wins the
earliest for the Igbos is 2023, this is because of the moral
weight of zoning convention that is South-North primed.
Their basic canvass is that it is better for Jonathan to
continue, whether he is clueless, runs unclean government or
cannot get things done. When you tell them that Nigeria has
never been as divided as today; and hence needs urgently to
be fixed, whether a Christian, Muslim, Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba,
since our dear president cannot fix electricity, modern rail
lines, East-West road or the monster of insurgency.
Their answer is anchored on ancient prejudice arising from the
Biafran civil war. They will tell you that Ndigbo have been,
‘Chopping Sand’ post civil war and if Jonathan’s victory can
make their brother contemporaries in the Nigerian project to
‘Chop Sand’ that will not be a bad idea.
If you make the mistake of reminding them that the basic
tenet of Christianity and by extension Islam and other faiths
is forgiveness and that our youths who make up more than 60%
of our population were post civil war citizens and must be
spared this stereo-type.
They will remind you of federal character quota system that
denied them the competitive edge they could have enjoyed in a
When you re-echo that there is no war fought in history
without unintended consequences; which requires statesmanship
and craftsmanship to resolve, they quip, you are an idealist.
When you refer them to the current National Conference to go
and find out why the Conference inspite of the fact that it
was packaged for predetermined hidden agenda failed to give
the conveners the region they some much cherished, they will
blame the North. They will not want to know that Ebonyi,
Enugu, Lagos and others states voted against region.
Otherwise, how can Edozie deny the fact that Nigeria has
reached the zenith of liberal democracy, where two political
parties dominate in a multi-party system? Where neither PDP
nor APC can score more than 53% of total votes cast in the
2015 presidential election, nor win 2/3 of the National and
State Assemblies or 2/3 of the governors of the 36 states.
We are without being immodest, in a phase, where most
importantly bleeding national issues can no more be treated as
PDP family issues; ask Mr President, he will tell you that if you
want to pass a bill today, pick $1 billion loan you must account,
explain and negotiate.
The truism is that PDP and APC are in every ward, local
government area and state of the federation today, unlike in
the past where PDP was the only national platform. This is the
worry of the leadership of the PDP, especially for a political
party that boasted to rule uninterrupted for 60 years whether
they perform or not. This belies the spin that APC is not strong,
despite the fact that the party is not in charge of our security
agencies and Oil Signature.
We of the APC would have been glad if the leadership of PDP
are inclined to Edozie’s less than accurate analysis that APC is
not strong and confined to only some limited sections of the
country. The fireworks going on in Rivers and Katsina states
for example nor the gale of impeachment would not be there.
That APC is a Muslim party, falls flat in the face, if Edozie is
not suffering from Chop-Sand-Syndrome. Granted that the
Interim National Executive of the APC by coincident was led by
elder statesman, Bisi Akande, a Muslim as chairman, in 18
Muslim and 17 Christian ratio; coincident in the sense that
shortly before the registration of APC on 31st July 2013, the
ACN, ANPP, CPC, and factions of APGA and DPP, the legacy
parties were allotted offices and each in the mood of the
moment submitted names. How come that the election of Chief
John Odigie-Oyegun, a Christian, in the prism of Edozie and his
Chop-Sand-Syndrome cohorts did not convert the APC to a
For the avoidance of doubt, one will do everything to shy away
from discussing persons, however permit me to briefly submit
that neither Chiefs Tom Ikimi nor Femi Fani Kayode’s diatribe
were premised on public nor national interest . Fani Kayode
unlike Ikimi was an interloper in the APC and therefore one will
not discuss him, as our great party will never file a Muslim-
Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket in a divided Nigeria.
For Ikimi he was the lead co-chairman of the Joint Merger
Committee of the legacy parties and worked tirelessly to
construct the merger. He gave all, but his discontent in my
estimation arose in the last few days of the merger committee
meeting. As we were wounding up with our recommendations to
the legacy parties, senator Ahmed Yerima raised a motion on
the floor to the effect that Chief Tom Ikimi be nominated as
the chairman Interim National Executive Committee, Alhaji
Ibrahim Shekarau as secretary, Alhaji Garba Gadi as deputy
chairman, all representing the major legacy parties, ACN, ANPP
and CPC respectively.The motion was adopted and my humble
self moved a counter motion, basing my motion on the doctrine
of trite law which unambiguously defines the relationship
between the agent and the principal.
To cut the story short, Ikimi’s ambition to head the Interim
National Executive failed, as each party was allowed to
nominate their own slot. Methinks this is his grouse with Asiwaju
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, not for any public interest.
Permit me to reply to an article titled – Why Peoples