APC, PDP: Case of Two Cutlasses
Nigeria News takes a look at the APC and PDP, their strengths and weaknesses.
There are two cutlasses in the hands of a lazy man. One is sharp, but with rough head. The other one has good head, but not sharp at all. This reflects on the character of the two super political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Nigeria.
The 16 years of PDP shows how sharp and crafty the party is in its operation. Fantastically corrupt and persuasive with its doses of sweet but poisonous pills forced down the citizens’ throats for years.
PDP is very good in shielding its corrupt members as the APC is doing now. The PDP controlled Federal Executive Council was able to control the two other arms of government, that the legislature and judiciary with huge looted funds.
If not for the third agenda of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, perhaps PDP would have remained stronger till date. And coupling with the inexperience of former President Goodluck Jonathan, PDP was voted out of power. The regime of impunity was thrown out.
Whenever there was disagreement between the legislative and executive arms of government under PDP, perhaps the sharing formula of the loots was not favourable.
The party enriched its members, impoverished the people and convincingly stuck the country’s economy.
Oh! How I wish that the sharpness of PDP is used for good governance of the people, it would have remained the party padding the canoe of the land without interference.
The country was more united under PDP compared to what is happening now under the All Progressives Congress. Nigeria is more divided now and Nigerians are seeking a change again, majorly for peace and unity to reign.
The question is, will the PDP repent from deceit and craftiness? Some of the aggrieved members of the PDP that decamped to APC in 2014 are back in PDP for the same reasons that made them cross-carpeted about four years ago.
Now, the APC, the purported messiah party, all have been waiting for has shown its inability to lead the country out of the wood.
President Muhammadu Buhari, a personality widely believed to be a man of integrity to clear the political mess has been selective in his fight against corruption.
What a disappointment! His case is like a headless cutlass. I started perceiving weakness, disappointment and failure when Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara schemed themselves into the Senate presidency and the speakership of the House of Representatives with the support of the opposition PDP and Buhari could not stand his ground with the APC.
The national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu made a loud noise over the coup but could not have the support of Buhari.
Saraki and Dogara made themselves principalities of both houses, making APC stagger in confusion, failing to notice that it was a calculated attempt to weary the executive.
No stern punishment was meted to the two political crooks. This is what PDP would not tolerate. From then APC became a divided house that could not stand. APC was torn into pieces with internal squabbles, the centre could no longer hold, and that made the party not to take a drastic punishment against those who padded the first budget of the ruling party in 2016.
Since then all we are seeing from APC is accusation and counter-accusation. Now corruption walks freely naked in the street, more killings like never before.
Until 2019, when the ground would have been prepared, Nigerians are waiting, which cutlass can clear the weeds of corruption in the country; the sharp one without head or the one with a head but not sharp.