APC, PDP: Daydreamers And Nightdreamers
Nigeria News takes a look at the PDP and APC as political parties that have failed Nigerians since the country returned to democracy in 1999.
After years of military rule that were permeated by injustices, lootings and killings, Nigerians finally ushered in a democratically elected government amidst jubilation in 1999.
The Peoples Democratic Party took the centre stage with the promises to lead the country to a prosperous destination.
The party spent its first four years, learning the rudiment of democracy. It was at this time an erstwhile Speaker of the House, Salisu Buhari was impeached over the fake certificate.
A former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who was elected on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy, a major opposition party to PDP also fought the battle of his life over certificate scandal.
The first four years also culminated in the impeachment of a Senate President Evans or Evan Enwerem and his replacement by a Chuba Okadigbo. The years nearly removed President Olusegun Obasanjo through impeachment.
It was a term the Nigeria political landscape was dominated by mediocre. Impunity rode on the horse, the constitution was arbitrarily abused, and court orders were rejected at will. It was a period Nigerians tolerated the patchiness of the ruling class. Many of the elected officers were not prepared to hold such offices.
To put it mildly, the first four years of Obasanjo was used to prepare the ground for the country young democracy. Even the president, despite his diplomatic knowledge, used more of his military intelligence and native wisdom to guide the country. He would have been consumed by his over-ambitious Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Nigerians waited for 16 years for their dreams to come to pass but it never happened. It was a night dream calmed by promises of modern infrastructure, quality education and health service by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
For 16 years, we sleep, dream and wake up to see Nigeria getting worse despite myriads of promises by the ruling PDP. We cannot continue like this was the common word until 2015 when a gang of politicians came up with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Their ultimate aim was to see to the end of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, who had turned himself into an ethnic leader. Jonathan failed woefully in six years in the area of economic and security management. He squandered the wealth of the nation by allowing looting of the public funds by his allies. He was desperate to rule again but all the stolen money failed him.
PDP was pushed out by the APC. However, it is almost three years that President Muhammadu Buhari took over the leadership of this country, it is a new dream. This time a daydream.
I once read that “Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible”.
But despite the Nigerian landscape that is littered with bags of broken dreams, tons of broken leadership bottles and a basket of broken promises, I still believe that we cannot give up on our fatherland.
By fatherland, I do not mean Nigeria in its present form, which appears to me to be rigged for failure. I mean Nigeria of a negotiated nationhood, or whatever it is broken into if that fails.
It is clear that the current contraption is beyond cosmetic repairs, but not beyond retooling. The fault lines are too many to be fixed overnight, but not too many to be managed, with sincerity of purpose and focused leadership, which is presently lacking in the polity.
What we currently have in power are the daydreamers, who acted out their dreams by reverting to base religious and/or ethnic instincts, and not the night dreamers, who are aware of the vanity of it all.
The way out, like I said earlier, is to continue to search for a truly selfless national and regional leadership, which is conservative enough to protect his people, but liberal enough to ensure justice for all.
It is only then, and not by stigmatizing those in the diaspora, not condescending on those at home, that the solutions will be found. As we say in Ibadan, it is with all five fingers that one beats his chest.