Nigeria News – Political Parties of Gangsters

Nigeria News – Political Parties of Gangsters

The present political parties in Nigeria are made of men and women of different philosophies and views about how the country should be run.

The parties were formed with no principle or ideology. It is the congregation of gangsters who can decamp to other parties at the slightest provocation.

The parties that were not built on an idea as it was in the days of the late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo when both the Action Group and the Unity Party of Nigeria came out of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa and Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba socio-political groups.

You cannot be an Awoists and fraternise with the National Party of Nigeria that had the likes of Richard Akinjide, MKO Abiola and Adisa Akinloye.

At a time the former Premier of defunct Western Nigeria, late Samuel Ladoke Akintola fell out with Awolowo, he was tagged as a betrayer and consequently removed from the inner caucus that formed the fabric of the party.

The rest is history, Akintola was killed by the military in 1966. And for years, nobody could challenge the authority of Awolowo who had since become a deity in Yorubaland.

Yes, the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu had formed a political cult around himself with foot soldiers, writers and those who speak for him. These set of people go hard on whosoever that will attack Tinubu.

Today, there is a great number of politicians that will not leave APC as long as President Muhammadu Buhari remains the president. They are being referred to in some climes now as “the Buharideens”.

They will quit APC as soon as Buhari is no longer the Nigerian president. And this will happen soon, perhaps in the next four years.

There are no more inner men of a similar belief that could build and sustain a party like the Republican in the US or the Democrats that have since become the Grand Old Parties.

Buhari is not a party man and may fade away with time. He is not in the same class with former President Olusegun Obasanjo whom despite his lack of knowledge about grassroots politicking had strengthened his diplomatic profile to be relevant in Nigeria politics.

Only the cult has kept a strong party because the core members know each others’ secret and would not just decamp to break the cord that joined them together.

At present, there are cabals in many of the political parties in Nigeria as it is across the world, it would have been of great advantage if only these cabals could come up with strong principles that could fortify the parties instead of weakening it.

Those who sit with Buhari have caused more damage than goods to the APC and some of those who were not initiated into this inner caucus but felt that they were supposed to be there had left the party.

And for many years to come, politicians in Nigeria will continue to jump from one party to another, until there is a strong structure built by sincere leaders whose ultimate aim is about building a nation but not themselves.

Creating a formidable caucus of progressives as party core members is a culture that will go a long way in breeding real party men who will work in tandem with the party manifestos.

This culture is lacking in the present crop of political parties in Nigeria. It is a soldier-go-soldier-come fragile structure.

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