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Wike, Tambuwal And The Rest of PDP

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Nigeria News takes a look at the PDP now and what it may look like in the next four years.

If the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct election in Rivers 10 times, Nyesom Wike will continue to win.

The state Governor has so much wormed himself into his people hearts, making it so difficult for any unpopular candidate from any other political party other than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win.

The landslide victory by PDP in Rivers is a slap on the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wike has so much dominated Rivers and if care is not taken, Amaechi may be heading towards political oblivion in the very near future.

I foresee Wike becoming the Tinubu of Rivers State where he will act as godfather to impose who pleases him in elective offices.

Wike actually did well, winning Silverbird Man of the Year as a performing Governor in 2017, despite his lack of capacity to maintain security in the State.

He used his grassroots connection with the “Area Boys” to keep Amaechi and other politicians away from his territory to win one of the most convincing victories in the recent polls.

Wike has shown the PDP how to win, which of course can be emulated by the party at the national level if they will learn from the Port Harcourt boy.

He remains the last man standing since Governor Ayodele Fasoye of Ekiti State finished his tenure and could not deliver the State to a PDP candidate. APC Federal power muscled him out.

Fayose has been silent. The former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has not been so loud as he was before the election.

As a matter of fact, Fani-Kayode has begun to dabble into the APC affairs over who becomes the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Sokoto State Governor is another person I think is strong enough to withstand the threat of the ruling party in the next four years.

But he may not be able to do it alone without the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who had been his close ally but would not be coming back to the senate.

Even if Saraki will be strategizing from the outside, I have doubt if he has gotten the stamina to play the role of opposition.

Saraki, unlike Wike, has enjoyed much as a prominent member of the successive ruling class. Now that he is on the other side, Saraki will need new logic and skills to play his new role as an opposition politician.

It is not that the PDP has no more political machinery, their capacity to stand for another four years will test how strong they will be to take over from APC in 2023.

Because very soon, those who do not have the depth and strength to face APC headlong among them will decamp to save their ass and skin.

Of course, the new Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha was a former Deputy Speaker. He showed his popularity in the East where he beat the APC and Action Alliance to emerge to shove away the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha.

He knows the political game at the National Assembly and should be able to relate well with Saraki and others to form a strong opposition.

There is no doubt that the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom will be working among lions in his State. Though he won the election, Ortom confessed at the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s holy Congress night at the redemption camp that only God had helped him to return.

He said that at a time he felt like quitting the race but the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye had encouraged him with prayers.

Ortom is not so strong a political animal but he is strong spiritually. He can only pray for a better PDP but to face President Buhari and his myriads of Mafias may be a big task for Ortom.

The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar may be fighting his last battle at election petition tribunal to contest the result of the last presidential polls, I do not see him winning the case.

Nothing will remove Buhari from the seat, not even the judiciary and Law. The groundwork had been done even before the election via the removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen who could have done justice to Atiku’s petition.

The best thing now is for Atiku to begin re-strategizing for 2023. He has no age on his side though.

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