Will Buhari Go Like Jonathan?
Nigeria News takes a look at the politics that removed former President Goodluck Jonathan as it is playing out against President Muhammadu Buhari.
All that the Peoples Democratic Party built in 16 years crumbled in a week towards the 2015 presidential election. A protest that began with just five governors escalated to the National Assembly and eventually led to the mass defection of the PDP federal lawmakers in 2014.
A large number of the senators and members of the House of Representatives broke away and pitched their tents with the new party that would later emerge the All Progressives Congress.
With anger boldly written on their faces, the new PDP soon found solace in APC but with the plot to impose their rules on the party.
Of course, the breakaway PDP succeeded to a large extent as they connived with their former members to make Senator Bukola Saraki the President of the Senate.
Saraki differed the APC’s decision to endorse Senator Ahmed Lawan as the President of the Senate but colluded with PDP caucus in the Senate to elect himself as the Senate president. At his election, almost all the APC lawmakers were absent. Senator Ike Ekweremadu was elected as the Deputy Senate President.
It was the first time in history that a member of the opposition party would be elected as the Deputy Senate President in Nigeria politics. It marked the beginning of the crisis in APC.
APC is about four years old but with too many crises, which of course has led to the defection of some of its prominent members. A few months ago, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar crossed to PDP, his former party. His reason was that he had been alienated by the APC government he helped to form. Atiku had since declared his presidential ambition on the PDP platform.
Before now, the aggrieved members of the APC, most of whom were former members of the breakaway PDP during Jonathan regime had threatened to quit on the same reasons cited by Atiku.
They met with President Muhammadu Buhari but their grievances were not resolved. One of their grievances was that President Muhammadu Buhari led-government was victimizing some of their associates, including Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
They also accused the government of aiding impunity and over protecting some of the members of the executives from being investigated by the lawmakers.
However, the aggrieved APC members took the bull by the horn on Wednesday when they announced their breakaway from the party.
The new group, “Reformed APC” led by their national chairman, Buba Galadima posited that they were forced to leave APC due to the high level of impunity, which the party had refused to address.
According to them, 24 states organized parallel congresses to elect leaders while the party failed to address this. They also stated that the national congress that elected former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole as the new National Chairman was filled with flaws.
To them, there is no basis to remain in the party that cannot curb impunity and yet wants to rule the country once again.
Currently, there is no mass defection at the National Assembly but it may happen any moment from now. The national chairman of APC, Oshiomole said that the party would not lose sleep over the new development but he must be reminded that there was a party that refused to lose sleep in 2014, today it is struggling for relevance.
If APC must rule Nigeria in 2019, there is a need for the leadership to mend its broken walls.