According to Aristotle, we are all political animals, meaning directly or indirectly, as a clergy or an ordinary church goer, we are involve in politics. That is why I don’t mind when people come to social media to blackmail me and call me all sorts of names, but i remain committed to belief that PDP is the only party that has the solution for Nigeria’s problems.
PDP is the message that should be preached to the people, through effective grassroot mobilization, and preparing the minds of Nigerians ahead of 2019, because the party has what it takes to take back power in 2019.
APC led Federal Government were not prepared for governance, imagine the confusion in the system, the corruption, terrorism, hunger that is still eating deep into the Fabric of the Nigerian state, and yet some gullible followers of APC are still shouting, when nothing has actually changed for the matter since APC took over, but is moving from bad to worst, with so much lies and propaganda.
I only pray for wisdom for the leaders of PDP in the country, to put their house in order, elect credible people, to mount their leadership saddle, from the National Chairman, Secretary, publicity secretary and all those positions involve, to form a strong opposition force, not just to checkmate the activities of the APC Federal Government, but to plan for a takeover.
So many promises made by the APC government since after taking over, has not been fulfilled, all promises cancelled, the ones they try to do are all full with propaganda and lies. Imagine feeding a school child with 70naira worth of meal, and say ” yes” we have fulfilled our school children Promise. Imagine the bombing and insecurity still experienced in the country on daily bases, imagine the looped sided appointment, imagine the corruption within the government, where the secretary of the Government of the Federation was involve in massive fraud of budgeting million naira just to cut grass at the Aso Rock Villa, imagine the embarrassing scenario at the Aso Rock Clinic that so much money went in and not even a syringe was found when the wife of the President visited, imagine the corruption within the government, imagine APC, imagine fraud.
When PDP came, everything changed, the state of the nation prior to 1998 could well be described as near comatose. The human rights record of the military administration was appalling. The nation’s economy was on a steady slide to a disastrous perdition. There was near hopelessness and uncertainty. In the political terrain, the nation was served with strange concoctions that would have ultimately led to national suicide.
In the international arena, Nigeria which once stood tall as the giant of Africa was reduced to an inconsequential midget with the suffocating tag of a pariah nation tightening round her neck.
Hitherto brave men and women became cowards overnight, groveling at the throne of the one who had wished to become the absolute emperor of Nigeria.
For each passing day, the light of hope dimmed in Nigeria. The height of despair was achieved when the five registered political parties aptly described by the late Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige as the “five fingers of a leprous hand” strangely adopted a serving soldier and the incumbent Head of State, General Sani Abacha, as their presidential candidate.
The conventions of the ‘parties’, which were supervised by the goons of the regime, were sad symptoms of a decadent nation on the brink of disintegration.
The regime capped up this comical idea with an unprecedented show of self-amusement in a forum of waste tagged “One Million Men March” where politicians, respected ones at that, professed to the whole world on national television that no other human being in a country of over 100 million people was qualified to rule the country. What a calamity. What a damming verdict on a population known for its industry, resilience and ingenuity!
This was the state of affairs in 1998. The nation was passing through a phase described by some analysts as “the dark ages”. At a point, it seemed no one could stand in the way of this rampaging dictator who was bent on entrenching himself in the country.
While this sordid state of affairs was holding sway, a group of politicians under the auspices of the All Politicians Summit convened a meeting in 1997 to discuss the way out of what was fast becoming a festering dictatorship. That meeting, led by Dr. Alex Ekwueme was brutally dispersed by the security apparati of the Sani Abacha’s regime.
Dr. Ekwueme undeterred by the brutish antics of the regime continued rallying key political figures of different ideological persuasions under a new platform called Institute of civil society.
In the midst of all this confusion, a group of political leaders, eighteen of them in the first instance and later thirty-four decided to “dare the lion in his den”. This group known as the G-34 later formed the nucleus and rallying point of the associations that formed what is today, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
PDP was formed on the foundation of Grace, unity of purpose, and that purpose shall be fulfilled. As the preparations for the convention is in the air, I know credible leaders will emerge, and unity will return to the largest party in Africa.
PDP shall bounce back again, as it was in the beginning, and restore hope, peace, love, happiness, industrialization, transformation back to Nigeria, and change this chain that we are in.
PDP please forget that you are the hope for Nigeria and i wish you well now and always.
Rev’d Richard Peters Independent writes in from Eket.
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