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Ikenna Ellis-Ezenekwe: PDP must leave behind the past and embrace the future

Nigeria's current political climate has made it extremely difficult to function as the political demographics have diverged considerably from when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power. This is due to its inability to shake off the cobwebs of its past, and primarily due to its unwillingness to move beyond its horribly outdated methodology and personality.

Recently, national newspapers and electronic media have been abuzz with news that management within the PDP is plotting to reshuffle school principals for top positions ahead of the 2027 presidential election. In particular, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s political handlers spread across virtually all media outlets to present their chief as his PDP candidate.

The principal himself did not openly comment on the public discussion of vying for the presidential position again, but did not avoid his operators to cease promoting his candidacy to the general public. Ta. He uses this statement as if to encourage insensitivity to the untold hardships currently plaguing the country, the astronomical inflation in daily food prices, and the daily survival activities of Nigerians. Permitted.

This insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians due to ruthless greed and blind quest for power characterizes the group that currently holds the PDP firmly by the jugular. These are called “old PDPs”, those who refuse to accept the future of the new PDP. They are made up of sections of the PDP who have refused to accept the new realities of changing times. In their understanding, the PDP only serves as a means to seize power rather than as a means to achieve good governance.

From all indications, what the operators of the “old PDP” seem to be preoccupied with is the fight for the top spot in the presidential villa and the provision of two proper meals a day. It is not about alleviating the suffering of the masses, which seems increasingly impossible to do. You might even pay for your child's school tuition or transportation to and from work. While the main opposition party in the country is avoiding the opposition party, it is necessary to play the role of the opposition party in any necessary way.

For this reason, PDP must be reborn.

The prank-free new PDP has given way to repeated failures on the national stage since the defeat of Nigeria's flag bearer and former Nigerian President Dr. Goodluck Eberemi Jonathan to the then opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC). . This repositions the party as a people's party to Nigerians. The former PDP has repeatedly fielded the same presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the old fashion since Jonathan was defeated in the 2015 polls. Atiku Abubakar is the epitome of the past.

Once again, the newly reborn PDP needs to move away from the past and consider a new template for leadership selection.

Nigeria has a population of over 200 million people and is well endowed with human resources. The selection of leaders should not revolve around one or a few people. His new PDP must avoid being tied to the aspirations of any one politician. To foster new life within the party, we must create an environment for open growth and new talent.

Additionally, the party needs to reconsider its position on regional sensitivities regarding leadership selection. Since the formulation of the PDP, the geodynamics of the polity has changed significantly. New entrants with a proven track record need to be accepted and be able to promote themselves.

Atiku Abubakar’s inability to extricate itself from his personal desires has left the PDP in a quagmire too strong to resolve.

Undoubtedly, this is a result of events in the run-up to the 2023 presidential elections, with the PDP linking its fate to Atiku Abubakar's personal political aspirations and Peter Obi's leadership of the party. led to abandonment. has decided to support Nyesom Wike-Bola Tinubu’s candidacy as the APC presidential candidate.

Many believe that the reactionary actions of Mr. Peter Obi and Mr. Nyesom Wike ultimately led to the defeat of the PDP at the polls. As a result, Mr. Tinubu rewarded Mr. Nyesom Wike with an attractive ministerial position as Federal Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This position he held while still remaining a member of the PDP party, daring the PDP leadership to expel him from the party.

Surprisingly, the PDP still seems stuck in the quagmire.

But if the PDP has to move forward, it must regroup and learn to be an opposition party. After more than eight years out of power, the PDP has yet to recover from the shock of its defeat in 2015 and has therefore not yet assumed the mandate of an opposition party. It is a task that the PDP, if it must or intends to take on, must certainly take it on and do it right. regained power from the ruling APC.

Finally, as a political party, the PDP must keep its eyes on the people and keep them in mind in every step and action it takes. We must see and feel people's pain from within, not from afar. Until we understand the root of the problem, we may never get a solution. After all, it was Albert Einstein who said, “You can't solve a problem with the same thinking you used when you created it.”

Ikenna Ellis-Ezenekwe, publisher of 247ureports, posted from Abuja.


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