In ancient biblical times, the populace of the City of Babel decided they were invincible, indestructible, immortal and omnipotent… all culminating into masochist ego and arrogance at its peak! So they decided to build a monument to themselves that would reach the heavens, to let God know there was competition! What gumption! What audacity? And God responded by sowing confusion in their midst. He just easily gave them different languages and they could no longer ommunicate…. and presto! they dispersed! Can we see similarities between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the City of Babel?
PDP had all the opportunities to both steer Nigeria towards the promised land and make history, but they derailed and abused the God given priviledge and mandate (no one can rule without Gods permission). We started hearing statements like: “PDP is the greatest party in Africa”, “PDP is ultimate power”, “PDP will be in power for 60 years” etc….. armed with this toga, they proceeded in an unprecedented manner especially in the last six years to plunder the commonwealth of Nigeria to the detriment of the masses. They were sated, sleek, and fat and it couldn’t get any better. The new measurement for wealth became Private Jets, Rolls Royces, Ferraris et al… unknown to them their cup had run over…. their case was like the biblical proverb of the rich man with a full barn that that said he lacked nothing in the world that it can only get better … and God said you fool you will die tonight!
In came APC, out went PDP… APC had a rocky start with a lot of in fighting, lack of trust and I wonder why it surprised a lot of people? It was to be expected especially considering the matrix of APC, diverse groups rom diverse backgrounds will always struggle to build consensus or a common ground….this scenario and the Executive/National Assembly imbroglio was a gilt-edged opportunity for PDP to rally and become a credible opposition party and work to wrest power back A few governors led by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who I greatly admire and who I recommend Governor Ayo Fayose to take tutorials and lessons in mature, objective and dignified opposition, and quit is tactless and rabid rants against the Federal government of Nigeria. Anyway, Mimiko and other forward thinking governors sensed the opportunity and also knew that PDP needed a new type of hybrid leader — who should be stupendously wealthy, gutsy, gritty, audacious, confident, resolute, plucky and a fearless leader — in came Alhaji Ali Modu-Sheriff. Say ill or good of him, he is a man we all know possesses all the above mentioned attributes who left APC because he had those attributes.
I was perturbed, apprehensive, and concerned because I realised the danger this man posed to my party APC for whom I worked unremittingly to contribute my quota to actualize change in the last elections….It seemed to one else saw it! I wanted to climb mountains and roof tops and scream to the APC leadership DANGER! I wanted to dial 911 EMERGENCY! A menace to APC was about to be unleashed! And just when they were gaining traction….. there was a divine intervention! Like the city and populace of Babel, God changed their language and sowed discord. All of a sudden, the party prevailed on the Mimiko and his cohorts to withdraw their support for Sheriff and endorse Ahmed Makarfi as Chairman. Confusion and chaos ensued, sounding almost a death knell for PDP, hence ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s observation that PDP was in its death throes and Ali Modu Sheriff may be the undertaker….. The fact that Ali Modu Sheriff is still standing albeit on one leg… testifies to his bullishness, doggedness and tenacity…I want to thank PDP for going against Sheriff and I pray he is successfully neutralized so my party APC can continue solving its internal issues, building bridges, getting stronger and proffering solutions under quiet diplomatic vibrant leadership of the likes of the President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, APC’s National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, et al…… once again I am beholden to PDP and will struggle for front row seats to watch the in coming cataclysm…
- Ajibulu is based in Lagos.