Why Igbokwe Of APC Said PDP Wants To Return To Power In Nigeria But Does Not Know How To Go About It

Following up on the latest post on his official Facebook page, the spokesperson of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Lagos State Chapter, Joe Igbokwe, who doubles as the Special Assistant to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, has argued that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party wants to be the leading party again in Nigeria, but apparently they don’t know how to go about it. 

According to the outspoken APC chieftain, the ruling APC would not give them any chance to rule Nigeria. He made it clear that APC is not ready to show them the way to the Aso Rock Villa, and that to him is a top secret to be kept close to the hearts of the party faithful and loyalists. 

Indubitably, PDP has been rocked by a series of crisis in recent times following the defection of governors and other politicians who have been strong supporters and financiers of the party. It could be recalled that some months ago, the governors of Cross Rivers State, Senator (Prof.) Benedict Ayade and his counterpart in Ebonyi State, Governor Dave Umahi, had dumped PDP for APC, owing to reasons best known to them. 

On the part of Umahi, the PDP has neglected people of the South East and have denied them an opportunity to taste power at the federal level. He also accused the party of not being fair to its members who have remained loyal to the now opposition party since its inception. However, Ayade has made it clear as at the time of his defection to the ruling APC that he left the party to work with Mr President at the centre. According to him, that would bring the APC led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari closer to the people of Cross Rivers State. 

It should be noted that PDP had ruled Nigeria for sixteen years since 1999 when democracy returned to the country. The then ruling party became an opposition party in 2015 when the former President, Goodluck Johnathan, was defeated by the then opposition APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. The party has contributed to the development of Nigeria for nearly two decades and has remained a party of choice to so many Nigerians across the country. But with what is happening in the PDP, Engineer Igbokwe’s argument could be a well-thought-out lesson for the PDP. It may be difficult if not impossible for the party to return to power in the coming presidential election in 2023.

Arguably, the party has to resolve its leadership crisis and prepare to tackle the ruling APC and other political parties by convincing and winning the hearts of citizens back. This is the only way to go, and that could eventually lead to taking over power from the ruling APC. From the aforementioned, one can easily say that some people have already lost interest in the PDP because of the crisis rocking the party. But the truth remains that whatever happens, PDP still has a stronghold in some states that have not been captured by APC, especially in the South-South and South East regions. Although states like Taraba and Sokoto remain a stronghold of the PDP in the North. 

Against this background, all things being equal, the opposition PDP may bounce back to power if they find a holistic way to resolve the issues that the party is currently battling with.

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