2015: Déjà vu in Katsina?

Daily Trust - - VIEWS -

Dur­ing 2011 gen­eral elec­tions in Katsina State, the now de­funct Congress for Pro­gres­sive Change (CPC), de­spite its split into two fac­tions, was able to seize all the three Se­na­to­rial seats and twelve out of fif­teen House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ seats hitherto oc­cu­pied by the PDP in the state.

Apart from that, all the po­lit­i­cal in­di­ca­tors were that the CPC had higher chances of win­ning gu­ber­na­to­rial seat and that the PDP of Gover­nor Ibrahim Shehu Shema would not win, look­ing at the fact that they have lost all their three Sen­a­tors to CPC and twelve out of fif­teen House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives seats. In ad­di­tion to that, there were ag­grieved PDP mem­bers who were at log­ger­heads with Gover­nor Shema; they felt that they were not car­ried along de­spite the role they played in his elec­tion in 2007. As such they were al­leged to be un­der­min­ing Shema’s ef­fort to re­turn to of­fice.

Few weeks to the gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion, the Supreme Court gave a ver­dict that Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, who headed a CPC fac­tion, was the CPC gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date recog­nised by law not Se­na­tor Yakubu Lado Dan­marke of the other fac­tion, be­cause Masari was the can­di­date sub­mit­ted to In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) by the CPC. This de­ci­sion by the apex court en­raged Se­na­tor Lado and his sup­port­ers. Ma­jor­ity of Lado’s sup­port­ers and close po­lit­i­cal as­so­ciates promised to work against the suc­cess of CPC and en­sure that Masari did not win the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion. Not only that, Lado’s sup­port­ers and close po­lit­i­cal al­lies de­clared sup­port for Shema.

To many po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts, al­leged anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties and be­trayal by Se­na­tor Lado and his camp was what led to the fail­ure of the CPC to wres­tle power from the PDP in Katsina State.

As we are mov­ing closer to 2015 gen­eral elec­tions, the op­po­si­tion All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), which the CPC had be­come, in Katsina State should be mind­ful of what hap­pened in pre­vi­ous elec­tions in the state, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on 2011 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion. The party should mend its fences, set­tle all its in­ter­nal wran­gling, be just to all and ev­ery mem­ber, con­duct cred­i­ble ward, lo­cal govern­ment and state con­gresses. Party mem­bers should put party in­ter­est above their per­sonal in­ter­est and work to­wards the suc­cess of the party even if their pre­ferred can­di­date fails to se­cure party ticket.

Mustapha Mam­mada Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State<mm­dutsinma@ya­hoo. com>

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