Kwara: APC, PDP draw bat­tle line with con­clu­sion of state con­gresses

The re­cent con­gresses of the APC and the PDP in Kwara State have be­come a mile­stone in the bat­tle for the soul of the state in 2015. Our cor­re­spon­dent re­veals how the emer­gence of an exco for the two par­ties has re­in­forced this.

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that would never come true, with Saraki in­sist­ing that his fa­ther’s po­lit­i­cal struc­ture re­mains rel­e­vant and po­tent to win all elec­tions in 2015 for the APC. In fact Saraki re­cently dared Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan who vowed to join the strug­gle for the eman­ci­pa­tion of Kwara and pro­claimed that the PDP would re-cap­ture the state.

To what ex­tent can the PDP go in dis­plac­ing Saraki and re­claim­ing the Govern­ment House? Ul­ti­mately, the people of Kwara pub­lic would be the de­cider in 2015. But be­yond the free­dom mantra, an­a­lysts be­lieve the PDP has got to con­vince the elec­torate it is a true and gen­uine al­ter­na­tive to APC. What are its pro­grammes and poli­cies if elected? Are they dif­fer­ent from those of the APC or Saraki from 2003 to 2011? Also, it is be­lieved that the elec­tion would pro­vide an av­enue for PDP gla­di­a­tors who have once worked with Saraki to prove their rel­e­vance and pop­u­lar­ity to deliver for PDP. How far they would go would un­doubt­edly de­pend on the level of sup­port en­joyed in their con­stituen­cies and how they have im­pacted on their con­stituents when they were in govern­ment a decade ago.

Han­dling in­tra-party elec­tion for nom­i­na­tion into var­i­ous elec­tive of­fices es­pe­cially the gover­nor could pose a chal­lenge to the PDP amidst the mul­ti­tude of in­ter­ests and gla­di­a­tors that would want to take a shot at the gov­er­nor­ship come 2015. This chal­lenge, many be­lieve, could evap­o­rate if the chair­man’s prom­ise to give a level play­ing field for all as­pi­rants is ful­filled which im­plies that all as­pi­rants would have to go all out to sell them­selves to party’s del­e­gates.

Though the APC on its part con­trols the govern­ment, it would be fac­ing the stiffest op­po­si­tion from PDP. Be­sides, an­a­lysts say its in­cum­bency power would be bet­ter put to use by show­ing con­crete and ver­i­fi­able ev­i­dences that the present ad­min­is­tra­tion has lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions in the last two and half years of be­ing in govern­ment. The per­for­mance of its federal and state law­mak­ers, ac­cord­ing to pun­dits, would count for and against the party in 2015.

As the 2015 elec­tion ap­proaches, there is no doubt that the bat­tle-line has al­ready been drawn by the two dom­i­nant par­ties.

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