PDP and res­ur­rec­tion

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

By the sanc­tity of its hum­mer, the Supreme Court has, at long last, de­ci­sively de­cided on the over­stretched lit­i­ga­tion between the two war­ring fac­tions of the Peo­ple`s Demo­cratic Party. De­liv­ered re­cently, the judg­ment has it that the Makarfi fac­tion is the authen­tic and there­fore le­git­i­mate lead­er­ship of the cri­sis rid­den party, con­sign­ing the claim of Ali Modu Sharff to the do­main of his­tory. Need­less to say, the judg­ment is both ex­cit­ing and nos­tal­gic, with many cel­e­brat­ing what many lament. Af­ter all, as democ­racy is a mat­ter of choice, the court also has to de­cide one way or the other.

How­ever, beyond the sad­ness and joy of those that stand by their en­ti­tled pref­er­ence, the im­port of the judg­ment is sig­nif­i­cant for many rea­sons. In the first place, it ab­hors and moved to cur­tail, more than ever, the ab­surd ma­nip­u­la­tion by our politi­cians to ex­ploit the in­her­ent weak­nesses of the ju­di­cial process by bla­tantly us­ing tech­ni­cal­i­ties, in­clud­ing mov­ing from one court to an­other on same issue, to un­duly de­lay pro­ceed­ings know­ing that they will re­main in of­fice for as long as the case lasts.

Se­condly, it adds value to the unique po­si­tion of the ju­di­ciary in hav­ing the last word in all dis­putes. The Supreme Court has now im­planted in the doubt­ing Thomas that it can me­di­ate con­flicts be­fore they sub­vert, with im­punity, the rule of law.

Les­son is now learnt that, ir­re­spec­tive of real and imag­ined pro­file, the PDP must now re­con­struct its le­git­i­ma­tion and the ba­sis on which to seek for power again. It must be suf­fi­ciently demo­cratic, in all man­ners and char­ac­ter­is­tics, to not only jus­tify its ap­pel­la­tion but also the trust and con­fi­dence that every po­lit­i­cal party yearns for.

As­sum­ing that the PDP would do the need­ful, in­clud­ing tak­ing a lit­tle more than its share of the blame for load­ing an in­ept ad­min­is­tra­tion over the coun­try be­fore now, apol­o­gize for the cat­a­strophic con­se­quences and re­gain the con­fi­dence of Nige­ri­ans, it can pose se­ri­ous chal­lenges to the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress in some states.

Ad­mit­tedly, the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion has, within the two years it has been in of­fice, recorded mon­u­men­tal achieve­ments that, for a long time to come, will re­main in­deli­ble on the minds of Nige­ri­ans. Even by in­ter­na­tional stan­dard, the ad­min­is­tra­tion is be­ing com­mended for sub­stan­tially sub­du­ing the insurgency that, be­fore now, had force­fully taken con­trol of the North East, apart from cat­a­strophic strikes on soft tar­gets across the coun­try like Friday con­gre­ga­tion at Kano Cen­tral mosque. We can also no­tice how, by se­ri­ous com­mit­ment, the ad­min­is­tra­tion el­e­vated our food se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion to over 75% from mere 26% dur­ing the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion. Other ar­eas where it has, to the de­light of many, done so well, in spite of in­sti­tu­tional odds, in­clude the anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sade, Sin­gle Trea­sury Ac­count regime and grad­ual con­trol over the econ­omy.

How­ever, what one finds in some of the APC states is lack of mod­er­a­tion, that li­censes abuse of power and fla­grant dis­re­gard for due process and the rule of law. Out of this sce­nario, a bizarre di­chotomy of whole­some and half cast mem­bers is wan­tonly cre­ated, where the for­mer are be­ing in­volved whole­somely and the later dis­re­garded and de­nied what le­git­i­mately be­longs to them. In­deed, the sit­u­a­tion of the half cast mem­bers of the party is a metaphor of a re­cal­ci­trant child des­tined to be cramped and di­min­ished. With the as­sumed PDP res­ur­rec­tion, the half cast in those states are most likely to bring their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion into fo­cus, and de­cide how they can sur­vive and be­come rel­e­vant.

Sound­ing sim­plis­tic, this chal­lenge is real and must there­fore not be taken lightly by the APC, es­pe­cially as the states in ques­tion can­not again ride the waves that they did not ini­ti­ate, at the time of need.

Bashir Abba Sharif, Kano.

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