Ab­dul­salam Mo­hammed Kazeem, 31, Ac­tivist

Weekly Trust - - Voxpop -

The de­fec­tion of Atiku Abubakar to PDP will be of great help to both par­ties based on the fol­low­ing rea­sons: It will re­po­si­tion PDP as the main op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal party in Nige­ria and con­tinue en­gage­ment of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion. With Abubakar in PDP, it has fur­ther ex­posed the in­abil­ity of the rul­ing party to carry all card car­ry­ing mem­bers along. His de­fec­tion will fur­ther ex­pose some rot in APC to the gen­eral pub­lic. Also, his de­fec­tion will cause more dam­age than good, be­cause Abubakar has his own com­mit­ted fol­low­ers, by so do­ing the rul­ing party has lost some per­cent­age of their fol­low­ers, both home and abroad. He will base all his de­fec­tion rea­sons on the in­abil­ity of the rul­ing party to ful­fil her cam­paign prom­ises with a lot of ev­i­dences, be­ing a priv­i­leged mem­ber of the in­ner cir­cle.

Lack of in­ter­nal democ­racy is one of the ma­jor rea­sons for his de­fec­tion from APC. He is one of those that helped in the APC win­ning the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions in terms of re­sources and other fac­tors. So, the APC has lost a huge re­source and other fac­tors that can help them win the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. APC is not a po­lit­i­cal party, they are a coali­tion of dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests whose quest for power force­fully brought them to­gether and yet they refuse to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of all stake­hold­ers.

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