The Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) just isn’t new to energy simply because the celebration just isn’t new to opposition. The celebration was in energy for sixteen years on the centre simply because it has been in opposition for 4 years now.
Between 1999 and 2015, the celebration produced not lower than six Audio system of Home of Representatives. Even the final Speaker, Yakubu D.ra, who was previously of the ruling All Progressives Congress decamped to the celebration.
So, the management of the celebration is aware of the Order 7, Rule eight of the Standing Orders of the Home of the Representatives which supplies that Minority Events within the Home ought to elect their leaders from amongst their Members within the Home. Additionally, the management of the celebration can’t additionally deny information that the Standing Orders are made pursuant to the provisions of part 60 of the 1999 Structure as amended, which give powers to the Home to manage its personal process.
The management of PDP shouldn’t permit itself to be dragged into the compound difficulty of who supported Hon Umar Bago or Hon Femi Gbajabiamila within the final Home Speakership election. The plain reality is that each contestants are sturdy members of APC and never PDP. Each of them appealed to members of all political events current within the Nationwide Meeting and on the finish. Gbajabiamila had the higher hand.
Those that supported Bago additionally did so due to political pursuits and ambition. Now that they’ve misplaced out, nearly as good political tacticians, they need to search methods of returning to the winners fold. However in essence, the management of Nationwide Meeting tussle must be no winner, no vanquish scenario.
There are about 9 Minority Events within the Home and out of about 147 opposition members, 99 of them endorsed Hon Ndudi Elumelu from Delta State because the Minority chief, Toby Okechukwu from Enugu State as Deputy Minority Chief, Hon Gideon Gwani from Kaduna State as Minority Whip and Hon Adesegun Adekoya from Ogun State because the Deputy Minority Whip. It’s intrusive to notice that every one these endorsed are rating Legislators who’ve one time or the opposite carried the banner of PDP excessive in earlier assignments.
They have been the flagbearers of the celebration within the final election. They enormously mobilized for the celebration and ensured victories for the celebration. Two of them, Gwani and Adekoya gained towards all odds in APC managed states of Kaduna and Ogun respectively. Politically, that is an achievement of no little means.
Subsequently, the insistence of the PDP Nationwide Working Committee that Speaker Gbajabiamila ought to learn and acknowledge the events nominees can result in rancor among the many members of the celebration within the Home. The celebration nominees are Hon Kingsley Chinda from Delta State as Minority Chief, Hon Chukwuka Onyema from Anambra State because the Deputy Minority Chief. Hon Yakubu Barde from Kaduna State as Minority Whip and Hon Muriano Ajibola from Oyo State as Deputy Minority Whip.
Whereas nothing taking something away from the nominees of the celebration as competent and good representatives of their numerous constituencies within the hallowed chamber, additionally it is essential to sound a word of warning to the umbrella celebration to not fan ember of discord amongst its membership within the Home of Representatives.
That the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan accepted the nominees of the celebration shouldn’t be misconstrued as the usual legislative follow as being preached by Hon Chinda. The celebration ought to word that almost all of the opposition events members didn’t write any letter of endorsement to the Senate President because it was achieved within the Home of Representatives. If the identical state of affairs had performed out, maybe the Senate President would have caught to what the legislation says as Gbajabiamila did.
If PDP desires to droop its members for supporting an APC member who flouted his celebration’s (APC) instruction to not contest towards the anointed candidate of the celebration, Gbajabiamila, I feel PDP ought to to begin with enquiry what APC did to the Bago, who flouted his celebration’s directions earlier than pondering of suspending its members who refused to assist him. PDP shouldn’t destroy itself whereas APC, the key explanation for the squabble is busy mending fences
That actually exhibits that APC had learnt from the onerous classes PDP taught the celebration within the 2015 Nationwide Meeting management elections nevertheless it appears the trainer, PDP had out of the blue forgotten.
Suspension of Elumelu, Okechukwu, Gwani and Adekoya itself is of no consequence. If the suspended members take the case to the court docket, can the celebration win?. In any case, they will at all times be part of different opposition political events and thus nonetheless retain their seats as Minority Get together principal officers. A n adage says You don’t chase a recalcitrant baby to the purpose of being killed by Tiger. PDP ought to rally spherical their very own and to not . into the entice set by APC.
Precedents of energy squabble abound within the Nigeria’s twenty years outdated 4thRepublic particularly within the Nationwide Meeting. There may be hardly any legislative dispensation that members gained’t have contests on who occupies the management seats within the Home of Representatives. In democracy, it’s authorized to be bold and aspire to be in management place. It’s the responsibility of the celebration to not kill the ambition of its member however permit every member to work out its ambition with out counting on some highly effective brokers throughout the celebration to actualize such ambitions towards different competent and dedicated members of the identical celebration who’ve toiled to strengthen the celebration of their area and paid their dues.
PDP ought to keep away from laying unhealthy precedents as no political celebration has ever suspended its Nationwide Meeting for doing what’s lawful, simply and proper earlier than the legislation. Has there been any Lawmaker who was suspended for contesting towards the candidate of the management of the celebration?
Even APC that misplaced the Senate Presidency, Deputy Presidency, Home Speakership and Deputy Speakership positions to these whom the management of the celebration described as traitors didn’t droop them . Regardless of all of the hullaballoo that adopted the election, the celebration didn’t at any time transfer movement for suspension of the members.
PDP ought to toe that line. The celebration remains to be within the court docket to contest the end result of the final presidential election. The celebration wants all of the members now than ever. If there may be something the celebration ought to keep away from is distraction. The celebration shouldn’t be distracted. A home divided towards itself can not stand.
Nigerians count on PDP to . the position of opposition successfully. Every time, the Home majority management desires to show itself to the rubber stamp of the executives, Nigerians need vibrant opposition that may safeguard democracy and thus shield their pursuits and never the ego –boosting minority management place squabble which is simply private aggrandizement and self serving.
The celebration ought to look backward and notice that what led to its downfall was imposition. A scenario the place few folks in connivance with powers-that-be in Wadata plaza imposed unpopular candidates and nominees towards curiosity of the bulk throughout the celebration.
PDP ought to study to not fall twice as a result of it may be devastating and disastrous. The management of the celebration ought to do all to keep away from cracks inside its folds
Ayo Fadimu, a journalist , public analyst and author will be contacted on [email protected] 08060919881