Do some politicians think their country is hopeless?
By Jérôme-Mario Chijioke Utomi
History matters and has made it clear that ordinary reckoning can be overturned by extraordinary personalities. Based on this assumption, it will not be considered an exaggeration to conclude that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is poised to overturn the current political calculus in Nigeria.
For the sake of clarity, it is important to stress that the above assertion is not anchored on, or a function of, the below average performance of the current federal government that manifests itself daily in areas such as; “the continuing state of insecurity in the country, the persistent and unceasing daily flow of Nigerian blood in many parts of Nigeria, the near collapse of the security situation in Nigeria, their inability to manage the national economy and to develop the oil-rich but socio-economically backward Niger Delta”.
On the contrary, the current intervention is based on far-reaching decisions, people-oriented measures and result-oriented actions and inactions recently taken by the party, the PDP.
Essentially the party besides demonstrating that it owes its growth and success in the upcoming general election of 2023 to some causal factors, savvy Nigerians and development professionals now believe that the PDP is finally deemed to be focused on development and ready to provide good governance.
If it continues on this pedestal, it will definitely lead to victory in the next general election in 2023 and see the Party form the government at the center, they concluded.
To validate that this claim is not misleading, this piece will not only add context to the discourse, but expand with examples of developments.
The first and very fundamental is the recent transparent, rancor-free and credible party convention, an exercise that led to the emergence of a former Senate President, Iyorcha Ayu, from Benue State in the central- north, as the national chairman of the party.
It is to be commended that this success was achieved at a time when other parties in the country, including the ruling party, are still having difficulty organizing their convention. The National Executive Committee headed by Mr. Iyorchia Ayu is already getting started with regards to repositioning. the PDP into a credible vehicle to SAVE and REBUILD Nigeria which the PDP says has been battered by a bad economy, insecurity, unemployment and other social ills by the incompetent and inept APC administration.
From the above follows the second factor and actor propelling the belief in a probable victory of the PDP in the next general elections in the country. This particular “concern” has to do with the party’s new foray into the north-central part of the country. This current “assault” is led by Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State.
Ortom, as we know, is the only governor of the PDP in the entire North-Central political area. Despite this, he achieved so many feats and firsts for himself, the state and political areas. He tirelessly promoted the party not only in his state but in the political area.
Today, thanks to his relentless efforts, meetings and consultations with the Zonal PDP stakeholders with the support of the new National President, policy alignments and realignments in all Zonal States are now in order. of the day.
The North Central has more or less become a PDP area as those who were initially deceived in 2015 and left in the dark seem to have finally seen the light and known the truth. They are now ready to switch to the PDP in view of the general elections in 2023.
The people of the area seem to have accepted that behind every major socio-economic and security failure of the last seven years in the country is a failed decision by the central government, and behind every failed decision is a government that has failed its people – a government that did not do its duty properly and made the wrong decision or delayed the process.
Beyond the party’s success in the center-north, there are in fact other glaring reasons that will work in favor of the PDP.
This piece/intervention may not be alone with the position above. The statement released by the PDP Governors Forum after their crucial meeting recently held on Monday, January 17, 2022 at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, not only speaks volumes but supports this position.
The party spoke the spirit of Nigerians.
On the substance, let’s begin to address the content of the communiqué of the governors of the PDP by taking up certain points already mentioned in the fields of insecurity, the economy among others, because it says something new and different.
Starting with the economy, the party said in part; The Nigerian economy continued to deteriorate and Nigerians became numb and accustomed to bad economic news as evidenced by the inconsistent and differential exchange rate regime, high interest rates, unsustainable unemployment figures and the frenzy loans, some of which have not been applied to major projects. , and other bad economic indicators.
In particular, it is clear that the APC government is a massive failure on the PDP’s records in government. The PDP has handed over a $550 billion economy (the largest in Africa), but under APC, Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world.
In 2015 under PDP the exchange rate was N198 per dollar, now under APC it is almost N500 per dollar; In 2015, the unemployment rate was 7.3% under PDP, today it is 33%, one of the highest in the world under APC; In 2015, the pump price of petroleum was 87 naira per litre, it is now 165 naira per liter and climbing below APC. Debt servicing now under APC takes over 98% of the federal budget. The stories of woe are endless.
Undoubtedly, this piece and of course the world agrees with the above analysis by the party.
And among all the reasons, deeply rooted, there is the difficult economic situation prevailing in the country, a state of depression and the proliferation of insecurity in the country which today characterizes Nigeria as a country in need urgent need for peace and social cohesion between its various social components. -political groups. Over the years, myriad socio-political contradictions have conspired directly and indirectly to give the unenviable label of a country in constant pursuit of social harmony, justice, fairness, equality and peace.
On insecurity in the country, the PDP spoke about what was on the minds of Nigerians as they (PDP EXCO) lamented the continuing state of insecurity in the country, the persistent and unceasing flow of Nigerian blood on a daily basis in many many parts of Nigeria. , the near collapse of the security situation in Nigeria. Strategies for dealing with terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and other criminals are still a major issue for the APC administration.
The situation says something more.
To be continued.
Utomi Jerome-Mario is the Program Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), a Lagos-based non-governmental organization (NGO). He could be contacted via [email protected]/08032725374.