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Discordant tunes: The different interests within the ruling party

By Chimdi Maduagwu
The other day, perhaps seven days back, if you came to this page, you would have come across a wish that at least, as a country, we could remain at a spot for some time rather than always hastening … and eventually sliding. I never really gave that a deep thought until I became more interested in the relationship between the ruling party and the presidency.

Sorry, I am aware that there is a subtle edict that prohibits us from making reference to the ruling party anymore. Be that as anyone could perceive, we shall not be deceived, a spade must continue to be a spade. The reason I proposed that we stand for a while before moving is to make sure that we can see clearly and be able to decide where we ought to go.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari

I am thrilled that President Buhari is playing into my proposal and it is because of this that I shall begin, once more, to make available other aspects of my noble proposal for my dear country. I am also aware of the basic truth that proposals like mine are subject to misinterpretation. But before then; some observations:

Let me take everyone to my undue interest in music. I hear some discordant tunes from the political elite in the country. The major players are the elected politicians, of the APC extraction. The first set of elected elites constitutes the party officials. We were made to witness the party congress, where we were supposed to have been convinced that there was a demonstration of “internal democracy,” in a supposed free and fair election which resulted in John Oyegun’s leadership.

One very important but always controversial persona, Mr. Lai Mohammed, emerged as the party publicity secretary. He has become the mouthpiece of this (interest) group.

Thereafter was the general election. The victory of this party at the general elections, both at the governorship, legislative and presidential levels, appears to have introduced a measure of improbability into the party. It presents a picture of a group that never expected success or rather is overwhelmed by success. I recall a statement that has become quite common in human affairs now that “success has made failures of many,” and want to believe that it will not rear its head up in this matter. The big question then is what does APC want to do with success?

The success gave the party a new song and a new dance. The totality of which has moved me to identify the kind of music I hear and see. The party is taking the shape of a jazz band, where there are players of diverse temperaments who produce discordant tunes. One good thing about the jazz experience is that despite the seemingly disorganized tunes, there is a sense in the sound.

The final product is sound, not noise. However, I must confess that there are some jazz genres where the noise ratio is so high that one cannot help classifying them as outright noise. I want to peer into the APC situation and attempt an analysis of the final product of the band; with particular reference to the ratio between information and noise (I/N Ratio).

We have heard thinkers say that there is sense in nonsense; and Prof. Jim Unah has made popular the existentialist position that “even nothing is something,” so I am careful with all the discordant tunes coming from the stable of APC because even the noise that seems to have overtaken informative sound could present some sense. But if not, then I ask, will all the discordant players converge at last to present a coherent and meaningful whole?

These instances are important to consider: the national leadership. Four major Political Parties and Governor Okorocha came together to form the Congress. For the sake of clarity, these are, ACN, CPC, ANPP and a faction of PDP … and when the party congress that gave birth to the current leadership took place, officials emerged. The officials include the conventional executive committee (the national working committee) then other chieftains and the ex-officio chieftains.

By ex-officio here, I mean offices that are self evolving. Some of such were Senator Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Gen. Mohammadu Buhari – they appear more like offices (institutions), not persons. I recall that the gentle academic, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who was the Party Chair of ANPP was quite silent and that made Governor Okorocha and Senator Ngige the most visible Southeasterners in the party.

When Gen. Mohammadu Buhari emerged the flag bearer of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu was “ordained” the party leader. Now that success has arrived, it is also the time to take stock, and as this is taking place, records already reveal that too many juggernauts have emerged … great and unstoppable players with immeasurable expertise in their game. They must strike their chords and sing their tunes.

As if this is not enough, the National Assembly sprang up a surprise, a kind of warning, as to say like the Igbo people would, that “because all lizards lie on their bellies, it is not easy to know which of them suffers an ache in the belly.”  More stars now grace the political galaxy, each accomplished, astute and with a chord that rends loud in the total rendition. Now, who do we listen to? The sounds come at the same time.

The sound from the Presidency; the sound from the party headquarters, the sound from the National Assembly, and the sound from the Governors Forum (that name again!)? We patiently await yet another from the Federal Executive Council. While the chords are being struck, I notice the ratio is getting skewed – in the Information/Noise arena, the skew is in favour of the later, which automatically subjugates the former. There is much of “sound and fury,” signifying nothing … (Shakespeare); but still, even nothing is something!

I am not concluding this yet, but I have to sheath my sword, I mean, pen; so that I can retreat and launch back with a clearer position on a number of issues. For instance, ask me, where is Southeast in all of these? Rumours have filtered into our ears, I should be politically correct by referring to this as “grapevine:” It is that the Secretary to the Federal Government is zoned to Southeast.

Nominations may have been made. Southeast will on her own accord or discord zone it also. Undoubtedly, the only Southeast APC state is Imo and on accord, and since this is party politics, it goes to Imo but if discord is introduced, it could become otherwise. I may not be surprised if that happens since the tunes have so far remained discordant.


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