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March 12, 2024

Single party structure won’t work (5), by Eric Teniola

Who else but Professor Benjamin Nwabueze (2), by Eric Teniola

From last week continues the narrative of why one-party structure cannot work in Nigeria. Even the two-party system decreed into existence by Gen Babangida was later annulled, even though the former military president later regretted his action. The story concludes today with the parties that later succeeded Babangida’s annulled two parties.

FROM 1999, the PDP was in power at the centre till 2015. Its officials boasted that the party would be in power forever. 

I remember Alhaji Kawu Baraje of the PDP boasted on September 11, 2011: “We will continue to make it and PDP will continue forever as the dominant political party in Nigeria”. 

The PDP Chairman at that time, Chief Vincent Eze Ogbulafor (May 24, 1949 – October 6, 2022) said on November 22, 2009 that the PDP will rule the country for the next 60 years.

However, the Patron of the PDP then, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on February 16, 2015 tore his PDP membership card in Abeokuta. The tearing of the party’s membership card by President Obasanjo was like a curse. Some felt it was a spiritual curse. It was like an imprecation- an invocation or evil or calamity on the PDP. Till today, the anathema has remained with the PDP. Since then the PDP has not won the presidential election. 

On April 1, 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan lost the presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari of the APC. The defeat of former President Jonathan ended the invincibility of the PRESIDENCY in Nigeria.

At present, the APC is the ruling party in the country, but it is an amalgamation of many political parties. It was founded on February 6, 2013.

Those who founded the APC were from ANPP- Ogbonnaya Onu, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Ibrahim Gaidam, Kashim Shettima, Abdulazeez Yari, Ali Modu Sheriff, Rufai Sani,  Kabiru Gaya, Maina Ma’aji Lawan, Buka Abba Ibrahim, Lanre Amusu, Abdulrahman Adamu, Saliu Momoh, Ramatu Tijjani, Geoffrey Yilleng, Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri,  Nelson Alapa, S. A. Kawu Sumaila, Peter Edeh, Gambo Magaji, Emma Eneukwu, George N. Moghalu and Attahiru Bafarawa.

Others are from ACN: Tom Ikimi, Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, Rauf Aregbesola, Babatunde Raji Fasola, Olusegun Osoba, Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, Lai Mohammed, John Akpan-Udoedehe, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, George Akume, Lawan Shuaibu, Audu Ogbeh, Achike Udenwa, John Odigie-Oyegun, Chris Ngige, Rabia H. A. Eshak, Yusuf G. Ali, Usman Bugaje, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Boni Haruna, Chief Henry Dele Ajomale, Garba Abari, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Abubakar Audu.

From CPC were: Muhammadu Buhari,  Umaru Tanko Al-Makura,  Garba M. Gadi, Okoi Obono-Obla, Tam David-West, Sabo Nanono, Hadi Sirika, Osita Okechukwu, Bernard Banfa, B. D. Lawal, Haruna Yerima, Shittu Adebayo, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Adaugo Obi, Oscar Udorji, Lucy Ajayi, Osagie Ehanire, Buba Bajoga, Ife Oyedele, Jimi Lawal, Rotimi Fashakin, Solomon Ewuga, Abubakar Malami,  James Ocholi and Yahaya Ibrahim Shinko. 

From APGA, we had: Rochas Okorocha, Annie Okonkwo, Osita Izunaso, Emeka Okpara, Ezenwa Onyewuchi,  Ezennia Denton Ogbuehi, Chuka Ama-Nwauwa, Marshal Uche Okaforanyanwu ,  Chuks Chinwuba, Obiora Samuel Igwedibia, Ayim Chinenye Nyerere, Stanley Ugochukwu Ohajuluk,  Peter Chigozie Okonkwo, Jacob Sunday Chukwu, Prof. Fabian C. Osuji, P. C. Onuoha, Olisaemeka Akamukali, Romanus Egbuladike, Maigari Duigiyadia, Pius Ewherido, Great Ovedje Ogboru and John Bala Takaya.

After the merger, were Chibuike Amaechi, Aliyu Wamakko, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Murtala Nyako, Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Abubakar Baraje, Adamu Aliero and Danjuma Goje.

The APC which is in power today in the centre could suffer a similar fate as the PDP in future; who knows. The certainty of Nigeria’s politics is the uncertainty. 

Politics in Nigeria is always interesting. What a country. What a people.

Concluded