The Fall Of Jonathan Is Not The End Of PDP


The affairs of man could, some times, be characterized by Vicissitudes. An English novelist, Thomas Hardy, captured this aspect of man in one of his classical novels; The Mayor of Casterbridge. The major dramatis persona in that novel; Michael Henchard, was elaborately portrayed from penury, resulting from drunkenness and misdemeanour, to wealth, arising from self-recovery and industry and again to bankruptcy and distress due to carelessness. In life, the first lesson a grown-up should appreciate is that no condition can ever be permanent.
wpid-Peoples-Democratic-Party-PDP3.jpgThe People?s Democratic Party; P.D.P, was formed in 1998, following the sudden death of Maximum Military dictator; General Sani Abacha. His death was synonymous with the proscription of the five Political Parties he had directed to be formed. The Parties were;
1. Committee for National Consensus; C.N.C.
2. Democratic Party of Nigeria; D.P.N.,
3. Grass-roots Democratic Movement; G.D.M
4. National Centre Party of Nigeria; N.C.P.N. and
5. United Nigeria Congress Party; U.N.C.P.,

The formation of the Peoples Democratic Party was the aftermath of a political cross-pollination and integration of various political leaders from different sections and segments of the Nigerian polity, who majorly had opposed the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha on the platform of Group 18, led by second Republic Vice-President; Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme and which later transformed into G34.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar, as head of Military Government, had drawn a road-map for return of Nigeria to a democratic rule in 1998. In the elections that took place in late 1998 and early 1999, P.D.P had swept almost all the seats including the Presidency and governorship expect a few in the South-West, North-East and North-West where Alliance for Democracy and All Progressive Party had separately held Sway.
The Presidential election of 1999 produced Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the President of Nigeria, on the platform of the Party. Being military-tailored, Chief Obasanjo was so dictatorial in handling the affairs of the Party that the culture of impunity became a permanent feature of the Party. The internal crisis that would later rock the unity and required cohesion of the Party was laid between 1999 and 2007 when Chief Obasanjo was President and ?Sole Administrator? of the Party.
The Party managed to hold itself together by winning the 2007 presidential election, with Mr Umaru Musa Yar?Adua as its Presidential flag-bearer. But it lost its grip on five South-West States of Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo.
President Umaru Musa Yar?Adua died on May 5, 2010 in circumstances that could best be described as hide and seek His whereabout became so much of a controversy that the National Assembly was intrinsically compelled to evolve what became known as ?Doctrine of Necessity?.
It was this doctrine of necessity that enabled Dr. Goodluck Ebere Jonathan to assume office, in an acting capacity, as president on February 9, 2010 pending when Yar?Adua would fully recuperate and resume office as President. Unfortunately, Yar? Adua died and, so, Jonathan was sworn-in as President the following day being May 6, 2010.
Notwithstanding the controversy generated by the ailment, death of Yar?Adua and the ascension to power, Dr Jonathan managed to be elected as President and was subsequently sworn-in on May 29, 2011 as the fourth Executive President of Nigeria.
As President, he was committed to achieving laudable national objectives. Before his time, fertilizer distribution in Nigeria was severely marred by corruption. This was because there were a lot of middle-men in the network of its distribution. But his administration opened a direct link of communication with the farmers and, so, succeeded in doing away with middle-manship. Still on agriculture, Nigeria, under the administration of President Jonathan, became the highest producer of cassava in the world. His administration effectively encouraged rice production and successfully worked towards considerable reduction in food import.
As a seasoned academic, President Jonathan built fourteen Universities across the country. It is also on record that the Jonathan?s administration was the first in Nigeria to address the issue of almajiri. By simple definition, the almajiri are children who are born in the core moslem North of Nigeria and thrown into the streets to exist, not to live, by begging. The almajiri are, therefore, always at the beck and call of the northern political and religious classes for such heinous assignment as rioting and wanton destruction of live. That the core moslem North has always been the hot-bed of incomparable destruction of life and property has always been traceable to this class of unfortunately abandoned children. In his wisdom, President Jonathan built one hundred and fifty schools, with full free boarding and tuition attractions for them.
The aviation industry witnessed an extra-ordinary over-haul, courtesy of Jonathan?s government. Air-ports in Nigeria were a gory sight to behold before the era of President Jonathan. But he gave adequate attention to the aviation sector, to the extent that any foreigner coming into the county for the first time, would have good impression of the country he or she is entering into.
Many Nigerians, under the age of twenty, had not seen a train before the election of Dr Jonathan as President. This was because the railway sector of Nigeria?s economy had gone comatose before they were born. But today, Nigerians can conveniently travel from Lagos to Ibadan and Lagos to Abuja on rail. The Enugu-Port-Harcourt line has successfully been test- run.
The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was able to address, in a fundamental manner, the problem of electricity during his tenure. At least, it appreciated that privatization was a key factor in realizing the country?s set goals in energy, hence it has holistically privatized the sector, leading to an improvement in power generation and distribution.
There are many achievements the Jonathan administration recorded which, for want of time and space, may not be accommodated here. But mention must be made boldly that, in the history of Nigeria?s democracy, the administration of President Jonathan was the most committed to the growth of Democracy. He consistently and constantly promised the people of Nigeria of a free, fair and credible election.
True to his promise, as soon as General Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress was pronounced, at exactly 03.47a.m on Wednesday 1st April, 2015, as winner of the March 28,2015 Presidential election, having polled fifteen million, four hundred and twenty-four thousand, nine-hundred and twenty-one as against President Jonathan?s twelve million, eight hundred and fifty-three thousand, one hundred and sixty-two votes, President Jonathan, who had earlier personally called Gen. Buhari and congratulated him, made a national broadcast, accepting the situation as it is and urging his Party members to remain law-abiding in the face of the development. This is an attitudinal exhibition which no other Nigerian had shown and for which Dr Goodluck Jonathan will continue to be remembered by generations yet unborn. He has set a classical example in Africa.
As President Jonathan put it, members of the People?s Democratic Party should not mourn over this loss. Rather, they should look in-ward and tell themselves what went wrong. It may not be out of place to acknowledge that avoidable internal squabbles must have affected the fortunes of the Party. It may also not be unlikely that some trusted allies of Mr President might have withheld some of the resources made available for Mr President?s re-election. Above all, the culture of impunity might have been the last straw that broke the camel?s back.
All the same, crying over spilt milk at this point may not amount to any relief. The courts are still there to determine the eligibility of any contestants. P.D.P. members should, therefore, work harder to guarantee the success of their gubernatorial candidates and those of state Houses of Assembly on April 11, 2015. There is still light at the end of the tunnel.

Source:Chief (Sir) Don Ubani; KSC, JP

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