By Abdulwasi’i Ilyas
The PDP plans to review its constitution to fit its newly acquired opposition party status. The move was first instituted by its then acting National Chairman, Uche secondus and then taken over by Ali modu Sheriff, the current National Chairman
There are those who claim that this review move has a sinister motive: to aggregate sweeping powers to Ali Modu Sheriff. This they argue will enable Sheriff and Fayose become the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the party.
This claim has been debunked by two notable elements of the PDP, Victor Kwon; the party National legal Adviser and Dr Cairo Ojougbon, National vice chairman south-south. Their stance is that the review is to reposition the Party to suit its present status having lost grip of power at the center.
The Peoples democratic party PDP was once touted as African’s largest political party, that became history in quick passing when major opposition parties joined forces in an alliance never before known in our democratic history.
Presently, this once known colossus of Nigerian politics has been reduced to fragments of squabbling groups clamoring for attention in an opposition .
You will agree with me that the PDP in the North has since lost the goodwill of the citizenry in no small measure. Do not be led though, into believing that they are relenting. One strategy they intend utilizing to its fullest capacity, is their usually over hyped zoning formula.
They are zoning the chairmanship and the presidential ticket of the party for the 2019 election to the North.
This is bench-marking move intended to replicate the successes of the strategy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s insurgency fight
According to a member of the PDP BoT, Mr. Shuaib Oyedokun, the emergence of Sheriff as the party chairman, and the zoning of the party’s chairmanship ticket to Sheriff’s own north east is intended to serve two key purposes for the PDP.
- Sheriff commands an empire of vast and expansive financial resources, since only he can fly three different states on the same day to solve mounting party issues. This, the PDP is leveraging.
- In the same way President Buhari appointed the chief of army staff from the North east, and moved the defense headquarters there, the PDP is moving their armory of presidential candidate to the North and party chairmanship to the North east .