By Segun Ayobolu
To its credit score, the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) a minimum of steered the affairs of the nation for 16 years because the ruling social gathering earlier than it was dislodged from energy in 2015 by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which raised a lot expectation by campaigning vigorously on the platform of change.
The APC was hurriedly cobbled collectively as a coalition to dislodge the sitting PDP federal authorities that, below President Goodluck Jonathan particularly, had change into extremely indulgent of corruption.
Having achieved that objective inside an unbelievably brief time-frame, the varied pursuits, fractions and factions inside the APC have since turned on one another with ferocity.
There was a determined battle for the soul of the social gathering with outstanding social gathering members searching for to grab management of its constructions within the run as much as 2023.
If the comparatively slim victory it secured over a nonetheless badly disorganized and disoriented PDP within the 2019 basic elections is something to go by, nonetheless, the APC, with the depth of its internecine battles, could have gifted the opposition the presidency on a platter of gold lengthy earlier than the subsequent polls.
That is most likely why, because the social gathering descended ever deeper each day into sheer anarchy with the affirmation by the Courtroom of Enchantment of the suspension of its Nationwide Chairman, comrade Adams Oshiomhole, President Muhammadu Buhari moved decisively on Thursday to return the APC to the trail of sanity.
However ought to the President, the undisputed chief of the social gathering, have acted by way of the instrumentality of a Nationwide Government Committee (NEC) assembly convened by the self-proclaimed Appearing Nationwide Chairman of the social gathering, Chief Victor Giadom?
Issues weren’t helped by the phrasing of the press assertion issued on the matter by the Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Shehu Garba.
In his phrases: “The President has acquired very convincing recommendation on the place of the legislation so far as the scenario within the social gathering is worried and has decided that the legislation is on the facet of Victor Giadom as performing Nationwide Chairman.
As a result of he’ll at all times act in accordance with the legislation, the President shall be attending the digital assembly Giadom known as for tomorrow afternoon”.
In actuality, there gave the impression to be little or no authorized nexus between Chief Giadom as Deputy Nationwide Secretary of the social gathering and the nationwide chairmanship.
There are greater officers within the social gathering hierarchy such because the nationwide deputy and vice chairmen, with constitutional authority to behave in case of the incapacitation of the nationwide chairman.
Moreover, Giadom had not solely been suspended by his ward and state chapters of the social gathering in Rivers State, there was a subsisting injunction by the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Port Harcourt, restraining him from collaborating within the actions of the social gathering in any capability pending the ultimate dedication of the case.
Once more, the ex- parte order on which he laid declare to the place of Appearing Nationwide Chairman had lapsed after 14 days because it was purportedly issued in March and had not been renewed.
Furthermore, Giadom was a key social gathering to the contrived factionalization of the Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) and his recognition by the President would deepen somewhat than resolve the social gathering’s disaster.
Nevertheless, Giadom and his faction of the social gathering couldn’t have been extra grossly mistaken in the event that they thought the NEC assembly he convened and which loved presidential endorsement would canonize him as Appearing Nationwide Chairman. President Buhari clearly had different concepts in thoughts.
On the finish of the day, the President’s suggestions for transferring the social gathering ahead took out all contending factions by dissolving the Nationwide Working Committee, constituting a Conference planning caretaker committee and directing all members with circumstances towards the social gathering in court docket to withdraw them or face disciplinary motion.
There’s thus the chance for the APC to return to the drafting board, be taught applicable classes from its misfortunes and misadventures and chart a brand new path ahead.
True, this methodology of resolving the issue has its personal downside. Giadom had the assist of no more than two different members of the NWC. The preponderant majority of different members supported the management of Chief Hilliard Eta, Nationwide Vice Chairman, South-South within the absence of Oshiomhole.
It may thus not rightly be claimed that the NWC was faction-ridden and thus rendered dysfunctional. Somewhat, a minority within the social gathering with Giadom as its face, clearly disenchanted with Oshiomhole’s try to implement social gathering self-discipline and supremacy and in addition due to their ambitions for 2023, determined to intentionally foment disaster and make the social gathering ungovernable for the management.
They sought to attain their goal by way of entry to the presidency however for President Buhari’s attribute desire to play the statesman.
However then, disgruntled minorities can simply resort to those sorts of destabilizing antics in future and that is one thing that have to be guarded towards by not treating indiscipline and brazen flouting of the social gathering structure with child gloves.
In fact, members of the dissolved NWC can justifiably elevate questions as regards the constitutionality of the NEC motion on this regard. However is it value it? I don’t suppose so.
Oshiomhole took some brave steps in attempting to instill social gathering self-discipline, empowering rank and file members to take possession of the social gathering and decreasing the facility and affect of overbearing caucuses.
Maybe he may have adopted a much less abrasive and confrontational fashion and treaded extra gingerly on mine-ridden terrains particularly when taking over entrenched energy teams. His successes and failings supply helpful classes for the social gathering’s future management.
One of many grievances towards Oshiomhole is that below him the Nationwide Government Committee (NEC) of the social gathering didn’t meet frequently to play its organizational roles as stipulated within the social gathering structure.
Consequently, social gathering appointments and different disciplinary and procedural choices that must have been made by the NEC had been reportedly taken by NWC. It is a severe allegation. However the blame right here doesn’t belong to Oshiomhole alone.
If the Nationwide Chairman doesn’t name for a gathering of NEC as he’s required to do by the social gathering structure, a minimum of two-thirds of the members of NEC are empowered to make a written demand for such NEC assembly to carry offered not lower than 14 days discover is given.
Oshiomhole’s perceived petulance, stubbornness and rigidity are certainly not essentially the most essential problem confronting the APC.
Somewhat, it’s these members of the social gathering in influential public positions who search to make the most of the large assets of their workplaces to grab management of the social gathering with a view to actualizing future political ambitions at greater ranges.
However a political social gathering within the true sense of the phrase shouldn’t be a automobile for the egocentric pursuit of particular person ambitions. It’s a collective platform by way of which ideological like minds craft and promote the implementation of public insurance policies for the widespread good.
The dissolution of the present NWC and the emergence of a brand new management on the subsequent conference of the social gathering don’t imply that bold people who place their electoral ambitions in 2023 above the collective curiosity of the social gathering will stop to exist.
Somewhat, they are going to proceed to accentuate their machinations in the direction of capturing the social gathering for his or her private ambitions the nearer we get to 2023.
The one viable manner ahead for the social gathering is to implement strict adherence to its structure in any respect ranges as a lot as potential and subordinate each member regardless of how extremely positioned to its supremacy.
It should additionally not stop to boost in style management of the social gathering by members by way of repeatedly deepening inside democracy whereas additionally decreasing the affect and management of highly effective caucuses who search to subordinate collective objective for private agendas.
It’s this sort of non-public seize that led the PDP to the electoral doom it skilled in 2015 and whether or not or not the APC will keep away from such a destiny is completely within the fingers of the social gathering.