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24 February 2015

PDP and APC: Two Sides Of The Same Coin

As he goes about his presidential campaigns, Gen Buhari continues to remind Nigerians of the 16 years misrule of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

During the last 16 years, in other words, PDP has plundered Nigeria’s resources according to Buhari. But, does Buhari really want to say 16 years or 6 years misrule of PDP?

I asked the above question because while Buhari is talking about 16 years misrule, the other members of his political party, All Progressives Congress (APC) are talking about Pres. Jonathan’s 6 years misrule of Nigeria.

Now, before Buhari continues with his 16 years misrule assertion, I will advise that he should first consider those that he surrounds himself with. As well as those who are supporting his slogan - Change PDP misrule.

Gen. Obasanjo, in the first instance, was a PDP Nigerian President for 8 years (1999 - 2007) out of the 16 years of PDP misrule. Thus, by endorsing Buhari’s Presidential aspiration; has Obasanjo voluntarily accepted that he misruled Nigeria for 8 years?

Otherwise, as Obasanjo parleys with APC and his vice president by then, Atiku Abubakar is now a full member of APC; should Nigerians therefore, consider their 8 years rule as APC administration?

As Bukola Saraki and his surrogate governor have defected from PDP to APC; how would their almost 11 years rule (Saraki’s 8 years) as the governors of Kwara State be classified? Should it be called PDP or APC administration? This is also applicable to all those PDP governors that have defected to APC.

In addition, how will Nigerians consider those Senators and House Reps including House Speaker Massari, who passed the bills that facilitated Obasanjo’s 8 years misrule, but now have defected from PDP to APC?

As a matter of fact, it is very clear that half of those people who contributed to the 16 years PDP misrule that Buhari is complaining about are now in APC.

In fact, Buhari’s presidential campaign director, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi was a PDP governor for about 7 years before he defected to APC. Now that Amaechi is in APC; does Buhari count Gov. Amaechi’s 7 years PDP rule as part of the 16 years PDP misrule?

As it stands, can anybody truly differentiate PDP from APC with the wave of defections happening between them? As far as I am concerned they are two sides of the same coin. These politicians are after their political and financial interests rather than protecting the interests of Nigerians.

Unfortunately for most gullible Nigerians, these politicians are twisting their reasoning into believing that they are fighting each other in the interest of the population. But that’s not the case.

Besides if Buhari is not desperate to become the president of Nigeria; he should consider the following statement by Jesus. “No man also sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up tears away from the old, and the tear is made worse” – Mark 2:21. 

And regrettably, Buhari is currently going against the wise sayings of Jesus Christ. As Leopards won’t change their spots; these retreating hawks from PDP will never change their acts. They will frustrate Buhari’s efforts assuming he wins the presidential election.

Nigeria’s Politicians are only interested in what they will gain from the system and who will protect them from the law. In this regard, it is apparent that Buhari’s CHANGE mantra is dead on arrival.

And so, it is important that Buhari is reminded that those former PDP members that have defected to APC and who are now singing crucify PDP with him once sang Hallelujah with PDP. 

Finally, as Buhari goes about his presidential campaigns, he should understand that most of the people who are championing his campaigns contributed one way of the other to the 16 years misrule of PDP that he wants to change. 

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