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|FFK'S DEFECTION: MORE PDP GOVERNORS TO JOIN APC SOON - LANRE SULYMAN by Say01: 3:12pm On Sep 19, 2021|
Alot of reactions have trailed the defection of Chief Femi Fani Kayode to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Most people seem to be bitter or disappointed over his past political standings and views. These they believe put a question on his integrity.
First, everyone needs to understand that politics is not a game of emotion. Anywhere in the world, the philosophy of politics is a matter of personal principle and interest. It is when our personal principle and interest align that we can have a collective interest or ideology.
APC and PDP are the two major parties we have in Nigeria and it is home to every serious minded politician. Any other party is a waste of time or a joke when talking National politics. Both parties are platforms for people to further their interest under the United Nigeria.
One important fact I want us all to understand is that the PDP of 2015 is different from the PDP of today. The leadership of every party at every period reflects the kind of people within. Let me put it in simpler form, during the time of Goodluck Jonathan as the leader of the party, some people like Saraki, Tambuwal, Atiku and others led a bitter rebellion against the then leadership and did everything to remove Presodent Jonathan from office which ofcourse led to the exit of the PDP from power. The then PDP was the PDP that Femi Fani Kayode felt comfortable with, i.e the PDP under GEJ.
Now as it stands, the same people that destroyed the PDP are today in firm control of the party after they had defected back from the APC. Serious political observers must agree that even the former President Goodluck Jonathan is one of the "friends" of the APC today, even to a point of a speculated defection.
The PDP is going into 2023 with a clear path to be determined by Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal, Wike and few other minor interest. Now ask yourself, how does any of these power blocs protect the interest of Femi Fani Kayode.
We must learn how to remove emotion and do away with pedestrian way of analysing advanced politics. Your emotion is not needed in politics, just your clear mind and reasoning.
The National Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni has attracted alot of PDP bigwigs and Governors not just Fani Kayode. This is advanced negotiation and clear desire to strengthen an already strong ruling party ahead of the 2023 election. When PDP lost power in 2015, five Governors left for APC. Now PDP, instead of attracting and receiving APC Governors, they have lost 3 Governors to the ruling party again. This only shows one thing- PDP has no hope to reclaim power in 2023. That is the bitter truth. If care is not taken, more Governors are still going to defect to the APC.
Leadership is very key to the progress and otherwise of any party. So instead of crying over Fani Kayode, PDP sympathisers and observers of our democracy should charge the PDP to provide itself a sound leadership and play the role of a strong opposition with seriousness to take power.
Lanre Sulyman is an APC Chieftain in Kwara State
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