APC Set To Battle PDP In 2015 Election
APC Set To Battle PDP In 2015 Election – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the soon –to-be registered All Progressives Congress (APC), have started their battles already since elections are not won or lost on election day.
PDP, which has been the ruling party since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, has had an ample time to stamp its image on the national turf, development-wise. Alas, it has stamped its image, but it’s not that of development, it is the image of scandalous inefficiency and crass mediocrity.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), are the The major opposition parties and are tired of making individual and half-hearted attempts at main power from the PDP, have finally agreed to merge into a mega party that will confront the PDP behemoth, come 2015.
Even though the Labour Party (which controls Ondo State) is still in exploratory talks with the leading lights of the mega party, having described itself as a Social Democratic Party in its manifesto, it is generally believed that it will gravitate, in the end, to the APC.
However, the leadership of the APGA had the rug pulled under its feet on the eve of conclusive merger talks, its National Chairman, Victor Umeh, has gone on appeal. However it goes, the main faction of APGA, will certainly join the APC; and when it does, it will bring along APGA’s heart, soul and backbone!
Meanwhile Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State seems to be clearly ambivalent as to whether to pitch his tent with the newest party on the block or to defect to the PDP, his Imo State counter-part, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is completely sold out to the Mega party project.
Last Tuesday when he addressed the press after a meeting of “APC governors,” Okorocha drew the line about what he termed APGA-APGA and APGA-PDP.
This statement could mean that either the PDP has, as usual, infiltrated APGA ranks or a minority tendency in APGA is looking in the direction of the PDP.
Plainly it means Obi is standing alone as he is already estranged from the party leadership. In effect, it makes the Obi position tenuous: if and when he joins the APC tomorrow, he will be doing so as a frantic late-comer, with no leveraging aces; and if he joins the PDP, he will be doing so as a political orphan – with a fractured platform, a shrinking constituency and, in consequence, a political liability!
So between the parties, they have 11 governors: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Edo (all ACN) as well as Nasarawa (CPC), Imo (PDP), Zamfara, Borno and Yobe (ANPP). If and when Anambra and Ondo join, the tally will climb to 13. And with closet “APC governors” like Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and potential APC governors like Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Magatakarda Wamakko, the APC looks poised to upset the PDP hegemony in the next elections.
Only time will tell, whether it goes that way, the next steps the APC takes in few weeks and months will be at once crucial and critical.