As the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government at the centre, after one year in office, is losing grounds over failed campaign promises, comatose economy and security challenges, some politicians have started gearing up for the 2019 general election confident that the failure of the present government will create vacancy in Aso Rock presidential villa.
A lot of politicians are already oiling their political machinery ahead of 2019 but they are keeping their plans close to their chest. The other day it was Senator Godswill Akpabio who was denying that he was not eyeing the presidency for 2019 even when some have started projecting him. The other day, it was Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who was ready to swear even more than St. Peter, the apostle that he was not eyeing the presidency. Why were they are afraid and jittery about making their intentions known even if they had such intention? It is because, according to Nigerian factor, President Muhammadu Buhari is supposed to go for two tenures before he relinquishes power.
Why the Buhari advocates may be surreptitiously positioning him for a second term in office, little do they know that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, which they displaced a year ago, is nursing animosity and is spoiling to retake their former number one position.
The ruling party then, PDP, had boasted that they would control power for 60 years before any other party can ever think of smelling it. That they had done without reckoning with the new political party then, the APC.
Today, having been pushed to the dust during the 2015 general election, PDP chieftains have starting expressing optimism, even boasting that they would wrench power from the ruling power, APC, in the next general election, three years away, in 2019.
During the South East Zonal Congress of the party, two PDP, political giants, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Chief Ike Ekweremadu boasted that PDP was the party to beat come 2019 irrespective of the fact that they are in the opposition now.
Speaking at the Zonal Congress that took place at Okpara Square, Independence Layout, Enugu, Chief Iwuanyanwu, a Board of Trustee member and a South East Caucus member, gave his party members hope that victory is assured, come 2019.
Iwuanyanwu said that though their party is in opposition, he is optimistic that if they allow internal democracy to prevail in the party, they will bounce back and win the 2019 presidency.
Iwuanyanwu, who is also the PDP South East Caucus leader, said that failure was a starting point for progress, pointing out that if the party should organise itself well, victory would be theirs.
The party chieftain who expressed optimism that PDP would soar again pointed out that some who dumped PDP in wake of the crisis that bedeviled the party prior to the 2015 general elections that culminated in the party losing the presidential election, “have started coming back to fold.”
In his optimism, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at the congress arena, boasted that 2019 will be theirs for the taken.
“I have no doubt that by 2019 PDP will install a PDP president. We are going to move Nigeria forward,” he posited.
Ekweremadu pointed out that though they are opposition at the centre, they will make sure, “we get all that is due for us. We believe in justice and equity.”
He said that they would support Buhari’s government but would not sacrifice the welfare of the people in the South East Zone.
Why the PDP bigwigs were busy boasting about how they would take over power in 2019 from the ruling party, the Enugu Zonal Congress ended on a sad note the delegates from Ebonyi State began to throw punches and push people around.
One of the contestants for the National Vice Chairman, South East, Ali Odefa and his supposed thugs were bodily carried away from the congress arena. What happened? Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi Stated wanted his brother, Austin Umahi to be the South East PDP Vice Chairman, while one of his aides, Ali Odefa equally wanted the same position zoned to Ebonyi State.
Governor Umahi wrote the electoral committee that Odefa was not qualified to vie for the position because he did not resigned properly as his Special Adviser on Security matters which Odefa told news men in an interview that he resigned properly but that Umahi wanted to use his position to edge him out and he succeeded.
Shortly after the May 14, 2016 show of shame in Enugu, PDP on May 21, 2016 at Port Harcourt and Abuja simultaneously, could not produce a valid national chairman for the party because the Port Harcourt Convention chose Ahmed Makarfi as the chairman of Caretaker Committee while the Abuja Convention chose Ibrahim Mantu as the chairman of a steering committee of PDP Stakeholders’ Forum. The Port Harcourt convention was stopped from electing officers for key position, a development that compelled the embattled former national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to cancel the convention. Despite Modu Sheriff’s directives, the convention went ahead after the former deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus filled the vacuum created by Modu Sheriff’s absence.
As at today, the party hierarchy is still in turmoil because the displaced chairman, Ali Modu Sherrif is still laying claims to heading the party when it is clear that the top notchers do not want him as their national chairman. The party’s Board of Trustees and former National Working Committee, NWC, has already handed over the leadership of the party to the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee, a development Modu Sheriff kicked against.
Looking at this party that is literally limping because of bruises it sustained from the defeat it suffered during the 2015 general election, and the current intra-party squabbles due to lack of adequate internal democracy, one wonders if PDP with aching limbs can rise from the ashes of defeat and reassert itself again from the ashes.

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