2015: The Arithmetic of Bad Luck

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September 8, 2013   //

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After becoming President, Jonathan blew the opportunity of becoming a statesman and, instead chose to become a gangster. He swallowed the poison of greed alone. He will die alone.
By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde
The ongoing crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is deepening by the day. I was among the skeptics that dismissed the crisis as one of those that the ruling party would weather. However, there are many indications that this one is proving to be different.
Comparison
We have seen the disenchanted founding fathers of the PDP leave the party or politics entirely, one after another. Few, like Audu Ogbeh, its former chairman, joined other parties and remained there. However, many, like Atiku Abubakar, Abubakar Rimi, Ghali Na’abba, etc, returned to the witch-mother, quickly or eventually. The overall picture that we have of such decampments is that for reasons of power and wealth, PDP members can hardly survive outside the party as long as it continues to occupy the presidency.
In previous conflicts, it was easy for the party and the president to use the material resources at their disposal and the power invested in his position to buy disgruntled elements back or force them to return. More important than the two is the fact that since they are hardly popular, PDP politicians cannot stand on their own outside the party and survive in the harsh weather of opposition politics. This was highlighted by senior special assistant (on public affairs) to the President just a month ago when he said that the rebelling governors must eventually return to PDP because they cannot afford to abandon the winning party. Subsequent developments show that he may be wrong.
What makes this crisis different is a combination of many things. One, the …

Source: Desert Herald

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