One thing I learnt in the last 3 months is that politics is not all about rights or wrongs, it’s about numbers and interest.
PDP lost 2015 because we couldn’t get sufficient numbers from the North. Like Sule Lamido said last week, PDP was demonised and people who were supporting the party in the North were seen as infidels. It was that terrible.
To change such tide and negative wave, a northern politician who is a strategist, fearless and cannot be intimidated by the APC or president Buhari would most definitely be needed to chart the way and lead PDP.
That is why I’m happy the party did the right thing by zoning the chairmanship to the North.
When Senator Ali Modu Sheriff emerged as the new PDP chairman back in February, I was among those that raised eyebrows publicly based on my convictions and couple of doubts I had, but the man silently went to work and proved me wrong in many things.
The way PDP has won all the rerun elections since he assumed office is testimony to what he has been doing.
It is also worth pointing out that since SAS took over, the APC’s popularity in the North East where he and Buhari hails from has receded in popularity. This is crystal clear to the blind and was confirmed last week with the huge crowd he pulled in Jigawa with Lamido.
Even the super-human image of President Buhari in the North Eastern region seem to have been demystified.
Honestly speaking, my doubts in him were laid to rest in a meeting we had with him in Lagos some few weeks ago. The man obviously mean business when he said he’s going to restructure PDP and position the party to return power to the people as we look towards 2019.
As the brain behind the then ANPP that once controlled Zamfara (Ahmed Sani), Bauchi (Yuguda), Yobe (Bukar Abba), Kano (Shekarau) and Gombe (Hashidu), I see Sheriff as the only person that currently have the political bravado, chakra and structure to deliver the North and lead PDP to the promise land.
At this point in time, I would advise we leave the personalities and face the party itself. If SAS wants to continue as party chairman there is nothing wrong with his ambitions or plans. He is a Nigerian and has his constitutional right to fight for his interest.
If we are to be truthful, no party has interest… it is the interest of the individuals that is aggregated to give the party’s interest.
While no one is bigger than the party, I must ask those fighting SAS what exactly is their interest? who is their own chairman candidate? And what do they want to achieve with the party?
Oke Umurhohwo (@stalyf)