By Hasheem Tsoho Nasir
There is hardly any state in the country that is not enmeshed in one serious political bickering or the other owing to varying interests and political realignments. Undoubtedly, the squabbles or bickering are largely about the 2015 general elections and moves and counter moves by elements within political parties to maintain dominance and remain relevant in the scheme of things.
Undoubtedly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), judging from its size, membership and national spread appears the worst hit in this era of fierce political realignments. So far, the crisis which led to the exit of some of her notable chieftains across different states also resulted in the resignation of its former National Chairman, Dr Bamanga Tukur and a few other leaders. After months of intense crisis, defections to and from the PDP, with a new national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu in the saddle, it appears the party is gradually getting back to her feet. It is interesting to equally realize that some of its aggrieved members who had either left the party or making attempts to decamp have since changed their minds and have resolved to remain in the party.
Interestingly, the entire period that crisis almost took life out of the national PDP and a few of its state chapters, the Niger state branch of the party was rather calm, cool and devoid of problems from within or outside its fold. Apart from the fact that the Niger state PDP wasn’t enmeshed in any form of crisis in the last four years, its members have resisted tempting offers from friends and opposition parties to abandon the party. It is on record that the Niger state PDP under the leadership of the Chief Servant, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu has remained peaceful, coordinated, purposeful and united. Without doubts, the party’s togetherness in the state is made possible by the Chief Servant who has as a matter of principle refused to usurp the powers of the party’s leadership in the state. The Dr. Abdulrahman Enagi led Niger PDP has full control over the affairs of the party. The Chairman and his team cannot shy away from the obvious fact that Talban Minna did not only distance himself from the day to day affairs of the party in the state, but has also given them necessary support in managing the party.
With the solidness of its foundation and structure, PDP remains the party to beat in present and future elections in Niger state. The Niger state PDP has continued to exert its dominance in the state even the face of stiff and bitter opposition politics. It remained undeterred, united, progressive and glued to the party’s constitution and manifesto. It is not moved or frightened by the hooliganism of opposition parties in the state. Instead, the party’s representatives across all levels of government are poised to deliver the dividends of democracy to the good people of Niger state. These representatives have refused to engage members of the opposition in war of wits, they have rather redirected such time, energy and resources into making life more comfortable for all Nigerilites, especially those at home.
The Niger state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lived up to expectations. Apart from ensuring that the party remains united, it has performed creditably well in all areas of human endeavours. These matchless records account for why the party remains the party of choice across the length and breadth of the state. The Muazu Babangida Aliyu administration is not only making the party proud and popular in the state through his barrage of people-based projects and policies, but has redefined governance whereby all Nigerilites, irrespective of party, tribe, religion or ideological persuasion are carried along. The Chief Servant’s Jama’a Forum has become a veritable platform through which Nigerilites ventilate their views about government’s programmmes and policies.
This piece shouldn’t be misconstrued as a desperate effort to launder PDP’s image in Niger state. It is about drawing global attention to how political parties should be structured and administered. Let us embrace the raw truth that political party is the engine room of modern day democracies across the global. The era of running political parties like family businesses is far over. Party affairs should be left in the hands of party executives, as currently practiced in Niger state.
Governor Muazu’s modest achievements since he took office are simply why Nigerilites have remained glued to the PDP. Though it is not yet uhuru. The party shouldn’t rest on its oars. I have no doubt in my mind that PDP in Niger state remains the party to beat in any election. Its members have indeed performed well across different levels of government. The achievements recorded by the party are too monumental to be rubbished by mere media ranting, blackmail and propaganda sponsored by the opposition. We have enormous confidence in PDP in Niger state. God bless Nigeria and Nigerians.
Hasheem Tsoho Nasir wrote in from Bosso Estate, Minna, Niger state