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GEJ And APC Romance

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  396 Views updated 2 years ago

We hear from the grapevine that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are no longer comfortable with the "romance" between the former President, Goodluck Jonathan and the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

There is no smoke without a fire, they used to say. Indeed, the PDP must have heard or seen something they should worry about before reacting.

But I dare ask, in our very peculiar political environment where defection is an acceptable political theory, practise and style, why must or should anyone frown at or be surprised if GEJ truly defects to the APC?

Has defection not come to stay in our political system? Were we not all here between 2016 and 2020 when Gov. Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu were switching bases like prostitutes from PDP to APC and vice-versa?

The same people who clamoured for Gov. Obaseki during the last Governorship election in Edo and gave him sympathy votes over his seeming oppression by his former godfather...are same people invoking thunder and fire over the rumoured romance between GEJ and APC.

Talking about seeing something, sure GEJ has been a regular caller at the Villa. The presidency however says, the former president was invited most times to discuss with President Muhammadu Buhari who picked his predecessor as an emissary to resolve the crisis in Mali. Therefore, GEJ comes most times to brief Mr. President on the outcome of his trips and missions. But do Nigerians really need this explanation given the body language of our leaders?

But feelers from the PDP opine that for some time, GEJ has been avoiding PDP's chieftains many of whom he endorsed their positions. He hardly attends functions of the members of the party, his accusers say. I ask again, must he remain a one-party man? Isn't politics about permanent interest any longer? Hahahahahaha...How many one-party politicians do have left? Didn't Baba Olusegun Obasanjo tear PDP card openly despite previously "installing" two former Presidents with the flag of PDP.

This added to the rumour or speculation that the presidency and the North are more at peace with GEJ returning to power come 2023 than any other Southerner especially of Igbo stock emerging. I ask, have not pass through this road before? Did it change anything? Do our politicians ever learn?

The last meeting held between GEJ and some APC governors fuelled this speculation. But the man is not restricted to meetings with APC or it's governors....after all, he has been meeting severally with Mr. President who is the head or leader of APC so to say.

Though, pundits say GEJ will hurt himself and dent his immaculate political robe if, he accepts such offer. They ask, what is he returning to do? Why would he accept such offer from the same people who ousted him from office? Why would he turn his back against the demand and agitation of Ndigbo to produce the next President....after all, they are obviously marginalised?

My take on this is he who wears the shoe knows where it hurts or pinches. Politicians over time have proven to gullible electorate or masses that they truly belong to another realm or class. They only relate with the masses once and when, election comes. So crucify not GEJ if, he eventually goes the way critics are supposing.

Critics say GEJ is too wise to allow himself to used as a pun on the political chaseboard of Nigeria despite what he was forced to go through.

I say, in politics it is the present that matters to the politicians not the future as always wrongly visualised by the common man.

We fold our hands and patiently watch as events unfold. But one thing I am sure of is there will be shocking defections in days, weeks and months to come across the political parties....or do I just say between the PDP and APC.

Some of these defections are meant to help pulldown or tear both political parties apart. Those who will not welcome or are not comfortable with the presence of the new members will leave for another party or form theirs.

We will equally witness many politicians moving in and out and in again of parties. All will be to sift the wheat from the chaff and balance the alignment and realignment agenda ahead of 2023.

Let's hold our peace....Be vigilant. But don't put your money on any politician!!!

Mr Desmond Ekwueme is renonwned Nigerian Jurnalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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