An Open Letter to the BoT Chairman & National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) On the Party’s Presidential Candidate come 2023 -Return Of The Pukka
Complements Of The Season, On ordinary days, the issue of the Presidential candidate of the PDP come 2023 should not come up for mention at this time.
However, the times are also unusual, requiring an unusual action, to resolve unusual political issues. I wish to quickly add that while the 2019 Presidential election and the attendant consequences are yet to be understood by the Party faithful, the 2023 permutation has since began, even by the party that controls government.
I wish to begin by saying that the 2019 Presidential election was in reality, won by the PDP’s Presidential candidate in the person of the Waziri of Adamawa Alh. Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Mr. Peter Obi
My attention was drawn to a statement that is going round on the social media credited to BoT chairman of the People’s Democratic Party; that PDP shall soon embark on a Nationwide search for a presidential candidate to fly the party’s flag come 2023. In that statement, he was reported to have said that Dr. Atiku Abubakar and Mr.Peter Obi the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential election actually Won the election, if it had been a free and fair contest, consequently, the duo did not fail the party in any way.
If that be the case, I am then befuddled by the initial statement credited to he Chairman BoT, that our party is embarking on a search for Presidential flag bearer of our great Party, the PDP.
However, I am compelled by evidential facts and figures that the search should not go beyond the winning team of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. We don’t need to change a winning team!
Shortly after the 2019 Presidential jostle, independent observers, political pundits and analysts were united on one fact, that Atiku and Obi polled a total of 18 , 356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they
said scored 16 ,741, 430 votes .
The international observers from different countries agreed that Atiku of the PDP had beaten the incumbent president, Muhammad Buhari hands down.if that was, and is still the case, embarking on a search for another Presidential flag-bearer is not only futile but tantamount to decapitating the party and returning it back to the days of yore.
My take is that if the Atiku/Obi can trounce the seeming almighty behemoth of Buhari and the All Progressive Congress, APC, in 2019, it can do so again and again. one is also compelled to remind you of the fractured and rancorous state that the PDP found itself in 2015-2018 before Atiku returned back to reposition and rejuvenate the party before 2019 general election
Prior to the 2015 Presidential elections, many of the founding fathers of the PDP left the party which led to the loss of the support of many party faithfuls.
However, after Atiku returned to the party, he embarked on both secret and public peace building efforts which saw the likes of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo returning to party etc.
After the crushing defeat suffered by the party in 2015, nearly all the governorship elections conducted by the Independent National Election Commission, INEC witnessed massive defeat for the party except for Bayelsa, nonetheless, the maverick and charismatic nature of The PUKKA in 2019 gave the party a new lease of life. The PDP went on to defeat the All Progressive Congress, APC and Buhari in their strongholds like Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi, Kano, Adamawa and Lagos, Yobe etc.
Atiku’s popularity cuts across ethnic, religious and political divides and it was the factor that helped galvanized the PDP into a winning streak. That phenomenon is still a potent force that would cause a great havoc if it is not handle maturely or is sidelined in any way. The same strategy would help the party to victory in 2023.
Sir, in terms of preparedness, well oiled political machine and formidable machinery that would swing the tide of elections to the way of any political party favorably disposed to the leadership of the Waziri. H.E. Atiku Abubakar has demonstrated that he is in-charge of the formidable and daunting political machinery in Nigeria since 1998 and he is an asset that the PDP benefitted from and stand to reap more in 2023.
I strongly believe that the only person that can pull Nigeria back from the brink of an ethnic and political crisis is the same man that helped stabilized Nigeria’s tensed up situation on various occasion.
Atiku having friends, wives and relatives from all segment of the country has continued to enjoy the trust of all.
Another important aspect to 2023 that many have not forgotten easily is the visit of Dr. Abubakar Atiku to US shortly before the 2019. It shattered the lies of the APC but above all, it pointed out to one fact; the PDP candidate has the nexus to influence the international community, especially the USA , UK, France and Germany for the greater good of the party and the country in the nearest future.
however, the APC through the instruments of State- using the security apparatus forcefully allocated votes to itself. The Judiciary, which we had always said is the last hope of the common person was all, but hopeless.
The Presidential election tribunal threw the first surprises at us, in the most disrespectful manner, which made nonsense of all we knew about Judges and the Judiciary. The Supreme Court summarily followed what the election tribunal started. It was the most devastating judgement ever delivered by any Court of competent jurisdiction since the creation of the common law in England. Initially, we thought it was simply a huge joke, but Nigeria has since become a Country where anything goes. We are gradually accepting the realities of our situation.
However, before we settle down to APC governance (or mis-governance) for the next three years, POLITICAL permutations has begun. It has begun not only in the APC, but in PDP as well. However, on my part, the love for the PDP and its wellbeing is the main reason why I decided to write this open letter.
While I have the privilege of getting to the National Chairman to discuss this issue in private, I made up my mind that the matter is beyond the personality of the Chairman and myself. Some National issues needs to be placed in the public domain first, before they are resolved privately and later, publicly. I therefore hope that our National Chairman will understand that the times demand that a measure of public discourse takes places before party decisions.
The initial questions that comes to mind is; what are the real objectives of the party at this time? Having been in opposition for almost five years, the party itself must have tasted the bitter fruits of failure and being in the opposition.
The truth is even bitterer when the party realizes it has been the architect of its own failure. However for this apparent failure to sink-in, the party must take stock of what happened and why? One thing we cannot take away from Atiku Abubakar is the fact that he gave the Presidential contest his prime stubby. He fought well to unite the party, he delegated well by trusting other members of the party to play their part. He provide the resources to all manners of party faithful, he thoroughly mobilized the party in spite of the fact that so much financial resources from the party was not made available to him. He oiled the machinery of the Party in all States (36 plus FCT), LGAs (774) and the Wards across the Country.
Atiku Abubakar hired the best of legal minds to defend electorates and the party at the tribunal and before the Supreme Court Justices. At no point in the entire campaign and legal processes did Atiku take anything for granted.
We cannot sweep certain facts under the carpet; many highly placed party leaders & elders actually worked against Atiku, some diverted the resources they were given to undertake campaign activities, and others collaborated with the opposition to rob PDP of victory. When the chips are down, we are all worst for it.
Nigerians are now licking their wounds, and those who helped Buhari ascend the Presidency first in 2015 and secondly in 2019 are pleasantly surprised.
Nevertheless, the collective misfortune is not the end of the world. The most important thing is to learn the lessons the likes of Mohammadu Buhari have visited on our collective psyche. I am bold to say that the best way out of this quandary is to prepare very well for the 2023 Presidential elections. The PDP has many advantages when it comes to the 2023 Presidential elections, depending on how we approach the matter.
My take on this and without sentiment is for the PDP to take advantage of the existing platform cultivated and maintained by Atiku Abubakar. We should approach this matter without sentiments, rancor and unnecessary waste and of funds, which is likely to rob us off resources at the critical time. Atiku has so many advantages over any other candidates to win the Presidential contest in 2023
Principally because of his experience, No one can take this away from Atiku. In Nigeria of today, Atiku has been and is, a formidable Politician, consistently working in the interest of democracy of this Country. Atiku contested in four cycle of elections, as Presidential candidate in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. In all of these elections, Atiku had been a formidable force & voice of reason, sacrifice and collective progress. Atiku have friend on both sides of the aisle. He has sacrificed personal gain for collective progress.
In 2019, Atiku bestowed his trust to all his arsenal to ensure the victory of the PDP and he bored all these misfortunes calmly, without blame of anyone within or outside the party. Atiku has formidable machinery in the 36 States and FCT. He has maintained contact with the grass root, in or out of government. All people within or outside of Nigeria respect him. For the reason of experience, I urge the PDP to offer Atiku Abubakar the Presidential ticket, without unnecessary cost, raucous and divisive presidential nomination processes of the party. The presidential nomination can take place to fulfill all due processes as determined by relevant laws of the party. This will just take us a few hours or more, to celebrate Atiku’s nomination by acclamation.
The Doggedness and perseverance; Anyone who survives the slippery terrain of the Nigeria political space for decades, without losing touch with the grassroots and politicians is considered a dogged politician by all measures. Atiku, through his political journey has never lost his moral values. He had maintained an optimistic view of our Country, Nigeria. Nigeria is in need of Atiku at this moment, things will be better with him at the helm of the affairs of this Country.
Lastly, I will like to add that no coach changes a winning team in the middle of a league, no General changes a battle hardened squad, battalion or division in an on going war . Similarly, by your admission, Atiku won the 2019 Presidential election and so the search for another team, candidate or flag bearer for the PDP is not really necessary, what is needed now is for the leadership of the party to rally round Atiku and map out strategies to devastate the APC in 2023.
Dr. Sani Adamu