PDP and crass opposition politics

PDP . Olisa Metuh

On Sunday Oct 25, 2015 the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, called on ‘members and supporters of the PDP to rise up and use all lawful means – to resist anti-democratic forces now using the judiciary and

security agencies – in their desperate scheme to subvert the will of the people and destroy the nation’s democracy.’

It is worrisome that a party that was until six months ago the ruling party in Nigeria, in control of 27 states at a certain time, (the largest in Africa, boasting that it’ll rule Nigeria for the next 60 years), could so brazenly make statements akin to that of a guttersnipe. Is Metuh and his goons seeking to instigate anarchy in Nigeria simply because a legal, statutory and duly constituted tribunal upturned the governorship election in Rivers State?

In historic hindsight, I recall that when the Supreme Court pronounced the then PDP candidate, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Governor of Rivers State in Oct 2007, even when he did not contest or go on the campaign trail, since his name had been substituted by his own party, the PDP, he still became governor by a judicial decision and heavens did not fall.

Back from history, I also recall that under the present dispensation, all the APC National Assembly candidates in Rivers state, who took their cases to the election petition tribunal, lost and again, heavens did not fall.

Wike . Gov. Nyesom Wike

My observation is that the PDP is a sore loser and only accepts judicial decisions when it favors the PDP, and nothing else. Can Metuh and PDP sincerely thump their chest and say that Nyesom Wike (photo: right) won the election in Rivers state? Is the Rivers state election petition tribunal supposed to overlook all the factual evidences at the trial? What has President Muhammadu Buhari or the APC got to do with judicial decisions?

Metuh and his PDP should not constitute themselves into crass opposition, with this method of geopolitics, which is capable of derailing this nascent and fledgling democracy in Nigeria. Metuh and his PDP should learn from their ex-presidential candidate, Goodluck Jonathan, who gracefully accepted defeat and moved on.

Metuh and his PDP should quickly start preparing to oust the APC from the presidency in 2019 (if they can) and stop whining like a suckling baby whose mouth was removed from his mother’s breast. This type of opposition politics is becoming annoying. At the rate Metuh and his PDP are going, President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC will not be faced with a strong opposition (good for democracy) but a main opposition still suckling his mother’s breast.

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