The communiqué released recently which was signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, insisted that with the death of the APC’s candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu , during the election, the APC has legally “crashed out” of the race.
Photo: Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP.
Olisa Metuh’s missive read as follows:
“The PDP completely rejects the decision of INEC in yielding to the unlawful prompting of a clearly partisan Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mallam Abubakar Malami, to allow APC to substitute a candidate in the middle of an election, even when such has no place in the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
“With the unfortunate death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC has no valid candidate in the election, leaving INEC with no other lawful option than to declare the PDP candidate, Capt. Idris Wada, as the winner of the election.”
Delusion is an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument. Typically it is a symptom of mental disorder: the action of deluding someone, yourself, your party, or the state of being deluded – as in – what a capacity television has for delusion.
Who is watching TV among the PDP stalwarts? Metuh, I guess.
After that outburst by Metuh on behalf of his paymasters, I came to the inevitable conclusion that the PDP is in a delusional state of, shall I say, political limbo, paralysis or sheer political gerrymandering of the borders of Kogi state.
How can a political party say that another party that was leading the race clearly in an election, just because their candidate dies, then that party has crashed out of the race; has no valid candidate because they lost their candidate to the cold hands of death; and demand that their own candidate who was clearly losing a gubernatorial election should be declared the winner!
When the PDP condoled the family of the late Prince Abubakar Audu and the people of Kogi state (leaving out the APC), I thought that commonsense politics had come to prevail within the bowels of the PDP leadership.
Then this bombshell!
It will be nullity if the APC has crashed out of the Kogi governorship race because they cannot crash out, simply because the PDP says so.
Since the loss of the presidency and many states to the APC in the last general elections, the once largest party in Africa has failed to realize that the incumbent political party at the center is slowly carving out Nigeria as its sole political fiefdom. Only a man or a political party of PDP’s ilk will fail to see that – and live everyday in denial.
That communique by Metuh should have been proof-read by another sane stalwart before its release to the public. It was the strangest political move since the days of infamy in Nigerian politics.
By Nnamdi Ebo