Like an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress, secured a landslide victory in the just concluded 2015 presidential and gubernatorial elections, over its arch-rival and incumbent party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Results made available to journalists by the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), showed that the APC trounced the PDP in almost every state of the Federation, and claimed the presidency, in an election marred in some parts of the country by violence, perhaps as a result of the super-charged atmosphere in the country before the general elections.
But the victory claimed by the APC did not come on a platter. Political pundits say the groundwork started much earlier, and that key players within the alliance had to make sacrifices they had never envisaged. It seemed the political elites in Nigeria, at least those under the platform of the APC, finally came to the realization that the prebendal politics that impoverishes the majority, which they had put into effect since the return of civilian government in 1999, had hit a cul-de-sac. Nigerians saw a new paradigm, devoid of the lies they had been told by political elites for many years.
Indeed, the new APC is a mish-mash of different politicians of different hue and persuasions, but perhaps the necessity of forming a formidable opposition to the behemoth PDP, kept the APC on track from day one. Many believe that the first masterstroke was in the appointment since 2013, from among the ranks of the APC, of Shadow Ministers, who benchmarked the PDP on policy issues and made known their alternative positions, as is being done in the UK.Continue reading