2019: Can Secondus deliver?

When Prince Uche Secondus was announced as the PDP National Chairman after the Convention held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, hope returned to the erstwhile ruling party.

He was consequently sworn-in in the early hours of December 10, and for the first time since relinquishing power to the APC in 2015, the party seems to have a direction.

Secondus has been saddled with the mandate of ensuring that the PDP reclaims its mandate in 2019,but the task ahead is not going to be an easy one- though he has started off in the right direction by promising to decentralize power to the states.

Politics is a game of interest, with no permanent friends or enemies and working together to achieve a common objective is sometimes difficult for politicians; since everyone wants to impress his or her ideology on other members. Starting with many disgruntled elements within the party, wrestling power from the APC is not going to be an easy task, due to divided interests and unprecedented party disunity, but it can still be done because Nigerians are desirous of a positive change in the economic situation of the country.

Moreover, the ruling party has already lost the confidence reposed in the APC government in 2015, when they touted their ”Change” mantra, and this will give the PDP the upper hand in winning back people’s confidence by fielding credible candidates with convincing party manifestoes. Since a bulk of APC members are from the PDP, expect more decamping of notable politicians, especially as Secondus described the APC in his acceptance speech as ”a rudderless and clueless party with a clear lack of direction, starting with the Presidency”.

Since Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, the former PDP National Chairman, once ill-advisedly claimed that the PDP will be in power for the next 60 years (though this view was truncated in 2015),it behooves on Secondus to make sure that the PDP returns to power at the federal level in 2019 by applying his astute political experience.

Moreover, with the return of Atiku Abubakar to the fold, 2019 will be a year of political gladiators. Hopefully, fighting members will sheath their swords and form a formidable force against a common enemy; the APC. With a united PDP, wrestling power from a clueless APC will not be a lost cause altogether.

In Secondus’ words, an opinion shared by many Nigerians, especially the PDP, it is clear to all Nigerians that APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear-cut plan for governance. Let us pray that the PDP and Secondus can deliver us from evil come 2019.

Paul Okah, Nyanya, Abuja

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