Sunday, December 21, 2014
IS APC TRULY A DEMOCRATIC MASS-MOVEMENT PARTY?
Icheoku says NO! In view of the manner Ahmed Bola Tinubu has successfully hijacked all the instrumentality and functionalities of the APC, imposing only those he personally wanted unto the party's various offices as well as hand-picking those standing for 2015 general election against the other party, PDP; it is an anomaly to suggest that the APC is a political party strictly called and not a mere gathering of the flock with their shepherd, Bola Tinubu, corralling them? Icheoku really is at a loss how any person in APC could sincerely look Nigerians in the eyes and claim to be a member of a political party so called, when he or she has no say nor voice, talkless of an opinion on how things are done in the party. How can any of these people, especially the supposed party honchos, people like the Fasholas, the Atikus, the Rotimi Amaechis, the Sarakis as well as other APC governors, still pretend to be bona fide members of a political party when they cannot voice an opinion nor decent or counter-argue what their overall boss decrees? How can anyone truthfully say that the dictates of one man qualifies a party as a political party? Where is the internal democracy is such an arrangement?
It is on record how Bola Tinubu forced out Momodu Sheriff from the party; ditto Tom Ikimi after the said Ikimi labored in vain clobbering the APC together; then he imposed John Odigie Oyegun on the party as his preferred chairman; then he took Abubakar Atiku's money and dumped him; he ordered the party to ensure that Muhammadu Buhari gets the ticket as the party's presidential candidate and it was done; then he picked Ambode as candidate for Lagos State governorship regardless of what the incumbent Governor Fashola said or thought; and finally he cemented his vice hold on the party by equally imposing his candidate of choice on Buhari as his running mate. Icheoku asks based on these available evidence of just one man determining and deciding the fortunes of anyone and everyone in the APC, is it fair to still ascribe to the APC the innate quality of being a political party in the strict sense of it? Icheoku asks would it be out of place to canvass for a name change and for the name TInubu, to become a prefix of the APC by changing it to read 'TAPC - "Tinubu's All Progressive Congress?"
The worst of these humbled pies who are now mortally traumatized in their standing before the people of Nigeria, as a result of Bola Tinubu's humiliating behavior, are those loud mouth APC governors who find pleasure in attacking President Jonathan but who quickly dissolves into shivering moles with quavering mouths and trembling hands whenever their Lord of the Manor Bola Tinubu shows up. Icheoku asks how can any sane governor allow himself to be so intimidated by another governor, especially an ex-governor for that matter; yet when that governor is not respectful of the president of the country? Certain things indeed does not usually make sense including the present fact of living in trepidation and in bondage of Bola Tinubu by these APC governors? A matter made worse because these humiliated APC governors, none of which was considered fit and qualified enough by Bola Tinubu to be nominated a vice presidential candidate of the party, are still loyal to Bola Tinubu and continuously stand at attention to do his bidding and merely waiting for his command. Icheoku says such slavish servitude is indeed mind boggling and outrightly befuddling.
May be it is just an ego thing, but Icheoku would rather just remain a respectful governor than to descend into such decrepitude cesspool in the worship of an ex-governor in order to put a facade of pretended political relevance. But hey, they are not Icheoku and Icheoku is not them; but it is safe to say that these APC governors are insanely stupid especially after the vote of no confidence Bola Tinubu passed on them that was the selection of Yemi Osibanjo as the vice presidential candidate of the party? So query, if their slavish-worship of Bola Tinubu thus far have not put them in his good books yet, why then continue? Why continue to trod the path of second-class inferior governors, instead of becoming more assertive in the face of the little man Bola Tinubu? Why don't these governors man up and stand up against Bola Tinubu's continued imposition of his will on them and their party? It is indeed quite unfortunate what the APC has become - just a one-man operation; but hey, if you are Bola Tinubu, why not? Icheoku says instead of insisting on internal democracy in the APC, members of the party have allowed themselves to become so beholden to just one man, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who dictates to everyone in the party in a cleverly crafted system of governance known as Tinubuocracy?
Icheoku says imagine then what would become of Nigeria in the unfortunate event this lone hijacker, successfully, also hijacks the Nigerian state? Imagine a situation where nothing flies up or down in Nigeria except Bola TInubu says so? Imagine where nothing is built or constructed in Nigeria without Bola Tinubu gets his ten percent? Imagine where nobody gets appointed into any position unless Bola Tinubu signs off on the candidate? Imagine where even the president cannot sign the country's budget into law without first including a Bola Tinubu's first drawing rights in the constitution? There are simply so many imagines of havoc, which an overbearing Bola Tinubu could and would inflict on the country that Icheoku is having a nightmare, wide awake in the afternoon, just thinking about it. The thought alone is such that sends spasmodic shudders to the spine and then ask yourself, the kind of cataclysmic convulsion its actuality will cascade on Nigerians. APC is not a political party and its Bola Tinubu has become a freight train without brakes, bulldozing anything and anyone on his way and absolute power is not what a democratic Nigeria needs at this period. Therefore, Icheoku entreats and begs dear God, to please defer a Bola Tinubu's hostile take-over of Nigeria from ever materializing or to such an infinite future date of NEVER.