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APC: A Very Short Biography

The Oasis Reporters

August 26, 2018

Need, makes smiles to bloom again.
Ahmed Tinubu (left), receiving chummy chuckles from President Buhari.
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Two power mongers  met. What they had in common was their eye on the control of Nigeria. So, that time they brought their parties, the CPC and the Action Congress of Nigeria together— Katsina and Lagos, respectively— for a single purpose; to realize their personal dreams.

This is the trouble with the APC. The APC was launched but with the desire to be in control for the sake of being in control. The APC was rich in only one of two ingredients that make up a functional political party. The first ingredient is knowledge and ideas about the fundamental problems in the concerned polity and the solutions to them, agreed upon, conscientiously, by stakeholders of the party and shared, conscientiously, by members of the party. The other ingredient is the step to take over control of government in order to implement/practice those ideas using government funds, institutions and power.

Neither of the two major conveners of the APC at inception had the first ingredient in their files. But intense with the second ingredient, it was only compulsory for them to open the door of the infant association to political grown-ups from whatever source, since it is said that democracy, by which they mean winning of elections, is a game of numbers.

A major line in the lyrics of political commentators is that political parties in Nigeria lack political ideologies. We must understand ‘political ideology’ as referring to fundamental beliefs and their ensuing practices, plus, a ‘die-hard’, informed commitment to them. (In the state of our development, fundamentalism in politics is a desirable position, as long as it operates within the limits of the law, especially of electoral practices and of human rights of free association, free conscience, free and equal vote and allied freedoms.)

No political association since 1999 embodies Vacuum of Ideology Syndrome better than the All Progressives Congress. This is not to say that there had not been coalitions of political parties in the past, but coalition is one thing when there is an agreement between parties involved on what the government in power is not doing right, and another when the agreement is simply to get the required force to remove a government and claim the seat. The second alternative might have been the case in previous coalitions.

But, interestingly, the case of the APC was not even a coalition of political parties. It was a complete merger of associations to form a new one with its own identity, one party, on executive, one ambition. So, having no values they stood for beside taking control of Nigeria, the megalomaniacs, at the time that Nigeria was crying almost loudest for salvation, opened their doors to everyone to come in, including a large number from the PDP which, according to them and which we all could see, had mismanaged Nigeria.
But this was not all; they then appropriated the major lamentations of the time and brandished them a propaganda in the name of a manifesto; economy, security and corruption. For them the suffering of Nigerians was a political raw material, rather than an epidemic that must be rooted out.

Therefore, ever since winning the election in 2015, the struggle has been to retain power. In the process, the party has devalued the pockets of Nigerians as Nigerians barely make ends meet. Many Nigerians under the APC regime have lost the sense of human dignity, as they have taken to begging in the struggle to feed and stay alive. More than ever before, thousands of Nigerians have fled the Nigerian shores though dangerous routes, landing into slavery and dehumanization in Libya, only after the APC took control of Nigeria. Many children cannot go to school. There is enormous contraption in business and industry. School fees are difficult to pay, education is difficult to pursue. Life projects have stopped. The youths are rigged to a spot. The old are starved. Visions are lost, and many have lost charge of their lives. Thousands of job losses, hundreds of business collapse; and there is no repentance from executive lies peddled by spokespersons of the government.

Security.

Well this year alone, not less than 500 people have been killed by fellow citizens in series of mass massacre and nobody has been punished for it. Though in all fairness to government, officials of government explained that much of the killings were legitimate attempt to regain cattle grazing routes by Fulani nomads. The same regime was it that over 100 school children were taken from Dapchi by a terrorist group, and one of the girls, Leah Sharibu, is still in the custody of her captors.

The undiluted, unmistakable struggle for pure power (power without impact) has defined the everyday activity of government since 2015, and has entered the next-before-climax in the eventual boisterous street fight between the machineries of the APC and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Since the APC lacked direction at their own inception and had no moral guards against the entry of the likes of Saraki from the then ruling PDP, and since the APC has not stopped being orgiastic about power it is only normal for them to have forces like Saraki to contend with ahead of the 2019 elections. The APC, as we know, did not pretend unawareness of the fact that people who came from outside into their association in 2014 did so for ambitions. But at the moment, it did not constitute a problem; ‘let us win this election first, we’ll be fighting the remaining battles after then’. Thus, the founders of the APC, like any observant onlooker, saw the ongoing imbroglio even before the 2015 general elections; but they also saw that it wasn’t so much a problem for them; the battle would affect only the masses. For them the struggle for power is no end and that itself was a consolation.

Written by Deji Adesoye.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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