When they held sway at the centre, Peoples Democratic Party chieftains were in the habit of inundating Nigerians with statements that the party would rule the country for at least 200 years. Former chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, was even more moderate when he was in office. He prophesised that PDP would rule for just 60 years.
The party has been in power since the rebirth of the country’s renascent democracy in 1999, meaning PDP has been in power for 16 years. Now the sun has set on PDP’s rulership, on the party’s control and grip of the levers of power. The country’s electorate had voted for change. They chose the All Progressives Party candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The opposition party will assume power on May 29, meaning about two months from now. But many would have a good laugh when they learned that PDP is already complaining that APC is planning to foist a one party system on the country. On Tuesday, the leadership of PDP raised the alarm over alleged plot by APC to impose one-party system in the country.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on the topic “Nigeria on the brinks of dictatorship,” the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, boasted that PDP would return to power in the next four years. According to him, “our nation and its citizens are facing a serious threat. We are at the verge of a quick slide into dictatorship and the personal freedom we all enjoy today is about to be obliterated.”
Metuh said APC has no clear agenda on how to govern the country, adding that “rather than concentrate on how to manage the mandate they now hold, they have resorted to seeking ways to stifle opposition and impose a one-party system and complete totalitarian rule in our country.”
According to him, “reports reaching the PDP leadership from across the country show that the APC has been desperately seeking ways to destabilize our ranks and weaken our formations by approaching some senior members of our National Executive Committee (NEC) with phantom promises and threats ostensibly to use them to inject crisis in our fold and pave way for our elected members to cross over to APC.” Indeed, what goes around, comes around!