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2019: Issues As Political Forces Re-align



The July 7 multi-political party coalition the PDP, rAPC, a faction of the nPDP and no less than other 30 political parties re-enacted what some analysis have described as an already ‘‘existing trend’’ in Nigerian politics- the politics of merger or coalition depending on the nature and circumstances leading to the political marriage.

While it is currently rumoured that 20 other political parties have already pulled out of the coalition, there are indications that others are in talks with the governing APC to form a new coalition.

The concern however is not only about how much time these political parties have to come to terms with each other but what correlate their etiquettes, values, norms, practices and above all their purpose of coming together to form an alternative government that would best serve the interest of the people.

These continue to be the questions from political experts given the upshot of other coalitions in the past.

For example, even if it was foretold that the 2013 marriage among ACN, CPC, nPDP, ANPP and a faction of APGA that formed the ruling APC today was going to collapse at some point, there were some level of reservations in most quarters that it was going to be sooner. Though muddled all through, the party has been able wiggled itself through in the last three years before the recent fallout. 

Hardly had the dust raised over the formation of the PDP-led CUPP coalition settled, than some political parties have allegedly pulled out of the arrangement citing lack of ideology, selfishness and hunger to capture power at all cost in 2019, hence the next line of action, according to some reports, is to shift tent and push table to the ruling party for talks.

Going by accounts of merger and coalition in the Nigeria, political watchers have continued to maintain some of doubt over the success of such political marriage given the reasons for which they were consummated, the characters and breed of politicians, particularly the current breed of political actors in Nigeria championing the idea of coalition and concern for political direction.

‘‘Going by history, I do not see anything good coming out the so call coalition or whatever they call it’’, said Retson Tedheke, a social commentator.

‘‘Look at the faces leading the coalition. Are they not the same people who could not manage the country at the best opportunity they had to salvage it? Are they not the same faces who left the former ruling party to form the APC? What were there reasons? They said PDP was corrupt and had failed Nigerians- the same reason the same people are still giving to Nigerians about the APC.

‘‘What does that tells an average mind? These men have no clear political ideology but power mongers who want to continue to remain politically relevant. You heard one of them saying when they were signing the CUPP MoU, that he would rather remain political relevant than committing a political acrobatic.   

‘‘To me, they are broke and want to remain politically relevant, added Tedhke who noted that the coalition may be another fraud as most of the political parties involved, even if were registered, are shadows.

While the emergence of CUPP and the breakaway faction from the ruling APC continue to win a greater space in the news, CUPP has been described by some as façade and an artificial imitation of the formation of the APC but in different circumstances and time when the Nigerians electorate have best understand the polity and quality of leadership in the country.

The believe in most quarters is that, from experience, even from the last four years, merger or coalition have always been driven by the political tendency to get control over power, which is contrary to the ideals of the formation of political parties on the basis of ideology and programmes.

Citing an example in between 1962 and 1966 and others that followed, Mr. Andrew Johnson, a teacher, told Leadership that all political marriages, both past and present, were primarily knotted for the sole purpose of power politics.

‘‘This will continue to be the bane of political and democratic development in the country as long as our political class continue to put the cart before the horse’’, he said.

Some have blamed it on the foundation and political structure laid down by the founding fathers of the country democracy, citing the purposes and manner in which political merger were formed in the past and why they failed.

From 1999 till the date the political parties in Nigeria have grown to over 60 registered political parties but none have proven to meet international best standard.