What is your view on the continued detention of El-Zakzaky and FG’s declaration of Shi’ites as a terrorist group? Do you see the government’s action being capable of calming or infuriating the group?
It means that our President is so above the law that he obeys only those ones he wants to while jettisoning the ones he deems unfavorable to him. It will be a very big mistake to think that this singular action will eventually calm the Shi’ites. In fact, we should be ready for more surprises. Whatever the reason they are still holding him, they should also put into consideration the already tensed peace of the nation. We have issues of bandits, herdsmen/farmers clash, IPOB, militants and kidnappers, and so on. How much more do we wish to create?
How best do you think the current insecurity situation in the country could be better handled for best results?
It is simple. Bring every party round the table and jaw-jaw. Only dialogue can assuage the many insecurity challenges we face via reconciliation. Atiku offered a practicable solution to them and that is why we are still optimistic that it can be achieved in the nearest feature.
Do you foresee the possibility of South East producing the president in 2023, as both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the two major political parties, are likely to pick their candidates from other zones?
I don’t just foresee it. Rather, it is the right thing to do in order to give Ndigbo a sense of belonging as part of this great Nigeria Project. All Ndigbo needs to do is to build political bridges and make positive alignment in preparation for 2023. Only a united front and purpose can guarantee it for Ndigbo. But, I am telling you it is the right thing to do at this material time.
How do you think your party, PDP, should overcome the 2019 electoral loss to make a positive impact and possibly take over the rein of governance in 2023 elections?
There is the need for the PDP to rein in their horses and go back to the drawing board to reinforce. There is a great task ahead between now and 2023. If the PDP has hidden their card to their chest, the APC wouldn’t have had a field day in rigging the 2019 election as it did in 2019.
I blame the party’s leadership for allowing disunity to rob us the 2019 poll. They forgot the exigencies of harnessing their acts and working as a team. I recall the outright sell-out of the PDP senators that cost them the senate presidency, which was shocking.
PDP leadership needs to do much more to bring unity among the members. The PDP members have been all loyal to selves. They place personal interests above party loyalty. That is the only explanation why almost all of them reportedly received bribe at the dying minute and voted against their own party member in the Senate. It was a big shame.
I am a party man. I have always emphasized on party loyalty. Loyal party men don’t jump from one party to another at the slightest sign of a challenge. Even before the election was over, some people abandoned ship and left Atiku alone thinking it was over. I was asking myself, were these people actually with us in the true sense of the word ‘US’? How can a supposed friend quickly abandon you at the slightest sign of a challenge? I see this as one of the banes of our success as a party and a trend that should be checked in toto.
On this premise, therefore, I advise that if PDP will make headway like the great party she is, they must learn how to put their acts together and work as a team because the task ahead is enormous. In the same vein, I am calling on the party to keep hope alive because I believe that Atiku/PDP will still come out victorious at the ongoing tribunal. PDP is a great party to reckon with any time any day. Our success lies in our ability to the unit as the great party we are while shunning self-interest and putting the interest of the party first.
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We should never lose focus as a result of the antics of the power grabbers because victory is ours. It is our responsibility to retrieve the mandate of the people from plunderers and harness it against 2023. If we don’t pull ourselves together now, we may still find ourselves grappling for what rightfully is ours. Let us rebuild PDP on the strong pillars of unity and party loyalty so that 2023 will be a walkover for us.
Source: Independent Ng