By Eric Elezuo
The wave or rather gale, as it has come to be known these days, of defection hitting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may not have been a spontaneous occurrence. As many that has followed the Nigerian political happenings will agree that the sudden implosion gathered a lot of momentum before it finally happened.
Right from the time President Muhammadu Buhari made his famous or infamous (depending on the side of the divide you find yourself) speech of ‘I am for everybody, I am for nobody’, the crack on the wall started to developed. Not many understood the man; not even many wanted to understand. The funniest part was that the man seem not to even understand himself, and so the party got polarised.
The National Leader (whatever that means) of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the then National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, started the fight in Ondo, and against all odds, Oyegun won, and reduced Tinubu’s political value. Now all comers wanted a bite of him. If Oyegun can floor the Jagaban, why not me became the unspoken slogan. Then like a comet, Tinubu blazed off and stayed quiet. He plotted Oyegun’s removal. The plot suffered a set back when the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, with governors under the party platform endorsed Oyegun for an elogation. This was supported by President Buhari. Less than a month later, he withdrew his support, and appointed Tinubu leader of a newly formed Reconciliation committee to bring back all aggrieved members of the party. The committee never took off before all hell was let loose. The members were divided between Oyegun should go and Oyegun should go. Many stayed with the President and Buhari and others stayed with Oyegun and his masked followers. The first casulty was the ward, local government and state congresses. Nothing went well. Tinubu’s committee was asleep.
When the National congress eventually came, the committee was existing only in name. It never woke from its sleep. The congress produced the final nail on the coffin of the party; the albatross – Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Till today, even as Oshiomhole is busy talking down on everyone – defectors, partymen, the president and the opposition, Tinubu’s Reconciliation team is still slumbering. The party lost a tangible number of its faithful to the opposition, Tinubu’s slumber increased.
Is it not high time the team proves its mettle and step up its game to checkmate the smothering implosion. One must just conclude that the blind cannot lead the blind. Tinubu’s team must first reconcile itself. Until then, people will continue to ask whither Tinubu’s Reconciliation Committee.