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Not to overstate the obvious, but Saturday’s election will be a huge determiner of the revival or final collapse of the Peoples Democratic Party.
In the event the party secures victory, as some or many people hope,the party will revitalize and become the national darling it used to be.
If that does not happen, their continuing survival appears grim,given how they dwindled after their loss at the national level in 2015 election. Another four eyes of such feeble existence would be far more pathetic.
One can rightfully question if they would have the agility to gear up for another national election come 2023.
Keep in mind the vibrance of the party before the buzz of party nominations. A good number of its crusaders today are “de-portees” (I don’t mean people forced out from a foreign country, instead its people who had “ported” before and have now “re-ported” back.
Even the PDP candidate is a known “de-portee”…”re-portee.” Saraki too just to name a few.
The timeline of the 2019 election is not identical with that of the 2015 election. For one, the presidential election will be held two weeks before that of the gubernatorial. A two-weeks interval is quite ample for any party to strategize and secure victory at the gubernatorial elections,regards of their fate at the presidential election.
If the ruling party wins at the national level, it holds better prospects for success at state levels as most state players will prefer to align with the running and winning party that has clenched the center. Instead of bracing the horrendous prospects of living like a child in a foster care system who receives only the minimal provision made available by the system for the next four years.
This reality will mean more drought for PDP in the event they lose at the presidential election. Unlike APC that may still maintain some of its stronghold states as it takes some time for people,politicians, to begin to battle for their survival, existence, after their fall from grace.
A battle PDP is fighting now. A battle if won will lead to their revival, comeback and progress. A battle if lost will push them further to the brink of oblivion.
PDP is not the only party that has a fair chance of victory or loss that would redefine shape up or shake down their existence. The ruling party too is fighting same being a party that was banded for the sole purpose of securing victory. A victory they secured in 2015. A victory if secured once again in the coming polls will consolidate their existence as a party. But if lost will render their binding factor; to secure victory redundant. A redundance they may not survive till another election comes around in 2023.
This should make the chase for victory by both understandable. The truth remains that there can only be one winner. The winner taking it all and the loser having to fall. Buhari/ Atiku, Tinubu/ Saraki, Oshomole/ Secondus, one each will fall for the other.
What do I know, friends become foes in politics and foes become friends. The media makes a mockery of this by placing side-by-side past and present remarks of a particular person about another with strikingly contrast of their support or antagony at different times.
Having seen the “determination” with which APC won some of the elections conducted recently, one can confidentially say that if they employ such “determination” to secure Saturday’s election and they succeed, APC will be here to stay for a very long time. Considering that they would keep employing such “determination” to secure victory in many more polls to come.
Forgive me for going on as if we only have two contenders. We don’t. Best of luck to the other contenders wherever they find their feet in the battle.
On another note, I’m yet to locate my polling unit. No bi only to get PVC.Tags: 2019 Presidential Election, APC, PDP