By Dr Sani Adamu
I wish to begin this piece with a question. What is the goal of PDP by 2023? What is it that
needs to be accomplished? What are the political parameters or constraints towards achieving the goals in 2023? Who needs to be involved? What are the assumptions? What could come or get between PDP and Success?
I will also attempt to provide a few answers to PDP by declaring that “PDP, Know what season we’re in”. How can I tell PDP the season it is used to years back has ended? Because the GRACE that ensured electoral victory in the past is no longer there? What was once easy, is now hard. The PDP can only be fruitful in its season. That is where Blessings and Success occur. The Party can’t just do it whenever it wants to. It must be in God’s appointed time. When the right season comes, its effortless for a tree to produce what is stored within it.
Spring, Summer, Autunm and Winter are the seasons the PDP have experienced. In this next
round of election in 2023, the PDP is in its Autumn- a seasoned Veteran, working smarter and not harder, to prepare for the coming Winter of elections, to accomplish our goals, enjoy the successes with Nigerians, deliver on our promises, keep the faith, and finish the course successfully. If the PDP, does it right, subsequent seasons can be the best one in the life of the Party and Nigerians, and foundation for power shift to wherever the Party dictates could be accomplished with less effort.
At this time, God is redirecting the energies of the PDP to look within, to look to the seed it has sown long ago, through leaders like Atiku Abubakar, and the wisdom of the leadership of the Party and achieve the goals of 2023, with less effort, and less resources than the past. Only Godknows for how long He has kept the promise of leadership of Nigeria in the heart of Atiku Abubakar. Atiku’s previous disappointments in winning the presidential elections is God’s way of saying, the PDP needs you, when things get harder, for through you, it could be made simple.
The promise God made to the PDP and Atiku Abubakar was post-dated to 2023.
For the PDP to win the 2023 Presidential and other elections, Atiku Abubakar must be willing to lead, irrespective of the feelings, relationships, goals, jobs, and even homes of the other leaders and followers of the Party.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am only calling on my fellow supporters of the PDP and Nigerian to let go of their feelings of anger and resentment, and ambitions whose time have yet to come, let them all pass, for they will turn out to be healthier choices for us all. Hold steady and trust God, and trust Atiku Abubakar to take us back to Aso Rock. It would seem like miracle to the Party and Nigerians, but we must surrender our plans to the will of God, and let God perform His wonders. The PDP and Atiku Abubakar are at the right place at the right time.
Success comes when others can use the things they do with happiness, enjoyment, with their
effort, knowledge, money, and the goodwill of Nigerians. Atiku Abubakar has created his own luck over time.
In my past assessments of Atiku Abubakar in 2011, 2015 and 2019, I termed those moments as Atiku’s moments. But it came to pass that our prediction and expectations could not be
realized, not because they were not his seasons, but because natural and man-made disasters came along the way and swept away all the sweats and resources poured into the period, which did not yield fruits.
I need to keep this write up as short as possible, just enough to convey the most important
message currently. The devil is in the details, and this will come gradually in their time and
season. I have foreseen that if my wake-up call is heeded, the future details will take shape
gradually, smoothly, and successfully, with less effort and financial resources.
I begin by a prophetic postulation, not made by soothsayers, but made from simple
observations of events and the cycles of time, season, and political harvests. The 2023
Presidential election would be won by the PDP and Atiku Abubakar as the President and
Commander-in-Chief. I will quickly add that, if, and only if, the PDP realizes that all it needs to do, is to put its house in order, ensure a rancor-free convention, orderly and transparent
We no longer must spend an entire or two just to nominate a Presidential Candidate. We can spend night after night strategizing and shaping policies and politics, but certainly not sleepless night at the square.
The Rt. Hon. Fintiri Convention Committee brought innovations, that makes
conventions colourful, swift and the best in the history of PDP. Money is a great enabler, but he didn’t allowed it to play a visible role in all the internal affairs of PDP.
This is a practice of the past and must be discarded forthwith. The past PDP Presidential nominations have been very costly, very divisive, full of internal intrigues and backstabbing, wasteful, leaving very little energy, resources, goodwill, and team spirit, for the main Presidential Contest. Be rest assured that the Stingingly Corrupt APC Administration will deploy more money, but this blood money will not work for the good of Nigerians, because no amount of money from the public treasure will ever make up for loss of lives, properties through banditry, kidnappings, insecurity, brazen display of nepotism and abject poverty of the past seven years
The reason Atiku Abubakar and the PDP would make the 2023 Presidential election a harvest time is because of the past resources deployed and the political machinery and infrastructure invested over the years. Until the PDP deliberately cashes on it past investments and do away with all forms of internal money politics and intrigue, the 2023 elections could still be tough and unnecessarily costly.
Secondly, Atiku Abubakar’s reservoir of political capital in Nigeria today, is still intact and
growing Atiku Abubakar is a ready man for the Presidency of Nigeria. This means that if the PDP could put its house in order and rally behind Atiku Abubakar, marketing him to Nigerians could be the easiest of any Presidential Candidate alive today. Unless PDP shows the ways, Nigerians could be led astray again. We have already seen purposeful Nigerians coming together outside the structure of all the Political Parties structure, with the Vision to redirect the affairs of this Country. The PDP and Atiku Abubakar as the Presidential candidate have similar vision and would very likely join forces with these brilliant Nigerians to salvage the Country.
Thirdly, we have so many positives on Atiku Abubakar to tell Nigerians. Already, Nigerians have come to realize that what Atiku postulated in his campaign manifestoes in 2019 are now being shoddily copied and haphazardly being implemented by the APC Government. It is however too late in the day for the APC to make any meaningful positive changes in the economic lives of Nigerians. Atiku Abubakar is a global citizen and understands the political economy.
In the 2019 elections, we believed PDP had a winning team. The permutations for 2023 could throw in surprises, which may require the review of strategies.
Fourthly, this decision requires the full and active participation of the leadership of the PDP-
from BOT, NEC and NWC. So many decisions of the party leaders could be dictated by so many
things which could unfold as we are nearing 2023. A new paradigm shift for decision making
and the deployment of resources must also be made to ensure accountability, transparency,
effectiveness, and efficiency.
A proper post-mortem of the 2019 election must be undertaken with the full participation of the grassroot of the Party at all levels. All identified lapses and shortcoming must be addressed fully and implemented immediately. It must also be seen to have been remedied for the good of the Party.
Strong and loyal Party faithful like Gov. Nyesom Wike must be acknowledge for their
contribution to ensuring the survival of the Party through difficult times. Governor is warrior
and always requires special mention.
All the PDP juggernauts from the Northern part of this Country needs to sacrifice whatever
ambition they could rightly have at this time, and work with Atiku Abubakar to deliver Nigeria first. For our brothers from Southern Part of Nigeria, the current wisdom is that an Atiku presidency in 2023 is the surest path to Power Shift to the South, post 2023. Atiku Abubakar understands the politics, his heart is in it, he will ensure equity for all Nigerian, build consensus and Govern Nigeria for the sake of Progress and inclusion, prosperity for all, equity for all, good governance, and rekindle the fire of patriotism, which is in all of us.
Fifthly, it is our collective duty to show the way, the easy way, not the ways of PDP in 2015 and 2019. It must be the simple and transparent way, achieved through consensus building,
grassroot politics and the love of Country. The do or die contests within PDP must never rare its ugly head again.
The unnecessary long processes of keeping elderly party leaders throughout the night doing
nothing but waiting for delegates to cast their vote and the expensive Party nominations and Conventions must be replaced with innovative and inclusive process, deploying technology to shorten lengthy processes, and cutting costs of stay in hotels promoting nothing, but Party intrigues and corruption.
Every PDP leader at all levels, from Ward to State and the FCT must work with the grassroot to deliver the votes to PDP and Atiku Abubakar. Any attempt by anyone in the PDP to introduce money politics into the 2023 elections will surely be rejected by Party faithful and Nigerians. The PDP can never come close to the corrupt APC Administration. The previous practice of Pot calling Kettle Black is over. The PDP must come clean immediately. The goal of returning to AsoRoack in 2023 cannot be achieved unless Nigerians see a clean internal politics of the PDP from the convention to the nominations.
I wish to call on Sen. Saraki, Sen. Kwankwaso, Gov. Tambuwal, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State to conserve energy, resources, and the goodwill of the people to fight the strong enemies of Nigerians in the APC and the PMB Presidency. Based on the antecedents of Atiku Abubakar, no person would be left out of his Administration. The North and the Country have high expectations of all PDP leaders, especially those from the North. We must play our games well now, to ensure the PDP and Atiku Abubakr returns to Aso Rock in 2023.
I have tried to lay a solid foundation for the next game of Politics within the PDP. Let’s come
together, let’s work with progressive Nigerians and rescue the country.
The APC and PMB have nothing to bequeath this Country except corruption, insecurity,
banditry, kidnapping, massive youth unemployment, nepotism and that the same situation the APC and PMB wish to handover to one of them to continue. We say never again! Never Again!!
Not APC, Not Buhari’s nominated successor. Enough is enough. The Gurus of CHANGE have
become blind to see the consequences of their change.
The APC Administration have offended Nigerians, we should join and get knitted together in the common fight to remove APC from power. The treasure and the money of Nigeria is now in a few hands, and that is why we are starving. Money is like muck, not good except it be spread. PMB promoted the politics of populism and envy of all who are doing economically well. That strategy may have been good at winning election, but they clearly are not good at running successful economies.
To return to the subject of Atiku Abubakar and conclude this initial piece, it is important that
we remind Nigerians who Atiku Abubakar is. However, the relationship within PDP must be one based on trust, respect, and patriotism, because all relationships are the foundation for
everything good in life. People who bring negativity and judgement into the countdown to 2023 will make things harder for the PDP to return to Aso Roack. Nigerian have lost the era between 2015-2023, making Nigeria full of fear, spite, with the fabrics of our life tearing away, with no guarantee that our children will climb a little above our own lives.
I wish to solicit that all the Presidential material from the North and South within the PDP
should accord this respect to Atiku and ensure that the Presidential nomination would merely fulfilling electoral regulations and seeking the agreement of party faithful directly or through delegates to present him as the PDP Candidate in the 2023 Presidential election, not because the PDP lack smart candidates to fiercely contest with Atiku, but because the times we are in, calls for smart political moves.
The Presidency of Atiku Abubakar will be colorful and effective. Patriotism will return, love of Country will return, prosperity will return, and unity and strength will return. The North-South divide will melt away from day one. The defining challenge of the PDP will be the ability to create and sustain economic growth. PDP must ensure that voters are not subjective or influenced by many things other than the Public good.
The PDP is the right place to value Atiku Abubakar, the right way. Nigerians know and appreciates his value.
When Atiku Abubakar spoke of the capacity of the PDP to resolve every internal crisis, he
understood it to always shape, guide, and help the Party forward. He knew it gives the Party a new direction, a new purpose, and close its doors to distraction. It is a period to learn about ourselves. Crisis also bring to the fore, the wish of some people for things they are not prepared for. But at the end of the day, a new solution is found, which make us to gradually evolve to be better than we were. Atiku Abubakar will help the PDP activate the highest potential we are known for and make us happy with each other.
We are vehemently against any form of expensive and divisive internal politicking at all levels of the Party. We have presented Atiku Abubakar, who is prepared to succeed through the practice of good conduct and sincerity, which can never be repressed. He brings in everything required to succeed. If ten efforts are required from the team, Atiku brings in one hundred team members, if one hundred team effort is required, he brings in a thousand more efforts to succeed.
In government, Atiku Abubakar prevailed based on good principles, out of office, he did not
change. In fact, his energy became firmer, and he shared forbearance and gentleness in
working with others. This moment belongs to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP and Nigerians who look forward to positive change, peace, unity, security, and economic progress….and YES, WE CAN!
Dr. Sani Adamu