The Congress of All Progressives (PCA) is at the height of an implosion. The party crisis has reached a terrifying crescendo. It has been a gradual but steady fall for the party since its unexpected triumph in 2015. I think APC is in the midst of a curse: the curse of success.
In March I wrote “Will we celebrate APC’s funeral so soon?”, Causing the party’s luck to fall into a dialectical mine. I said, and I still think that working together in a fight is a much simpler undertaking than joining the victory. In 2013, the PDP galloped from one crisis to another until it exploded and lost power at the center in 2015. The APC must follow the same path. As I said, since the party came to power, it has been involved in tremendous disputes.
To be clear, the APC was never a party, in the truest sense of the word, but a special vehicle for seizing power. To put it bluntly, it’s just a club of disparate people, desperate for power.
The parties and personalities, the Nigerian Action Congress (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the Popular People’s Party of Nigeria (ANPP) and the new PDP, which were dissolved in the PCA, had nothing in place. common. The only common point or to say it severely, unifying the enemy, was former President Goodluck Jonathan.
While Bola Tinubu’s ACN was somewhat liberal and in tune with the restructuring with less emphasis on the center, President Muhammadu Buhari’s CCP had a conservative outlook. Strange bedfellows.
Shortly after APC’s victory in 2015, the two “organic” political parties in the Union, ACN and CPC, clashed, although they joined in sharing the spoils of war and helping discriminate disgruntled immigrants from The PDP. A rapidly developed caste at the party. While ACN (girlfriend) and CPC (boyfriend) have become Aboriginal, other groups involved in the merger have become marginalized and expendable bags. This strongly influenced the party leadership crisis in the national assembly in 2016.
Again, when political parties are not based on ideologies, but on interests, head-on collisions are likely to occur. Obviously, the merger that led to the carnation of the PCA has been oxygenated by an interest: taking power. But the dealers in the deal did not ask: “After we take power, which one will be next? How do we manage it? How do we manage the set of interests? And how can we guarantee good governance for Nigerians?”
And while the cauldron is boiling, where is President Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of the APC? The empty argument that the president should not deal with the party’s internal affairs is what it is: obtuse. He is the oldest member of the party on which platform he ran for the election twice and won. You can’t be apathetic with what’s going on at the party now.
There are Mormons within the PCA that the president avoided the party’s problems because he fulfilled his political ambition. But really, if you can’t hold your party, where of course you have an attractive influence, how can you hold the country together?
Indeed, it is the same lukewarm disposition that Buhari makes for the country’s leadership that leads to the affairs of the PCA. Their failures are returning home with the APC crisis, a party torn apart by the leadership crisis since 2015.
The seal that holds the tattered APC right now is Buhari. I know that the APC crisis can only get worse because the party should never have been. And that’s a good development for Nigeria. All desperate structures that support the status quo must give way to the thriving country.
Just as the Third Reich collapsed for Germany to thrive, some political parties that are fortunate in Nigeria need to run out of oxygen in order for the country to breathe.
With the furious crisis of the PCA, the Nigerians can clearly see the failures of the ruling party in managing their own affairs and can relate them to the party’s approach to governing the country.
It is a failure everywhere.
Our political system must be reborn. The more non-ideological and predatory political giants collapse, the more space there will be for political parties to proliferate and grow based on people’s interests.