By Aliyu Nuhu
If APC said it wants to rule forever, it is not an offence but it is forgetting God, the ONE that stopped PDP from ruling for sixty years. Barely 16 years in power, PDP was thinking of even changing its name because of the level of hatred it attracted from Nigerians. Well, APC is making the same mistake. It is now a hated party already, except only for those in power and those that benefit from its bad leadership.
If you want to rule for 36 years you must first rule well. ANC has ruled South Africa for 25 years but was only lucky because South Africa has no serious opposition party, with the country sharply divided along racial line. In America none of the two parties, Democratic party and Republican party had ruled for more than 12 unbroken years. But there are exceptions. For example, Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Mongolia’s Mongolian People’s Party (MPRP), Taiwan’s Kuomintang party have all enjoyed long tenures in power despite competing in multi-party systems.
The parties that ruled for so long were mostly in a one party system like in China, Vietnam and Cuba. These parties didn’t run down and steal from their countries. China and Vietnam are well governed. Cuba should be doing well if not for the diplomatic isolation and economic strangulation of its economy by the United States.
APC has some work to do if it wants to live long. There are a lot of jobs to do on internal security. That is the first deadly sin of APC. If it can work on that, well, Nigerians are not only forgiven, they are forgetful.
The second deadly sin is the economy. People are worse off than they were under PDP. No jobs, no food with high inflation and soaring fuel and electricity prices. The value of naira is falling daily with resultant effect of galloping inflation. In the last days of PDP Naira was exchanging dollar at 199. Today under APC Naira is officially 412 to a dollar.
The third deadly sin is unchecked corruption in all tiers and arms of government. Not up to PDP stealing but slow and steady APC is almost there.
After correcting the mentioned flaws, APC must know that it was a North and South-west Alliance that brought it to power, not Buhari and his campaign rhetorics and promises. Well that alliance is falling apart and breaking to pieces. To hold on to power, APC must mend fences.
But to its credit, even if it loses power after eight years, APC will leave something that it would definitely be remembered for. It would have built second Niger bridge, it would have built Abuja-Kaduna-Kano express, it would have built Kano-Kaduna rail, Lagos-ibadan express, it built an already running Lagos-Ibadan rail. The truth is most of the projects APC is handling are not suffering the fate of PDP projects where all the money were stolen. That is a big plus for APC. At state level many APC states are also delivering on infrastructure. PDP also did some projects at some state levels but left without completing many projects at federal level. Even the Kaduna-Abuja train was completed by APC. The same fate befell Itakpe-Warri rail which is supposed to be extended to Abuja.
It is well.
Aliyu Nuhu is a social analyst. He write from Abuja, Nigeria.
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