Wike and his false sense of entitlement

As a public affairs commentator, it’s intriguing and most instances irksome to observe occasions within the Nigerian political scene the place the aberration is the norm. Nigeria is a rustic the place the residents dwell underneath phantasm and false notion of all the pieces. When one considers the obvious battle within the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) and the belligerent strategy of one of many events to the battle one will start to marvel why an actual social gathering member would wish to sabotage the curiosity of the social gathering. It’s inconceivable to involved observers and stakeholders that the social gathering that has the brightest likelihood of profitable the forthcoming election given the prevailing circumstances created by the failures of the present APC regime and the standing of its presidential candidate is embroiled in avoidable inner disaster.

First, the problem was about how Governor Aminu Tambuwal withdrew from the presidential race and requested his supporters to vote Atiku and second was why Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta state governor was picked as a substitute of Governor Nyesom Wike who got here second throughout the social gathering’s primaries, because the social gathering’s presidential working mate by the social gathering’s presidential flag bearer, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. And now the problem is that the social gathering’s chairman senator Iyorchia Ayu should resign for fairness since in accordance with them the social gathering’s presidential candidate and the chairman can not come from the identical zone extra in order it’s alleged that Dr. Ayu has pledged after his election to resign his place if the social gathering’s presidential candidate is elected from his zone.

When examined objectively one will see many questions propping up for reply. For example, why ought to a celebration that desires to seize energy be embroiled in self-inflicted inner disaster few months to the presidential election? Why would an actual social gathering member resolve to boycott the social gathering’s marketing campaign staff? Was it Atiku that elected Ayu or the social gathering? Was it in Atiku’s powers to take away Ayu? Is there no different various to the resignation of the social gathering chairman? What’s the social gathering’s place on the matter? Is it an aberration for the social gathering chairman and the presidential candidate to come back from the identical area, has it not occurred earlier than? And if Ayu should resign, who would take over from him, would it not be Wike’s nominee or would there be one other social gathering congress for that? What are the results of the chairman’s hasty resignation on the social gathering on condition that the election is across the nook? Did Ayu promise to resign if a Northerner emerges because the social gathering’s presidential candidate? And if he did, was it a written or a verbal pledge? Why did the demand for Ayu’s resignation develop into a problem after Wike was not picked as Atiku’s working mate?

From out there information, this isn’t the primary time that the social gathering’s chairman and the president or presidential candidates are coming from the identical political zone. In 2005 Col. Ahmadu Ali (Retd) was elected the PDP social gathering chairman and he was there until Umaru Yar’Adua grew to become the social gathering’s presidential candidate and they’re each from the North. He served out his tenure in 2008 when Vincent Ogbulafor took over. Vincent Ogbulafor and Okwesileze Nwodo have been each chairman of the social gathering when Goodluck Jonathan held sway after Yar’Adua’s dying till Dr. Haliru Mohammed took over and heaven didn’t fall. How come this time spherical some folks speaking about fairness with out which they won’t assist the social gathering’s presidential marketing campaign undertaking? That is undoubtedly the ambition of 1 man who erroneously thinks the social gathering can not stand with out him.

A lot as I acknowledged that it’s honorable to maintain one’s phrases however I believe that it’s definitely not Atiku’s fault that Ayu refused to resign his appointment because the chairman furthermore the social gathering’s Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) has handed a vote of confidence on him. The social gathering won’t implode and the aim of profitable election in 2023 won’t be scuttled just because Ayu reneged on his phrase to resign after the primaries. You don’t throw away the kid with the beginning water and you narrow your nostril to spite your face. I imagine there needs to be proper process to compel Ayu to resign somewhat sabotage. Wike and his staff are enjoying into the palms of the APC group who has nothing tangible to marketing campaign with. And surprisingly, a few of those that are certified to be known as the social gathering’s elders which can be anticipated to mediate and warning Wike about his belligerent perspective are becoming a member of within the fray with out contemplating the potential unsavory results of their motion on the social gathering and on the way forward for the nation.

As a public coverage analyst, I perceive the idea of group dynamics in addition to disaster/battle administration, the battle triggers, and the antics of battle brokers who’re normally moles, infiltrators and disgruntled components inside a staff/group/system and who’re normally recalcitrant and implacable. Settlement just isn’t their purpose: they escalate points and stubbornly and unreasonably follow their calls for. They don’t take into consideration win-win however win-lose. They need issues their very own manner. They need consideration; they wish to be heard. Crew work, staff success, the staff curiosity is immaterial. They’re selfish and megalomaniac. Those that have monitored the PDP disaster because the finish of the social gathering’s presidential primaries will know that that is the picture Governor Nyesom Wike by his position and intransigence within the mentioned PDP disaster has made from himself.

Nyesom Wike is the present governor of River State however the method he carries himself and the boyish braggadocio he reveals may make one assume that he in all probability thinks that the place he occupies now could be for a life time. Wike’s false notion of energy makes him really feel that the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) to which he belongs might be extinct if he leaves the social gathering. Little doubt, Wike’s false sense of entitlement makes him assume that since he by no means give up PDP as some social gathering trustworthy did prior to now, due to this fact the social gathering is his private company. The social gathering needs to be run at his whims and caprices and each stakeholder together with the founding fathers of the social gathering ought to kowtow to him. It’s a indisputable fact that all the pieces Wike has been or achieved within the final twenty three years is thru the social gathering. From a toddling charge-and-bail lawyer in 1999 to native authorities chairman, to state commissioner, to a federal minister and a now a governor was via the PDP. And now he thinks that he’s the Lord of the manor whose bidding should be performed. He foisted Uche Secondus on the social gathering because the social gathering chairman and when he thought he was performed with him, he pressured him out and backed Ayu, a Northerner as a result of he hoped to seize the social gathering’s presidential ticket. And now that he has failed in his bid to seize the social gathering’s presidential ticket or the VP slot he feels it’s time to destroy the social gathering. Wike has determined to be one other ungrateful monster like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who after utilizing the PDP platform to advance his political profession tried to destroy the social gathering by forcefully hijacking the social gathering’s construction, expelling a few of the founding fathers, persecuted his perceived political enemies and their supporters utilizing the state equipment. The reality should be instructed that Wike’s perspective and utterances earlier than the social gathering’s primaries whereby he had accused Atiku of taking the social gathering as a right premonstrates what is occurring within the social gathering at current. Wike is a nasty loser; pure and easy, a myopic swashbuckler dancing to macabre drum bits of some obscure drummers that may in the end devour him. Certainly, he’s a self-absorbed actor whose imaginative and prescient is obfuscated by ephemeral place and whose reminiscence is blurred by poor sense of historical past.

Little doubt folks like Wike are affected by psychologists name dystopia; acute studying dysfunction. The present fugacious place he occupies as a governor tends to impede his views and provides him bloated sense of significance. In about eight months time his tenure as governor will expire and he’ll face actuality and he’ll understand how politically susceptible and frail he actually is. Those that permit non permanent positions to becloud their imaginative and prescient are normally victims of their inordinate ambition. It’s fairly apparent that Wike is selfishly fixated about combating for private curiosity and never that of the social gathering or the nation. How can he be hobnobbing with those who ward off Jonathan and foisted an apartheid regime on us all? To him the curiosity of the social gathering and that of the nation is secondary. Anyone particularly from the opposition PDP that’s at dalliance with the members of the APC regime that has introduced the nation to its knees is clearly a political renegade.

There isn’t a gainsaying that Wike has develop into a giant distraction to PDP and a clog within the wheel of its progress. The PDP management ought to let the nation know that there isn’t any disaster inside its fold. If Wike refuses to be mollified by the peace overtures by the social gathering hierarchy, then he ought to go. In fact, PDP can do it with out him. The social gathering received the Osun gubernatorial election with out his enter. I’ve mentioned it for the umpteenth time that Wike wants PDP greater than PDP wants him. And I’ve additionally mentioned it unequivocally that from the way in which Wike goes, he’s a quick observe to political oblivion. Whereas it’s good to jaw-jaw and accommodate voices of dissent, no chief in his proper sense would wish to be distracted by Wike’s idiosyncratic, rash and brash, recalcitrant and confrontational perspective.

By his conduct at this vital interval of electioneering, he has proven that he can’t be trusted due to this fact the social gathering management ought to do the needful: pronounce the precise sanction on him or ignore him fully. When he involves his senses he’ll make a detour. And if Ayu should resign, it should not be on the promptings of Wike; there should be due diligence.

Irogboli, an economist, a novelist and public coverage analyst, writes through [email protected]

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