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APC’s surprise metamorphosis

Posted: Apr 5, 2015 at 3:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King Snr Reporter, Lagos

After the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February, 2013, the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, described the merger as a weak association that would crumble and disappear by 2014, a year before the just concluded election.

Amaechi

Amaechi

Okupe was so confident that he even put his father’s name on the line as he was quoted as saying “if they don’t crumble and disappear by 2014, don’t call me Okupe”, also dismissing claims that that the merger would rout the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, calling the forces behind it unserious people that are incapable of causing a major upset in national politics.

However, the Presidential and National Assembly elections have come and gone and the APC has been able to prove its worth and strength. And after 16 years of ruling the country, the PDP has finally lost federal power to the APC and the party has now become the ruling party-elect.

Despite starting on shaky note, the APC was able to surmount its challenges and eventually proved its critics wrong. After the announcement of the just concluded elections, the APC, apart from winning the presidential election, and having secure 64 seats in the Senate became the majority

Before the March 28 election, a lot of people never believed that the APC will grab power from the ruling PDP as many were of the opinion that when the chips are down, the power of incumbency will come to play. But majority of Nigerians who were tired of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan trooped out with their PVC to effect a change and the rest is now history.

Kwakwanso

Kwakwanso

Okupe had maintained that the APC, which many analysts saw as a formidable threat to the PDP, was no threat to the ruling party. The presidential aide said the APC was parading former members of the PDP who do not have credible personality that will lead the nation, arguing that the APC was registered because of the magnanimity of the President. “The APC cannot and will not be an alternative to the PDP. This fact is further reinforced by the fact that even its leadership parades politically expired, analogue and yesterday’s men… who do not promise any hope for today’s Nigeria and, therefore, cannot bring any meaningful change to the polity.

“Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari are not serious-minded people; they are going round like people dancing in a market place. I expect that when you post an aggregate of people of that calibre who want to run government, by now they must have a policy statement on power, agriculture and employment and not just talking about PDP leaving. Is it by mouth that they will run the nation? These are not serious-minded people. Can someone get your vote by using word of mouth that PDP should leave without a policy?”

The four parties that formed the APC then were, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP); All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Then, Chairman of the merger committee, Tom Ikimi, said the need for a formidable party to wrest power out of the PDP was more urgent than ever. “At no time in our national life has radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge, we the following political parties namely ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC have resolved to merge forthwith and become All Progressive Congress and offer to our beleaguered people a recipe for peace and prosperity.

Tinubu

Tinubu

“We resolve to form a political party committed to the principles of internal democracy, focused on serious issues of concern to our people, determined to bring corruption and insecurity to an end, determined to grow our economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth etc, and stop the increasing mood of despair and hopelessness among our people.

“We resolve to form a political party committed to the principles of internal democracy, focused on serious issues of concern to our people, determined to bring corruption and insecurity to an end, determined to grow our economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth etc, and stop the increasing mood of despair and hopelessness among our people,” Ikimi said.

Two years after, the dream of the APC came true and it was able to hijack the mantle of leadership from the PDP.

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe Constituency 2, Segun Olulade, who spoke on how his party was able to surmount all stormy weather, explained that Okupe, who predicted in 2013 that the APC won’t last up to a year “can now wake up from his slumber and stop living in false and unreal perception of the opposition party.”

Olulade, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy, noted that “the APC as a party has now surpassed all predictions of Okupe that we will not last one year and that we will crumble at a critical decision point. The whole world now knows who is living in self-created illusion.

“Okupe who claimed that he should be called unprintable names if APC surpass one year of existence has redefined his image before the Nigerian populace given his unpopular, aggressive and unprofessional image management strategy he has adopted in defence of his principal.

“Okupe speaks to no one anymore in Nigeria but himself since the general public is bored with his noisy communication style. You can see how Nigerians received us at the polls. They tried everything to break us but they couldn’t get the secret behind what binded us together. I think the leadership of the APC should be commended for the choosing Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as Presidential and vice presidential candidate of our party.

What those in the PDP didn’t know was that the election was between the teeming Nigerian populace who desire change and a few selfish individuals and groups who are bent on protecting their selfish means at the expense of the poor masses. I am so happy now that Nigerians have made a better choice in the persons of Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo,” Olulade said.