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The Absence Of a Powerful Political Umbrella

22 October 2012, 11:52

Sometime last year, I read a thought provoking article entitled “PDP: Spitting on the South-East”. Well, I take it as an argument on the one hand but on the other hand, it seems more likely that the South-East is spitting on its self rather than the PDP spitting on it.

The true position is that unlike in Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s NPP days (according to history), when the Igbo nation was the most beautiful bride in Nigeria, today we have no negotiating power, and are not a political force to reckon with any longer. The absence of a strong political umbrella is the main reason why we, not the PDP, have reduced South-East zone to “nothing” (apology to my fellow Igbo patriots).

Today, the CPC and CAN states have powerful, visible political parties for negotiating their shares of the national cake. That is why the president wooed them in 2011 to join him and form a government of national unity and that is why they are getting ranking positions. The South East is not a zonal power, not even a significant political zone, because when the four PDP governors (Imo State inclusive as at then) spearheaded the removal of Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo as PDP national chairman due to their selfish interests, the effect of his removal on the South-East was that the Igbo nation ceased to be a strong stake-holder in the PDP, the biggest political party in Africa.

Perhaps, due to self centeredness or just political parochialism, those PDP governors did not know that his removal amounted to the removal of the Igbo nation as a force to reckon with in the PDP government.      What we don’t want, others have taken.

The position is that in the real sense, there are three political zones that are competing for a share of the national cake. All the PDP states including the states of the South- East constitute one zone, the CPC states constitute one zone and the CAN states constitute another zone.

Therefore, any argument about the South-East not getting a “ranking” position may not hold water because the PDP zone which has the president has got a fair share. If the South-East wants exclusivity, it should immediately mobilize Ebonyi, Abia and Enugu states to join APGA, and therein transform the South-East into a beautiful bride it has always been in Nigeria in every ramification.

It is illogical for one to advocate that everybody in the South-East should leave PDP and join APGA but what is being advocated is that the governors of the South-East should join APGA and retain it as their political pedestal and force.

Sticking to this PDP will continue to ridicule, rather than salvage the Igbo nation as we have seen in recent times. Recall how easily Igbo people ranking and similar positions were easily disgraced out of office on flimsy reasons.

Some people say that the South-East gave President Goodluck Jonathan 97 per cent of their votes but some zones other than the South-East extracted promises from Goodluck Jonathan as a condition for voting him.

Now what special promises did the South-East zone extract from Jonathan? The absence of a powerful political umbrella appears to be the reason for lack of unity in demanding one additional state for the South-East.

Instead, individual states of the South-East are applying for additional states to be carved out of them. That exposes us to another ridicule and lack of seriousness. If the South-East states were united, they should have mapped out an additional state out of the zone and presented it to Goodluck Jonathan as a condition for voting for him.

The salvation of the South-East lies in one thing-a strong political umbrella! God bless Ndigbo! God bless Nigeria!!

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