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Signs That PDP Is About To Implode, By Joe Igbokwe

Joe Ibokwe
Joe Ibokwe

For all intents and purposes, I foresee a serious infighting in the household of PDP that may lead to the collapse of the party in the days ahead if the signs we are seeing today are anything to go by. The fight to retain PDP and President Jonathan at the centre has led to all kinds of people in the camp of President Jonathan’s supporters doing their own fights in their own ways, in their villages, houses, offices, beer parlours and pepper soup joints. There has been no coordination, no control, no screening, no harmonization, no fine tuning and no sub-editing of materials. It is like Fuji House of Commotion. Accusations of betrayals and non committal have been flying around and the alleged resignation of the PDP National Chairman was just hushed up to prevent a major calamity before the elections.

 Everybody is dishing out something from his little corner with nobody in control. This has led to suspicion, accusations and counter accusations, infighting and leakages of vital information and confusion. They all claim to be fighting for President Jonathan but end up fighting for the opposition. The target is the money that seems not to be in short supply in the Jonathan campaign and there is a deadly struggle to corner a chunk of it. Other campaigners at the top shortchange the campaigners below, stealing what is meant for them.
The PDP Chairman Muazu and his Deputy are fighting over $200 million campaign funds. Some Igbo in Lagos are fighting over Jonathans dollars, the Churches are fighting over Jonathan’s 7billion naira bribe, Ohaneze Ndigbo is divided into two as a result of Jonathan’s 6 billion naira bribe. OPC is fighting over billions of naira from Jonathan’s 9 billion naira contract. Afenifere Akure is fighting over billions of naira bribe from President Jonathan. Market leaders in Lagos are fighting over Jonathan’s dollars. TAN coordinators are fighting over campaign funds. I can go on and on but this absurdity of sharing the money will soon turn into implosions within the ruling party and the centre may no longer hold.
 The way things are going, the supporters of President Jonathan may soon go the way of the children of Moab and the children of Ammon and others who came against King Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20: 1- 25. Knowing that his people were too small with small number of horses and chariots Jehoshaphat feared these people, but he quickly set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout Judah. They all gathered themselves together to ask help of the Lord. Jehoshaphat prayed to God without ceasing. He challenged God to defend His name. He told his people not to worry about the size and strength for the battle is not theirs but God’s. He told his people:   Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you” 
I am told Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. The Bible tells us that Jehoshaphat appointed singers unto the Lord and that they should praise the beauty of his holiness as they went out before the Army and to say: “Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambush against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them. The enemies fought against themselves and Judah won without a fight. The rest is now history.
I foresee the same implosions in the house of PDP and I can see APC running away withl victory almost effortlessly in this election. I can see a PDP that is a house set upon itself. It was reported that this self consuming ennui is the reason why Jonathan after forcing INEC to grant a six weeks postponement, has practically taken over the presidential campaign of PDP. He practically relocated to Lagos, dishing out millions of dollars and other sundry patronages as a way of arresting the internal implosion that is threatening his re-election bid. How sharing dollars to sundry groups will reverse his bad electoral fortune borne out of non performance and tolerance to corruption, is another kettle of tea. But he wants to take charge, not trusting those who say they are working for him and in the process, abandoning governance to lead his re-election campaign.
 The 2015 presidential elections coming up on Saturday28 March 2015 has become one of the fiercest and hotly contested elections in the history of Nigeria since independence in 1960. Never in the history of Nigeria have I witnessed this kind of fierce campaigns and bitter political languages. There have been hate statement, mud slinging, threats, harassment, intimidation, brigandage, violence, killings, etc. A section of the media has pitched tents with the power that be and have put their hands, feet, heads, mouth, eyes and even their souls in the project to return President Jonathan at all cost. A few of our media houses in electronic and print working with some famous platforms in the social media have been helping in no uncertain terms to defend the interests of the common people’s yearning and aspirations. I want to appeal to APC supporters to be calm and recite the prayer above as many times as possible until victory is won against tyranny, oppression, repression and suppression.
 The Jonathanians have tried to cover one truth with a million lies but they have not succeeded. They have spent billions in both local and hard currencies to win this election at all costs but defeat stares them on the face. They have used the police, army, DSS, OPC and even MASSOB and yet no dice. They have massively deployed the media to help but all to no avail. They have engaged Nigeria’s fake pastors without success.
 In Lagos fake Chiefs, fake Ezes, fake traders, fake leaders etc have been deceiving and milking President Jonathan and his handlers without any tangible solution to PDP’s problems in Nigeria. The truth of the matter is that this election has been won and lost in favour of APC, just because Nigerians want change and can’t just continue doing the same thing and getting worse results for the past sixteen years.
Joe Igbokwe.

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