by Stanley Azuakola
One thing which no one can deny is that whoever came up with the idea of the African People’s Congress is very skilled at playing the game of politics.
Ordinarily, a party like that with individuals with individuals without clout pushing it (or fronting for it) would be launched with little or no media coverage. However since the announcement of the existence of the party which bears the same acronym as the All Progressive Congress, which is a merger of the nation’s major opposition parties, the attention it has attracted has been incredible. Even when Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and co. announced the formation of a party some time ago, it didn’t generate this much interest.
Yesterday, we learnt a few more things about this new party. Here are a few of them:
1. The party has its headquarters in Abuja, close to the Apo legislative quarters
2. It also unveiled its party logo, flag, emblem, emblem, manifesto and constitution. (Notice how bold the ‘APC’ is in the picture. And notice that the ‘people’s’ in the party’s name is spelt with an apostrophe before the ‘s’.) Also notice how this party seem to be at least two steps ahead of the All Progressive Congress on every count.
3. There is finally a face behind the name of the lawyer who wrote the letter of intent which was forwarded to INEC. His name is Barrister Samuel Nwokorie. (The picture was posted on the Osun Defender site and parts of the image especiallt that of Nwokorie behind bars must have been doctored)
4. The chairman of the African People’s Congress is Chief Michael Onyinye Ikeagwuonu.
5. Contrary to popular opinion that the party is a baby of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the chairman made a speech yesterday in which he was as vehemently critical of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he was about the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
For over a decade now, Nigerians have entrusted their political fortunes largely in the hands of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and other politicians who have shown a resounding emptiness of character, clearly unfit for any kind of leadership.
The PDP, ACN, ANPP,CPC etc has taken Nigeria on a journey to nowhere; taken our country on a political expedition without any road map or action plan. Since 1999, all we have to show for their political dominance is purposeless and rudderless leadership that has added little or no value to the lives and welfare of the average Nigerian. The collective achievements of these contraptions called PDP, ACN, and ANPP can best be likened to the dance of the penguins – one step forward, two steps backward – and the woes of our country continue to evolve from bad to worse.