I felt like embracing Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade for a few weeks when he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to go to the People’s Partners Congress (APC).
Wasn’t it because I worked with an elected President on the AXC platform? Absolutely not. Yes, I never liked the PDP, because I felt that there was a lot of lawlessness in the party, but I was always honest enough to give it to some governors who performed their duties within the party. I always mentioned Rotimi Amaechi from Rivers province (he was still in the PDP at the time), Danjuma Goje from Gombe province and others. Distinguished for good work in their states.
When the Popular Front came and nominated Muhammadu Buhari for the presidency in 2014, I gladly dropped my membership in the party, not as a registered member. Wherever Buhari goes, I go too.
Ayada’s transition to APK was very good for the party. The more governors, the happier you are and the better your chances of maintaining power at the center. We’ll go back to that, but first of all, the reason I’m happy with Ayadeh is to think about a warm hug.
Listen to the governor explain why he crossed the carpet: “After seeing and recognizing his president and his commitment to this country, his nationalist stance, and his efforts to bring Nigeria to where it is today, we must join hands with him to build a proud Nigeria.
“All governors must accept that there is no party that is important, that there is character, honor, and commitment to the meeting of this great nation.”
That sounds great to me. Because if something is not enough in our country, it is love for the nation. Some Nigerians are really happy when negative things happen in their country. They rejoice in innocence and evil, and think that the earth is in someone without knowing that it is the last loser. They swallowed the poison and thought it would kill their neighbors. Poor thing!
These are the virtues such as character, honor, commitment, self-sacrifice, transparency, which President Buhari bestowed and which Gov Ayade saw and brought to the Popular Front, which did not reach our blessed but unhappy country. This is the reason for the intended embrace. Cross River State has always been a PDP and may still be so to a large extent, but Ayade did not oppose it. He acted with enough love for the country to know that there was no way to go without considering the personal consequences of his former party.
Now listen to the one who completely entertained me. The governor approached the president and spoke to reporters covering the State House. He said to them, “What will I gain? If police stations are attacked, if policemen are killed, if soldiers are killed, if there are kidnappings everywhere, it does not make the ruling party popular, and that is good for me. My party is likely to win. But that’s what I want to leave. The cumulative effect of this, you note when your country is facing blood. Accidental impact is when your country becomes unmanageable over a period of time.
“So why don’t we join hands with a party that says we’re open rather than at war with each other?”
This is the essence of my admiration for the verse. Decamponization is not seriously related to itself, but to our country. Patriotic love. This is food to think about. Something we need to think about and check ourselves in the mirror. Michael Jackson sang a song about a man in the mirror. “I start with the man in the mirror, asking him to change paths.”
Yes, Nigerians are men in the mirror. We must change our ways. You rejoice when Boko Haram kills our troops. You are the man in the mirror. You rejoice when bandits take students captive. You are the man in the mirror. You dance when bombs and explosives explode and kill innocent souls. You are the man in the mirror. When the economic indicators are announced and things are looking down, you do it from the roof. But when the economy makes a profit, you pretend you don’t know. You are the man in the mirror. It’s time to learn from the verse. It’s time to change your ways and think about Nigeria first. This is a lesson in neutralization, even if it involves large personal expenses.
But if we can make some political permutations (it is allowed) Gov Ayade, scored a goal for the APC, the same thing that Ebonyi’li Gov Dave Umahi did months ago. The APC started this period with about 24 governors, while the PDP had 12. All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has had a leadership it has done so far. Due to conflicts and internal strife, the APC was reduced to 19 governors. They lost to the PDP, which began to show strong demonstrations. And then, Umahi came. Ayade came. Unknowingly, the APC returned to 21 governors again. The winner gets everything, the loser is small.
By the nature of our policy, the more states you control, the easier it is to win the presidency. The APC has 21 and still counts. We are sure that some things will happen in the coming months. The gain of the APC will be the loss of the PDP.
Expelled from the states of Edo and Bayelsa, what the APC has lost in the South is now owning the Cross River in the kitty. Things are looking. Politics is still a game of numbers.
But outside of politics, I think we need to wreath Governor Ayade. He acted not only for himself, but for the good of the country. Deserves our praise and imitation. If we first thought about the good of our country, then we would change our ways.
I connect with the man in the mirror and ask him to change his ways.
* Adesina is President Bukhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Promotion