Atiku, Wike and PDP: Now is the time to sip the milk of truce
Political lizards from other parties are seen trying to infiltrate the open rift created after the PDP presidential primary and the choice of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Delta State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, respectively as standard bearer and vice-presidential candidate.
By Akinrogun Alaba Yusuf
“Don’t be afraid to negotiate, but don’t negotiate out of fear” – late US President, John F. Kennedy
Since human actions are subject to situations of friction and conflict, the art of lifting humanity out of troubled waters and out of crisis control is at the heart of peaceful human coexistence.
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For the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria, conflict resolution and crisis management are based on a proverbial plank, which says: “although the teeth and the tongue are housed in the small room called the mouth, the two do not don’t agree to get along, especially when the teeth are biting and bloody”. language. Neither will leave the house for the other. Deep wisdom.
There would never have been a war if humans imitated the logic of the cohabitation of teeth and tongue. Because it is much cheaper and more profitable to chew the jawbone than war war.
In fact, the classic practice of public relations respects the creation of an agreement for mutual benefit and community or national development.
Therefore, PR spends valuable time and space on brand perception and reputation protection. PR dwells on the implosion and explosion of human affairs, through the mechanism of conflict prevention and resolution.
Ditto for Ubuntu’s philosophy of African hospitality. The unified commonality of “I am, because we are”.
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Each spoke has a role to play in stabilizing the bike wheel on track, when properly articulated to a proper coordinating hub. The same applies to human association.
No wonder, political philosophers of old postulated that “a political party is a registered assembly or association of like-minded people who seek to attain power, ready to fight for it and share governance after election victory. “.
Establishing such a high podium for human competition, no doubt, opens the concrete floor for friction, lobbying, haggling, bickering, bashing, brick-hitting, and political theatrics. All is fair in war, they say.
But when the going gets tough and cracks appear in human affairs, warring parties should heed the sage advice of the assassinated 35th President of the United States of America, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, famous for his stance on the restorative citation of the negotiation:
“Don’t be afraid to negotiate, but don’t negotiate out of fear.”
To be frank, no word or situation is hard enough to require a scalpel to slice through like bread.
For example, the winner of the canceled presidential election of 1993, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, MKO for short, lived by these axioms: “the bigger the head, the bigger the headache.” Only crabs are saved from the headache because they are headless. Who wants to be a crab?
The liberal politician and mercurial business tycoon has often called for cooperation and collaboration among people, thus: “No man can clap with one hand. And it is not possible to shave a man’s head in his absence. Harrowing truth.
Recently, political lizards from other parties are seen trying to infiltrate the open rift created after the PDP presidential primary and the choice of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Delta State, the Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, respectively as flag bearer and vice-presidential candidate.
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The relevance of the aforementioned positions on conflict prevention and resolution cannot be overemphasized in the face of the seemingly incessant intra-party friction or “war of attrition” in the country’s main opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Nevertheless, the time has now come to mend the cracks and cement the bonds of unity in diversity, through a clear demonstration of fair mediation and a genuine rebuilding of the mansion to provide comfortable rooms for all to strive and prosper.
Lest political soldiers of fortune and vultures who profit from war, like the APC and Labor, find a free meal on the carcass of an elephant (PDP). This is an avoidable, but always redeemable conflict. Leave the men involved, rotate their positions and make peace halfway. It’s doable !
Fortunately, but unfortunately, the abyssal level of bad governance in the country; total disunity and insecurity, lack of equity, fuel shortage, hyperinflation, comatose economy, total disregard for education, mass unemployment, disastrous public health situation and state of despair; are clues as to why PDP cannot afford to drop the ball, over intra-party squabbles.
Nigeria must be saved now, and at all legitimate costs!
And here is the glove for true statesmen; like the detribalized and defender of democracy, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; and the exuberant Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, aka ‘Mr. Project’ and ‘Talk and Do Man.’
History will etch the names of the two gladiators in gold, if they can sip the milk of truce and go forward as one, to save our nation from the clutches of impending death under the APC.
The recent visit by the state governors of Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos to the garden city of Port Harcourt was not necessarily to taste the periwinkle pepper soup or savor the flavor of Bonny gin. This special assignment was at the request of exponent “Emi Lokan”, the self-glorifying and ambitious APC presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a seasoned political fox and war horse.
Governor Wike and his many supporters should see past the probable “Lion of Bourdillion” carrots. A man who cannot offer honesty can never be dependable on loyalty.
It is absolutely indefensible for any politician worth their salt to market a ruling party that has abandoned governance and sunk a thriving economy to become the headquarters of global poverty. Who cursed Nigeria?
Our compatriots are in agony; whether at home, on the road, on the farm, on the train (if available) or even in the air! “Which Way Nigeria?”
Therefore, as our Muslim compatriots celebrate Eid Fitri, to mark selfless sacrifice, common good and hope for a better future; the burden of proof of astute leadership and political savvy lies with the PDP stakeholders, to save the political house they built in 1998, which brought Nigeria into economic boom and prosperity, from collapsing before our very eyes!
Finally, it is high time for a parliament, a truce, a meeting or a better liaison between the members of the PDP; to present a united front against the exhausted APC force in the upcoming elections.
The Big Umbrella Party, PDP, must now live up to its traditional damage limitation track record of “sealing deals as family business.”
After all, war is an additional locomotive to drive diplomacy to the desired destination.
Let there be a court of honor, please, where men will speak from their hearts and proclaim unity for national development.
Anything less can break the rope of the hill of hope and plunge the country further down an irremediable slope.
“Let those who have ears hear. It seems to me!
- Chef Alaba Yusuf, an international publicist and communications strategist, wrote from London