What GEJ’s PDP is doing is sharpening the contradictions in the Nigerian political space. Those wary of the establishment antecedents of the opposition are now being forced to make a stand against what we dare not allow go on, this culture of impunity and unrefined silliness at the highest levels.
Could not the GEJ PDP have avoided this either-or by executing an honest minded economic and political programme? Would that not have cost less than now dusting up a 20 year old play book from pig headed leadership times in a country of then little expectations?
The tragedy of GEJ and his PDP is that of short term compromises taken against even mid-term realities. Some of the things they are doing, IBB had a leisurely 8 years to get away with it, then Abacha had another leisurely 5 years. But that was in the 80s and 90s. And 15 years 20 years ago is barely 3 years today.
To do these things 20 years later and think it would work is a sort of optimism that would have been admirable were it not tragic. And were it not a matter of flesh and blood people and not mere statistics.