Creating credible opposition to APC
ONE of the concerns of political analysts, since the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the general elections to the rival All Progressives Congress (APC), is getting a credible and viable opposition to the incoming government.
As Nigeria moves closer to May 29 handover date, the fear is that none of the rival parties has the organized structure to put the incoming government on its toes “when found wanting, like the APC did to the outgoing PDP”
Reacting on the issue, National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), Comrade Kayode Ajulo, who is of the opinion that a very active opposition is important to keep the Muhammadu Buhari-led government on its toes, said that from all indications, “the PDP lacks what it takes to stand as opposition.”
According to him, “I did not see any party that can play the role of credible opposition and I don’t think there would be anything like opposition in the programme of the PDP.”
Justifying his position that the PDP cannot play the role of opposition to the APC government, Ajulo said, “When you look at the characters that made up the party, 90 per cent of them can never be in the opposition. You can see most of them have been silent all these days. Some people said may be because they lost the election but I say no!”
He however said that the LP is preparing itself to step into the opposition role adding, “It is our antecedent right from the day one and even now. What you need to do is to look at the political space of Nigeria and see who is filling the opposition position. Labour Party has taken that mantle of leadership and we would drive it with the people.”
He said the LP is going to take the role differently from the way the APC “which only aims and objectives was to get power at all cost and be in charge of the center, what we will do is that where the APC-led government is doing the right thing, we would praise them. We would even commend them to do more, but where they are found wanting, you should know that the Labour Party will never be quite.”