History Will Be Kind To PDP, Jonathan –– Adegbuyi
• ‘History Beckons On African Statesman’
Far from the impression that the March 28 presidential election would be a loose-loose narrative for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, former chieftain of the rested pro-democracy group (NADECO), Chief Bisi Adegbuyi, contends that the outcome, if unfavourable to the party, would still be recorded in history as a great achievement for the PDP.
Adegbuyi, who is a stalwart of the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), told The Guardian during a chat on Friday, that while the coming election is a very important one to the country, the palpable tension being generated is actually needless. According to him: “We can turn the disappointment of the postponement to a blessing if the anti-democratic forces would call themselves to order and realise that life in opposition is not a sentence to imprisonment. What it does is to provide an opportunity for a process of self-examination, going back to the drawing board and get the electorate to buy into their newly packaged strategy after loosing the election to the opposition.
It is not a loose-loose position for the PDP; history will still be kind to them for handing over peacefully to the opposition.”
President Jonathan, according to him, should look at the bigger picture of becoming a hero of some sort and join the enviable league of African leaders who had done so in the past in Ghana, Senegal, Malawi and Mauritius. The president will be remembered for laying a solid foundation for competitive democracy anchored on the conduct of free, fair, credible elections, which, according to Adegbuyi, must not only be done but must be manifestly seen to have been done.
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