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The Complex Nature of Nigeria Beyond Tinubu, Buhari – PDP Deputy Youth Leader

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Deputy National Youth Leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Timothy Osadolor, explains why Nigerians should vote for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in this interview with EL-AMEEN IBRAHIMin Abuja

How does the PDP resolve the dispute within the party?

I wouldn’t really know what you mean when you say litigation. If you are talking about political activities within the party, I will relate to that because it is only when a political party is alive that there are people who have different aspirations. Some want to run for this, some for that, and some even for what’s not available, but the truth and reality is that only one person can be president at a time. A senatorial constituency can only have one senator at a time. At a time, only one person can be governor of a state at a time. Even when there are more people competing for that position, ultimately there is only one person who will be elected.

So in the process of all these controversies and elections and solicitations of interests, people who are not seasoned politicians will think that these are disputes, but they are all internal workings of the party.

PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike have reportedly met in London to iron out their differences? What agreement did they reach?

You have seen the pictures of two brothers or two adults and other aged party statesmen; this is a welcome development. What else would you like to happen at the party? We all want unity in the party. Wike is a party stakeholder, and Atiku Abubakar is the party’s presidential flag bearer and is running in all 36 states, including Rivers, in the elections.

So if Wike and Atiku are seen together, he’s doing what he’s known for. Atiku is popularly known as the unifier. So he is trying to unify all governors and states to get the gains he needs. This is why it is called the unifier.

How do you intend to engage young people to work for the victory of the party in 2023?

The truth is that since 1999, the PDP has shown its ability to be one of the most youth-friendly parties in this country. Remember that it was only under the PDP that we had Dimeji Bankole as Speaker of the House of Representatives and also Patricia Etteh, as part of her gender-friendly nature, in the same House of Representatives. Several young people have served in the House of Representatives; some in their late thirties, under this PDP platform. The plan has always been there; the implementation may have been flawed one way or the other along the line. I believe that under the current National Working Committee headed by Senator Iyorchia Ayu; I believe that young people and women are the face of this party.

Don’t you think that the Labor Party gives more opportunities to young people than your party?

According to the statistics of the nomination forms for the houses of assembly, senate and presidency, more than 45% of those who bought them are young people. This is a significant improvement over what we had before.

So, I think it’s commendable and something that can be improved. You see, because you are a young person sitting at home, the power will not come your way.

Therefore, I encourage all young Nigerians to become active and participate more in the political process. And most importantly, register with a party like the PDP that has its interests at heart and is enshrined in principle in the constitution and party conventions.

How do you plan to galvanize youth participation in the 2023 general elections?

Just recently, the Office of the National Youth Leader of the PDP, with the support of the NWC, organized an ongoing three-day voter card awareness tour and we then rolled it out to state chapters.

As we speak, some state chapters and youth wings are directing this process to local governments and polling stations. It is part of the effort to rally the party and raise awareness among young people who are still undecided. It’s one thing to be a social media activist, and another to be part of the political process.

So we’re trying to say, “Leave activism, be part of the process. Get your PVC and speak through your votes. Because it’s the only way to hear your voice, not what you write on Mark Zuckerberg’s page. No votes will be taken and counted by INEC on Facebook or Instagram. Therefore, young people should direct their efforts in this direction.

What gives you confidence that the PDP will win with Bola Tinubu, Musa Kwankwaso and Peter Obi in the race?

We all know the truth; when you talk about the failures of the government of Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party; who brought him to power? A vote for Tinubu is a vote for the continued suffering and impoverishment of Nigerians.

If Buhari could do it in seven years, imagine another four years with Tinubu, the master “Agbado” and “Eko”. Nigerians cannot sleep in this banana state. So are you saying that those who cannot make ‘garri’ and ‘Eko’ cannot survive in Nigeria as Tinubu postulates?

The complex nature of this environment is beyond Buhari and Tinubu’s mental abilities.

With all due respect to Tinubu, his best days and years are truly behind him.

What do you think of the support Obi seems to enjoy among young people?

The Obi movement is just a passing fad. Omoyele (African Action Congress presidential candidate) Sowore wielded more power in 2019; in the end, he only got 34,000 or 36,000 votes. I tell you for free: if Obi gets 100,000 votes, let him go and celebrate. Obi is just a distraction. If I am Obi and I want to be a nationalist, Obi knows his master, and he has circulated in several publications that Atiku Abubakar is his boss. If Atiku Abubakar is his boss mentally, age-wise and administratively, why not support your boss and support Nigeria?

In your opinion, what should be done to remedy the insecurity in the country?

I tell people that Nigerians are the most docile people on earth. With all due respect to all Nigerians, the kind of insecurity and ignorance shown by the APC government of Division General President Muhammadu Buhari would land people in prison in other healthier climes.

Even in places like China and Japan, people were reportedly summarily executed. It is clear that the level of insecurity has degenerated in this country. Even though Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) and I are sitting here, a bomb may go off, and I can assure you that until the end of this world, nothing will happen to the perpetrators. Perpetrators of heinous crimes committed in this country are seen on television with video and sometimes live recording, such as during the release of other criminals from Kuje medium security prison.

If a maximum security prison like Kuje can be attacked, I wonder what will happen to you and me who don’t have private guards at home. The other day was the Abuja-Kaduna train, where more than 50 people were kidnapped. Some are still in captivity. The other day the terrorists were saying that if we offended them further they would capture the President and Governor of Kaduna State; isn’t that ridiculous? It’s heartbreaking.

It is terrible, and that is why all Nigerians in good conscience should remember that we once had peace. I had previously traveled from Zamfara to Okeri-borikoko in this country with no problem. The only party that guarantees this apart from the army is the PDP. It’s time, but it’s time for us to go home and go back to the clinic.

Would you say Nigeria is a bankrupt nation?

Nigeria is not yet a completely failed nation like Somalia, but if you take stock of failed nations, Nigeria should be at the top of the list. In the past eight months, isn’t it worrying that one dollar equals nearly 700 naira? If we are not a people without history, don’t you think that what is happening now, even our fathers, did not have to face all this? There were first-, second-, and third-time champions. What were the reasons? “Bad governance, they quoted. But there are no more men and women of goodwill who can say no to impunity because we have been intimidated by the policies of this nepotist government and that is shameful. However, we will never tolerate dictatorship.

What advice do you have for the president?

President Buhari should write his name in gold. He still has time to redeem himself, even now to resign honorably and return home. He admitted he failed, he has no idea. He admitted that he no longer had the energy or passion for this work. Apologize.