In nine years of PDP pre-eminence, there has been very little growth in the economy; the cost of living continues to rise, public infrastructure is in a state of decay. The country's external reserves is big ($65 billion?), but the people at home are losing weight. There is so much anguish and anxiety in the land in the face of pervasive inefficiency and the failure of the rule of law. The average Nigerian remembers the PDP as the party of the late Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, Chris Uba, Okija shrine, Marshall Harry, Dikibo, the Odi massacre, the Bakassi sell-out, rising prices, nationwide insecurity, Niger Delta crisis and so on. And this is the political party that inflicted General Olusegun Obasanjo on Nigerians. Very few Nigerians are happy when they see the former PDP President. And after Obasanjo, the party has also inflicted on us. Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, under whose government we are all still suffering and smiling eighteen months later. Party Deceiving People truly?
The advantage that the PDP enjoys is the absence of a functional opposition. Government being the largest distributor of largesse, politicians in the opposition go across at night to lobby for favours from the ruling party. Members of the legislatures have lost the appetite for constructive objection. They are all unable to challenge the PDP hegemony and its power brokers. As PDP members celebrate the tenth anniversary of their party, Nigerians must worry about building a credible opposition and making the vote of the average Nigerian count. With the PDP, Nigeria has lost an opportunity in the last nine years or so, to develop the infrastructure for national renewal.
To Dr. Reuben Abati, I say to you in the language of my egba aunties and uncles , GBE'RE!!!