PDP And It’s Anti-Igbo History

By Ikenga Chronicles January 19, 2019

PDP And It’s Anti-Igbo History

–Dr. Vitus Ozoke

Why I resent the PDP, you ask? Well, it goes back to 1998. Venue was Jos Township Stadium. It was the first ever PDP National Convention. Late Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme had led a few other brave Nigerians, under the auspices of the G37, to confront Nigeria’s ruthless and brutal military dictatorship under Gen. Sani Abacha, insisting on the return of power to civilian leadership, after decades of military usurpation. It was not just brave, it was suicidal what Ekwueme did! It is arguable that Ekwueme’s pressure on Abacha contributed to the latter’s sudden death.

So when Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar took over power and opened up the political process for a democratic election, every Nigerian of every tribe, believed that Ekwueme should be the next president. What is today known as the PDP morphed from Ekwueme’s G37. It was thought to be a done deal that the PDP would nominate Alex Ekwueme as its presidential flagbearer in Jos.

Now, notice that the other major opposition party at the time, the joint Alliance for Democracy-All People’s Party (AD-APP), had already nominated Chief Olu Falae, a Yoruba man, as its presidential candidate. Falae was not going to pose any threat to Ekwueme. Even the Yoruba press had passed Falae to endorse Ekwueme.

But in March of 1998, at Jos Township Stadium, Nigerians, especially the Igbo (Ekwueme’s tribal brothers), were shocked when PDP, in an open daylight fraud, perpetrated by Ibrahim Babangida, stole the nomination from Ekwueme and handed it to Olusegun Obasanjo who had recently been released from prison. So, essentially, the two major political parties nominated Yorubas as their presidential candidates.

It was an enormous humiliation for Alex Ekwueme. It was a complete rejection of Ndi Igbo. Hundreds of lorries that brought thousands of ndi Igbo from all over Nigeria to Jos were at a standstill. Jos was just cold for Ndi Igbo. Ibrahim Babangida used a part of the enormous wealth he stole from Nigeria to buy Obasanjo’s nomination in Jos. Ekwueme was humiliated. It was political 1967.

Obasanjo would go on to pick Atiku Abubakar, a Fulani, as his running mate, and would go on to ‘win’ the general election. Ironically, it is the same Atiku Abubakar who is today PDP’s presidential candidate. Since its creation in 1998, PDP has never nominated an Igbo as its presidential candidate even though, per capita, the Igbo have the highest number of highly qualified, ready-to-go, presidential materials in the PDP rank and file.

So, for all you Igbo noisemakers out there, who have no sense of the history of the anti-Igbo enterprise called the PDP, but would come to lecture me on PDP and the Igbo interest, go screw yourselves! Look, it’s not about Atiku Abubakar, it’s about the PDP for me. I have taken time to essay PDP’s history with the Igbo. I hope you are guided by it. Otherwise, if you come on my wall to make any more ignorant arguments, I’ll just block you.