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How PDP Has Metamorphosed From Africa's Largest Political Party In 1999 To An Opposition In 2021

PDP was the only truly national party in 1999 and even though some politicians supported ANPP/AD candidate, Chief Olu Falae, they knew that it was Obasanjo that would win and it'd be a landslide victory. In 2003, PDP had no rival and so they won with a landslide victory. For a political party to prosecute the election for president of a country, you must be on the ground in every ward, local government, state, simply means every nooks and cranny of this country, at these periods only PDP had such presence.

In 2007, Buhari ran on the platform of ANPP against Yar'adua, Obasanjo's anointed but before that moment, ANPP was dead. Buhari's candidacy could only bring it alive and nothing more. There was no way PDP would have lost and it was not difficult to know before the election. Four years later, in 2011, ANPP had other plans and so Buhari had to form his party, CPC. But CPC was only accepted in some northern states and so a sincere political observer knew that Jonathan was going to win as he did.

After that and after Ogbulafor had boasted that PDP would rule for 60 years, the broken oppositions knew that they stood no chance to face the then Africa's largest political party if they didn't come together. Buhari and Tinubu, therefore, did the unthinkable. CPC, ACN, and Okorocha's faction of APGA formed the All Progressives Congress. Still, many Nigerians can not phantom that PDP could be defeated.

But immediately that coming together of those political parties happened, PDP was outnumbered, PMB to deliver the north, Jagaban to deliver southwest and the scattered votes in the east and south-south made it easier for APC to win the election, which was what later happened. Today, PDP has become an opposition party in Nigeria. Politics, like all other aspects of human life, is transient.

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