Democracy, traditionally, provides for the rule of the majority, and the contesting participation of the minority, in the sector of human sociopolitical endeavour having to do with the politics and governance of a people within a geographical expression. Recently in Nigeria, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) endured what public opinion saw as a "crisis" rather than the promotional effects of the practice of sound democracy, where the majority had their way and the minority had their say.
As it presently stand, the APC has moved on beyond that seeming crisis, having released the next stage of activities that would lead to the conclusion of the assignment delegated to the party's Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Commitee (CECPC) by the Party's National Executive Commitee, the second most important organ of the party.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had experienced the so called "crisis" in the last 2 weeks because some aggrieved members of the party chose to take an undue advantage of the minority ruling of the Supreme Court in the Jegede/Akeredolu Ondo State Governorship Election Appeal, to ask for the cancellation of the Ward Congress conducted by the party because they lost out of the struggle of having their interests defined within the framework of the party's Ward Congresses in their various localities.
It is heart-warming, therefore, for well-meaning members of the party, that the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party has weathered the storm that appeared to many as a crisis, and have made progress by the schedule to conduct the next round of congresses expected to usher in the National Convention of the Party, at which event the members of the next National Working Commitee (NWC) of the Party would be elected.
I therefore congratulate the incumbent leadership of the party for focusing on, and avoiding the distraction from the primary assignment delegated to them to vacate by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party. It is a mark of administrative control for a leadership to contain all shades of interests, opinions, protests and even ideas; and move all together in one direction for the good governance of all concerned.
With the 4 September 2021 date fixed for her Local Governmemt Congress, it shows that the APC CECPC has been able to achieve the coherentness of members of the party.
The contributions of the Vice President, the Progressives Governors' Forum, and certain members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in supporting the leadership of the party to overcome her apparent challenges, is commendable. They are the true heroes of the party. This shows the true direction the party has put before her to attain success as Nigeria approaches the 2023 General Elections.
The scheduled Local Govetnment Congress of the Party scheduled to hold on 4 September 2021 provides another opportunity for those who lost out in the Ward Congress to, again, attempt manifesting their interests one more time. Victory does not come to anyone who tries, fails and gives up. Victory only attains to those who try, fail and try again and again. This is indeed the beauty of democracy.
This has been the true life story of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the living example of the truth expressed above about trying, failing and trying again, and again. It is therefore expected that all the members of the ruling party in Nigeria will leave the past behind them, and join hands with the leadership of the party to prepare for how everyone would vacate his and her beats, to produce a formidable National Working Committee that will lead the party back to power in the transitional election coming up in 2023.
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