Doyin Okupe, the former senior special assistant to former president Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to on-going friction between the All Progressives Congress and Senate President Bukola Saraki.
According to him, he hopes the party doesn’t break up due to the on-going trial that has beleaguered Senator Saraki, at the Code of Conduct over alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.
Okupe added that anything that affects the party is also a threat to the Nation.
Okupe took to his Facebook page on Thursday, September 25, to share his message to Nigerians.
He said: “I did in the past predict that the APC will break up, but that was before the APC formed the government. Now that they are in government, it is not in my interest or that of any reasonable or patriotic Nigerian to wish that they break up.
“A break up of the APC now has the capacity to undermine the current political process and the entire political dispensation we are passing through to the detriment of the country and the innocent masses.
“But what is currently going on is ominous and dangerous and will require wisdom and extreme tact from all the dramatis personae, remembering always that an ill wind does not blow anyone any good.”
According to Okupe, Nigerians should not see the trial of Saraki as a ‘soap opera’but as a bad omen for democracy.
He said: “To ordinary watchers of Nigerian politics, the on-going ordeal of the Senate President may be an interesting soap opera. But to more discerning minds, it is nothing short of a tragic comedy.
“Over the years, Nigerian politicians fail over and over again to convince anybody that they actually learnt anything from our chequered political history. This is why we have had many republics in our national history.
“Winston Churchill said the failure to act when action would have been simple and effective, lack of good reasoning, and confusion of counsel, all these lead to endless repetition of history.”
Although Okupe noted that he’s not a friend of Saraki because he (Saraki) dumped the PDP in 2014 and contributed to the failure of the party during the last elections, the former President’s aide revealed he’s not a critic of the Senate President.
Okupe added that he was in no way protecting Saraki but the overall interest of Nigerians.
He said: “I am personally not a supporter of Dr. Saraki and for good reason. He spearheaded the demolition of the PDP and the eventual catastrophic electoral misfortune of the Goodluck Jonathan presidency. Neither am I a detractor of the Senate President.”
Okupe new position contradicts his earlier stance on the party.
Okupe had, in December 2013, said that he would change his name if APC still existed after one year due to what he described as lack of leadership deficiency shortly after it was founded.
Okupe had said: “What kind of political party is that and you are taking them seriously,” he continued, “It is a politically defective and weak organisation, and by coming to the national stage, the wind is going to blow them open. If they don’t crumble and disappear by 2014, don’t call me Okupe. The APC boat is destined for the Red Sea.
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