Structureless Party: Who Is Afraid Of He Mr Peter Obi?

Since the former governor of Anambra State, HE Mr Peter Obi, emerged the presidential candidate of Labour Party for the 2023 general presidential election, many supporters of the main opposition parties have not ceased from lampooning him. From the ridicules that Labour Party has no structures across the nation to the mockery that he is a stingy person, the attacks flows freely unabated.

Since the former governor of Anambra State, HE Mr. Peter Obi emerged as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general presidential election, many supporters of the main opposition parties have not ceased lampooning him. From the ridicule that Labour Party has no structures across the nation to the mockery that he is a stingy person, the attacks flow freely unabated. Some of my close friends, worried by the issue of no structure, had to reach my inbox to express their deep concerns. And as should be expected, I advised them not to worry over such claims because they hold no water. I backed my persuasive advice with points worthy of note.

The man of the moment - Mr. Peter Obi that is - became the governor of Anambra State through a relatively new and unpopular political party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA at a time when his dear home state is in dire need of transformative governance. 'Is Anambra cursed or are we the curse?' was the question he came forward with. Then, he added to his slogan, 'If you love Anambra State, say YES to Mr. Peter Obi'. The rest today is history as to how he left his talk. He does what he says! He did not stop there. He went around every nook and cranny of the state, meeting the grassroots and sharing leaflets by himself. And when the election came, his party which barely had any structure across the state at the time won the gubernatorial elections. Upon that his mandate was stolen, he went to challenge it at the court and won.

He assumed office with visionary leadership, transforming the state's socioeconomic aspect with the implementation of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, SDG in what is known as the Anambra State Integrated Development Strategy, ANIDS. ANIDS was simply a structural framework his administration as governor used to develop every area of Anambra simultaneously. Thus, no part of the state was left unattended. He covered every town of the state with the provision of social amenities and necessary infrastructures. This is Peter Obi! Now a Presidential candidate with Labour Party; a party presumed to have no structures, is this same visionary leader loved by many Nigerians going to make history once again in 2023? This seems to be the fear shivering the main opposition parties, hence, the needless unabated attacks and propaganda being meted against him on daily basis.

Perhaps, Mr. Mike Asukwo, a veteran cartoonist was right when he realized that what the mercenaries of the opposition meant by 'structure' lacked by the LP is 'Stomach infraSTRUCTURE'; a structure by which food items are shared to voters/electorates in return for a vote at the polling units. Whatever the case may be, whoever is afraid of the Labour Party presidential candidate should know that there is no stopping a revolutionary movement whose time has come. In my recent article entitled, "Ndi Igbo, What We Have We Have", I explained that we are currently experiencing an ideological revolution; one that has never been experienced in our dear country before. 

As necessity is the mother of invention, our dear fellow countrymen, women, and youths who have suffered excruciatingly unbearable anguish of hunger are the ones championing this revolution. They champion it because they are so tired of the status quo of the consumption economy. They champion it because we need to take back our country from the hands of those that are toying with it. Revolution is an extreme change that can have a far-reaching effect on the citizens of any country. And for us Nigerians, this ideological revolution is birthed on the need to effect a change in our body politic; the need to effect a transformation in the socio-economic and political conditions of our dear nation.

Therefore, this current wave of ideological revolution we are experiencing in the dear country sparked by the entrance of Mr. Peter Obi as a presidential candidate is being motivated by the burning desire to have a production economy. Russia and China became what they are today because their respective citizens staged a revolution in 1917 and 1949 respectively. The result of that revolution in Russia was a change of government from a constitutional monarchy under the Tsars to a Marxist-Leninist state under the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Lenin who transferred means of production from private owners to the government.

The Chinese, on the other hand, went from military dictatorship by Chiang Kai-shak and his Kuomintang (KMT) nationalist party to a Marxist-Leninist state under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) marking a shift in social power to the peasantry. And both of these events involved massive upheavals in government and socio-economic class structures. For us in Nigeria, the self-acclaimed giant of Africa, the time is auspicious for us to reset the ugly system that rigs against us, the common masses, and the collective future of our nation. It has become high time that our infrastructure and security must be prioritized, and a proactive person like the two-term former governor of Anambra State is most suitable to deliver this new systematic development for our good.

For good sixteen years since we transitioned from military rule to a civilian government, we had the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP administers governance, and then came the All Progressives Congress, APC with the mantra of change running for disastrous eight years. Altogether, in twenty-four years since we began the fourth republic, we have been dwelling heavily on the importation of what we have the resources to produce in the country. This has to stop! It is the time for us to have a change in government very different from the two main parties that have ruled our country for over two decades. And we can only affect this change through the platform of a hitherto unpopular political party. For Nigeria to mark a shift in social power, we should transition from the APC to Labour Party, LP. And when that is done, the labor of our heroes' past is justified not to be in vain. 

For our economy to effectively transform from consumption to production economy, it takes a massive upheaval in government and socio-economic class structures. The reason why our graduated engineers became skit makers for Facebook is that there is dearth of industries in the country. The reason why our graduated scientists became tweakers - dancing away their waist on Instagram is that there is a dearth of research facilities in the country. The reason why our unemployed people became pundits for Twitter is that investors have relocated to other countries. So much more. It is therefore imperative to make provisions for our graduated Engineers, Nurses, Doctors, Agriculturists, etc. to be genuinely employed and it is only a government brought in through a revolution that can offer us this transformational policy.

We must force the government to create an enabling environment for job opportunities that can employ our teeming number of unemployed youths and that's what Peter Obi's government is set to offer us, Nigerians. China produces 800, 000 new engineers every year and despite that, they have adequate provisions as per employment opportunities for their Engineers; they export the surplus to countries such as ours, and amass diaspora remittance. Our roads are built by Chinese engineers. Isn't it a beautiful colour of shame that foreigners are taking up job opportunities that our own graduated Engineers are supposed to take? This nonsense must stop, and it is high time it stopped!

By Chukwudịmma Aaron-Okonkwọ

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