Nigeria’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be in as much disarray as the Labour party in UK with splits and court cases in the battle for leadership of the beleaguered opposition party.
The situation in Nigeria seems even more chaotic – as two federal high courts have given two different rulings on whether party’s annual convention tomorrow in the southern city of Port Harcourt should go ahead.
A ruling in the capital, Abuja, has cancelled the event, but a few hours earlier a high court in Port Court had said it should go on as planned.
The party also has two leaders, both of whom are powerful former governors:
- Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna – his faction is in favour of the convention
- Ali Sheriff, a former governor of Borno – his faction is against it and he views it as an attempt to oust him after falling out with some key players in the party.
All efforts to reconcile the two powerful camps have so far failed.
It is a sad state of affairs for a party which ruled Nigeria for 16 years until losing elections last year.
It also means that with so much infighting, the country’s main opposition is not focused in its job of holding President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to account.