As 2023 is gradually narrowing, political electioneering will begin in earnest and in not distance time, politics will inch towards election datelines. Already, political documents have become more frequent a working tool, they have been moved from office shelves to political tables.
Political entities and politicians alike are giving their to-do lists a second look, shrewdly, to keep up with the Joneses. While some are tightening loose ends, others are strategizing or re-strategizing to be more competitive against previous dead ends that greeted their 2019 race.
In many political parties and geopolitics, stakeholders are caving various leeway to navigate through politicians intrigues. Partly to resolve disagreements and also ensure that power is not been hoard by constituent of people with the numerical strength. Zoning, is doctrinal in PDP. It is an arrangement backed by Section 3.02; 1 to 6 of the party’s Constitution.
The PDP Constitution as amended in 2017 on zoning, negotiations and consensus (i.e Chapter 1, paragraph 7.3C which States that, “adhering to the policy of the rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, Justice and fairness.”
To do away fears, Sanga and Jema’a, already, have a valid working document: the 2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The document has not been tinkered with but, to make it binding requires principle and strong moral attitude than political might. Besides, the MoU was engineered in principle and it’s sanctity should also be protected and uphold in principle. The pertinent question: if the MoU was morally sensible in 2019 what makes it senseless now?
A working document, in itself, is not a conflict resolver until those who generated it adhere to what they initially developed and agreed upon. From all indications, this isn’t the case as some politicians are head-bend on making the MoU a mere tissue paper. In the mind of some politicians, the MoU have been marooned like a wasteland and to some is like a guiding angel. In the overall, the need to abide by the MoU is vital and necessary -too.
As part of the resolution reached in 2018 between Jema’a and Sanga LGA PDP. In the MoU, is agreed that, “Jema’a LG shall be allowed to contest for the seat of House of Representatives in 2019 to 2023(one term).
“That, Sanga LG shall be allowed to contest for the House of Representatives seat in 2023 for two terms, after which Jema’a LG shall have the slot for a two term period as it rotates.
“That , the incumbent member of the House of Representatives be endorsed to continue in.2019 to 2023 to avoid bringing in a new person who can disrupt the entire agreement.”
This lofty agreement needs to reach the finish line. The main sticky point is, the MoU came to being in 2018, primarily, to ensure zoning and now, it must be respected to avoid tit-for-tat impulsion between those who want to renege(opponents) and those who want to give the MoU a fresh oxygen (proponents). I’m urging all those supporting the MoU to approach 2023 with assymetrical counter-measure that will guarantee the survival and implementation of the MoU.
To those who are trying to renege on the MoU, they are simply a clog in the wheel of progress. However, the MoU did douse down tension among contending logics in 2019 and it has the potential to calm dilated nerves amid 2023.
2023 will come with a lot of surprises, a far cry from what occured in 2019. In 2019, a lot of elements that tailored the MoU didn’t envisaged that it was good as much as being bad. Though, whether it is good or bad now depend on the side of the isle one is currently standing. Like I said prior now, to make any MoU vital lies largely on the integrity of the elements involved in the whole processes.
Those who want to circumvent the veracity of the MoU must tread with caution, their decision can turn out to be their political albatross tomorrow. Jettisoning the MoU enroute 2023 will not only be catastrophic but, a tragic flaw.