Festus Keyamo, a prominent Nigerian lawyer, and politician, has described the decision of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to wear black attire during their recent protest to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office as a signal of the party’s final burial.
According to him, the protest was more than just a demonstration but a funeral procession to bury the undertakers of PDP who have refused to adhere to the principle of zoning.
The principle of zoning is a political arrangement in Nigeria where political parties alternate the positions of power between the different regions of the country. The idea behind zoning is to ensure that all regions of the country are represented in the government and that no region is left behind in the scheme of things.
However, the PDP, which is one of the major political parties in Nigeria, has been accused of neglecting the principle of zoning, which has led to several internal crises.
Keyamo believes that the recent protest by the PDP leaders was a sign that the party is on its death bed. He argues that the party has refused to learn from its past mistakes and has failed to address the concerns of its members. According to him, the PDP has become a shadow of its former self and is no longer a formidable force in Nigerian politics.
The protest by the PDP leaders was against the out come of February 25, 2023 presidential election. The PDP leaders believe that the President-Elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu rigged his was to the top seat.
The PDP leaders, who were dressed in black attire, marched to the INEC office to register their displeasure over Tinubu’s victory. Keyamo believes that the protest was a last-ditch effort by the PDP to remain relevant in Nigerian politics. However, he argues that the party’s refusal to adhere to the principle of zoning has led to its downfall.