The current focus on Senator Bukola Saraki and the APC rebels, most of whom decamped from PDP for whatever personal or strategic considerations, basically misses the point. We ignore the main architect of the legislative coup, Senator David Mark, as well as why the coup was even possible in the first place. We should also be focussing on what the immediate ramifications are for Buhari, the APC and the Nation.
In the immediate aftershock of their electoral disgrace, Jonathan’s defeated army blamed everyone but themselves for the loss and almost kicked everyone out of the PDP (who was not from the South East or the Niger Delta), which would have reduced them to a regional, ineffective and noisy irritants at best. Enter Senator David Mark, former Senate President and a retired General. He apparently moved to gather what remained of their rank, bringing together those who were not happy with Adamu Mu’azu along with the few that remained in PDP who, though they knew they could not “market” Jonathan to any one, were still hoping to inherit what remained of the PDP and move on. He strategized correctly that the “enemy” camp is not as united as it would appear, and that the dispirited PDP could use the divisions to its own advantage, and remain relevant until the next polls. Continue Reading