Newly Crowned Elder Statesman, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
He deserves the very top spot on this list, irrespective of him being heralded, especially, internationally as the “Hero of Post-Election Peace” in Nigeria. Even though Nigerians are grateful to him for the manner in which he quickly conceded defeat, a move which saved the country another round of post-election violence and made him dignified even in defeat, his political miscalculations and perceived indecision and weakness all summed up to make him the first incumbent Nigerian Head of State to lose a presidential election. And irrespective of his bold statement that he has been in “caged” for 16 years (which makes me wonder why he wanted to be re-elected for a second term, if that was truly the case), he will be counting the cost of this defeat for a very long time.
APC’s Microphone, Rotimi Amaechi
If the election results in Rivers State are not overruled, then Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, governor of Rivers State is a big loser in this years’ polls. Even though his party won the presidential seat at the polls, that victory is not altogether enough to make Amaechi a happy man again. Being the spokesperson of his party, the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), his failure to deliver his state to the party will not go down well with him. The Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council could do little as his party was trounced in a state where he is the governor, at the hands of the his arch rival, the Dame Patience Jonathan-backed Nyesom Wike of the PDP. Amaechi may be an integral part of the incoming APC-led federal government, but back home in the South South, his influence has been significantly whittled down.The “Benue Heavyweights,” Mark and Suswam
The news that Benue State, which was formerly a stronghold of the PDP is now to be an APC state for the foreseeable future (at least the next four years) did not come as a surprise. The people of the state had already rejected the party before the polls, alleging that the government is insensitive to the plight of the people. This allegation is as a result of the non-payment of the salaries of civil servants in the state, since the fall in oil prices. Not even the combined might of a two-time Senate President and an incumbent governor could stop the APC from snatching a hard-fought victory in the state. The unpopularity of the PDP in the state almost cost David Mark the ticket to Nigeria’s Upper Legislative Chamber while Governor Suswam’s act of gunning for the senatorial seat of his zone and at the same time trying to install his candidate, Terhemen Tarzoor, as governor of the state was deemed “too selfish.” Now, in the 8th Nigerian senate, David Mark will seat, not as a President – a position which he has held since 2007, but as a member of the house. What becomes of both men in the Nigerian political arena in the years to come is left to be seen.
Lagos PDP Through Jimi Agbaje
These are not the best of times for the PDP nationwide, more so in Lagos state. The party’s huge losses at the polls is made much worse by the fact that Lagos state is the de facto nerve center of the APC. Depending on how the APC goes about governing both the country and the state, the once-dominant PDP may be reduced to oblivion. The PDP’s sudden loss of prominence will definitely instigate a flurry of realignments and defections into the new ruling party. The losses will be asphyxiating no doubt, but the PDP’s continued survival and robustness in Lagos state is crucial for the democracy over there, else the “Center of Excellence” runs the risk of becoming a one-party state where no-one dares question or check the excesses of the ruling party. Four years is not eternity; 2019 is not as far as it seems. There’s enough time between now and then for the party to rediscover itself and mount a greater challenge.
PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu
There have been calls for his resignation by some PDP faithfuls following the outcome of this elections. This has been the worst performance of the party since its inception in 1998. And although, the loss (or better put, the fall) of this great party from dominance is not entirely his fault, a leader must shoulder the responsibility for the outcomes of events, whether good or sour. The party failed woefully even in states it had control before the elections. States like Niger, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Katsina and Adamawa were governed PDP. And having come out with outstanding victories in the 2011 polls, it was expected that states like Lagos, Kwara, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Kano, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers, were supposed to be recaptured, thereby consolidating their dominance but instead, the reverse was the case. Except he defects to the APC, he may cease to be relevant in Nigerian politics as his CV is not an enviable one at all.
Mr. Vice President, Namadi Sambo
Call him humble and loyal and you may not be wrong, but all those qualities will not stop him from leaving the Aso Villa come May 29. Even his status as the incumbent Vice President and a one-time governor of Kaduna could not ward off a heavy loss for his party in his home state. Though no-one really expected him to deliver the North or even the North West to the PDP, the low-key and ever-smiling Vice President should have brought much more to the table in the March 28 and April 11 elections than he ended up doing.
His first entry into politics was in 2011 when he contested the presidential seat of the nation under the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with the incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was the flag-bearer of the PDP. The revered former anti-corruption boss’ probably thought that he had done enough with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to deserve a seat in Aso Villa. In 2015 general elections, however, he contested for the governorship seat of Adamawa State on the platform of the PDP, which he joined from the APC in 2014 under controversial circumstances. However, it was not to be as the party was already doomed to fail in the elections which landed him as an embarrassing third-choice candidate in the polls. We begin to wonder if the story would have been different had he remained in APC as a one-time flag-bearer in the presidential race for the defunct ACN.
Niger State Governor, Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu
The Niger State governor, who has hitherto taken pride in the assumed fact that he is a “political powerhouse ” in the North failed disgracefully in the just concluded general elections. He first failed to ensure that the PDP won his state in the presidential polls. Secondly, his bid to win the senate also did not succeed as the APC candidate defeated him to clinch the ticket and also his prefered candidate in the gubernatorial elections in the state, Umar Nasko also lost under his watch. This has questioned his supposed status as a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian political equation. With this decline in his popularity, with the PDP still in power, one begins to wonder what will happen in the days ahead with the APC in power. Defection seems to be the only way out, Mr. Aliyu.