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Demola Olarewaju @DemolaRewaju
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Having joined the PDP as a matter of my own personal ideology which made the then AD anathema for me, the idoelogical differences between both parties have always been clear to me and I push this most times.

Recently though, I think @DoubleEph has been able to do so effectively.
DoubleEph has done threads recently that explain the differences in approach of the APC and the PDP to the Economy and to businesses - far better than I or anyone not versed in economic matters can.

The summary (as I see it):

PDP stands for Prosperity,
APC stands for Poverty.
For me though, I didn’t see these when I joined the PDP.

What I saw was a glimpse of AD around 2004 to 2006: a party locked in ethnic politics that could never manage to extricate itself because it simply never saw the grand vision of Awolowo or Bola Ige and so misunderstood it.
Awolowo was an ‘ethnic champion’ because he believed in order to be a good Nigerian, you must first be a good ...”wherever you come from in Nigeria”.

But Awolowo was a deep thinker for Nigeria and if he had attained federal power, would have proven himself a foremost nationalist
Ige also before he died used to speak of a political realignment where he saw the AD dissolving into a more nationalist party with clear progressive goals.

He was born in Kaduna, speaking Hausa as his first language and so had to ‘prove himself’ so to speak, to the Yorubas.
To then lock both Awo and Ige into an ethnic prism from which the then AD leaders refused to move on From was a huge conflict with me as a person.

Because my best friend in primary school was Hausa or Fulani (I didn’t then know the difference), and at home, it was an Igbo person
Exposure to both cultures so early in Surulere kept me free from many ethnic biases that others have and in my engagement since then, I’ve always shunned ethnic associations - being proud of who I am as Yoruba but taking no exceptional pride in it as if it’s something I achieved.
How could a party aspiring to lead Nigeria be one where meetings would be conducted in Yoruba language?

Others may have seen nothing wrong with it but for me, it was anathema and PDP was more reflective of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Then coming to APC and PDP today...
If the APC alignment with CPC was a union of political ideologies, then perhaps I wouldn’t be so hard on the party or disgusted by it.

That the so-called Yoruba progressives are in bed with the most conservative feudalists ever from the North is a huge political problem.
So I see the political ideological differences between PDP and the APC as clearly as I see the economic difference but my party must look to the likes of Feyi to explain it in clearer terms for people to understand and for those of us who have chosen to be political to amplify.
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