During a luncheon at the White House in 1954, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain made a pithy and sententious remark whose echo still reverberates till today. He said: “It is better to jaw jaw than to war war”.
Since the national leadership and other organs of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) took an innovative decision to adopt President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a consensus candidate to fly the flag of the party in the February 2015 General Elections, there seems to be some disquiet in the party. Even in the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), the competition for the party’s ticket is tearing members apart. All things are not adding up; some are applauding this aspirant, some are kicking against the other, like brigands on the highways or a riotous crowd in the amphitheatre.
But what most people forget to understand is that in a human arrangement nothing is perfect, such developments are therefore not unexpected. It is difficult, if not impossible, to please everybody. Even within a family setup, there are bound to be disagreements between siblings and between the husband and wife. Divergence of views is an ingrained order of the universe. The ability to hold unto one’s opinion is what makes humanity unique, what makes change and progress inevitable and possible. But what is nobler and more creative is when we disagree to agree. This is where the consensus issue comes in. When a party or a group of people come together and agree to support someone for a particular position, nothing is undemocratic about it, it is their inalienable right. The same thing applies if the same people wake up tomorrow to canvass a different view. Full article