Former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, says it is politically unrighteous that while other climes are making frantic efforts to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions within their bounds, some elements in the seat of power under the APC administration are hatching and stealthily advancing the idea of foisting a one-party system on Nigeria.
Responding to comments attributed to APC National Chair Umar Ganduje, the former Kano Governor was quoted as saying “…We work day and night to visualise Kano as a one-party state.” If Kano becomes a one-party state, we will be able to make decisions for Nigeria and its leaders. This will benefit the state as well as the party. Leave the NNPP and join the APC instead. All other parties should join the APC to make Kano a one-party state. Kano will benefit from the federal government’s plans to build gas pipelines, railways and road networks from Abuja through Kaduna to Kano. The password would be to dump other parties and merge into the APC.” Chief Eze stated that Nigerians must rise, unite, and save the country from collapsing into the abyss, which is where it is currently headed under the current administration.
In a statement released to the media, the APC Chief stated that if the plot to destabilise one political party in Nigeria succeeds, the country may lose all remaining sovereignty because the scheme would mark the formal collapse of democracy.
Eze referred Ganduje and his followers to Sun Yat-sen’s words, which stated, “Remember that a civilised nation cannot simply have one party; if there were only one party, this would be a dictatorship.” Politics could not advance,” and advised them to leave legacies that would instill positive memories of them in men’s hearts after they left public office.
He stated that it is unfortunate that Nigeria has degenerated to the point where those in positions of power want to stay there for as long as possible, regardless of the consequences for the general welfare of those they govern.
Ganduje is not the first person of his calibre to express such imperial sentiments. Sixteen years ago, the late Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, then-National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), boasted that his party would maintain national power for sixty years.
“It was the stand of the likes of Ogbulafor that forced some of us patriotic Nigerians to meet and exile the PDP from governance, and, unfortunately, the party that we worked so hard to install is breeding a similar mentality.”
Such a move, according to Eze, will be unfair to those who risked their lives to install the APC in the hope of providing Nigeria and Nigerians with not only a proper progressive political party but also a party capable of rescuing the country from the challenges of poverty and security.
The fact remains that any sound and patriotic Nigerian can easily agree with Prof Vince Cable, who understood our situation in Nigeria and counselled,
“And humility in politics means accepting that one party does not have all the answers; acknowledging that collaboration is progress, not treachery.”
Eze quoted ThisDay Newspaper which explicitly explained the Nigerian situation, “the designers of the Nigerian constitution considered the nation’s political journey and its complexities before arriving at the multi-party option. Unfortunately, the various parties have failed to fulfill the core of their statutory obligations. However, taking the quickest path to a dictatorship of one or a few lords (s) would be more disastrous.
Nigeria has not come this far in its turbulent political history to experiment with any system that suppresses opposing viewpoints. A culture that involves only one strong or sole party that runs the government can be expected to churn out unilateral decisions that, in many cases, are detrimental to the freedoms and potential progress fought for by our heroes since pre-colonial times.”
As a way out, Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in his usual character as a fighter who stood by us to install APC in Nigeria, is now ready to unite other opposition political parties to checkmate APC for her to offer Nigeria and Nigerians the best dividends of democracy.
Atiku stated, “Nigeria requires a strong opposition to prevent the All Progressives Congress (APC) from “turning” the country into a one-party state.”
Speaking to a delegation from the national executive committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council Nigeria (IPAC) on Tuesday, Abubakar stated that if there is no viable opposition, the country’s hard-won democracy will suffer.
“You have come here today to say that we should cooperate to promote democracy.”
“But the truth is that our democracy is rapidly becoming a one-party system, and as you know, when we have a one-party system, we should simply abandon democracy.
“We have all witnessed how the APC is gradually transforming Nigeria into a one-party dictatorship.
“If we do not band together to challenge what the ruling party is attempting to create, our democracy will suffer, and the consequences will affect future generations.
“The project of defending democracy in our country is not about a single individual.”
All of these plots to oust political leaders and decimate opposition political parties are not ideal or the best way to sustain our fledgling democracy. Dr. Bill Owens wholeheartedly agreed with this when he stated, “While one party may possess the levers of power, one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas. After all, good lawmaking is about being able to create effective solutions.
“It is in this regard that I, as a patriotic Nigerian and a nationalist in that matter, hereby urge all Nigerians, regardless of our political differences, to support this idea of proposing alternatives to most of our policies, repositioning opposition political parties, saving our country, and strengthening our democracy.”
BREAKING: INEC Chair, Tor Tiv, Others Arrive For Constitutional Review Committee Inauguration
The House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review will now convene following the arrival of Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse.
The 37-man committee, comprised of one representative from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, met for the first time a few weeks ago at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.
The committee, led by Benjamin Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, is expected to revisit contentious issues such as state police, decentralisation of powers to federating units, local government autonomy, and power rotation among the six geopolitical zones, among others.
President Bola Tinubu, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and several other leaders are expected to attend the event.
Otti Salutes Olumide Akpata For Emerging LP Governorship Candidate In Edo
Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has congratulated Olumide Akpata on his emergence as the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the governorship election in Edo State, slated for September 21, 2024.
Akpata, a lawyer and former National President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) emerged winner of the LP governorship primary election which held on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Benin, capital of Edo State, after scoring 316 votes to beat other aspirants.
He was declared winner by the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, who chaired the election committee.
According to Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Otti also congratulated the LP’s Governorship Primary Election Committee for conducting a credible and transparent election.
He particularly commended his Deputy, Emetu and an engineer for dutifully performing his role as the Returning Officer.
The Governor, according to a statement issued from his office, expressed gladness that the primary election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace and has been adjudged as free, fair and credible by majority of the aspirants who participated, a remarkable departure from stories coming from the camps of other political parties.
While describing the entire process as being in consonance with the philosophy of LP, which is equity, fairness and justice, the Abia State Governor equally congratulated the other aspirants for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship and called on them to support Akpata in the journey to claim Edo State for Labour Party.
“Now that the primaries are over, I call on all the aspirants, and indeed our party members in Edo State, to rally behind our candidate as we embark on the journey to take ov er the Government House in Benin,” Governor Otti appealed.
Furthermore,, he commended the leadership of the party at both State and National levels for working hard to ensure a peaceful electioneering process.
Ignore The Rumour, Obi Not Quitting Labour Party, Berates Mischief Makers
The Peter Obi Media Reach, POMR wishes to outrightly dismiss trending fake and fallacious news story suggesting that he was parting ways with the Labour Party.
This is not true and it did not originate from Obi or the Obedient Movement but from mischief makers bent on sowing the seed of discord in the party.
In a statement from his Media Aide, Michael Jude Nwolisa, these rising misdemeanours on the party did not start today as they set out to destroy and disorganize the party all to get at Obi and derail the inevitable journey of rescuing Nigeria.
Presently our principal is preoccupied with making Nigeria work not on partisan politics which ended on October 26, 2023, when the Supreme Court of the land took their final decision on the general elections.
Those bent on creating a crisis in the Labour Party are enemies of democracy wishing for the failed status quo to remain.
OBI’s focus at the moment is on creating an environment where democracy is to be practised according to the defined tenets not the rascality and all forms of impunity prevalent in the country today
Peter Obi therefore would like to assure Nigerians, particularly the Obidient family that his way with Labour is unshaken and intact and that the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people.
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