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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Down to two parties in NIgeria?

Politicians who hope to unite opposition to the ruling PDP and create a two-party system in Nigeria.

Mega Party Advocates Seek Two-Party State

"Proponents of a mega political platform met in Lagos yesterday under the aegis of National Political Summit Group (NPSG) with a resolution to work towards the realisation of a two-party system.

"They also maintained that the current Peoples Democratic Party-led government has failed to deliver good governance, economic prosperity and social justice to the downtrodden citizens of this country.

"NPSG said one of its objectives was to work towards the realisation of a two-party system, which it said would eliminate the current proliferation of political parties in the country today.

"Nigeria has over 50 political parties at the moment..."

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At 8:38 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

ANPP Plotting to Merge With PDP "Fears of the country tending towards a one-party state were rekindled yesterday. The Buhari Group, the campaign organisation of former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), alleged that the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) is planning to merge with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)...

"The Buhari Group alleged that the reason the ANPP set up a committee headed by former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, was to discuss the formalities for the merger plan with the PDP..."

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Imnakoya blogged about the proposed mega-party in Nigeria: The grassroots should be the focus.

"In about 24 months, Nigerians will once again convey at the poll stations to elect their representatives. To seize the reins of government from the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some politicians have been canvassing for the formation of a mega-party with broad-based national representation.

"The logic is sound — a fragmented opposition can not withstand the formidable force of the PDP, however; the current Nigerian sociopolitical climate will most certainly prove this is not only a waste of time but ineffectual against the PDP... the voting public is the key if the PDP is to be unseated, not the creation of a mega party..."

Imnakoya cites a Guardian (Lagos) article by Abba Kyari, Public enlightenment, not mega party: "There is no royal ride to success. The people properly enlightened, educated, mobilised and adequately led will reject and revolt against a situation that has all but enslaved them and condemned them to poverty. Sardines do not applaud [in] their can..."


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