Cen­tre lauds EFCC’s en­force­ment of best prac­tices in po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic In­sti­tute (PDI) has com­mended the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) for its ef­fort to in­sti­tu­tion­alise best prac­tices in the man­age­ment of po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the coun­try.

The di­rec­tor gen­eral of the in­sti­tute, Dr. Lanre Ade­bayo, made the com­men­da­tion at a one-day round­table on “Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties as Public In­sti­tu­tions: Need for Good Gov­er­nance Prac­tice”, which it or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Coali­tion for Democ­racy and Cred­i­ble Elec­tion (CODECE) in Abuja, yes­ter­day.

Ade­bayo, who ob­served the cen­tral role of po­lit­i­cal par­ties to demo­cratic gov­er­nance in the coun­try, said the qual­ity of rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy and the well-be­ing of Nige­ri­ans de­pended on an elec­tive and ef­fi­cient man­age­ment of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

He fur­ther ar­gued that un­der the cur­rent Nige­rian Con­sti­tu­tion, po­lit­i­cal par­ties are public in­sti­tu­tions whose op­er­a­tions must ad­here to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices in man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions.

“Poor in­tra-party man­age­ment and lack of in­ter­nal democ­racy were ma­jor fac­tors in the po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges that the coun­try had faced in the past and the EFCC’s en­force­ment of good gov­er­nance has the po­ten­tial of fur­ther strength­en­ing our na­tional ef­forts to de­per­son­alise own­er­ship and con­trol of po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” he said.

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