Atiku: Nige­ria’s rul­ing par­ties en­gage in party bul­ly­ing

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Muideen Olaniyi & Saawua Terzungwe

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar says the rul­ing par­ties in Nige­ria of­ten en­gage in party bul­ly­ing in­stead of party build­ing.

The chief­tain of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) said this yes­ter­day at the 2nd An­nual Con­fer­ence of In­terParty Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (IPAC), with the theme, “In­ter­nal Party Democ­racy: A Recipe to a Sus­tain­able Democ­racy in Nige­ria” held in Abuja.

The for­mer vice pres­i­dent, who chaired the oc­ca­sion, said it was a huge chal­lenge to de­moc­ra­tize gover­nance in the coun­try due to pro­longed years or mil­i­tary rule.

The Waziri Adamawa, told the APC Deputy Na­tional Chair­man (North), Sen. Shuaibu Lawal, who rep­re­sented the party’s Na­tional Chair­man, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun, to take no­tice of his speech.

Atiku said, “For a num­ber of years now, we have had po­lit­i­cal par­ties, even gov­ern­ing ones, which hardly hold meet­ings of their im­por­tant or­gans, in­clud­ing those meant for the demo­cratic se­lec­tion of their lead­er­ship, or even con­sti­tute in­sti­tu­tions pre­scribed in their Con­sti­tu­tion.

“In the ab­sence of those meet­ings and elec­tions, their ex­ist­ing lead­er­ship, of­ten un­der the di­rec­tion of the Ex­ec­u­tive at the state or fed­eral level, fill the void. That’s not party build­ing but party bul­ly­ing. And it’s cer­tainly not a way to de­moc­ra­tize par­ties and ag­gre­gate their mem­bers’ opin­ions, in­ter­ests and as­pi­ra­tions,” he also said.

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