2019: Atiku continues to show resentment, knocks APC over internal democracy | Touch Latest Local,World,Tech,Entertainment,Health,Sport News
19 September 2017 00:00:00 AM Breaking News

• NIGERIA

2019: Atiku continues to show resentment, knocks APC over internal democracy

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties of building democracy on a substructure of dictatorship and intolerance.

Atiku who was vice president on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but presently a leader in APC, appears to always be on a different page with his party, warranting speculations he may soon dump the party to further his widely believed political aspiration of becoming president.

Only recently, his Adamawa State chapter of the PDP, vowed it will never rest from wooing the former presidential aspirant and candidate, who it said is being underutilized by APC, from returning to his former party.

According to Atiku, there is a total lack of internal democracy among the nation’s political parties especially the APC and PDP.

He lamented a situation where the ruling APC, PDP, and other political parties in the nation have over the years refused to hold meetings of their important organs as well as those meant for the selection of the leadership of the parties.

Atiku made these observations when he spoke at the 2nd annual conference of the Inter – party Advisory Council, with the theme, “Inter Party Democracy: A Recipe for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria”, in Abuja on Tuesday.

“In my view, there is a close relationship between democracy within political parties and democracy within the nation. Put simply, you cannot give what you don’t have. You cannot build democracy on a substructure of dictatorship and intolerance. A political party that constricts the freedom of its members cannot really offer freedom to the citizens of the nation. Democracy is not just an idea; it is a cultural practice.

“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.

Read also: Fayose’s aide dubs Sagay a false academician without decency

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

“This means that efforts to deepen Nigeria’s democracy must include efforts at democratising our political parties. The institutionalisation of democracy in our internal party processes will help us deepen democracy in Nigeria. Leaders are more likely to tolerate opposition from citizens and other parties if they tolerate it within their own party,” Atiku said.

The former vice president further blamed the absence of internal democracy in political parties for being responsible for clashes between parties and their elected representatives as well as the legislature and the executive.

 

Recommended

Loading...

Related Posts

FG to extend whistleblower policy to illegal weapons

Following the success recorded through the Whistle Blower Policy as relates to l

Read More

APC won’t ignore clamour, says party chairman

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in AbujaThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congres

Read More

Osinbajo-led panel vows to probe SGF, NIA boss without fear or favour

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led ‎Presidential Committee investigating a

Read More

Menstruation UNICEF canvasses conducive environment for adolescent girls

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stressed the need for adolescent girls t

Read More

Nobody has plan to Islamise Nigeria – Onaiyekan

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has called on Chris

Read More

NTDC, others reject proposed tourism bill

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and other stakeholders in

Read More

Nigeria to process all tourist, business visas in two days

Nigeria will process all tourist and business visas within two days, the vi

Read More

At Least 3800 Nigerian Refugees Return Home

No fewer than 3800 Nigerian refugees have returned to Nigeria after spending thr

Read More

Buhari Suspends SGF, NIA DG

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the suspension of the Secretary to the G

Read More

Passengers strangle Uber driver to death in Lagos

Two men who posed as passengers have been arrested for killing an Uber driv

Read More

Also Read

New Deals Turn Twitter's Content Stream Into a River

Twitter on Monday announced a partnership with Bloomberg Media to launch a 24-

Read More

Hillsborough Timeline: The long road to a landmark day

When the jury at the Hillsborough inques

Read More

Auto crash along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway claims 4 lives, 12 injured

Tragedy struck along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when an auto crash involving

Read More

Apples - Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

Apples are one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. They are high in f

Read More

New Bank of Ireland CEO to bring international experience to the role

Bank of Ireland yesterday announced that Francesca McDonagh would become its chi

Read More

US Strike Kill Dozens Of IS Militant

A US military strike with a weapon known as the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) kil

Read More

FG to implement policy for community policing

The Federal Government has stated that it intends to set up policy for the estab

Read More

WHO Reacts On Nigeria’s Response To Tackle Meningitis

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Nigeria for its swift respon

Read More

Outlander's New Season 3 Trailer Is Heartbreaking So Obviously We Can't Stop Watching It

 TV's greatest (and most complicated) love story is looking a little differ

Read More

AITEO supports clean water as Face Africa comes to Nigeria Saturday, April 15, 2017 0 38

The 7th edition of the Face Africa Wash Gala took place at the Mezzanine, New

Read More