Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Lack of transparency, Identifies as engine block of political instability, post election violence

Okey Chris
Awka
Lack of transparency in running the activities of political parties in the country has been described as an engine block behind post-election violence; protests, petitions and litigations heralding each general election.
A frontline entrepreneur and community leader, Chief Joseph Nwakpadolu made this concerned observation while intimating Daily Times, factors for engendering internal democracy in our political system.
Nwakpadolu who is the Chief Executive of Orpet Group of Companies Ltd, explained that often time, selfish leaders at the helm of affairs of political parties thwart the party primary’s elections either through denying their party members or delegates as the case may be, freedom to chose the candidate of their choice amidst numerous aspirants, or through shortchanging of the names of the main winners to highest bidders while submitting the list to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to him, the unprincipled activities include acceptance of cross carpet political money bag, who in furtherance hijack the party structure once they bribed the hungry party leaders, who run the affairs of their political parties as private estates in which they take unilateral decisions to favour themselves and those they share interest with, instead of allowing the general opinion of the people in the party folds to guide their actions.
He added that the winning contestants, illegally ousted out of the race through manipulations, most times, reject the unlawful defeat and either seek for justice in the court of law or voluntarily decamp to other political party, from where they could resolve to violence immediately they lose out on the general elections.
Nwakpadolu, while noting that the dubious activities constitute a serious clog in the wheel of progress as far as the growth of democracy is concerned in the ongoing experimentation with civil rule in Nigeria, enjoined the leaders of various political parties in the country to strictly adhere to the principles of rule of law, their party ideology and interest of the electorates in all ramifications.
He opined that equitable civil-rule and democratic principles must have firm root in the parties and from there spread through the polity, because according to him, internal running and strategic activities of political parties should be made compulsorily transparent and subject to monitoring by relevant authorities to avoid being hijacked and selfishly manipulated by unpatriotic elements.


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