Babangida Aliyu raises alarm over looming one-party state

Posted by News Express | 12 April 2015 | 3,044 times

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Governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu has warned against one-party system in the country, pointing out that it would not augur well for the political development of the country.

The governor, who spoke with journalists after his accreditation for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, yesterday, said: “We don’t want a one-party state in the country, we want credible and healthy competition at least between the two major political parties”.

He spoke against the backdrop of the mass defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the opposition party’s presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, won the March 28 election.

“We must do everything possible to sustain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) so that democracy will be entrenched properly”, Aliyu stated,.

Aliyu added, “If you recall when the All Progressives Congress (APC) came together, I was the first person to say that, that was good for Nigerian democracy because it will put PDP on its feet and the federal sector, not only putting it to its feet but will be reorganized.

“In these general elections, believe me, you can see by the number of people coming out, like I said last time, was a kind of mobilization that was done as a result of the issues of Boko-Haram, economy and competence and I think Nigerians have made their point in the last elections”.

He was, however, optimistic that his party-PDP, at the end of the day, would make it at the state level, saying, “In this local election, people can be assessed by what they are capable of doing and what they will do in the future; based on that, people will cast their votes accordingly”.

Meanwhile, the elections in Niger State went on peacefully, but with voters’ low turnout compared to the presidential and National Assembly elections held two weeks ago.

*Adapted from Vanguard, Photo shows Aliyu

Source: News Express

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