Tuesday, 29 August 2017

LGCs' UNDEMOCRATIC STRUCTURES: BLAME OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES IN PLATEAU AND IMO STATES—PUNDITS


By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
 
Political observers have called on Nigerians to vent their anger on the current opposition political parties in the country for the poor or lack of democratic structures in most of the local government councils, especially, in Plateau and Imo states. 

They opined that the opposition political parties in the country have slept over their responsibility to checkmate the excesses of the ruling parties in the states where they operate.

These political experts said the opposition led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have spent more time than necessary, trying to clean up their wounds after the 2015 general elections, than rising up to take their rightful responsibility of checkmating the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in their respective states.

You would recall that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is yet to conduct local government elections in the past 6 years in his state, while Governor Simon Bako Lalong, has also not conduct elections in the states’ 17 LGAs for over two years now in office. 


In their submissions, while speaking with REALITY in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, Dr. Samuel Odeh, believes that the lackadaisical attitude of the ruling party is not as a result that the 1999 constitution does not provide checks but that, the opposition has constantly slept over it to the detriment of the larger society.

Adding his voice to this angle was, Mr. James Abu, an Economist. He said the economy of the country has taken this bad shape because the opposition political parties have gone to the back seat and allowed the people (masses) to be driven to an unknown destination.

As a lone voice, Mr. Kenneth Obi, a member of the ruling APC, said the opposition could not have spoken in the last two years because they caused the whole gamut of problems the states in the federation are currently trying to solve.

According to him, “The opposition can only watch and not speak and learn how the issues would be solved.”

Adding that, “16 years of PDP’s looting of the nation’s treasury was enough to take a country out of the map of the world.”

However, Mann Ochanyan, in his view, opined the entire poor or lack of democratic structures in Plateau and Imo states, to the failure of the Opposition Political parties in the respective states.

According to him, “The opposition has constantly behaved as individuals in those states and that, rather than see themselves as cooperate institutions that have saddled themselves with the interest of taking over power from the ruling political party in order to give back good governance to the people, they also have joined the wailing team of the masses and have failed to develop the right strategic plan(s).

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