Learn from PDP’s successful primary election in Ekiti - CNPP tells member political parties

Learn from PDP’s successful primary election in Ekiti - CNPP tells member political parties

- CNPP says the PDP has shown a good example to other political parties with the way it conducted its governorship primary election in Ekiti

- CNPP wants other political parties to build on the success of the PDP's primary election

- It condemns the violence that characterised the primary election conducted by the APC in the state

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), on Wenesday, May 9, pleaded with member organisations to emulate the successful conduct showcased by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during its primary election in Ekiti state recently.

The CNPP said it was pleased with the openness and orderliness with which the PDP conducted its governorship primary in Ekiti state as it urged its members to not only emulate the exercise but improve on the level transparency.

In a statement issued by its secretary general, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the umbrella body for political parties in Nigeria, noted: “The time has come for Nigerians to consciously stop the current retrogression in the country's democratic journey and see every election as an opportunity to showcase one's leadership qualities and a means to express interest to serve the people.

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“The current electoral violence being experienced in country ahead of 2019 general elections is a negation of the democratic atmosphere the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) inherited in 2015, which made it possible for an opposition party to win the presidential election.

“The country is not improving in the respect for basic democratic tenets, rather it has regrettably retrogressed because the ruling APC has failed to uphold by example the basic principles of democracy as a government of the people by the people and for the people.

“It is only when people want to serve themselves, they coerce citizens to queue behind them through imposition rather than selling themselves or their preferred candidates to the people who should have the ultimate power to elect or not to elect anyone as their leader in a democracy.

“All political parties should emulate and consistently improve on the Ekiti state governorship primary example to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property because of elections.

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“No democracy accepts coercion, intimidation, cowing of opposing views as the minority should be allowed to have their say with fears while the majority have their way.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that 27 out of the about 33 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state have reportedly vowed to resist the plan by the National Secretariat to continue last Saturday’s primary election from where it stopped.

The Nation reports that while addressing a news conference on Monday, May 7, the aspirants led by former Governor Segun Oni said they were not in support of the position of the National Working Committee (NWC) as canvassed by the APC spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi.

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