- PDP BoT member Ebenzer Babatope has faulted APC for the way it is handling Nigeria's administration even though he admits that democracy is advancing
- Babatope accused the party of glossing over Nigeria's problems instead of properly addressing them
- The former minister also declined to advise President Buhari on how the next cabinet should be formed even though he wants better style of administration
Ex-minister of transport and member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ebenezer Babatope has faulted the way democracy under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is being handled.
Speaking in an interview published online by daily newspaper New Telegraph, Babatope noted that Nigeria's democracy is advancing in years but without any serious help from the APC government.
He said: "Nigeria is advancing though with problems all over the place. But, we are advancing because we have not got any intervention and it appears that the Nigerian people are not set for an intervention from any extraneous force other than the democratic process.
"Unfortunately, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to give true meaning to democracy in Nigeria. That, notwithstanding, we are there. We thank God and we will continue to play the political games until our democracy comes to ripe age in Nigeria."
He accused the APC of glossing over the problems the country is currently facing but admitted that Nigeria's democracy is still intact.
"Despite all these, we must accept that we are making progress, but the progress should be defined in a manner that will suit democratic principles in Nigeria."
Babatope also refused to give any advice to President Muhhamdu Buhari on who should be in his soon-to-be-announced cabinet.
"I can’t give advice to President Buhari. First of all, President Buhari is of my generation. If what he has given down as his date of birth is correct, then he is only one month older than me. We are both 76.
He is old enough to know what is good for himself, his party and the country. So, I can’t give him any advice. He chose those who served with him during his first term and there was no cabinet reshuffle; that was his own style and of which nobody can quarrel with. I can’t quarrel with it.
"If he decides to choose anybody again next time, that is his own style. But all I can say is that one cannot but wish Nigeria the best of luck because Nigeria is a great country and greater than all of us."
Meanwhile, a combination of support groups of the ruling APC has demanded that its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, should leave office following the crisis that has recently engulfed the ruling party.
Legit.ng reported that the coalition joined the calls for Oshiomhole’s resignation because, it claimed, the party has been in crisis since his emergence as APC national chairman.
The coalition made its stand in a statement released late on Tuesday, June 4 night by James Ovia and Ismaila Faruq.
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