Nigeria Heading For A Two-Party State – Aliyu

Babangida AliyuGovernor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State yesterday observed that the country may be heading for a two-party state.

His comment comes on the heels of recent moves by the All progressive Congress, APC, to cement its place as the second largest and strongest political party after the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, after its top echelon met with aggrieved governors of the PDP.

According to the governor, the move by the leadership of APC is a healthy development for democracy.

Gov. Aliyu spoke while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on National Assembly Matters, Hajia Saudatu Sani, who was on an advocacy visit to the state.

He added that the country’s move towards two or three political parties would be reinforced by lack of democratic principles in the existing political parties.

He said: “Nigeria may end up with two or three political parties. The fact is that the merging of parties is healthy for our democracy.”

The governor also made a strong case for independent candidacy, saying such candidates would fill the gap created by the undemocratic postures of the parties.

He said: “People don’t vote for a candidate because they like that candidate but because they hate the other contestant. For Nigeria to achieve true unity, there is the need to expunge the indigene and non-indigene provisions from the constitution and replaced by residency of Nigerians the governor said adding that the 35 per cent affirmative action for women should also have time frame to an extent that women could take over the leadership of the country in the final analysis”.

-The Nation