Audu Ogbeh: Political Parties should have Public Platforms For Assessing Elected Officials

Audu Ogbeh: Political Parties should have Public Platforms For Assessing Elected Officials
Audu Ogbeh

Former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh has expressed that political parties in Nigeria should hold conferences where they debate the performance of elected officials.

Tje Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum stated this while fielding questions from journalists on Thursday in Kaduna.

Ogbeh, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he held such a conference when former President Olusegun Obasanjo was in power.

He explained that a party conference will give elected leaders the opportunity to give account for their stewardship.

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He said political parties are not functioning, and unless they wake up and hold their members to account, Nigeria will not be well governed.

:Our political parties are not functioning. I was the only party chairman in Nigerian history who called a party conference once, where former President Olusegun Obasanjo came to address the party,” he said.

“We debated his speech and made comments about areas of weakness and strength.

“In the current APC manifesto, I included a clause that there must be a party conference once a year, where the party puts the president or governor on a chair and ask him to account for his governance.

“A situation where parties just elect people and say nothing to them again till the next election, where we are all cringing and crawling for party positions and contracts, is not running a democracy.”