Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’abba, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, has stated that state governors have seriously harmed Nigeria’s democracy since 1999.
Na’abba made the submission at his residence in Kano when he received a delegation of the Na’abba Youth Organization, on a courtesy visit on Sunday.
Na’abba claimed that the state governors’ actions not only threatened the country’s democracy but were also harming party politics.
Na’abba claimed that the Governors had grown avaricious and desire to control every aspect of party life.
He claimed that the Governors do not want to foster internal democracy; rather, they only seek to distribute jobs among their supporters, endangering competence.
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He stated that Nigeria must practice inclusive democracy for the right leaders to emerge.
He said, “Since 1999 governors have been the problem of the country. They contributed to the death of democracy within the political parties. And when there are no elections within the parties, then incompetent leaders will emerge and that will affect the whole political system and the country’s development too. The governors have caused all these. They will hardly hold primaries. Rather they will ask you to go for consensus; which is wrong.
“If we really want to see changes in the country, we must change our democracy and give equal chances to all. Give chances for elections within parties so that the masses and the rich will have roles to play. Only that can bring changes. Not what they (governors) are doing. That will not lead us anywhere. Rather it will deteriorate the situation of the country,” he added.