- Call For Parliamentary System Of Government
ABEOKUTA – Controversies have continued to trail the registration of new 23 political parties by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to the existing 68 parties in Nigeria.
A former Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District and governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Senator Gbenga Kaka condemned INEC’s decision in registering the new parties, describing it as “recipe for confusion and chaos” in the nation’s electoral system.
Senator Kaka maintained that, though, INEC was constitutionally right for accepting the new parties, but expressed dissatisfaction on the influx of the political parties, saying it would only denied the electorate to choose the right candidate.
He pointed out that, many of the political parties lacked the ideological orientation to add value to the political system of government in the country.
Kaka who spoke on a popular TV programme, “Stand Point” on TV Continental, Lagos alongside Otunba Rotimi Paseda and the Lagos State ADP governorship aspirant, Babatunde Gbadamosi, and monitored by NEWFLAGSHIP said, the 91 political parties would eventually gravitate into two political parties in no distant future.
He argued that, many of the political parties would ceased to exist, while others would co-opt into the strongest parties the moment INEC refuses to give them preparation money.
Kaka who boasted of his party’s victory at the 2019 general elections, said the emergence of more parties would only make the two prominent parties stronger.
The former Ogun State deputy governor described the registration of the new parties as colossal waste in the face of dwindling economic progress of the country.
“It depends on the the way you look at it. If you look at it from the provision of the constitution where there is freedom of association, then, INEC is protected to register a total number of 91 political parties.
“But when you look at the system, the participants as well as the electorate, then it becomes worrisome. Because what we lack is ideological orientation; and with lack of ideological orientation, it makes it difficult for people to differentiate the chaff from the corn.
“So, we can easily say it’s a recipe for confusion, it is a recipe for chaos and of course, it won’t deepen the democracy because what we have in the country today is gravitation of two political parties.
“I’m not seeing any traces of surprise. The more we have proliferation, the stronger the two parties become. We are not just in politics for politics sake, we are there for a purpose and if the purpose is not achieved, then, it is not worth while.”
But Otunba Rotimi Paseda disagreed with the Senator’s submission.
Paseda, a governorship candidate of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in 2015 general elections in Ogun state, believed that, the proliferation of political parties would avail the electorate many options in selecting their preferred candidates.
The CEO of Paseda Legacy Foundation explained that, the influx of political parties would break the monopoly of the two dominant parties, but cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure strict adherence to the rules guiding the establishment of a political party.
Otunba Paseda who accused INEC of denying many electorate their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), urged the National Assembly to review the constitution to favour our political beliefs.
“Politics is local. I believe what happens in the centre (federal) is not applicable to the states. Yes, I agree that, the more fragmentation, the stronger the two political parties.
“Why must be copy other country’s political system. The political system is monetised and that is the problem. Until we get to a position where jettison the influence of foreign countries and create a unique position.
“I’m of a different political school of thought when you talk about democracy. There should not be limitations as to the number of political parties. There should be freedom of association.
“I am saying, Yes, let’s have them, but what is missing is how to police (enforce) the political party to follow the rules guiding such creation. There should be qualifying period and eliminating criteria. There must be criteria to remain visible for registration.”
Speaking on the chances of APC having landslide victory across the country, Paseda admitted that, the failures of the ruling party to improved the economy would change the voting pattern of the voters.
“What we should understand is that, what happens in the centre does not always applicable in the states. The error of APC government at the federal level would affect the voting pattern this time around.
“I was part of those that voted President Buhari in 2015 because we are desperate for change then, and we have seen what the government can offer. So, if APC is thinking they are going to win all states in 2019, they are going to get a shock in lots of the state’s.”
While reacting, the Lagos State governorship aspirant of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi supported the call for more political party, calling on INEC to ensure the process does not affect the franchise of the voters.
Mr. Gbadamosi therefore, called for potential return to the parliamentary system of government that is more economically viable to the Presidential system of government.