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Carpet-crossing threatens democracy — Plateau CNPP

By Taye Obateru

Jos — Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) in Plateau State, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf Kanam has decried the drift by politicians from other political parties to the PDP, warning that democracy without credible opposition is not true democracy.

He told journalists, yesterday, that the situation was not only a disservice to the country’s fledgling democracy but a demonstration that most politicians were more concerned about personal interests than that of the country.

Citing Plateau State where many politicians were moving to the PDP as an example, Kanam argued that the hallmark of a true democracy was for credible opposition to exist to monitor the party in power and ensure that the interest of the country was not compromised.

Describing the rush to PDP as an embarrassment, he said “Democracy without credible opposition is no democracy as it will retard the growth of Nigeria and turn the country into a one-party state which is an aberration in an ideal democracy.”

He advised politicians to be principled and not to jump from one party to the other at the slightest excuse because of what they stood to gain.

Kanam was full of praises for the Plateau State judiciary on the handling of local government election petitions which has seen the PDP, which initially swept all the chairmanship seats, losing some to the opposition.

He said the landmark decisions of both the lower and appeal tribunals have strengthened the confidence of the people in the judiciary urging them to keep serving as the last hope of the common man.


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