By Gbenga Olarinoye
The National Chairman of Action Congress, AC, Chief Bisi Akande has warned ofÂ impending danger ahead of the 2011 general election, except urgent steps are taken to review the nation’s constitution.
He also faulted the claim by the Ooni ofÂ Ile-Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade that the crisis among the traditional rulers in Yoruba land is as result of the crisis between the two leaders of the defunct Action Group, AG, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Ladoke Akintola.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Ila-Orangun, his country home weekend during activities to mark his 71st birthday, Chief Akande accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of thwarting every attempt to review the constitution before the next election.
He suggested that in order to restore sanity into the electoral system and avoid anarchy in the next general election, elections into various political offices should be held between October and November this year.
Warns against anarchy
His words: â€œWe should pray that there will be no anarchy before 2011 going by the way the PDP is handling the issue of electoral reform. If the next election is going to be free and fair then the reform should be now. There should be election between October and November this year so that any litigation arising from the election should be settled at various tribunals and courts, but the PDP is dilly-dallying simply because it is aware that it can never win any election under a free and fair atmosphere.â€
Chief Akande recalled that some election petitions arising from the 2007 general election were yet to be determined three years after it was conducted, saying that the situation did not augur well for the countryâ€™s democracy.
Says Jonathan should take over
On the long absence of President Umar Musa Yarâ€™ Adua from the country, the AC chieftain stressed that his party had always affirmed that the president did not possess the ability to rule the country, saying that â€œNigerians must warm up to take over from PDP in 2011. Yar Adua’s emergence as the president of this country is a political fraud orchestrated by the ruling PDP. Our constitution is very clear on the issue at hand that when the president is incapacitated as a result of one thing or the other, the Vice President should automatically take over.â€
On the alleged romance of the former Vice President and a chieftain of AC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar with the PDP and his involvement in the formation of mega party, Chief Akande said Alhaji Abubakar was on his own as his decisions were not that of the party.
â€œHe did what he did to damage his own political career. It has no effect on the leadership of AC or the party as he is just a leader of the party and not member of the executive committee of the party,â€™ Chief Akande said.
On the crisis among the Yoruba traditional rulers, Chief Akande stated that Oba Sijuwade erred by saying that the fight between late Awolowo and Akintola was responsible for the problem. And said that the crisis among the traditional rulers started with the rift between the present Ooni and Alafin as â€œnone of them was in the office when the crisis in the Action Group started in the early 60s.â€