Senator Suleiman Adokwe representing Nasarawa South speaks on the defection of some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC). He also speaks on the chances of the PDP not only at the presidential election in 2015 but also in other elections.
Usually, when we approach the election year, we have all this heating up of the polity. It is a recurrent decimal in the political activities of the country but this one is a bit unusual because of the stress that is being put on the polity by the various movements and the repositioning of the various political parties preparatory to the 2015 elections.
Some of the things that have become issues really ought not to be issues but the struggle for power has become more intensely, uncivilised if you add the issue like somebody should run or not run for the presidency, or the leadership must go to another region as if we do not have a Constitution in place to guide everybody. There are rules and regulations on how to seek power in the country and for a foreclosure to be made that this man cannot run, power must shift from this place or else heaven will fall, we have never witnessed this kind of undue pressure on the polity.
Some of the languages that we hear these days are so frightful, they are virtually an invitation to anarchy. This is what makes it a little bit different from what has been happening in the past, but we believe those are the usual preparations for elections and that we should allow ourselves to get to the elections proper.
The language of the APC is not democratic; the language is an invitation to anarchy, to chaos. In the National Assembly, debates take place, vested interests are protected in the course of debates. Bills get thrown out, bills get supported and this happens every day; even PDP legislators can find out something in the budget that they wouldn’t want to sail through, but you don’t set out right from day one to say that no matter how good or bad that bill is, make sure it is thrown out.
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