…says it portends dangers to 2015 general elections
By Victor Ahiuma-Young
NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has decried the rising cases of impeachment of elected officers in the nation’s political life.
According to the NLC, impeachments on the eve of elections are ill-advised, diversionary and portend dangers to 2015 general elections.
It called on all political actors to return to the era of vibrant political and democratic culture of tolerance, respect for the choices of the electorate and avoid acts capable of undermining the nation’s democracy
In a statement by its President, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar, the NLC said it was “worried about the increasing intolerance among politicians, irrespective of political parties.
“As a pan-Nigerian organisation that fought for democracy in Nigeria, we cannot stay and watch democracy we fought for and which we have constructively nurtured for about 15 years to be undermined.
“It is against this background that Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is worried about depleting tolerance level manifesting in serial impeachments of elected political office holders as recently witnessed in Adawawa, threats of impeachment in Nasarawa and Enugu states.
“The challenge at the moment is to ensure free and fair elections in some states and at the federal level in 2015.
“Feverish impeachments on the eve of election are ill-advised, diversionary and open to all sorts of political interpretations.
“No matter the efforts of democratic institutions as INEC, the police and Department of State Service to ensure free and fair election, a lot depends on the activities and attitudes of the political actors.
“We, therefore, call on all political actors to return to the era of vibrant political and democratic culture of tolerance, respect for the choices of the electorate and avoid acts capable of undermining the nation’s democracy.
“There should be sanctity of mandates for the president, governors and legislators. Where there is misconduct, the process to recall through impeachment must be seen to be transparent and sincere and should not be a continuation of party politics through the back doors.
“The Congress remains committed to the sustenance and promotion of democracy and good governance in Nigeria.”