By Peter Duru
Federal lawmaker representing Buruku Federal Constituency at the lower arm of the National Assembly Mr. Orker Jev has described the Nigerian political class as the bane of the nationâ€™s democratic process.
Jev who regretted that most Nigeria politicians have failed to uphold the tenets of democracy in the real sense of the world maintained the perceived lapses noticeable in the nationâ€™s democratic process was not the product of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP as being insinuated in certain quarters but a collective failure of major key players in the nationâ€™s politics.
The House of Representatives member who was fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi insisted that each political party in the country has in one way or the other failed in its responsibilities to sacrosanctly uphold the principles of democracy in the country.
According to him, â€œwhen people say the PDP was cornering elective positions especially in states where the Governors are from the party, then my question has always been: what is happening in states where the opposition are in chargeâ€?
â€œThey also ensure that the PDP does not come near. That is the situation across the country and we all know it. That is the more reason why I still insist that our problem in Nigeria is the political class and key players who would do anything to subvert the systemâ€, he said.
Jev maintained that the nationâ€™s democratic expedition would make tremendous progress when key players in its politics begin to leave above board in other to entrench lasting democratic culture in the country.
He further advocated for a sincere reformation of the countryâ€™s electoral system in order to pave way for an acceptable credible elections in 2011.
Commenting on the castigation in certain quarters on the National Assembly for lacking the ability to amend the 1999 constitution which suggested that a National Constitution conference be set up, the federal legislator who quoted section 9 of the 1999 constitution explained that the provision gives the national assembly the mandate to amend the constitution.
He said â€œThose calling for the constitution of a Confab are being unfair to the national assembly because the constitution has entrusted that responsibility on her to amend the constitution. And that is why we are conducting a public hearing across the country to get the peoplesâ€™ input in amending the constitutionâ€, he explained
He however, warned the National Assembly to be cautious with the exercise so as to avoid the pitfalls of the last exercise under the Obasanjo led administration where the baby was thrown away with the bath water when the process was hijacked.