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Democracy Day: Nigeria’s democracy, a sham, says ACF

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA – The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has described democracy as practiced in the country in the last 11 years as a “sham”.

It therefore urged the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to hasten its current efforts at reforming the electoral process so that people can elect leaders who will be accountable to them as well as hold themselves accountable for their judgement during elections.

This was contained in a statement issued in Kaduna today and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Mr. Anthony Sani to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebrations.

“Democracy without viable opposition as alternative platforms is a sham, precisely because such scenario tends to reduce the choice for the voters to, not which party can perform but which one has the capacity to win elections.

“One can say this because, the current political parties are mere clones of one another, and so, smacks of one party system cast in the mould of multiparty democracy”, Sani stated.

 The statement further read, “ACF, congratulates the Federal Government for the 11th Anniversary celebrations of the Democracy Day.

“The celebration is an indication that the people of Nigeria have come to accept democracy as their preferred form of government, precisely because it allows for mass participation of the people in the choice of their leaders who are expected to impel progress by multiplying their strength through others.

President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo (r) and the Senate President, Senator David Mark while Senator Chris Anyawu (l); Senator Ndoma Egba (2l) and others watched during the condolence visit by a delegation of the Senate to the Presidency at the State House, Abuja, recently.

“What still remain now to be addressed with all sense of seriousness are challenges which are associated with democratic practices.

“To this end, the celebration should include comprehensive stock-taking with a view to improving upon the current practices in the hope of increasing the volume and quality of democracy dividends.

“The government should use this occasion and resolve to hasten electoral processes that will make peoples’ votes to count and produce leaders who will be accountable to the people; who will in turn hold themselves accountable for their dudgement during elections.

“The nation must, therefore, support the government’s consciously directed efforts in making what we collectively desire possible and then actual.

“The common aspirations of Nigerians are anchored on the desire for a peaceful, united Nigerian society that is socially diverse, economically empowered and politically active under the watch of purposeful leadership produced by a democracy predicated on triple foundation of justice, liberty and common decency”.


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