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Reps move to prune political parties

By Tordue Salem & Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA — Members  of the House of Representatives would vote today against the multiplicity of political parties. They seek to slash down the 57 political parties into a ‘bearable’ number for 2011 elections.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, dropped the hint, when seven former governors called on him in his office.
The ex-governors, under the auspices of Governors’ Forum 2007, led by Arch. Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State, included Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa State, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi State, Peter Odili of Rivers State, Chris Ngige of Anambra State, Achike Udenwa of Imo State and Abubakar Audu of Kogi State.

“The House of Representatives is prepared to prune down the number of political parties in the country; the issue of political parties is contained in Section 79 of the Electoral Act and we have not got there yet, but we would get there tomorrow (today),” the Speaker told the ex-governors.


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