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Abia NLC chair wants power rotation scrapped by 2015

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Mr Lucky Akabuike, the Chairman of Abia Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has advocated the scrapping of rotation of presidency, governorship and other political offices in 2015 elections.

Akabuike told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Umuahia that the arrangement was not only unconstitutional but a gateway to enthroning mediocrity.

“Governance is a serious business for sound minded persons. Those produced from the political province of power shift or rotation from the geo-political zones are not the best for the country.

“I want to suggest that offices like the presidency, the governorship and membership of the National Assembly should be left open to all zones and senatorial districts in the country,” Akabuike, who lost the state Assembly primaries, said.

He said that the implication of returning most of the political office holders by some of the parties showed that the arrangement was becoming unpopular and gradually being phased out.

“Power rotation is dead in the country. The 2011 party primaries have laid to rest power rotation in Nigeria,” Akabuike said.

He said that 2015 would give Nigeria an ample opportunity to look inward and do a thorough appraisal of “where we are coming from, where we are and where we are going to enable us to take better decisions”.

“For me 2015 is far, but it is better to go to the drawing board earlier, so as to avoid the pitfalls of the past,” Akabuke said.

He added that what happened in United States’ elections happened because of political maturity.

The NLC chairman said that its political committee was working out a debate for all the governorship candidates in Abia.

Akabuike added that each of the 16 parties flag-bearers would be given opportunity to roll out his programme for the workers.

According to him, the meet-the-people debate is good but if we must tell ourselves the truth politicians do not do what they preach and worst still most of them do not know the problems of the place they want to govern.

“In most cases, the political debate becomes an exercise in futility,” he added.

Akabuike argued that the concept  should not be jettisoned because according to him, “it is a democratic norm to convince  the people”.

On the just concluded voter registration, he said that it had come and gone, stressing that it should not be the yardstick to judge whether the votes would count in the forthcoming general elections.

Akabuike advised INEC to fast track the display of the register to authenticate the exercise, saying that “in 2006/2007 exercise, data, finger prints and images were captured but yet the election was a sham.

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