BY Abdulwahab Abdulah
Coalition of Nigerian Civil Rights Groups, (CNCRG) has cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the ruling parties across the states to reduce their intervention in political party primaries to strengthen the nation’s internal democracy.
The Coalition at a press briefing yesterday said it observed that intervention in the party primaries across the country has continued to reduce integrity of the election being conducted to produce political office holders as well as undermining democratic development of the country.
The group which noted in the statement by its secretary, Mr. Kehinde Adegbuyi specifically drew the attention of Nigerians to what is happening in Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos states where it stated the leadership of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN were trying to intervene in local primaries to select Governorship candidates for the forthcoming governorship and local government polls.
Criticizing what is happening in the states, it condemned the act, maintaining that the implication will be too much to bear by the country when it started yielding negative fruits.
It stated: The implications of all these is that Bayelsa and all other states are currently on edge. There are formidable groups bent to ensure through all means necessary that the President does not run his own concept of democracy at the home front.”
It called on the local and international community to prevail on the party leaders to allow democracy to take firm roots in Nigeria.