- The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) says the action of the Senate will stop Nigeria from becoming a one-party state
- CNPP says with the presidential election now fixed, other parties have the opportunity to record success
- The group warns civil society organisations to stop supporting INEC over the election timetable
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) says it is throwing its weight behind the National Assembly on the reordering of 2019 general elections and beyond, insisting that the presidential election must come last to save Nigeria from nosediving into a one party state.
In a statement issued by its secretary general, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the CNPP noted that proposal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which earlier placed the presidential election first, "would lead the party that wins the presidential election sweeping the polls at all levels in view of the history of elections in the country."
CNPP also counselled all civil society organisations supporting INEC to retrace their steps as they are unwittingly aiding a rigging formula that would turn the country into a one party state.
"If INEC wants to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the country devoid of rigging, the commission should listen to the voice of the representatives of the Nigerian people, who are working hard to reduce bandwagon effects in voting.
"Members of the National Assembly are not only experienced politicians but major stakeholders in the outcome of the elections.
"You don't put in place an electoral process in place with one man in mind because if another person comes in, the process will be inherited by the person.
"The the process should be to do the right thing and follow the path that can deepen democracy rather than a party that will ultimately destroy all democratic tenets we have all labour to build.
"For us, the reordered election is the best thing the current National Assembly has done for Nigeria and democracy in the country. And anyone against it is a hater of Nigerian democracy.
"The issue is not about President Muhammadu Buhari's reelection bid. It is about Nigeria after President Buhari," the conference observed.
The CNPP then tasked the electoral umpire on free, fair and very credible 2019 elections that will surpass the legacy left behind by the last leadership of the commission.
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They equally urged politicians to work together to save democracy and unite the county rather than working for selfish purposes, with destruction as its end.
The Senate and the House of Representatives had in February 2018 concurrently reordered the 2019 general elections timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Independent National Electoral Commission revealed that the implementation of the amended Electoral Act depends on the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Solomon Soyebi, INEC's national commissioner, voter education and publicity, disclosed this on Thursday, February 15, during his appearance on Channels Television.
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