By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Determined to ensure that the country’s electioneering process do not continue to suffer retrogression,a non governmental organisation under the auspices of Youths Alliance for Democratic Advancement (YADA), has advocated that political parties perceived weak be deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The body also charged the newly elected governors-elect to prioritise youth empowerment, by apportioning certain percentage of political appointments to them in line with the not too young to rule law.
The group added that the long list of political parties on the ballots in the 2019 general election constituted confusion and accounted for high number of void votes recorded in some states.
YADA also congratulated President Buhari for winning the presidential poll, urging the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to accept the outcome and refrain from any litigation that could distract the government.
In a statement by it’s Ekiti State Coordinator, Prince Michael Ogungbemi, in Ado- Ekiti,the Ekiti state capital on Monday,YADA said registering 91 political parties in a developing country like Nigeria with high level of illiteracy , won’t help the electoral system in any way.
“The number of 91 parties that participated in the general elections was not good, instead, INEC should tentatively register most of these parties for local governments and State Assembly elections with performance benchmarks or criteria that if they score certain percentage of votes, they would qualify to participate in the Gubernatorial and National Assembly elections and up to the Presidential election.
“If not checked and control, INEC, may register up to 300 political parties before 2023. Apart from. INEC wouldn’t be able to manage these numbers of political parties in the future”.
The youth based organisation urged President Buhari to step up the fight against corruption and boosting of economy in his second term for posterity to judge him well.
” For the Opposition party Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, if you seek elective public office and people in their wisdom voted against your aspiration in a transparent and fair contest, just as the one experienced in the just concluded Nigeria Presidential election, the right thing to do is to congratulate the winner. This is the path the PDP must toe”
Ogungbemi stated that Nigerian youths could only attain an enviable height in the politics of the nation, if they align with the progressive party and get elected pivotal positions of influence.
“The fact remains, if we do not have people that truly understand governance in the parliament to challenge or change most of the obnoxious policies, laws and ways of doing government businesses, having the best brain as council Chairmen, governors and president, good governance will be difficult to attain” .
He saluted governor Kayode Fayemi for working hard to secure victory for the APC in Ekiti State, saying Fayemi’s superlative performance swayed the electorate to vote the ruling party.
” Governor Fayemi’s brilliant performance and credible leadership influenced voters in Ekiti to vote President Muhammadu Buhari and for the party to win 3 three Senators, 6 six House of representatives and 25/out of 26 House of assembly seats.
“We appreciate the Ekiti electorates for their peaceful conduct, comportment and cooperation with the electoral body, INEC and security operatives while exercising their constitutional franchise”.