University Don Laments Hijack Of Political Parties By State Govs

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
A Professor with the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria,  Prof. Ra’uf Ayo-Dunmoye has lamented the way state governors hijack political parties  in Nigeria, thereby imposing their associates as potential candidates.

He stated this in a paper he presented during a public lecture organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zaria Unit in collaboration with Mass Communication Department, ABU held at the Postgraduate School Auditorium.

The theme of the lecture is: “The Role of Media and Political Parties toward ensuring credible, free and fear elections.”

Ra’uf-Dunmoye, who spoke on the role of political pretties towards credible elections, said such a scenario would spell break of Nigeria’s future democracy.

The university don said that democracy allows people to select whomever they want to lead or represent them through the process of election without external influence, especially money or threats.

He said democracy is referred to as a universally recognised ideal based on values common to people everywhere, regardless of cultural, social, political and economic differences.

“Democracy is meant to protect and promote dignity and fundamental rights of individuals and instill social justice and social development.”

The guest lecturer stressed the need for political parties to step up efforts towards ensuring internal democracy through transparent primary elections to guarantee success of the forthcoming elections.

He lamented a situation where governors hijacked the leadership of parties and appoint their loyalists as candidates into different elective positions irrespective of whether they qualify or not.

In his paper titled: “The Role of Media toward ensuring Credible, Free and Fair Elections”, Dr Yakubu Uzohu Suleiman of  Mass Communication Department, ABU Zaria, observed that media had a greater role of enlightening and sensitising the public on the 2019 elections.

He lamented on  a situation where journalists ask for money before publishing stories, frowned at  some editors collect auditorium in the form contracts to get stories published.

Suleiman charged the media to be unbiased, corrupt-free and remain patriotic before, during and after the general elections for the good of all.

In his message the ABU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, who was represented by Dr. Sama’ila Shehu, Director, Public Affairs, said the occasion was timely in view of the forthcoming general elections.

While appreciating the efforts of the NUJ Zaria Unit and Mass Communication Department for organising the programme, the VC urged them to sustain the collaboration for the benefit of both parties.

Ealier, in his welcome address the NUJ Chairman, Kaduna State Council, Alhaji Adamu Yusuf  said  there was perception that months preceding elections in Nigeria usually come with all kinds of disturbing reports.

The Council Chairman identified such disturbing reports as hate speeches, name calling, harassmen, killings, thuggery and intimidation among others.

“So, our gathering here today will no doubt find possible ways of preventing them. For an individual, group or nation to grow and develop, the enabling environment must be created.

“Such environment must be made free for all to serve, hence the need for these two major stakeholders in the country’s electoral process to come come together.

“As one of the critical stakeholder in pro,opting democracy be rest assured that the Nigerian Union of Journalists will promote free, fair and peaceful conduct of 2019 general elections,” he assured.

The programme which is the 2nd Series drew participants from across political parties, INEC representatives, lawyers, security agencies, traditional rulers and students among others.

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