By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The former Senate Leader and Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has proffered direct primaries as the only solution to our lingering political crisis in the country.
He said, “the biggest problem with our politics is that political parties are suppose to be the vehicles to political power, but those vehicles have been appropriated by big men in our society”.
Ndoma-Egba stated in Calabar while speaking to newsmen to clear the rumour making the rounds that he is not running for Central senatorial district race come 2019.
Rather, he said, “yes the form was bought for me by a group of friends and I have been screened and the form returned in Port Harcourt recently”.
According to him, “the June 12, 1993 general elections had remained a watershed in our political history because every member of the party voted. It was the most authentic elections that we still talk about till today”
Said he ” I had once said that we no longer have government of the people and by the people, but government of governors for governors and by governors”.
He said “because they appropriate the political parties, we can never get it right. This is our biggest challenge and unless power is redirected back to the masses, there is no hope.
The former Senate Leader said “direct primaries confirms that the ordinary members of the party are the true owners and must decide who should rule or govern them during elections.
By so doing, he said, “it addresses the fundamental question of the ownership of political parties. Rather than allow big men to appropriate political parties as a process on our behalf against our personal wishes and desires, let the common man be the one to decide the direction of the political parties”.
Speaking on the Osun elections, he said “from his legal point of view, the Independent National Electoral Comission (INEC)is right for fixing a re-run election
He argued that where the margin of the votes cast is less than the number of those who did not vote, the law and Electoral guidelines permits a re-run. It was not a question of cancellation but disenfranchising eligible voters where elections did not hold.
In an answer to another question, he denied rumours that he is been sponsored by the presidency to run for Senate. I have no evidence on this issue. This is political period and people can seat down to peddle all forms of rumour.
Ndoma-Egba said categorically that “there is nothing wrong in him aspiring to go back to the Red Chambers as it is open for contest believing that God Almighty shall see him through in the election, come 2019 general elections.