NGF Election: CNPP Congratulates Amaechi, Urges Jonathan to Accept Defeat
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has congratulated Governor Rotimi Amaechi of River state for his victory at the recently concluded Nigeria Governors’ Forum election as well as the 19 progressive governors who voted for him.
The group in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu described Amaechi’s victory as a sign of good omen for the nation’s fledgling democracy and harbinger of 2015 general elections, adding that the victory is the All Progressives Congress (APC) merger at work.
The CNPP lampooned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which it said had for the first time been beaten in its own game, stressing that Mr Fix-It and all other con-artists failed after exhausting their bags of trick.
It said that the development means that the latent and potent progressive forces and tendencies which coalesced to form the APC were at work during Amaechi’s victory at the Nigeria Governors Forum’s election.
“For the avoidance of doubt, 11 out of the 19 governors who voted for Amaechi are the potent progressive forces currently in the APC, while eight are the latent progressive forces coming into the APC sooner than later,” CNPP stated.
According to the group, it is a good day for Nigeria’s democracy as it exits from the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s African-big-man, do-or-die era anchored on arbitrariness under one party state to a bi-partisan era anchored on responsive and responsible governance under two dominant political parties.
“The CNPP as a matter of urgent importance advises and cautions President Goodluck Jonathan not to view Governor Amaechi’s victory as a personal loss, but to see it as the triumph of true democracy.
The party maintains that, as a statesman and democrat, the President should recognise and accept the outcome of the Nigeria Governors Forum’s election.
CNPP tasked him not pander to the whims and caprices of bad losers, because of the collective interest of the country, and its fledgling democracy, especially now that he had secured Nigeria’s candidature as Africa’s sole candidate for the UN Security Council.
Continuing, “A cursory glance at successful liberal democracies shows that their Constitution provides for multi-parties, while their polity is governed by two dominant political parties, where no party actually rules.
“What rules are the people, their preferences and their tendencies; because the two dominant political parties provide compromise and clear choices in every issue where there is no national consensus.
“This is the first sign-post and the threshold we have earnestly yearned for in Nigeria, a stage where there is no African-Big-Man to dictate and where none of the two dominant political parties can win the presidential election with more than 52 percent.
“We cherish and celebrate the victory sign as a harbinger of 2015 general elections and sign of good omen for our democracy,” the coalition added.
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