Nigerian Politicians Should Learn from US Election, says PDP, ACN, CPC
As the landslide victory of president, Barack Obama continues to wow the entire world, many commentators and political analysts around the globe have lauded United States and its citizens for a free and fair election that gave Kenyan Big boy the opportunity to spearhead the affairs of the White House for another four years.
Top political parties in the country have however, advised Nigerian politicians to learn from the United States.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Buhari’s led Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) have commended Obama’s re-election, noting that the poll had offered Nigeria the opportunity to sit up in order to right the wrongs of previous elections.
According to the PDP, Nigerian politicians should emulate the attitude of Mr. Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for the US presidential poll, who conceded defeat to Obama.
In a communiqué issued on Wednesday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said Romney’s conduct was a portray of a true patriot.
Metuh said, “This act is one of the elements that have made America’s democracy the envy of all nations.
“The greatest threat to the stability of our democracy is the reckless bickering that happens after elections in Nigeria.
“A lot of time and energy is decimated on frivolous legal suits and the pursuit of bitterness which affect valuable time for the delivery of campaign promises.”
Also, the National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while reacting said: “When elections are free and fair, the loser will have no problem conceding and congratulating the winner.
“The PDP-led government should ensure elections are free and fair.”
Speaking on Obama’s victory, the Chairman of the ANPP, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said it would be difficult for the opposition to concede defeat in Nigeria because elections “are not always free and fair”.
National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said, “Ordinarily, electoral contest, having been conducted with scrupulous adherence to governing rules, should be devoid of acrimony and bitterness as was seen in the US presidential election.
“But the salient variable that is missing is the corruptive superimposition of the ruling PDP that removes the fairness and credibility from our elections.”
– Daily Post
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