Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said recent political developments in the country are pointers to the fact that Nigeria is fast becoming a one-party state.
Gov Udom, who stated this at the Ibom International Airport on arrival from Abuja where he attended the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting, said Nigeria’s democracy is under threat by those hell-bent on destroying the PDP.
He said democracy would be jeopardised in the seeming one party structure which the country is pursuing and in the circumstance, the system would stifle the voice of the opposition thereby paving way for despotism which he said was not in the best interest of the country.
“As a country, we are assisting other countries to institute democracy. How come we are destroying our own? We should not allow the country to be run like this else democracy will collapse.”
Udom who recalled an incidence which took place during last year’s National Convention of the Party at Rivers State, condemned it in its entirety, saying the obstruction of the stakeholders’ meeting following the sealing of International Conference Centre, venue of the meeting by security agents, explaining that they had to relocate to alternative venue for the meeting.
“The sealing yesterday of International Conference Centre, venue of the meeting by the Police was a sad commentary on democracy. Twice we’ve experienced this. The other time, we had to hold the convention at the zonal secretariat of the party because the Port Harcourt stadium was barricaded by the police.