Wednesday 20th September, 2017
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Nigeria heading for a one-party state - Gov Udom

Nigeria heading for a one-party state - Gov Udom

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.

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