Political parties: Our trial versions
NEWS DIGEST–Several governmental epoch have registered its place on the sand of time of the Nigerian history with little or no achievement to show for its escapade.
Successive government in Nigeria has often gotten into the seat of power ridding on the wings of varying political parties and preaching its manifestoes sermon to the teeming population.
A periodical culture of elections has often birthed a new but screwed government indirectly representing a given political party every four years. Conventionally over time, this has established a platform for varying lettered parties contesting for a grasp of power. This has only engendered the First, Second, Third, and Fourth republican parties over the Nigerian democratic era, as only a number of them has ended up forming the government at different eras.
The Nigerian political parties today can be best described as a multiplicity of power hungry groups claiming to be committed to delivering good governance, growth, and a sustainable governmental change within its jurisdiction.
However promising, furnished and compacted their manifestoes appears to reflect, Nigerians are still standing patiently and anticipating the reality of their manifestoes content.
A major feature of this political parties’ manifestoes today in Nigeria is its well adorned and alluring promises captured and railed with a stage managed confidence to the people, but often times found wanting and derailed at the long run.
All this has informed my quiz which borders on: have there been a significant difference between the Democratic political parties of the 20th and 21st century in Nigeria?, how has the complaints of the citizenry been met by either of this political parties and gladiators?, has their promises been fully delivered in accordance to their manifestoes?, all this questions and our possible answers are alluding to the validity of the existence and operations of political parties in Nigeria.
In 2008, PDP promised a 7- point Agenda which enumerated – Power and Energy, Food Security and Agriculture, Wealth Creation and Employment, Mass Transportation, Land Reform, Security, Qualitative and Functional Education. While in 2015, APC tagged theirs the ‘Change agenda’ which is encapsulated into three: One, to create jobs; two, to eradicate corruption; and three, to bring peace back to Nigeria.
Nigerians in 2019 still stand screaming and wailing for a party which will deliver this democratic dividends and enthrone the Nigeria that is long- drawn from what the founding fathers envisaged.
According to INEC about 30 political parties are duely registered in Nigeria in 2019, almost the total number of states in Nigeria and Nigerians still stands without a credible party to deliver it’s yearnings. This empathetic situation speaks volumes of the fact that our democracy is infant and an infamy to its polity. Symphonically all we hear of is mergers, coalitions, and Cross carpeting as strategies to drive their objective of delivering on the people’s interest.
It’s evident there have been little or no difference between the 20th and 21st century political parties in Nigeria, as comparatively they share an ideological crypticism in their administration.
Moreso, administrative Operations of political parties have overtime embraced membership favouritism, preference and immunity in their Institutional administration, having them view criminals as friends, cronies, and party leaders across their spectrum.
Meanwhile, Political parties are known to be a group of people who unite cohesively with a core objective of taking over power. A group that tends to inspire a competitive spirit, culture of checks and balance, drive of surveillance, and the principle of democracy.
An overwhelming contradiction is the disposition of parties today, as lobbying, cross carpeting, favouritism, nepotism, Corruption, egocentrism,Godfatherism amongs others is the order of the day in the Nigerian political parties. Political parties in Nigeria has only performed satisfactorily as a ‘TRIAL VERSION’ as a against a an institution with the right vision to champion our political development.
A deep beacon is made to all Nigerians to take up the consciousness of seeing a better Nigeria beyond party affiliation and party politicking.
Therefore, i recommend a submission to all party stakeholders to revamp it’s political ideology from the aforementioned and begin a pragmatic execution of developmental and integrity based political ideology thereby promoting democratic tenets, reliability, transparency and a revival of confidence in the political party system of government via its conduct.
Henry, a social affairs commentator, writes from Lagos.
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