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February 3, 2023

Group expresses worry over new political trend in Nigeria

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Ruth Oginyi

A group, Advocates for Good Citizenship and Peace, yesterday said the issue of placing political parties above individual pedigree was becoming overwhelming in Nigeria’s voting pattern and warm against the act ahead of the 2023 general election.

The group said that the trend if unchecked was capable of continuous enthronement of bad leaders in the polity.

The National President of the group, Bad Kelechi Mbam, stated this at a press briefing in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.

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“We are all aware that our dear country Nigeria, will go into polls come 2023 to elect another set of political leaders ranging from state to National Assembly members as well as governors of states and course, the President.

“The prelude to this decisive moment has begun nationwide as different political parties have commenced sales of nomination forms. This means that parties are expected to conduct their primary election to elect a candidate who will fly the party’s flag in various elective positions.

“We have followed closely, the trend of things as it unfolds and we regret to observe that there is a dangerous fashion creeping into our political system. This deadly cankerworm if unchecked, is capable of continuous enthronement of bad leaders in our polity. The issue of placing political parties above individual pedigree is becoming overwhelming in our voting pattern.

“A situation where a credible candidate fails election because he contested under a perceived smaller party has continued to deal with us negatively than ever. On the other hand, where a credible candidate emerges from a majority political party there is no barrier for such a candidate to enjoy maximum support of his or her people. It is on the above backdrop that we have decided to launch a campaign for candidate-based voting tagged: Na Person; No Be party”, he said.

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