A coalition of civil society organizations in Nigeria, the Centre for Credible Leadership & Citizens Awareness (CCLCA) has described the current development in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum as a rape on modern democracy.
The group said the manner Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has decided to oust a Governor whose tenure is yet to elapse as Chairman, PDP Governors Forum is a monumental electoral fraud and a rape on modern democracy.
Speaking to pressmen on Tuesday, 28 January 2020, the DG Centre for Credible Leadership & Citizens Awareness Dr Nwambu Gabriel, said that this was a monumental fraud especially while Governor Dickson, who’s tenure was still subsisting was ongoing. He stated, that it was barbaric and undemocratic to remove a governor whose term is still subsisting.
Dr Gabriel said: “Again, the beauty of modern democracy is hinged on a vibrant opposition, he said, this decision will further weaken the opposition party and create factions within the party leading to a possible one-party state and eventual totalitarianism.
“Secondly, the PDP Governors had stated that while Governor Tambuwal whose tenure as the Deputy Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum has not elapsed, it becomes an abnormality to appoint Governor Tambuwal as the D.G., PDP Governors Forum. This by itself is self-contradictory. Tambuwal cannot in a democratic dispensation hold brief of these two positions simultaneously.
“We hereby advise all lovers of Democracy to advice Governor Wike who has consistently played a bully to desist forthwith from this dastard act and allow democratic tenets within the party”.
According to him, though they are an independent body, in order to deepen Democratic governance, all stakeholders were supposed to have been contacted before a final decision would be taken on the matter.
He further explained that his interaction with most of the PDP governors has pointed to that direction.