The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, has described the composition, structure and membership of the planned National Dialogue, as recommended by the Presidential Advisory Committee as lopsided.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Chairman of the council, Mr. Yunusa Tanko, said that the exclusion of political parties from the dialogue is an aberration that should not be allowed to stand.
“The political parties are going to talk about how they feel the country should be governed, especially as it concerns their own political agenda, but by the time you alienate them out of that particular process, you make a decision without their own input, they will only come and juxtapose whatever position you must have taken”, he said.
He added that political parties are the major drivers and custodians of any democratic process and should therefore be part of the process of a National Dialogue.
“When right from the beginning they are part of the agreement, and they sign to that particular document, it makes it more binding on Nigerians and those who are intended to execute the document”, he concluded.