The All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked that the 24-hour curfew imposed on Adamawa State be suspended ahead of the bye-election in October, 2014.
Rising from an inaugural meeting of the National Executive Council, spokesman of the APC, Mr Lai Mohammed, told journalists that the party does not believe that there would be a transparent and fair election under such condition.
Mr Mohammed said that members of the party also agreed with the call by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that hooded security operatives should not be used during the 2015 general elections.
Apart from the curfew suspension, the party also decided to employ a modified direct approach that would ensure the largest participation of its members during elections, adding that the party would not miss any member who has chosen to defect from the party.
The former Prime Minister of Ireland, John Bruton, has advised that Nigerians who live abroad should bring foreign investments back into their country.
He stated that the factors that attract foreign investments are the same factors that make a democracy strong,“The stronger you make your democracy the more foreign direct investment you will attract.”
Mr. Bruton who was speaking on Democracy and Good Governance in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Southern Nigeria, noted that about 3 million Nigerians were living in North America, out of which 115,000 are medical practitioners and 174,000 are into Information Technology.
Mr. Bruton said that every country is searching for good governance and no country had arrived at that destination. He explained that good governance was not the destination, but a process of constant renewal of institutions, “a country that has good governance now could have bad governance in ten years’ time if it’s not vigilant to prevent some characteristics.”
He stated some characteristics that are important in providing good governance in the country. They include the rule of law, mutual tolerance, shared loyalty, fair election, strong and disciplined electoral parties, good economic conditions, as well as strong stands against corruptions.