Copy One Another’s Achievements, Balarabe Musa Urges Governors

Balarabe Musa, Immunity ClauseThe second republic governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has appealed to state governors in Nigeria to learn from the achievements of one another and replicate such in their respective states.

The elder statesman made this plea in Akure the Ondo State capital where the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko hosted a political meeting ahead of the governorship election in the state.

He said that this was what himself and his former colleagues who were governors in the second republic wanted to do but were distracted by political rivalry.

The Nigerian Governors Forum, according to him should be a platform for the governors to visit other states and learn from one another.

Musa who is also the National Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), the umbrella body of political parties in Nigeria added that one of the main objectives of the CNPP is to support any person legitimately elected into political office to perform.

On his part, the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) Dr. Yinusa Tanko, commended the good policies and programmes of Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko in the areas of health, education, transportation and urban renewal.

Governor Mimiko, in his response emphasized that progressivism can only be translated to practical terms through the policies and programmes that have direct positive impact on the people.

He promised that his government has been embarking and will continue ‎to embark on such programmes.

Electoral Act Must End Political Cross Carpeting – Tanko

Yinusa TankoThe Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council, Yinusa Tanko, believes that the recognition given to the idea of cross carpeting by politicians should be expunged from the Electoral Act.

Speaking on Channels Television, he noted that the lack of laws that would stand the test of time had been the reason why the Nigerian political system had lost its values.

He wondered why any politician should be allowed to trade the trust given to him by the people with another party that they did not support.

Tanko revealed that the discussions at the recently held National Political Summit bordered on issues concerning all political parties, including that of cross carpeting. He noted that if the recommendations are well adopted, it would bring sanity to the system.

He disclosed that the major step needed after the summit was to ensure that the next Electoral Act does not allow any elected politician to cross carpet into another party.

How much influence a political party has on the success of the candidate also came to the fore, as it is believed that some persons boost the party’s chances by their popularity rather than being helped by the party to win elections.

Tanko insisted that the candidate was bound by the political party he contested on and could only ride on his personal popularity on the platform of another party. This was after sharing the view that Nigeria was not yet mature for independent candidature.

He also believed that political parties would be able to agree on putting an end to the issue of cross carpeting as the issue has not favoured any of the political parties and it had become important for all the parties to jointly work against it.

Tanko said that his party the NCP would not accept any candidate from another party; no matter how popular he is, as long as he is occupying an office under his party.

“What is wrong is wrong”, he said, noting that his party was built on strong values.

He explained that the IPAC was a common front where parties discuss internal issues and there were plans to come up with ways of calling political parties with disciplinary issues to order.

This, according to him, includes utterances made by politicians, stating that issues of education, housing and development should form the core content of their public statements. While admitting that politicking had a place in contests, he advised that such should be based on developmental issues.

He revealed that the organisation embarked on this campaign in Anambra State leading to the governorship election to sensitize the people about what to pay attention to but could not do same in Ekiti due to certain constraints.


Ekiti Election: Ilesanmi Emerges Governorship Candidate Of NCP

Yinusa Tanko says the NCP is a platform of hope.

Mr Emmanuel Ilesanmi has emerged as the governorship candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, after the primaries held in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.

He is the latest addition to the number of candidates that will be contesting in the governorship election that will hold in June.

The national chairman of the party Mr Yinusa Tanko, said the NCP is the party of the people and was ready to avail the people of Ekiti social welfare.

Mr Yinusa asked the people of the state to give his party a chance by trying an optional leadership style that the NCP would provide.

“The NCP is providing Nigerians with a platform that can enrich them. We are increasing in number and we will continue to galvanise for support,” he said.

He is confident that the party would tackle youth unemployment and provide more jobs. 

Politician Rules Out Option Of Two Party System In Nigeria

The Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), Yinusa Tanko, on Friday ruled out the option of Nigeria operating a two-party system, stating it will not give Nigerians the freedom to choose which ideologies benefit them the most.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Tanko said that countries such as the United States of America, where democracy has found its footing, do not operate a two-party system, adding that Nigeria needs to continue a multi-party system in order to cater for diversity of opinions.

He described democracy as ‘popular choice’ based on ideas, ideologies and issue based politics and added that a two-party system will be ‘treacherous’ as it would restrict popular views of the 141 million populated nation.

He warned that the system would encourage politicians who usually cross-carpet, thereby impeding a clear distinction between political ideologies.

He said parties like ACN, Labour, NCP now exist as a result of the broadening of the political sphere.

He also said most Nigerian rulers have been ‘recycled’ over the years, discouraging young leaders who have been canvassing for opportunities to take their turn at the helm of affairs of the nation.