The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organized Nigeria political parties discussion series held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
The dialogue commenced with introduction led by Mr Shamsudeen Yusuf, Senior Program Officer at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).The programme, according to him, is intended to bring political actors, stakeholders and the general public to discuss governance issues and political party system in Nigeria.
Th representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Catherine, stated that OSIWA has been a funder and CDD partner for a number of years on the Nigeria Political Party Debate series (NPPDS). She said that this idea generated a lot of interest and conversation prior to 2015 general elections and what political parties have to offer.
The moderator proceeded to introduce the panelists comprising Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary; Dr. Agbo Emmanuel, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Secretary; Mr Aminu Idris, Director of Elections and Party Monitoring; Independent National Electoral commission and Chief Peter Ameh; National Chairman Progressive People’s Alliance (PPD). She mentioned that the objective of the dialogue is to robustly discuss issues around increasing number of political parties in Nigeria and to examine the challenges these will pose ahead of 2019 elections.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary started by saying high number of political parties is not a challenge but it can only be if it does not deepen democratic process.
Dr. Agbo Emmanuel, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Secretary further said high number of parties can be attributed to the disagreement among members of existing political parties and the desperation of individuals to be prominent and exert leadership control, this leads to breakups’.
Inec representative Aminu Idris, Director of Elections and Party Monitoring INEC responded by saying the more we have several parties the more people are represented and said that for the first time INEC is having continues voters’ registration and permanent voters’ cards (PVC) will be shared soon before the general elections.
- Bolaji Abdullahi, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary
- Dr. Agbo Emmanuel Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity secretary
- Peter Ameh, National Chairman PPA
- Aminu Idris, Director of Elections and Party Monitoring INEC.