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Oppn parties are greatest threats to Nigeria democracy- Atiku

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Oppn parties are greatest threats to Nigeria democracy- Atiku

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said the opposition parties in Nigeria are greatest danger to the country’s democracy.

 

Atiku said while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has brought gloom and pains on Nigerians since 2015 former president, Muhmmadu Buhari, took office to President Tinubu’s one year in office, the failure of opposition parties to hold the ruling party accountable was the danger facing the country’s democracy.

 

The former presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said while democracy remained the best form of government, the message of June 12 on unity, has been missed. “Truth be told, there’s no substitute to democracy as a form of government,” Atiku said.

 

The former vice president said, “Whereas our current democratic dispensation is a quarter of a century old, it will not be out of place to pay tributes to the sacrifices made by many patriots, chiefly among them Basorun MKO Abiola and his beloved wife, Alhaja (Mrs) Kudirat Abiola, Tafida Shehu Yar’Adua and Alfred Rewane, among many others.”

 

Atiku said June 12 struggle would not have been possible had there not been series of coalitions and alliances among political leaderships of the era.

 

“The historical timeline of the struggle that birthed this democracy is abundant with a series of coalitions and alliances amongst the political leaderships of that era to flush away the vestiges of military and dictatorial governance in order to return power to the people.

 

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‘It is commendable that for 25 years, we have witnessed an uninterrupted season of electoral politics. It is an unprecedented epoch in our history.

 

“It is worthy of celebration and commendation must go to the people of our great country. I must also congratulate the political class for having embraced the rectitude of nurturing a democracy, as well as the civil society. It is important that all stakeholders continue to do their bit to ensure the sustainability of our democracy.

 

“But our democracy is not yet virile if it continually fails to deliver the promises of prosperity and liberty to the people,” he added.

 

The PDP Chieftain said the past nine years of APC administrations and their “manifest” hardships showed the opposition parties were more guilty in the hardship by not coming together to put the ruling party’s administrations to an end.

 

Abubakar continued, “However, the past nine years have thrown up a regime of extreme hardship manifested in excruciating poverty and unprecedented levels of violence and insecurity upon our people. Sadly, the ruling All Progressives Congress is to blame for bringing forth this dawn of gloom.

 

“But the opposition political parties are even more guilty than the ruling party for the seeming lack of capacity to come together and galvanize a coalition that will retire the ruling party and articulate a plan of good governance that will earn the conviction of Nigerians.

 

“Today, the failings of the opposition parties to uphold the functionality of their existence are the major threat to our democracy. The earlier they realize that the fortunes of Nigeria lie in their forging a coalition, the better it will be for our country and the people.”