17 February 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been urged to introduce independent candidature for elective positions as a way to curtail imposition of candidates in Nigerian politics.
A guest on “Politics Today” a Kapital FM Current Affairs Programme, a Politician, Mr. Clem Aziegbemi made the call while speaking on the topic ” Imposition of Candidates in Politics” in Abuja.
Mr. Aziegbemi explained that allowing independent candidates to contest in future elections would strengthen the nation’s political system.
He maintained that Godfatherism and imposition of candidates in the of name consensus candidate are anti-democracy and must be eradicated in the nation’s Politics.
Another guest on the programme, a Public Affairs Analyst, Mr Jide Orintunsin who expressed concern over imposition of candidates thereby forcing some candidates to step down for others said all qualified aspirants should be given a level playing ground to strengthen democracy.
Mr Orintunsin who described Contestation as the most clear democratic way of choosing candidates for elections stressed the need for political parties to accord priority to the entrenchment of internal democracy.
Also contributing on the programme, the Chairman Media Committee of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika stressed that a candidate sponsored by a godfather would never work for the interest of the people but for his God father.
He pointed out that godfathers always induced the electorates with money to impose their favoured candidates thereby encouraging corruption.
The guests therefore called on Nigerians to reject any candidate imposed on them in future elections to produce credible and competent leaders in the country.