30 July 2020 By Ebere Ukeje Abuja.
As part of efforts to strengthen the Democratic process In the country, Lawmakers have been advised to review the electoral laws.
Guests on “Politics Today” a Kapital FM Current Affairs Programme gave the advice while discussing on the topic “Godfatherism in Nigerian Politics”.
One of the Guests, National Secretary of United Political Party, CUPP, Chief Peter Ameh who lamented on the weakness of institutions guiding the electoral processes in the country , explained that such laws when put in place would put an end to Godfatherism and enhance free, fair and credible elections in the country.
“The weakness of our institutions and election processes is one of the major reasons that brings about Godfatherism , because if you have an electoral system that is protected and governed by regulations that protects the rights of the people to vote and their votes counts, the effect of Godfatherism would go away gradually”
Chief Ameh while stressing on the need for good governance across all spheres of government also called for accountability and transparency in governance among political office holders.
“In Nigeria Godfatherism has been mainly negative , because it has affected the local government, people should hold their governors accountable and not the federal Government”.
The National Secretary of the Coalition of the United Political Party, CUPP, described Godfatherism as the major cause of poverty and under development in Nigeria which he said also retarded the nation’s economy.
Also, another guest, a Political Analyst and Pioneer Director, Voter Education, Inter- Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Mr Akinloye Oyeniyi emphasized the need for voters to exercise their franchise by voting the candidates of their choice.
“Follow your mind when voting by choosing and electing the candidates of your choice
Mr Oyeniyi therefore urged the National Orientation Agency and the media to sensitize Nigerians on the importance of free, fair and credible elections.
“Let FRCN, NOA sensitize the people on the importance of election processes”