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A group, the Campaign for Good Governance, CCG, has said the
Presidency, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and all Nigerians
should be concerned about the current  state of affairs in the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, because of its larger implications on the
polity as the future of Nigeria’s democracy is tied to the stability
of the party.
The group warned in a statement issued by its Executive Director,
Grace Ochinokwu in Abuja on Tuesday that the PDP must not be allowed
to disintegrate because this would lead the APC to become the behemoth
that the PDP once was in the absence of a strong opposition.
The statement explained that any further degeneration in the affairs
of the PDP risks returning Nigeria to a one-party state presided over
by the APC and that this is a road the country must never tread again.
It said “The APC should be most worried since politicians will begin
to see treat winning primary tickets on its platform as a do or die
affair. This was what began the implosion in the PDP and the APC would
not be spared going through that circle, which even includes the risk
of widespread assassination of perceived strong contenders.
“Had the PDP and Nigerians ensured that the then ANPP, AD and UNDP
thrived, perhaps it would have avoided the crises plaguing it today
since a pluralistic party democracy would have provided wider avenues
for self expression.
“Nigerians should be the most worried. Whatever they think the PDP’s
failings or excesses were would be nothing compare to what the APC can
evolve into once there is no stiff opposition to its rule. This is why
those rejoicing about the former ruling party’s troubles should take
time to ponder the consequences especially when there is little to no
prospect of another group repeating what the APC did to defeat the PDP
in the foreseeable future.
“A guaranteed outcome, going by human tendencies and what we are
already seeing, is for the APC to become what the PDP was at the
height of its rule. This is why well meaning citizens should prevail
on the key members of the PDP to put their house in order because of
the likely impact on the country’s democracy.
“For a start, we must all demand that the party’s stakeholders sheath
their swords and respect the party’s internal processes including the
choice of Senator Ahmed Markafi as its caretaker chairman,”  the CCG
statement urged.
It advised that the rival factions of the PDP set their differences
aside as citizens would hold them responsible if the fallout from
their party’s crisis disrupt or threatens Nigeria’s democracy in any
According to the statement, the PDP stalwarts must in addition to
their individual interests reckon with how their actions could create
a society with one party structure and what can happen to democracy as
a result of these actions.
“PDP future has implications for democracy in Nigeria which is why we
must not allow or treat its current crisis as an internal affair of
the PDP.” The group said.

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