Don't Reduce The Number Of Political Parties In Nigeria—Lawmaker

By Tom Garba, Yola

Nigerian political parties should be allowed to evolve on their own and to compete among themselves in a bid to stay afloat and maintain their registration status.

A member representing Gombi /Hong of Adamawa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Yusuf Buba advanced that relevant authorities in place not to streamline the number of registered political parties in the country.

Hon Yusuf Buba in a chat with our Correspondent in Yola on Thursday through his media man,Mr Nkem Anyata, explains that the decision to streamline political parties in the country is unhealthy to democratic development.

According to Nkem Anyata , the lawmaker was reacting to a Bill presented at the House of Representatives on Tuesday which sought to streamline the number of registered political parties in Nigeria to five.

He observed that the more Nigerian Political Parties were registered, the more roles they play in strengthening our nascent democracy in a country like Nigeria.

The Lawmaker clearly stated that instead of attempting to put lid on number of political parties there should be need for deepening the electoral culture in a democracy through voter education, sensitization and awareness creation.

Nigerians legislators should borrow a leaf from the United States which was nation’s model democracy which we are emulating.

He noted that in spite the fact that many Political Parties exist at different levels of the political leader in United States, their popularity and strength allow them to field candidates for elective offices.

According to Hon Yusuf Buba, though the bill has just been presented before the House, there are many ways to render such bill irreplaceable,and I am sure the bill Will die a natural death.