We have lost faith in the national electoral system – ADF – The Sun Nigeria
Of Chijioke AgwuAbakaliki
Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) yesterday said it had lost confidence in the country’s electoral system.
He said the process is increasingly an obstacle in the wheel of national peace and unity.
The ADF noted that in addition to being openly brutal, undemocratic and monetized, the electoral process has been skewed in favor of unpopular candidates with no vision to address the myriad challenges facing the nation.
Its chairman, Uzodinma Nwala, said so at a reception held in honor of former Peoples’ Democratic Party presidential candidate Sam Ohuabunwa in Enugu.
“This is a special moment for us members of the ADF as we welcome back one of our most outstanding leaders, Ohuabunwa, who has just returned to us after a brutal encounter with the undemocratic way of selecting candidates for the presidency of Nigeria.
“From the start of the current electoral process, even before and indeed until tomorrow, the ADF has never hidden its lack of confidence in the highly monitored and corrupt electoral system in Nigeria.
“What Ohuabnunwa went through was a brutal experience with the Nigerian electoral system, which the ADF has always called a game only vampires can play.
“Ohuabunwa has been with us for several years and we know him as one of the most invaluable candidates of any political party in the Nigerian political system. He and people like Peter Obi are some of the gems of Nigerian politics. They remind us of the late Aminu Kano, Shehu Yar’Adua and several other nationalists who echoed, urging us to abandon the old unpatriotic order of greed and self-centeredness if we are to develop the necessary spirit of harmony and progress.
“The greatest threat to national cohesion and peace in Nigeria today is the political leadership which is selfish and unpatriotic. Further and above all, the undemocratic mode of selection of political leaders in our party’s primaries is the most great threat to national unity.
“Indeed, the method of selecting party candidates in the primaries is highly monetized. This is why the selection of leaders in Nigeria favors the highest bidder and often it is certainly the men who have stolen the national treasury the most.
Ohuabunwa said the occasion rekindled his burning desire to replicate the entrepreneurial attitude of the Igbo in the Nigerian system, saying he was not oblivious to the fact that Nigerians were watching carefully as events unfolded before, during and after. the presidential election.
While thanking the ADF for this honor, he observed that the Igbo people were misinterpreted, mischaracterized and misunderstood in the country, adding that the people of the Southeast are very open-minded, accommodating and fair-seeking. -play.
“As I often say, the Igbo man in Nigeria is not well represented. He is widely mischaracterized, misunderstood and misprofiled. And one of my desires is that if I have the opportunity, I will show the difference The little places I have held as CEO of Pfizer or Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria or Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, I have tried to show the best of what can be a Nigerian of Igbo descent.
“Let us first be broad-minded, we are enterprising, we seek justice, equity and fairness. We are a people who move forward in life despite the challenges and we are also interested in the fact that others also move forward.
“We are not lazy; we are not laid back; we are not fraudulent and we are not mischievous and we are not mercantilists. But we have a sense of justice and fairness; we don’t like to beg.