The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has warned of the dire consequences for the country following the resort of President Goodluck Jonathan to running Nigeria as a police state where the freedom guaranteed in a democracy is now being abused worse than in countries that are under full blown military dictatorship Reacting to what it termed as the brigandage masqueraded the PDP governorship primary that took place in Bayelsa state over the weekend, the CNPP said President Jonathan has further worsened the hopeless sense of security in the country by deploying Nigeria’s military might to police what should have ordinarily been his party, the PDP’s affair. CNPP Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu said in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday that the underlying circumstances that made the president abused his office as the commander in chief are themselves of-fences for which a right thinking person will resign his office in a sane democracy. “It is appalling that the President as his party’s leader had in the first place allowed the PDP to violate a court injunction that said the governorship primary should not hold until the determination of a suit filed by the incumbent governor, Timipre Syla, who was disqualified by the party from standing in the election. “It is also disgusting that the charade in Yenagoa was allowed to proceed given the large scale boycott by statutory delegates and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which has the statutory role of monitoring the primary. “We are alarmed that the president can mop up the entire security in the country to police eight local government areas for him at a time when the country is burning and reeling from attacks by Boko Haram and armed bandits are having a field day everywhere. “We hope Nigerians can now see for themselves the colour of the dictatorship that President Jonathan will unleash on the nation if he is allowed to get the changes he is presently seeking to the constitution. A man who is willing to allow his own home state burn just to control eight local government areas will unleash more military might and abuse on the country when it is time for him to implement his self perpetration programme.” Ezugwu warned. He said the scale of military and paramilitary presence deployed in Bayelsa state is also an indication that “President Jonathan has concluded right from inside his office in Aso Rock that the actual governorship election does not matter and that the PDP primary is the final decision that dictates who becomes the next governor of the state. If the president repeats the same oppression during the election then it will become impossible for the electorates in that state to have a say since Jonathan has basically forced a governor on them.” “There are reports that President Jonathan disregarded quality advice from elder statesmen like our own Alhaji Abdukadir Balarabe Musa, Lawal Kaita, Alhaji Abdulkareem Danyabu and Mallam Sheu Sani claiming that it was a party affair. He also spurned advice from former President Shehu Shagari and former Military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon-two elder statesmen with civilian and military experience as Nigeria’s leaders-is also a cause for concern. The advice proffered by these men is as good as advice from the National Council of State and Jonathan snubbed them.” The CNPP Scribe said.
Ezugwu said the CNPP will do its best to co-ordinate political parties in Bayelsa state and at the national level to work harmoniously to overturn the reign of terror that the President wants to begin spreading across the country beginning with his home state. “We now expect the political parties in Bayelsa state to co-operate and seize this opportunity to truly make the will of the people prevail through the ballot box assuming the PDP will allow genuine election there. On our part, we will mobilize the civil society and labour to form a common front and fight this growing specter of one party police dictatorship state.”
Secretary General, CNPP