About a fortnight ago, the All Progressives Congress (APC) began membership drive across the country, by carrying out registration/revalidation exercise.
It is an innovation worthy of emulation by all other political parties, especially, as the exercise is rooted down the grassroots, through the polling units in every Ward in the country.
As a kick off to the event, President Muhammadu Buhari went to his hometown in Daura, Katsina State, to undertake his party revalidation, which was highly celebrated, just as Governor Hope Uzodimma celebrated his own revalidation at his hometown in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
Politics worldwide goes with a lot of innovations and education. It is an open field, where party A can learn from what party B introduced in the political system.
It may, therefore, not be appreciative enough for any particular party, especially, a party in opposition, to begin to shout wolf over what another party is doing. However, it will also not be good if a party in government uses tricks and intimidation to coerce the ordinary citizens to register in their own place wily nilly.
In other words while The Onion Commends the good innovation that the APC has introduced in the Nigerian political landscape, through the party’s ongoing registration/revalidation exercise nationwide, The Onion cautions that the ruling party should avoid using intimidating tendencies to coerce the people to register in the party. After all freedom of association is expressly enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.
In the same vein, the opposition party, most especially, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which is the main opposition party in the country, should not raise alarm over what is not there. The Onion by this peace of advise is striving to see that their is political harmony in Nigeria. The opposition is duty bound to checkmate the excesses of the ruling party, through criticisms albeit constructively.
Nigerians are today reviewing the barrage of criticisms mounted against PDP led Federal Government by the APC, during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s era, which led to the exit of that administration through the polls in 2015.
There is no doubt that it has been realised that much of such criticisms were mere flukes. The Onion advises that such negative criticisms should be avoided by opposition political parties forthwith.
There is tension in the land today from the insecurity that the country is facing on a daily basis. The Onion will, therefore, be happy if the political parties in Nigeria can dwell in the realm of positivism, in order to bring about harmony to the polity, thereby reducing the unbridled tension that is ravaging the country presently.