Chairman of African Democratic Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Nkem Lemchi, has said the country did not need more political parties saying that registering more parties now defeats the rationality in the previous deregistration and called for reintegration of the parties earlier deregistered.
According to him,” I do not agree with the registration. INEC’s registration of more political parties in addition to the three or four previously registered after deregistering some others is spurious and calls for questioning.”
He made his remarks last Friday in Lagos in a media chat with Leaders of political parties in the recent registration of new political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In his reaction, Chairman of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the state, Mr. Joseph Ogebule, noted that it made no sense for INEC to register more parties since it was unable to fund the already existing ones, saying “They are not funding the registered parties, what is the purpose of registering more when the 26 on ground have no financial backup. This is unacceptable; we do not need more political parties.”
Lending his voice, Lagos Chairman, People’s Democratic Movement, Dr Akin Badmus was dismayed with the registration, saying it was difficult already for INEC to manage the previously registered ones.
“We do not need more political parties, have the 28 already registered parties been managed properly? During the last election, only about 10 of them appeared on the ballot papers.”
Speaking further, Badmus said “So we do not need more, the parties are enough for anybody who wants to be in politics to go and join.”
Commending the action of INEC however, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in the state, Mr. Olatunji Shelle, said Nigeria needed more political parties to enable the country to build a just society.
According to him, “we do need more political parties as the present situation calls for more as there are a lot of uncertainties in our political climate. I can foresee a lot of grouping and regrouping. The present major political parties have not lived up to expectations hence the need for like and serious minded people to come together to form a party that will be more acceptable to Nigerians.’’
Also speaking in like manner, governorship candidate of KOWA Party in Lagos State in the 2015 polls, Chief Gboyega Adeniji, welcomed the registration of new parties saying, “It is good for more parties to be registered because like minds will continue to rehabilitate to one side. As you can see Nigeria’s democracy is just evolving so new parties will continue to emerge till we get to the Promised Land.”