The pan northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Wednesday in Kaduna condemned the call by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, for an automatic ticket for President Goodluck Jonathan and state governors in the 2015 elections.
The ACF noted that the suggestion to exclude the President and the governors from primaries was anti-democratic and against the tenets of the Electoral Act.
The Forum at the end of its National Working Committee meeting also condemned the controversy generated by the recent Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s election.
The ACF in a communiqué signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, appealed to governors and leaders of political parties in the country to live up to their seminal roles of providing order and direction to “our democracy that is premised on liberty, justice, common decency and sanctity of votes cast.”
It read, “The meetings considered the controversy that came from the outcomes of the election in the Nigerian Governors Forum. NWC also reviewed the suggestion by some leadership of the ruling party that incumbents be exempted from party primaries.
“All these developments are not democratic because they seek to stifle internal democracy within our democratic institutions, and, therefore, are inconsistent with provisions of the Electoral Act on internal democracy within institutions in the polity.”
The ACF said it “welcomed the progress made by the joint meetings between the ACF and the Northern Elders Forum for express purpose of fashioning how best the North can pursue common vision, common objectives, and common strategy, for achieving northern unity and peaceful co-existence needed for meaningful socio-economic and political development, not only of northern region but across the country.”
The communiqué added, “NWC was called to specifically asses the preparations for the AGM of the ACF scheduled to hold on 20th/06/2013, in Kaduna, as well as to review the unfolding events in the polity and development in the efforts to tame proliferation of different fora and groups which profess to speak for the same North.
The meeting welcomed the progress made by the joint meetings between the ACF and the Northern Elders Forum for the express purpose of fashioning how best the North can pursue common vision, common objectives, and common strategy, for achieving northern unity and peaceful coexistence needed for meaningful socio-economic and political development, not only of northern region but across the country.
“Towards this end, ACF endorsed the setting up of the Joint Action Committee of the two groups on how best to pursue the common goals, group cohesion and group coherence needed to make the desired results come to pass.”