The Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), Yinusa Tanko, on Friday ruled out the option of Nigeria operating a two-party system, stating it will not give Nigerians the freedom to choose which ideologies benefit them the most.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Tanko said that countries such as the United States of America, where democracy has found its footing, do not operate a two-party system, adding that Nigeria needs to continue a multi-party system in order to cater for diversity of opinions.
He described democracy as ‘popular choice’ based on ideas, ideologies and issue based politics and added that a two-party system will be ‘treacherous’ as it would restrict popular views of the 141 million populated nation.
He warned that the system would encourage politicians who usually cross-carpet, thereby impeding a clear distinction between political ideologies.
He said parties like ACN, Labour, NCP now exist as a result of the broadening of the political sphere.
He also said most Nigerian rulers have been ‘recycled’ over the years, discouraging young leaders who have been canvassing for opportunities to take their turn at the helm of affairs of the nation.