Politicians call for independent candidacy

By Ugonma Cokey, Lagos

Participants at the Open Government Symposium of the Future Project tagged "Young and Emerging Leaders Symposium" at the Terra Kulture in Lagos.

Popular politicians in Nigeria have called for independent candidacy in the electioneering process.

Lagos Mainland Chairmanship Aspirant and Director of Africa Engagement the Commonwealth African Initiative, Ambassador Dayo Isreal, alongside the former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke made the call at the Open Government Symposium of The Future Project tagged “Young and Emerging Leaders Symposium” at the Terra Kulture in Lagos.

The speakers agreed that it was high time Nigeria adopted the independent candidacy.

Internal democracy
“A system that consciously subverts merit, competence, ability, capacity and hard work cannot progress. This is the tragedy of the Nigerian system and if our democracy must grow, we must ensure internal democracy and independent candidacy forms a part of our electoral process. Africa must open its space to Emerging Leaders” Ambassador Israel said.

He further advised young people to get involved in politics even at the ward level.

Supporting his position, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, said “Internal Democracy and Independent candidacy works in other climes and can work here”. 

A social media influencer, Japhet Omojuwa argued that “there are only three ways to get elected in Nigeria, if you’re not All Progressives Congress, APC, or Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, member, then you have to be a member of a party formed from these parties. This shouldn’t be and independent candidacy should be encouraged in our law.’’

Mercy Chukwudiebere