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Senate widened scope of parties to make choice to meet desire of Nigerians – Sen. Prof Nora Daduut

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Senator Prof Nora Daduut representing Plateau South Senatorial district had given reason why Senate decided to widen the scope for political parties to select their candidates.

According to the senator, the red chamber widened the scope for political parties to make their choices to meet the desires and expectations of Nigerians.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had while withholding assent on the electoral Act (2010) Amendment Bill, said that recommending direct Primaries for parties is undemocratic and limits the options of parties to choose their representatives.

Senator Daduut disclosed this on Wednesday while fielding questions from newsmen in her office on the re-amendment of the Electoral Act (2010) Amendment Bill by the Senate.

The Senator who was reacting to the implications of the action of the Senate (widening of the parties’ choice in recruiting candidates) and it’s implications for our political and democratic development said:

“Well, I think I want to commend the Senate not because I’m part of the Senate, but I think we need to first of all, put the people that is Nigerians on the alert that we are working for them and with them. So, in consideration of Nigerians and their desires and their expectations, the Senate had to have a committal, you know, motion that is to say to review what had been passed and sent to the president and in due course observed the areas that were, let me call it, they were not quite clear and made a very important move to reconsider the issues observed by Mr. President, and for this reason, the Senate had also agreed and accepted to widen the scope for political parties to make their choice. And that is because Nigerians, first of all, are very important to the growth and the political aspirations of the individuals that is the individual politicians. So the fact that the Senate now looked into the observations presented by Mr. President, certainly shows that the Senate is working for Nigerians and with Nigerians.

Also, on the general insecurity in the country and the isolated cases of killing in plateau, particularly, the killing of passengers traveling from Bauchi through Plateau to their home state of Ekiti, Senator Daduut has this to say:

You see, Plateau state is, let me call , a bridge between the North and the South because we’re in the central, and making a statement that the people traveling from Bauchi were Ekiti people going back to their state is like saying that we are hostile to strangers. No, the transit, of course, is normal because you have to cross Plateau state to get to Bauchi, except if you go through the North, that is Kano. But if you are coming from the central or from the Southeast, you must pass through Plateau state and there was no case of hostility. It was, let me say, accidental that people were coming, I think they went on a religious mission and they were passing through, but you see when others or individuals are apprehensive of one another, they will think these people were coming with some bad or ill intentions.
It was a misconception, misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the fact that the Ekiti contingents were traveling, therefore there was an attack on them that was misinterpreted. It was just the usual human reaction to defend himself. I don’t think everybody knew that these people were coming into Jos and going back home, but those that knew and misinterpreted his their own individual understanding, and they felt they could defend themselves or attack them. It wasn’t intentional.

On whether the several Commissions of inquiry set up by successive governments in the state like the Ajibola, Abisoye and Solomon Lar commissions have made desired impact, Senator Daduut stressed that the fact that they instituted board of inquiry’s is to first of all, to forestall other crisis because when you don’t know the genesis of a crisis, then you cannot arrive at the solution. The fact that these boards or committees of inquiry were instituted was to restore confidence in the system. It is true that the crisis seemed to be incessant like in other places or in other parts of the country, but this also demands that we need to cooperate with the security agents, who need to cooperate with the government as citizens, otherwise setting up board of inquiries may not solve the issue. We need to cooperate. We should also be part and parcel of investigating and also informing government or security agents about what is happening because we live in an environment that is insecure. So, whatever you think is happening around you, you should take it up as an individual to report.
The Ajibola or Solomon Lar board of enquiries, did not fail. It’s just that it also nurtured some other approaches to address this situation, and it’s unfortunate that Plateau state has suffered just like others. I believe that we should take it as a matter of responsibility to be our brothers keepers by also helping the security agencies, the Plateau Senator added.

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