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Nigeria: RPN supports abbolition of automatic delegates

Republican Party of Nigeria (RPN) has expressed support to the abolition of automatic delegates in the 2010 Electoral Act, noting that it would foster internal democracy within parties.

“We as republicans will not support any move to re-introduce automatic delegate system in our constitution because it is not democratic.

Alhaji Mohammed Shittu, National Chairman of the party, stated this in Abuja in an interview with newsmen.

“We can support any candidate to emerge through credible primaries and we will work harmoniously for the actualisation of good governance for Nigerians,’’ Shittu said.

The RPN chairman condemned the bomb blasts of October 1, 2010, saying Nigerians did not deserve such package from their fellow Nigerians.

He charged the nation’s security to do more in the area of information gathering and ensure that the culprits were adequately dealt with.

He said that sentiment should not be a political watchword at 50, stressing the need to discuss issues that would impact positively on Nigerians.

“I do not expect that we will be using sentiment with our maturity in politics; I felt at 50 we should be able to outline issues that will impact positively on the lives of our people.

He tasked Nigerians to be aware of plans by some Nigerians to use sentiments such as religion and ethnicity to achieve their political aspirations, saying that it was not behind any presidential aspirant in PDP, pending the outcome of PDP primaries.

Shittu said the party had been in coalition with PDP and would support any candidate who would finally emerge through credible primaries of PDP.