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Nigerian news: Progressive leaders thumbs down PDP’s leadership

AFTER appraising the state of the nation, leaders of progressive parties across the country yesterday passed a vote of no confidence on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The group, which met under the aegis of the Patriotic Leaders Front of Nigeria (PLFN), viewed the political tension in the country and the dangerous cloud hovering over the 2011 election as signs that the ruling party was incapable of steering the affairs of the nation.

At the meeting, held at the Ilupeju residence of Second Republic governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, were the National Chairman of Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), Chief Olu Falae; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; the group’s Secretary–General, Senator Femi Okunrounmu; the National Chairman of Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP), Prof. Pat Utomi; Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Lagos State chapter, Adetunji Oyebolu; San Turaki and others.

Jakande, who addressed reporters after the meeting, said all the crises that have engulfed the country in recent times and the bomb explosions on the Independence Day celebrations were uncalled for.

The octogenarian politician maintained that the PDP, which ought to secure the lives of every Nigerian and make life more meaningful, was rather busy in dangerous politicking capable of plunging the country into chaos.

Flanked by the chieftain of the Mega Peoples Party of Nigeria (MPPN), Alhaji Rasheed Shita-Bey and Utomi, Jakande said it was unacceptable that the vast majority of the populace have continued to wallow in abject poverty in the midst of plenty, after 50 years of nationhood.

His words: “In the last 50 years of our nationhood, our country has been run like a vehicle of drunken drivers loaded with docile and helpless passengers.

“The consequence, needless to say, has been the uninspiring state of our nation as we marked the golden jubilee of our independence as a people.”

The former Lagos governor, however, said that unlike before, the progressives seemed “resolute this time around to make the country better.”

He explained that the number of political parties in the country was too many for good governance.

Explaining the rationale behind the meeting, Jakande said that unlike in the First and Second Republics when Nigeria had fewer political parties, he said the 62 political parties contesting election now cannot guarantee good governance.

He said the PLFN had set up a committee that would report to a plenary session scheduled for Abuja on October 28.

Corroborating Jakande, Utomi added that the group had recorded progress in its effort to unite the progressives across the country.