CNPP blames PDP for Nigeria’s economic woes

Osita Okechukwu

If the political leaders continue to breach the constitution, Nigeria will not develop, CNPP says.

The leadership of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has blamed Nigeria’s economic woes on the leadership style of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which is Nigeria’s ruling party.

In an interview on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, says Nigeria will not develop if her political leaders continue to breach the constitution.

Mr. Okechukwu said “we cannot develop under the system in which the ruling party is running the country, because the economic policy of the party is not in tandem with the 1999 constitution.”

“The economic policy of the ruling party is in conflict with the fundamental objectives and directive principle of state policy, which is the social contract between the leaders and the led.”

Mr. Okechukwu cited section 16(2) of the 1999 Nigeria constitution which provides for the economic system to be operated in a manner in which wealth is not concentrated in the hands of few individuals.

“The primary responsibility of any government is to provide security for the people and ensure their welfare.

“However, the PDP led government has abandoned these primary responsibilities of security and welfare of the Nigerian people,’’ he said.

Mr. Okechukwu said that Nigeria could not achieve meaningful development, if the welfare of the people were not guaranteed.

“How can the country develop when in the 2013 budget, the agriculture sector is to receive only N81 billion and this sector employs over 70 percent of the people,” he said.

According to him, most Nigerians are living on deficit and a lot of people are hungry.

“These were some of the reasons why there were crises in the country,” the CNPP’s spokesman said.

Mr. Okechukwu,  said that Nigeria could advance, “if the leaders abide by the dictates of the constitution which is a compendium of social contract’’.

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