Amaechi’s victory is the work of the opposition parties merging, CNPP says.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has applauded the victory of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, in an election held on Friday in Abuja.
The CNPP, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, described the victory as a good omen.
“CNPP views the victory of Governor Chibuike Amaechi as signs of good omen for our fledgling democracy and harbinger of 2015 general elections,” the statement said.
The body also congratulated Mr. Amaechi as his backers saying, “We congratulate him and the 19 progressive governors who voted for him”.
Merger at work
The CNPP claimed Mr. Amaechi’s victory is the All Progressives Congress, APC’s merger at work.
“The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the first time has been beaten in their own game, Mr. Fix-It and all other con-artists, failed after exhausting their bags of trick,” it added.
It also said the outcome of the election has shown that “the latent and potent progressive forces and tendencies which coalesced to form the APC; were at work during the Amaechi’s victory at the Nigeria Governors Forum’s election”.
“For the avoidance of doubt,11 out of the 19 Governors who voted for Amaechi are the potent progressive forces currently in the APC, while 8 are the latent progressive forces coming into the APC sooner than later” it said.
Speaking further, CNPP said the election is a good day for Nigerian democracy, as the country exited “from the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s, African-Big-Man, Do-or-Die Era anchored on arbitrariness under one Party State to a Bi-partisan era anchored on responsive and responsible governance under two dominant political parties”.
“Mr. Jonathan did not lose, it is democracy at work,” CNPP said.
The CNPP said it found it necessary to “advise and caution President Goodluck Jonathan not to view Governor Amaechi’s victory as a personal loss;… It is the triumph of true democracy”.
“As a statesman and democrat, Mr. President should recognize and accept the outcome of the Nigeria Governors Forum’s election last night. He should not pander to the whims and caprices of bad losers, because of the collective interest of our dear country, and our fledgling democracy; especially now that he had secured Nigeria’s candidature as Africa’s sole candidate for the UN Security Council,” CNPP said.
It also said a cursory glance at successful liberal democracies, shows that their constitution provides for multi-parties, while their polity is governed by two dominant political parties, where no party actually rules.
“What rules is the people, their preferences and their tendencies; because the two dominant political parties provide compromise and clear choices in every issue where there is no national consensus,” the CNPP said.
“This is the first sign-post and the threshold we have earnestly yearned for in Nigeria, a stage where there is no African-Big-Man to dictate and where none of the two dominant political parties can win the presidential election with more than 52%.
“We cherish and celebrate the victory sign as a harbinger of 2015 general elections and sign of good omen for our democracy,” it added.