Senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the decision of a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammad Buhari, to take out a bank loan to purchase his party’s intent form for the presidential race.
Mr. Falana spoke on Thursday in Abeokuta at the 2014 Press Week of the Paramount F.M chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council, on the topic, Current Security Challenges; Implications For 2015 Election.
“That action of taking bank loan is indefensible. I have condemned it and political parties should do something about that. If you are obtaining loans for forms, what about elections? Elections cost billions in Nigeria and that should be discouraged,” Mr. Falana said.
He enjoined Nigerians to shun ethnic, religious and other primordial sentiments in voting in candidates.
He said what Nigerians should look out for are qualities that will fix roads, reduce poverty and deal with insecurity issue.
Similarly, Mr. Falana charged the media not to extend undue favour to any candidate or political party. He said their report should also be issue based, while more effort should be directed at fighting corruption.
Mr. Falana stressed that only individuals with competence and commitment should get Nigerians’ votes.
On local government autonomy, Mr. Falana said in the true sense of the word, no arm of government in Nigeria is truly autonomous, arguing that as long as states continued to run to Abuja for survival, autonomy exists only on paper.