The Taraba State Election Petition Tribunal delivered a very interesting judgment today, which is destined to positively affect the struggle for Internal Democracy among the registered political parties in Nigeria. Currently, only in very few cases are primaries held to pick the flagbearers of each political party.
It is a disease that cuts across party lines with many getting tickets after the godfathers have either conducted a kangaroo primary or in some cases simply write names of candidates with aggrieved persons licking their wounds quietly.
The Tribunal held that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not conduct a genuine gubernatorial primary in Taraba State but only picked Ishaku Darius at a hurriedly arranged event in Abuja. Ordinarily, it is aggrieved PDP governorship aspirants who should have gone to court. But the APC appears to have done a proper home work on a matter in which the party is also culpable in a number of states, where returning governors were simply handed tickets without a rigorous primary.
To me, it is just the first leg. Aggrieved persons should take solace in this positive judicial development, which has the capacity to stem the tide of criss-crossing from one party to the other once an aspirant feels frustrated by the powers-that-be in his/her political party. It should guarantee stability and a sure confidence in due process.
Our institutions of democracy seem to be coming of age. Kudos to the Tribunal members, who sat concerning the Taraba State issue!
Wale Adebayo is publisher and editor-in-chief at Uhuru Times. He is on Facebook.
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