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Political parties lack internal democracy – Mikati

Mikati who was a governorship aspirant in  the 2011 elections spoke in an interview shortly after a meeting with his 2011 political supporters and stakeholders,…

Mikati who was a governorship aspirant in  the 2011 elections spoke in an interview shortly after a meeting with his 2011 political supporters and stakeholders, saying there are several cases where candidates who win primary elections are not allowed to lead as the parties overturn the wishes of the masses.
“The major problem we have is that our leaders tend to promote loyalists over competence and that is why most of the time, we have mediocre in position and with this, we cannot move forward.
“In the good old days, there used to be battalion of contestants but today we have very few contesting. This I think is spelling doom as far as I am concerned.
“When you have a position to be contested for and people are shying away, it is the fault of the leadership. The leadership of the party must ask why people are losing interest in vying for elective positions.
“In my zone, Kaduna North Senatorial zone, as at 2007 and 2011, there were over seven persons vying for the senatorial seat but up to this moment, the PDP has nobody contesting for the Senate seat,” he stated.
Speaking further, he said: “A lot of my supporters came to this meeting to hear me make declaration but I told them that I would not declare for any elective position. This is not the time for any right-thinking person to begin to vie for any elective position.
“We have a sitting president that his body language is indicating that he will contest for the 2015 election, even though he is yet to declare. We also have a sitting governor who has not told the electorate that he will contest for 2015. So, why will anybody, with this kind of development begin to think of contesting?” he said.

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