Former speaker of the House of Representatives, Gali Umar Na’abba has said that state Governors in Nigeria pose a very serious threat to the nation’s democracy. Na’abba revealed that the said Governors have become notorious in their approach to an extent that they have pocketed all political parties to a point that they decide’ who contest what seat’ for elective positions which is gradually crippling the tenets of the democratic principle that favors only them and their cronies, disregarding competency. The former speaker made these comments when he received a delegation of students who paid him a courtesy call in his residence in kano, lamenting that the action of the governors is pushing the citizens into hating democracy as a form of government.
In his statement, Na’abba said, “Since 1999 governors have been the problem of the country. They contributed to the death of democracy within the political parties. And when there are no elections within the parties, then incompetent leaders will emerge and that will affect the whole political system and the country’s development too. The governors have caused all these. They will hardly hold primaries. Rather they will ask you to go for consensus;
He added, “If we really want to see changes in the country, we must change our democracy and give equal chances to all. Give chances for elections within parties so that the masses and the rich will have roles to play. Only that can bring changes. Not what they (governors) are doing. That will not lead us anywhere. Rather it will deteriorate the situation of the country.”
The former Speaker disclosed that Nigerians especially the youth have lost hope in politics, politicians, and the process, suggesting only purposeful leadership can change the narrative.
When asked about his recent defection to the main opposition of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Na’abba said, “When I realized that APC is not doing the right thing, I stepped aside. Later I was contacted by some of my associates to go back to where I belong; that was why I returned to PDP.”
However, the effort to get the Nigerian Governors Forum's (NGF) reaction to the allegation proved abortive.