Politics the weakened oppositions
When Democracy becomes one party show; performance and complacency sets in. The people are taken for granted because there exist no better alternative.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Politics:Weakened OppositionCase Study: ONDO 2012 Gubernatorial Election
When Democracy becomes one party show;performance and complacency sets in. Thepeople are taken for granted because thereexist no better alternative.The true strength of any Democracy is thequality of Opposition parties that couldpromise to offer better dividends ofdemocracy if the ruling party slip.However, this strength is greatly weakenedwhen the amount of opposition becomes morethan 2, and more powerless when oppositionsdo not agree in any form.
The Ondo Gubernatorial Election held on October 20, 2012 revealed how lack of oneness in opposition parties could place power into the hands of One strong party – irrespective of the performance of the ruling party A total of 13 Political parties contested the Election. Party Acronym Parties:Political Parties: Congress for Progressive Change CPCParty Acronym Labour Party LPAction Congress of Nigeria ACN National Conscience Party NCPAllied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN National Solidarity Democratic Party NSDPAll Nigeria Peoples Party ANPP People For Democratic Change PDCAfrican Political System APS Peoples Democratic Party PDPBetter Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP Progressive Peoples Alliance PPAChange Advocacy Party CAP
Gender:Candidates’ Gender:All Governorship candidates are MaleDeputy Governor – Male (9), Female (4) Age:Candidates’ Age:Governor : Average = 52, Min. = 35, Max = 64Dep. Governor: Average = 43, Min. = 29, Max = 70Candidates’ Qualification: Qualification:Governor : Min. = SSCE, Max = MBBS / M.Sc.Dep. Governor: Min. = SSCE, Max = M.Sc.
PARTY VOTES RECIEVED % SCORE Three parties are ofACN 143,512 22.97% focus here: ACN, LPACPN 1,806 0.29% and PDP.ANPP 1,461 0.23%APS 751 0.12% The incumbent (LP)BNPP 2,949 0.47% 735 0.12% won the election; take aCAPCPC 1,931 0.31% look at the major twoLP 260,199 41.65% oppositions – CAN &NCP 823 0.13% PDP.NSDP 1,103 0.18%PDC 21,361 3.42% The sum total of theirPDP 155,961 24.97% votes = 299,473 (50%)PPA 1,625 0.26%
A synergy between PDP and CAN would haveclearly defeated LP. + >However, this was not the case as theOpposing parties do not agree even when theyseem to be jointed in seeing what could bedone better, but each have differentperspectives.
It can therefore be inferred that:- The more the opposition parties, the less likely their can be alternatives to ruling party- Some parties who contest for governorship do not have grass root presence- There is need to consider the possibility of creating local parties who can only contest election at certain level of governance- Similarly, a conditional participation could be proposed for parties only if they achieve a particular level of presence the in local govt.- The alternative to ALL becoming Governor is one becoming Governor but serving the interest of ALL
It is important that Opposition parties find acommon ground, team up and providealternatives and possibly good governance forthe electorates.A country with many opposition party is moreless like a country where only one partygoverns.It is good for political parties to dwell togetherin Unit, and it is only then we can seecompetitive performance from ruling party andin turn deliver the dividends of democracy.
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