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Do You Support A 2 Party System For Nigeria?

The Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution resumes a retreat today in ASA Pyramid Hotels in Kaduna.

After the presentation of His Lordship retired Justice Mohammed Uwais on the Topic, Electoral Reform in Nigeria, Senator Maeba Lee (PDP) Representing Rivers South East advocates that a two party system should be entered into law. He states that the only credible election the nation has ever heard was during the SDP and NRC days under option A4. Most senators supported his advocacy,

what is your take on  this?

Senator Lee also wants the constitution to remove the clause that restrict people's movement during election as the same constitution gave the people  freedom of movement.

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For me, a two party system means stronger opposition. But the negative side of it is, it will be very easy to put the wrong man in power since voters will be faced with just two candidates to screen. In Nigeria today, flag bearers are selected having the interest of the party first rather than the country.

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two political parties will be the best for nigeria.

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I remember a 2-party system was what gave us the freeest, fairest election in our nations history yet.

But I think the voting pattern also matters, if we adopt 'option A4' again, I dont think the number of parties would matter really as we cant have more than 4 major parties surrounded by many minority parties abi?

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[2 party system would end up as christian vs muslim parties. Muslim leaders wouldn't like that, because it would show their numerical inferiority.]

@ naijaking1

I find it difficult that while nairalanders were brainstorming on an inmportant topic like this, u choose instead to post a very insulting, baseless and completetely off the topic thread. Don't we have admins on nairaland? i wonder what the heck they are doing allowing a useless thread like this to be posted.

I won't bother myself debating the issue with u as that would give ur very warped sense of reasoning some justification, I must say that u r infact pathetic, very pathetic.

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It doesn't matter because they are still corrupt leaders in Nigeria.

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I don't think a two party system is good for Nigeria while at the same time the llarge number

of political parties we currently have is not suitable either. There should be a reasonable number

of say 5-10 max. That way groups eith similar ideals can come together into one. two will just

be too limiting.

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They are jokers, I wouldn't get myself involved with their controversial constitutional review.

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two party system will totally solve nigeria problem - i think so

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Yes it is the only system that appeared to be working before Babangida et al sank the ship

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This is an opinion poll, but no one seems to be voting above?

Two party system is good so long as more serious and stronger parties swallow smaller parties, not by constitutional or electoral law provision.

Even in America, there are still smaller parties, The Democrat and Republican are just the two most powerful.

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i think a 2 party sys will be better than these 100s of very weak non sense parties we have.

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Seems to be a way out

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2 party system would have been good, but like I said some people wouldn't like it. Christians are more in number compared to muslims in Nigeria, they are not even equal as some lazy figures have tended to show. The same corrupt government figures are what you're using to show that there're more Yoruba muslims than christians?

In the north; the whole of Benue/Plateau are mostly christians. There are huge christians populations in Borno, Sokoto, and even Kano. The east has less than 1% indigenous muslim population, and you still want to argue that the populatin of christians and muslims are equal? Every standard population indices used by developed countries to collaborate census figures are abondoned in Nigeria, because the minority muslim population doesn't want to be exposed.

I sympathize with you, if government figures are your only source of argument, but you have to deductively reason these things for yourself. Of course, I don't have figures to counteract government data, they wouldn't allow collection of such figures. It would have been nice to count people based on religion last few years, but guess who shot down the idea? If government ID cards are issued stating one's religion, and possibly tribe, all these questions about accurate census would be settled scientifically and accurately. Once again, we know who doesn't want scientific and accurate enumeration of Nigerians.

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oh boy, why you no fit discuss without spewing ya tribalism. try this one time OK.

see ya statement wey i challenge here:

you claim say muslim leaders no go like 2 party system because of numerical inferiority. i point out say for southwest, muslims plenty pass christians and dat moslems obviously outnumber christians for north.

you fit disagree with census figures but most people know say, moslems plenty pass christians for nigeria. if to say you argue say dem dey almost even, i for reason with you sef.

now tell us, na which authority or data wey you base you assumptions? I mean de assumptions wey you take reach de conclusion wey i quote above?

no name calling, just tell me where you get de data wey you use. i no be proud person, if you prove me wrong i go accept am, but no bring untruths come here dey pass am as gospel.

by the way, if you no sabi read pigin, i dey sorry for you. dat ya excuse don old. no use my pigin as excuse, especially when my arguement superior to ya own.

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@ndu-chukcs, or whatever pen name you call yourself; it's unfortunate that you simply refuse to answer the questions.

Those are important, because without crying tribalism or religious bias, even a blind man would see that you guys-muslim northerners have done everything(including holding this country from developing) possible to maintain and assume your so-called numerical superiority on paper.

Without changing the subject, calling other personal names, or confusing us with your hard to understand pidigin english, can you honestly show any evidence(apart from government manipulated figures) that there're more muslims in Nigeria than there're christians?

A 2-party system would ultimately lead to such hardcore truth, and you guys don't want it.

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you don come again to dey attempt to dribble like say ya name be maradonna. de only ting wey you no like be say, i challenge ya conclusion and give you small hint as to why you are wrong.

instead make you bring counter point to butress ya points, na tribal rants and religious bigotry you fit come up.  i'm on to ya gimmicks! you no fit pretend say you no get my point.

you begin shout muslim north, like say dat go help you make ya point.  de fact remains dat, muslims plenty for nigeria pass christians.  that was the issue of contention, all ya other rants dey completely irrelevant to the discussion here.

so carry ya tribalism and riligious bigotry comot for here.

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It worked back in the days, but i dont know if our ashewo politicians would allow 2 party system cuz immediately one of them couldn't get nomination from the 2 party,they decamped and form another party, So it cant work.

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It worked back in the days, but i dont know if our ashewo politicians would allow 2 party system cuz immediately one of them couldn't get nomination from the 2 party,they decamped and form another party, So it cant work.

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Once again, changing the issue to personal attacks will not help you make your point.

Who is afraid of accurate census figure in this country? Muslim north.

Who is afraid social security number identification? Muslim north.

Who doesn't want accurate data on death/birth rates? Muslim north.

Who doesn't want to correlate birth rate, school enrollment with census figure? Muslim north.

Who doesn't want head taxation per adult enforced? Muslim north.

Who doesn't want census based on religion? Muslim north.

Who doesn't want high school/Jamb enrollment correlated with population? Muslim north-------the ugly list of decietful political moves by you muslims to sustain centuries of wrong census data is endless.

I guess you have grown used to thinking that nobody cares any more.

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why you like to discredit yaself with dishonest disinformation na? ya analysis and conclusion dey completely wrong as usual. even illiterates know say for southwest, muslims plenty pass christians and we know say de north na overwhelmingly muslims. so how you take reach ya own conclusion?

my conclusion be say, you dey politically uncivilized. ya own savvy na to dey support the elite group wey you belong to.

make you tanda for london or germany dey comment about possible political makeup of nigeria instead make you sef come run for office. many of una no get clue as to how government dey run for nigeria at all, una dey quite naive.

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2 party system would end up as christian vs muslim parties. Muslim leaders wouldn't like that, because it would show their numerical inferiority.

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Topic,

What we need in Nigeria is parties with firm political structure ,clearly defined views and stand not group of political prostitutes(which is what we presently have on ground).

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A 2-party system is best for a populous country like ours, it will reduce election rigging, once the majority is at the right the side, it will be difficult for Iwu and his likes to bring votes from no where.

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This thread would not complete without becomerich. Haba na one track mind u get o!

On topic, how can you legislate a two party system? Nowhere in the world has that ever been done. Are you going to define their ideology or their goals? Their political structure and membership? What a disaster that would be. The two party system in USA is failing, just look at them in an ideological headlock. They can no longer compromise on even the simplest of issues - it is pure us vs them.

I like parliamentary form of government for 9ja. It matches our multicultural background. I believe state govt's need more power to legislate and organize their own resources, as long as allotment is made back to other states according to guidelines set forth in the constitution. Just look what Fashola is doing in Lagos.

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I sort of agree with the Sokoto state House of asembly speaker. Multi party system democracy is best for Nigeria but at the same time the number of parties should be limited to a manageable number for organisational reasons. Many of the current political parties just exist in name and are there just to collect political party grant from INEC.

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ethnic brawl is fine if channeled correctly

i think a 2 party system is exactly what nigeria needs

and parties based on ideas and not cronies,

1 unitary party

and 1 federalism party

pdp is already a unitary party and therefore the alternative has to be one that advocates federalism

on the ethnic note, hausa's seem to be more inclined towards a unitary gov. It benefits them cause they need resources from other places and thus federalism would Bleep them up (so they think) and if they can control a unitary gov they'll be competitive and relevant

for everyone else but a lesser degree yorubas, federalism is needed for them to keep their resources and remain competitive

i think that if our politics reflected this dynamic in a civil manner, the way the US reflects the rich v poor black v white dynamic with the dem. v republicans system, we can have a more functional competition based on ideas and not cronies and connections

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But we must exclude ethnic brawl if 2 party system is to succeed in nigeria.

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Whatever the number of party, if the mindset of Nigerians are not changed, no positive result could come out of the project called Nigeria. A 2 party system could be ok if the opposition will remain a strong, formidable and objective opposition like the UPN in the 1979-1983 regime.

This set of politicians will never remain in opposition, rather they will either cross carpet or compromise their stand for a piece of National cake. e.g Gbenga Daniel will never have been a governor if he had remained with the progressives.

This idea called Nigeria has over stayed its welcome, the agreement of amalgamation of 1914 gave a clause to disintegrate if it does not work after 30yrs. Is it really working, lets go back to our regions or make all state autonomous.

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remove the yorubas, edo , delta and bayelsa state into benin republic. multiple party is the best. 2 party would end in a one party state. they would bribe the other party.

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2 party system is the best. PDP Vs Others

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Ok guys let list the advantages and disadvantages pls, that will shine more light into this topic.

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Ha! two parties would just make it easier to hold on to power and also to rig. Dictatorship is the end result.

Democracy entails freedom in government and multiple choices of those who intend to govern.

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yes I do. It is a more organized political system, cheaper, and easier to maintain.

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No, i dont support it.

Like someone said if the 2 parties are corrupt we are doomed.

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would independents and outliers such as the green party and libertarian party be allowed to exist in a 2 party democracy?

I don't like this idea.

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wether 1 party or 2, even 3 or 100 self if God no kom for our rescue, we are just wasting our damn time

the solution to the situation of NIGERIA is beyond human knowledge

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A two party system will be disastrous. Think about it, can anyone name the ideology that underpins PDP, AC, ANPP or APGA? The only one I can think of is 'share de money quick quick'.

At least in the two party system we so admire, the know, at least theoretically, what each party stands for. I think, as usual, the ordinary Nigerian will suffer. It'll leave us with no choice and we all already the politicians have no problems crossing carpet if the likely outcome does not suit them, so it'll be the same people we'd end up voting for, regardless of the banner the campaign under.

As an aside, are they inviting everyday folks to witness this whole process?

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2 party system will be good for nigeria, but like someone said above, there are so many things that has to change and be looked at.

The local govt is being givn money every month and yet they seems to have no effect, they seems to be doing nothing than to just sit and pay the staffs, so how can they be accountable, pls, note that i know that even with 100 party systems, the problem can still be there and it is not the 2-party system that will fix this, but will be nice, if they can look at this too while they are looking at what will work for the nation.

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I support 2 party system, but i doubt if god of politics OBJ will accept it.

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I know you always make sensible post but never earned my respect due to your atheism, check Psalm 14 v 1.

With today's post, you actually took things to a new level, probably the most intelligent item I've seen in Nairaland in a long while.

Very convincing argument.

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Irrespective of what party system we practice, all Nigeria needs are leaders who love their people and have the fear of God. That is the key to our existence as a nation otherwise it is only a matter of time, Yugoslavia and Russia eventually split.

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If we have only two parties in Nigeria, those parties are going to be extremely corrupt and no one will be able to do anything about it. Can you name one successful democracy with a forced two party system? When you take away competition, you are asking for complacency and corruption.

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This issue of multiple party is not really helping this nation. I strongly believe that A 2 party system is the best for Nigeria democracy. the 2 party system will help in unifying the nation. i think it should start fron now.

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A two party system is something that naturally arises in most multi-party democracies due to political consolidation; it's not something that should be enforced by a decree.  A two party system where the parties are chosen by the government is essentially a dictatorship. 

I mean think about it, it's silly! If the two parties are corrupt, then there will be no recourse for the common man. That means if a president wants to control Nigeria in perpetuity, all he has to do is appoint his friends as the chairmen of the two parties and then they can do whatever they like forever and ever. Whereas in a multiparty system dominated by two parties, they have to keep fighting for votes to retain their position. That makes them less corrupt.

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Speaker of the Sokoto House of Assemble said that the two party system will cre tribalism ate tribalism, as sooner or later, they'll be hijacked by Ethic sentiments. He advocates for minimum of 5 political parties and maximum of 7.

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I think a two party system will be better for Nigeria. . . .

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Well the general outlook of the SDP ,NRC elections was the best we ever had, however that was just during the elections. The post-election era was so short-lived that the inherent self-serving tendencies of the average Nigerian poltician had not started blossoming

What I simply mean is :

1. How sure are we that the ruling party(may be SDP) would not have embarked on measures to slice the opposition to the minutest size in a bid to perpetuate certain elements in power?

2. How sure are we that politicians in the opposition would not have gravitated enmasse to the ruling party in a bid to quench the thirst for lucre.

We all know that one of the biggest problems of our democracy is the lack of credible,sustainable alternatives.

Some however argue that constraining political ideology into just two strands like the SDP and NRC, had long term damning effect on the nation, since it was only a matter of time before people started seeing that the parties were not fundamentally different afterall.

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The way they are going, I doubt if they are even serious about amending the constitution as most of the recommendations of the ERC (Electoral Reform Committee) if implemented will not be in their favour. Just Imagine Sen. Folashade Grace Bent, suggesting that Tenure of office should be as long as the legislators can win election as change in legislators every second term is responsible for lack of continuity of policy.

Those that make sense?

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Before talking of parties the issues to be addressed:-

-the suitability of this Presidential system

-the nature of this unitary system of government operating today

-the virtually dormant local governments

Thereafter you can talk about the parties. In my opinion, they want to

gloss over these vital issues again and leave us in the middle of nowhere.

Any decision taken on the above matters will determine party structure

and powers of the local and state governments and of course the number of

parties . You could have local/regional parties and coalitions at both state and

federal levels or parties cutting across regional divides in support of various

interests like labour.

For me, the presidential system should be avoided as it is not only costly

but it also gives this winner takes all mentality that makes the center(ABUJA)

the center of all things when it is supposed to be the other way. Make ABUJA

unattractive and you will reduce corruption and this do or die politics.

It is this same mentality that has produced this lame duck parliament that

discusses the budget and goes to sleep, leaving vital issues that do not affect

their pockets like the fundamentals of the economic and social development

of our society to theback burner.

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