By Francis Nansak
There is no gain saying to a fact that a Democratic process for peace building where two or more individuals of a political party agreeing to a consensus arrangement,with either of the interest group stepping down for the other.
A consensus arrangement from whichever party if without imposition speaks volume on the high level of maturity,tolerance and visionary of the stakeholders.
This surffice to say without imbroglio that the awaited national convention from the two major political parties and their stakeholders,must look inward and with the view to factoring peace building that could projects national cohesion above individualistic quest for power,thereby sparking insecurity and further divisions which the country is currently battling to come out of.
Nasarawa State sparks my interest to how the stakeholders of the ruling All Progressive Congress,on Saturday at their state Congress settled for Dr John Mamman,from his acting position to being elected as the substantive chairman,a consensus arrangement that has paid off, against wasting of resources,time and unnecessary creation of acrimonious and tensions within the ranks of the party.
The kudos without primordial sentiments must be given to no others,but the two distinguished senators,who were also former governors in the state, Senator Dr, Abdullahi Adamu (The Obateru of the source) and senator Dr, Umaru Tanko Almakura (The Sardaunan Gwandara) who are all serving legislators,representing Nasarawa west and south respectively.And indeed to the incumbent governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule,who remains a factor in creating the enabling atmosphere for peace to thrive in all circumstances.
To heat the nail on the head,the national headquarters of the APC and the PDP ,while putting their heads together for conventions which will produce their would-be National chairman,need to take a que from the maturity and peaceful exercise demonstrated by the Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
Interestingly, there has been calls from some quarters of the two political parties to think on naming a consensus candidate for their conventions,these calls which must not be kept under the tables,are calls from Nigerians who mean well for the peace and development of the Nigeria state.
The All Progressives Congress,with the chains of individuals that have indicated their unreserved interest for the number one position of the party,senator Umaru Tanko Almakura,from all indication has remain the heartbeat of the APC faithfuls,whom they prefer as a consensus candidate for the chairmanship seat.
And lately, the main opposition PDP, especially it’s members from the northern region held that instead of going into election on the purported day for their convention, Iyorchia Ayu, a former minister be crowned as the national chairman of the party.
Giving these positions by Nigerians ahead of the conventions,the country’s democracy is maturing to a state where what matters must is the unity and progress the Nigerian founding fathers had envisage.
The points to take home here from the voices seeking that Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura of the APC and senator Iyorchia Ayu,of the opposition PDP be given the chance to serve their parties on consensus arrangements,would be the best for national building,owing to the fact that both men at their various dispositions and different party are in-depth politicians,with supportive human resource management.who have served the country in different capacities.
Nigerian political class can void tensions and agitations by reaching consensus arrangement,which will also demands that individualistic interest above national cohesion must give way to democracy which is a government by the people for the people,as the consensus arrangement without imposition could be the penacea to achieving a united Nigeria.
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