Save Nigeria Groups (Nigeria and Canada).
Other pro-Nigerian Groups (Home and Diaspora),
Domestic Election Monitoring Groups,
Chatham House, UK.
Nigeria’s general election is next year (2011), but up till the time of writing, the National Assembly (“law makers”) have not passed the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform Recommendations. It’s doubtful if they will pass the bill before the election. Whether they do or not, we Nigerians should take action(s) both as individuals and groups, to insist political parties field credible candidates. Therefore, this is a citizens/groups led approach towards achieving the above. We (Save Nigeria Group [UK] Branch) wish to ask all stake holders in Nigerian politics to join us and demand that political parties make public the following requirements.
Political Parties/Groups Manifesto(es).
As a matter of necessity, all political parties in Nigeria should produce their manifestoes. These manifestoes should be made available both online and hard copies. Nigerians need to know their programme(s) and why they are seeking power. Political parties should be ideologically based. Mega party or coalition of parties should come up with manifestoes as well. Parties also need to make public their internal constitution. This is with a view to knowing if there are internal democracies within the parties themselves.
Parties should make public their contacts details (addresses, telephone, fax, websites, emails etc). Branch offices/contacts (states, local government areas, towns, villages etc) should also be disclosed.
Parties should disclose to Nigerians the sources of their campaign funding. Donations, fund raising, gifts etc to parties should be disclosed. Person(s) or corporate bodies making any donation should also be known by the Nigerian public. Cost(s) of election campaigns should be disclosed. As at October 15th 2008, before the November 4th 2008 American presidential election, the United States Federal Electoral Commission revealed that McCain campaign organization had spent $262 million dollars while Obama had spent $564 million dollars. Methods of campaign (electronic, print, telephone/sms, etc) should be disclosed. Obama campaign organization made use of over 1 billion text messages during his campaign.
Political parties should make public, academic qualifications of all those seeking to contest under their platform. Party leaders themselves should tender their certificates for the Nigerian public to scrutinize. Academic certificates are now a big factor in politics and elections. People have used fake certificates to gain political positions. In Iran, former interior minister (Ali Kordan) was sacked for faking a law degree from Oxford University United Kingdom. In Nigeria, Salisu Buhari (Former Speaker of the House of Representatives) was forced to resign after discovering that he forged his certificates.
Evidence of security clearance from Interpol, Nigerian Police Force, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and State Security Services of each aspirant, should be made public by all parties and the candidates themselves. Nigerians deserve to know if political office seekers have criminal records in any part of the world.
Assets and Liabilities Declaration.
Political parties should make public, evidence of assets and liabilities of every aspirant. Sources of these assets and liabilities should be disclosed as well.
Parties should arrange live debates for Nigerians to evaluate candidates. No elective position (councillorships, local government chairmanship, states House of Assembly, gubernatorial, House of Representatives, Senatorial, and Presidential) should be exempted.
Political parties should furnish Nigerians with comprehensive medical examination certificates of all aspirants. There is no guarantee against ill health, but Nigerians deserve to know the medical history of all those seeking political offices. Certain sicknesses should not be a barrier to seeking elective positions. This requirement (health check) should be applicable to all elective positions in the country, starting from the ward councilors to the president.
Code of Conduct For Party Supporters/Followers.
Political parties should make public a code of conduct for party supporters/followers. A written undertaken by parties that their supporters, will not engage in thuggery/criminal acts, before, during, or after campaigns/elections. Parties must agree in writing to hand over any party member/supporter who violates the above, to the law enforcements agencies.
List(s) of Political Parties
Please visit the enclosed web page from the Independent National Electoral Commission http://inecnigeria.org/index.php?cateid=3&contid=93 , to send a copy or copies of the above requirements either through email, fax or post to the political parties. Feel free to also call or send sms to the parties. May God bless Nigeria.
Chinedu Vincent Akuta (Spokesperson),
Save Nigeria Group (UK) Branch.
The Save Nigeria Group (UK) Branch, is a coalition of the following UK based pro Nigerian Groups; (a) Arise Nigeria (www.arisenigeria.org),(b) Support Option A4 Group, Leicester-UK (www.briefsfromakuta.blogspot.com), (c) Unity and Positive Change In Nigeria (www.upcinn.com), (d) Citizens For Change Global (www.citizensforchangeglobal.org), (e) Champions For Nigeria (www.championsfornigeria.org) (f) Rally For Nigeria (http://rallyfornigeria.blogspot.com) and (g) (Transform Nigeria Movement).