25 July, 2018

PRESS RELEASED

THE NIGERIAN GOOD GOVERNANCE GROUP (NGGG)
Akwa Ibom State Chapter.*THE NIGERIAN GOOD GOVERNANCE GROUP (NGGG)*
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The Nigerian Good Governance Group (NGGG), Akwa Ibom State Chapter congratulate the two leading political parties in the State, All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People Democratic Party (PDP) respectively for their peaceful and successful rally organized in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, in Akwa Ibom State which took place last week.

We at NGGG, a democracy watch dog, however, observed with nostalgia and frown at the culture of incitement and insults to individuals as against issues by some parties faithfuls. We cautioned political parties, their leaders and followers to eschew violence as well as character assassination and instead engaged in developmental issues that would bring about good governance and deliver democracy dividend to the people as political activities kick off in earnest as we look forward to 2019.

We also seized this opportunity to advise any party in power against denying the opposition parties the used of public facilities, as those facilities are not the property of a particular party,  but for the public, which is made up of both the ruling and the opposition party.

We are also by this press released inform all the political parties to adhere to international democratic standard and acceptable norms, as the Nigerian Good Governance Group (NGGG) Akwa Ibom State Chapter would not hesitate to indict any political party that violet acceptable best practice without fear and favour.

We equally use this medium to condemn the recent incidences of the siege on the residences of Principal Officers of the National Assembly, by detachments of the Nigerian Police Force, to stop them from presiding over the session, which eventually witnessed the defection of some Senators from the ruling party.

Nigeria Good Governance considers this assault on the leadership of the National Assembly, an independent arm of government as dangerous, rude and one that constitutes a very serious threat to democracy in our country. 

This is a breach of one of the fundamental tenets of Presidential System of Government, which provides for separation of powers. It also constitutes a serious abuse of the fundamental human rights of the targeted individuals, because the right to associate is inherent.

These form of maneuver adopted by the Police and security agency is a setback to our developing democracy and a serious dent on the standing of Nigeria as a citadel of hope in the comity of democratic nations in Africa and the world at large.

The Nigeria Good Governance Group (NGGG) calls on the Police and other security agencies to be professional in the discharge of their duties rather than intimidating and threatening the lives of Nigerians. 

While we look forward to a better tomorrow, we urge everyone to play the game of politics by the rules.

Signed:

 *Toney Etido*
State Director of Publicity and the Media, Akwa Ibom State.

NGGG- In God We Trust.

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