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REACTION TO THE RECENTLY FORMED COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP)

REACTION TO THE RECENTLY FORMED COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP)

PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY OF THE YOUNG PROGRESSIVE PARTY (YPP), COMRADE EGBEOLA WALE MARTINS IN REACTION TO THE RECENTLY FORMED COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP).

All protocols duly ascertained.

1. We have painstakingly analysed political events in the last 48hours especially as it borders on the coming together of about 40 political parties including the PDP and APC to form a coalition known as the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and wish to state unequivocally that the Young Progressive Party (YPP) is not a part of this alliance.

2. While we acknowledge the the democratic rights of political parties to synergize, it is our firm conviction that the focal point of any such cooperation should be the interest of Nigeria however when the crave for power, hate, selfish ambition and desperation becomes the motivation for such alliances then there is a need for Nigerians to be wary in order to completely avoid a dèjà vu.

3. May we remind Nigerians that there was a similar awkward alliance by strange political bird fellows in 2014 whose only interest was to wrestle power from the incumbent but only for us to discover their high level unpreparedness for governance in the first place and same scenario is about repeating itself hence, we cannot afford to allow these “dealers” who have come together to bargain who gets what from what is left of Nigeria to deceive us again.

4. Moreover, it is even an insult on our collective intelligence as Nigerians for the same characters who have been in the political space for over four decades especially from 1999 till date and known to be responsible for all kinds of demeaning statistics about Nigeria such as the nation with the highest rate of poverty, out of school children, maternal and infant mortality to mention but a few have suddenly become the symbol of moral rectitude and hope that can pull our nation out of this current murky waters of underdevelopment plunged into in the first place by them.

5. Enough of trading with Nigeria as if she were a commodity. There is no PDP or APC, patriots or victimized but what exist is the haves and have-nots and Nigeria may remain at the same spot or even worse if we continue to look helplessly without fighting for the soul of our great nation from these oppressors who are driven by greed.

6. What we need is a total departure from the old order. We need something fresh, inspiring and daring for Nigeria to exit same circle of rat race she has found herself for almost six decades. Nothing will change until we dare to do things differently in order to get a different and rewarding result.

7. The Young Progressive Party (YPP) is undaunted, resolute and want to use this medium to reassure Nigerians that we will not join forces with those responsible for our present quagmire and neither would it be said of our party when posterity beckons that we were part of those who mortgaged the future of Nigeria.

8. The once hazy political atmosphere is now becoming clearer and we are beginning to understand the stance of individuals and political parties in project Nigeria however the Young Progressive Party (YPP) make bold to say our party remains the only unpolluted and credible platform for all Nigerians both young and old who are tired of the current status quo. Join us today in this rescue mission of salvaging Nigeria from those who are bent on strangulating her.

Signed:

Comrade Egbeola Olawale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.

THE CONCEPT OF RESTRUCTURING: THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH.

THE CONCEPT OF RESTRUCTURING: THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH.

July 6, 2018.

THE CONCEPT OF RESTRUCTURING: THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH.

Ironically, the ruling party already defined restructuring by her slogan of “CHANGE”, which simply means doing things differently by altering or changing a system in order to make it work more effectively. Why the concept now seems hazy or too difficult to understand let alone implement by the APC despite being one of their cardinal campaign promises is a discussion for another day.

However, YPP believes that restructuring should be holistic. Beyond the clamour for devolution of more powers to States and resource control by same, we are of the opinion that “leadership and citizenship restructuring” should be at the heart of any discourse that borders on restructuring as the present clamour for restructuring is as a result of failed leadership, which has led to increased poverty, unemployment and incessant killings.

Failure to acknowledge the importance of leadership and citizenship restructuring would mean we have only succeeded in decentralising our problems as the age long agitation of marginalization will continue at the component units.

In as much as restructuring is important, it only succeeded in the first republic and years before the coup of 1966 because we had visionary, focused and less greedy leaders in the mold of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir Ahmadu Bello. These leaders were able to drive development through ingenuity and innovation anchored on unparalleled selfless service. They also had vibrant and engaging citizens who were not docile but fully participated in governance while simultaneoulsy holding these leaders to account.

Sadly, we have more thieves than we had in the 50’s & 60’s who operates like emperors and are not held accountable. We have myopic, stereotyped and self-centred leaders who have failed to see the big picture or have a global view of where Nigeria should be in the next 10, 20 or 30years but are rather concerned about smaller pictures of ethnicity and religion. Developed countries got to where they are today because of their understanding of the concept of globalization, which explains why they always want to attract the best of global citizens irrespective of creed or race provided they have the capacity to add value.

A system does not work in isolation. You need people to operate the system that will become operational as a result of restructuring and since we would not go to heaven to bring angels to operate the system but same Nigerians, it will suffice to say unless the mental state of our leaders and citizens is restructured, we may end up making little progress after restructuring the system as the exercise would have only amounted to the decentralisation of our current challenges.

Restructuring in our view should be aimed at drastically reducing the cost of governance, promote human & infrastructural development, good governance, the rule of law, citizens participation in governance and effectively enhance the protection of lives & property. Any proposition adverse to the above will be an attempt to worsen the already precarious situation. This is why we fault the creation of more States in the 2014 Confab report as this will lead expansion of unnecessary bureaucracies and increased cost of governance that our scarce resources can no longer accommodate.

In addition to the aforementioned:
1. We don’t need two chambers of the National Assembly as it is sheer waste of scarce resources and members of the single chamber should also be on part time.

2. On resource control or derivation, our position is more on how scarce resources allocated or controlled are being utilized by leadership at all strata.

3. We support State Police and matters bordering on the Police should be on the concurrent list so that States can be able to solve their peculiar security challenges and Governors can be held liable as chief security officers for failure.

Comrade Egbeola Olawale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.