Deputy National Chairman, (South West) of National Conscience Party (NCP), Alhaji Waheed Lawal has stated that the party remains the only hope of Nigerian masses in face of what he called the current monetized politics in the country.
Lawal lamented the limitation of NCP and other parties, in terms of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) financial requirement, which he said, allowed moneybags to hijack the political space.
He argued that the N5 million nomination fee is an aid to corrupt politicians to manipulate the financially handicapped masses and use them as tool to perpetrate fraud.
“Where does INEC expect smaller parties to raise such huge amount of money? That is why we say the government through the INEC deliberately allowed same people who have milked the nation dry to dominate politics.
“But we are working towards sensitizing Nigerian masses on the need not to sell their birthright because of pot of porridge. And we will not relent on this effort as done by the late Gani Fawehinmi of blessed memory,” he said.
Asked on the justification of his acceptance of appointment as Senior Special Adviser on popular affairs in the cabinet of an opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Lawal expressed no regret in his decision, insisting it was a call to serve his state as a renowned human right activist.
He pointed out that the Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola offered him the post in his wisdom to put the round peg in a round hole for easy administration of the state.
The chairman of Osun Civil Society Coalition, therefore, urged Nigerians to live beyond parochial politics which restricts appointments to members of the ruling party alone, saying such is detrimental to the development of the country.
Lawal disclosed that NCP will hold national convention and colloquium in memory of the late Fawehinmi on Thursday with three delegates expected from each state of the federation.
“Alhaji Balarabe Musa is the chairman of the colloquium and it’s going to be memorable and tell Nigerians that NCP is the still waxing stronger,” he stated.