The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, HRH Oba (Barr.) Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade 1 has urged the government to avoid the nationalization of political parties in the Electoral Act Amendments Bill that is awaiting the assent of President Buhari.
This was unveiled during the goodwill message of the king during the 2021 International Security Conference organized by the Institute of Security, Nigeria.
The 2-day conference with the theme, 'Enhancing Integrity and Security Solutions to Election Threats and Political Violence in Democratic Environment' took place at the University of Lagos on Friday, 10th December 2021.
The Royal Father noted that the Conference is a good precursor to the 2023 elections and it is expected that the outcome of the conference will go a long way in curbing electoral corruption, violence, and other unwholesome practices that are renowned with the electioneering process in Nigeria.
"Factors responsible for fraudulent and violent elections include bad officials directly or indirectly engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the partisan position of security agencies during the electioneering period, monetization of electoral processes, bad reportage by the media before and after elections and the non-provision of fair playing ground for those seeking electoral offices", he stated
While speaking on the legal implications of the Electoral Act Amendments Bill, the Royal Father and Barrister expounded that direct primaries should not be mandated for elective positions across all political parties in the country.
In his words, “It is a systematic way of empowering a few members of the political party to become power brokers before whom the aspirants take a bow.
"It is an enormous privilege to reward a few loyal party members and this system is prone to abuse by the moneybags.
“Political parties are not government agencies but private associations with their own rules and governance systems, clearly known to members.
"The adoption, rejection, and amendment of rules are sine-qua-non for political parties. Lawmakers should not infantilize political party members in the guise of promoting internal democracy,” he said.
In his welcome address, the Director-General of the Institute of Security, Nigeria, Bar. Adebayo Akinade said, “The Institute will continue to open up various channels for the expansion of the field of knowledge and the resource pool of the security and protection professionals in the public and private sector in the country.”
Bar. Akinade added, “The institute is in partnership with the Human Resources Development Board (HRBD) and UNILAG Consult, the University of Lagos for Professional Diploma and Specialist Certification programmes.
"Also, the Senate of the University of Lagos has approved the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminal Intelligence in collaboration with the Distance Learning Institute while a Master’s Degree is being run in the Department of Psychology of the institution”
The Director-General opined that there is a need to search for solutions to immediate and remote causes of electoral violence, political crimes, and other breakdowns in the social fabric of the society. As this will, in turn, aid the development of policies which will help correct the anomalies.”
The Institute of Security, Nigeria was founded in 2004 to increase the effectiveness and productivity of Security Practitioners through the development of educational programmes and materials that will address broad security interests. Since its inception, over 20,000 high-level security practitioners have been trained.
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