The strugle for positive change is continuosly arising from whole edges and angles by the only principled and victorious party in our dear state in particular and our dear nation in general.
This change can never be blocked by any gang or forces of darkness. They always keep trying to obstruct it by denying us chances and sometimes by sending political propaganda via various electronic media platforms.
The convergance of the ligitamate Peples Redemption Party (PRP) Executive Council today in Bauchi city solves many outstanding problems, we are happy with these achievements.
Leaders should always try to do the right thing by paying the salaries and wages of their employees and providing all the necessary amenities for the betterment of the lives of these masses.
They must stop the propaganda of building understandard classroom blocks while the number of failures are getting higher in both Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and higher institutions. How can you be bragging in the educational sector where 8,553 students failed in the Primary School Common Entrance Examinations in this session?
We are still calling on the masses to stop collecting money for electing wrong candidates into various poltical positions.
I am grateful to my colleages for their precious performance in delitrating and coming up with very powerful resolutions during the meeting.
I hope the Almighty Allah will delider all you to your various destinations. Amin.
Long live PRP Bauchi State Chapter. Long live PRP Nigeria. Long live FRN. Thank you and God bless you.
The Bauchi Local Government Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Malam Ibrahim Jaja in an interview with the Daily Watch Press yesterday, 8th December, 2020 has confirmed receiving the letter of expulsion of the self acclaimed State Chairman of the party, Barr Ahmed Umar Farouk (Gwadabe).
The Chairman said: “The letter of expulsion which was dated 1st December, 2020 was served on me and I wish to communicate same to the State Chapter of the party any time soon, after deliberation with the Bauchi Local Government Executives.”
The Chairman failed to make further comments on the matter, insisting that their position will be known any time soon.
The content of the letter which reads in full as follows: “
In accordance with the provisions of our constitution following the meeting of Hardo Ward Executive Committee meeting on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee at its meeting held at No. B341 Wunti Street, Bauchi on the 29th December, 2020, in which a lot of allegations of conspiracy and creation of unnecessary tension in the party, were leveled and confirmed against Barr Ahmed Faruq Gwadabe after given him an opportunity to defend himself in line with the principles of fair hearing as enshrine in the party’s constitution but to no avail. His inability to defend himself gives Hardo Ward Executive Committee no option than to uphold the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee as follows:
Impose Article 6(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the People’s Redemption Party Constitution (As Amended), we therefore regret to inform you that you are hereby expel from the People’s Redemption Party with immediate effect.
The letter dated 30th November, 2020 has been forwarded to you accordingly.
The general public and our teeming members should take note of this and be guided appropriately.”
The letter was duely signed by the Ward Chairman and Secretary, Muhammad Sa’adu and Buhari Musa Gar respectively.
The PRP Family in Bauchi State has today received the resignation of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from the party without an iota of surprise or disgust.
This public statement wouldn’t had been made, if not because of some issues that Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi raised in his resignation letter which we consider inimical and injurious to the image and long-lived reputation of our cherished party.
The departure of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from PRP is a conspicuous gain that heralds the future growth and development of the party as has now created a space for all persons with progressive ideals and ideas to join the redemptive bandwagon – the PRP.
Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi had joined the PRP in 2019 after being tactically trashed from the APC by its leadership which he went back to meet now. He affirmed this in his resignation letter copying the APC Chairman by stating: “I am sure you will recall that my departure from the APC was not as a result of my resignation from the party. It was a result of my total exclusion from the affairs of the party by the leadership of the party”.
The PRP, due to its accomodating nature, accorded him all privileges including giving him the opportunity to steer the activities of the party at Bauchi State level. Even though a number of voices had objected the then decision of the party citing as justifications some unprintable incidences that characterized his existence in his former parties – ANPP, CPC, and APC.
The resignation and total departure of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from PRP has saved a lot of energy and time from being wasted as there were already moves by some patriotic party members to effect his removal due to the stagnant condition which the party found itself since his assumption of its leadership almost two years ago. In this regard, the Bauchi State PRP family members did commend Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi here for making their work short, brief and accomplished.
Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi has mentioned in his resignation letter that a conflict in PRP was what majorly moved him to resign. At this juncture, we deem it important to specifically point out that there’s no any political party on earth that exists without one problem or another. It is a natural culture of politics and a part and parcel of human existence. Like any other political party in Nigeria, the PRP cannot be totally perfect and has its own issues that cannot be called crisis if compared with the crises that rocked and continue rocking the party he was going to – the APC. Was it not a crisis that paralyzed and polarized the APC to the extent that they dissolved their National Leadership and formed a Caretaker Committee? Was it not a crisis that destabilized and decapitated the APC to the extent that they arranged to hold extraordinary emergency convention as part of desperate measures to address the lingering and ravaging crises? Was it not the crises in APC that made some of its state governors like the former of Governor of Imo, Senator Rochas Okorocha and others to declare 2023 as its expiry date?
Therefore, citing a crisis that does not exist as a basis for his resignation cannot and will never hold water. We have no problem if Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi joined the ruling APC in anticipation of appointment, renewal of appointment or any other promises that might be made to him because doing that didn’t start with him and will not end from him in Nigerian politics. But our problem was his intentional action of citing a non-existent problem that would dent the image of our party as his basis for resignation.
In addition, we consider it pertinent to bring to the attention of the general public that there is no any form of conflict among the PRP National Executive Committee (NEC), National Working Committee (NWC), and Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party as alleged by Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi in his resignation letter. These organs work in synergy and harmony with one another. Recent successes and achievements recorded by the party, particularly at the National Level serve as an indisputable attestation to that.
PRP remains intact and united. Therefore, we urge well-meaning Nigerians, particularly the inhabitants and indigenes of Bauchi State to join the redemptive wagon of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) now so as to move Nigeria forward and salvage Nigerians.
We thanked Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi profusely for all his services and contributions to the PRP during his sojourn in the party. We equally hoped he would get what he’s after in the APC sooner rather than later. We pray that they won’t ‘totally exclude him from the affairs of the party’ this time around as they did previously.
Signed: Comrade Muhammed Ishaq, For the Bauchi State PRP Family. 20/10/2020.
My attention was recently drawn by some well meaning members of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to a letter dated 19/09/2020 and signed by Alh. (Dr) Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, the Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman of our great party.
I wish to therefore, for the purpose of the records, state that the name listed as number 6 in the list of the conveners of the purported meeting, was that of one Hon. (Bar.) Gambo Idris, while my name for all intent and purposes is Bar. Idrees Gambo or better still Bar. Idrees Safiyanu Gambo or for the short of it Bar. S. G Idrees, that at no time did I ever wrote or wished that my name be written as Bar. Gambo Idris.
And as a person who used to have great respect for the person of Alh. (Dr.) Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, I believe, as one of our leaders he will not descent so low, as to include my name in a letter, group or meeting I was never part of at any time, let alone been a convener of such meetings.
But if for anything the name Bar. Gambo Idris was designed to be mine, then I wish to openly disclaim and disassociate myself with anything that has to do with the purported meeting by Concerned Members of the PRP held on the 26/09/2020.
As it is against my principles and beliefs to be part of anything that will bring disrepute to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), as that is equally capable of destroying the good legacies of Malam Aminu Kano of blessed memory. And it will never be.
Long Live The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
By: Bar. S. G Idrees (Idrees Gambo), PRP State Legal Adviser, Bauchi State Chapter.
Political party, defection otherwise known as “cross-carpeting”, “party crossover”, “party switching” or “political prostitution” is a serious source of concern to the development of democracy, popular participation and good governance in Nigeria.
The way and manner in which Nigerian politicians defect from one party to the other, has not only constituted democratic nuisance, but has continued to raise serious concern among stakeholders, on the sustainability of democracy in the country.
This irritant democratic behavior lends credence, to lack of clear ideology among most political parties, lack of internal democracy, corruption, greed and dogged pursuance of selfish interest as against the common interests of the society.
Unfortunately, party defection has become a political norm in Nigeria’s democracy and it has created confusion, uncertainty and total lack of direction in political parties and governance.
Though politics of defection is synonymous with liberal democracy worldwide, but Nigeria’s case is exceptionally outrageous.
It is true that, party defection is a phenomenon that occurs even in the so-called advanced democracies.
For example, Winston Churchill of Britain remained one of the foremost political defectors in the history of Britain. He first joined the British parliament as a Conservative in 1901, defected to the Liberal in 1904, and defected back to the Conservative in 1925.
In India, the problem of political party defection became so alarming, that the country had to enact laws against defection in 1973, 1985 and 2003.
These laws provided that a person could be disqualified from serving in parliament for withdrawing membership of his original political party. So defection is not new to liberal democracy the world over.
This is because, democracy promotes the principles of fundamental human rights, the freedom of individuals’ political life and the people’s rights to unrestrained access to participation in the policy processes.
The beginning of politics of defection in Nigeria is traceable to 1951, when several members of the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC), defected to the Action Group (AG) just to deny Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and his party (NCNC), the majority in the Western Regional House of Assembly, which the party required to form government in the Western Region, although, there were some isolated cases, here and there, when individuals and groups were coerced into defecting to other political parties.
Some members of NEPU were forced to defect to either NPC or withdraw from partisan politics as a result of their attachment to the establishment.
The cases of Maitama Sule (Dammasanin Kano) and Alhaji Musa Magami were typical examples. Thus, threat or subjection to political repression, was a serious factor that contributed to politics of defection.
During the Second Republic, Ahaji Ibrahim Waziri defected from Nigerian People Party (NPP), to form Great Nigerian Peoples Party (GNPP), when his bid for the Presidential nomination seemed to be threatened.
The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi had to defect from his People Redemption Party (PRP) to the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP), to be able to contest election for the second term. Thus, politics of defection is synonymous to liberal democracy anywhere in the World.
The argument is that, the system guarantees fundamental human rights of individuals, including the right to choose what is best for them. However, the rate of party defection in the Fourth Republic is so unprecedented such that most stakeholders in the polity become very much concerned. And indeed, the level of party defection exposes the total ideological bankruptcy of most members of Nigeria’s political parties, and the centrality of the pursuit of political power as against any other reason why people join politics.
Since the commencement of the Fourth Republic in 1999, all the major political parties in Nigeria have one internal crisis or the other. These crises often, degenerate into serious and irreconcilable conflicts, divisions, and factionalization, especially between 2006 and 2018 which marked the peak of both intra-party conflicts and inter party defections. At the initial stage, the scene was dominated by intra-party fraction, mostly associated with inability to observe internal democratic principles in most of the political parties, but later the situation grew to inter-party defections and mostly from the opposition to the ruling party. During the prelude to the 2015 general election, the unhealthy power contest within ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) prompted incessant defections of prominent members of the party to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).
As mentioned earlier, lack of respect for party ideology is seen as the leading source of politics of defection.
Party ideology, which is supposed to be a practical belief system that justifies chosen political order for the society, explaining in practical terms, the best way the party intends to tackle social challenges and moving the country forward, seems to be not upheld or respected in most of our political parties.
And the simple reason is that, Parties in Nigeria are portrayed as lacking in clear vision and focus on transformation or rather the will to live up to such party characteristics. As such they are virtually the same in terms of attributes and characteristics except the PRP.
This is as against what obtains in the so-called advanced democracies, such as U.S.A. and Britain, where most Nigerian politicians draw inspiration from.
Political parties in those countries have been known to exist on sustained ideological bases.
Parties were not just platforms for ascending to political power, but constitute ways of socio-political identification as well as means of mobilization and a unifying factor.
Therefore, clear ideological stand of a political party, plays a major role in unifying people of different cultures, ethnicity, religion, gender and orientation to a common destiny. This is one of the good examples Nigerian political parties ought to have emulated from those countries, especially taking into consideration our multicultural setting.
But unfortunately, ideological bankruptcy in our political parties has reduced them to mere tools of ascending to public office.
Political parties have become organizations that survive on monetization as the basis for loyalty and support. This has also accounted for the incessant internal crises in the parties, which not only lead to defections, but also explained why in some cases, politicians defect to where they call “greener posture“ (baza su yi Azumi ba) that is even when there is no crisis bedevilling their own political parties.
Corruption is another major cause of politics of defection in Nigeria. Contemporary politicians emphasized primacy of political power over and above everything in politics. As against the views of the nationalist politicians such as Malam Aminu Kano, for instance, occupation of public office though desirable, but it is not an end in itself. That is why his ideas and contributions to socio-political development of the country are ever-lasting. To the present day politicians, the possession of public office is the ultimate and the most lucrative business in the country. Political office gives direct access to economic power. And presiding over the allocation of public resources allows one to plunder these public resources for personal ends. As such, desperation to hold public office as means of accumulating wealth or “empowering” group members or supporters, remains the primary objective of engaging in partisan politics. Thus defection by Nigerian politicians without justifications becomes an accepted norm.
Also associated with corrupt behavior of our politicians, is politicians that occupy public offices and looted public funds, defect to the new ruling party for cover-up. That is, their membership of the ruling party usually saves them from the anti-corruption agencies like EFCC and ICPC whom are to a greater extent reduced to political hounding dogs and tools or weapons used against the uncooperative members of the opposition parties.
The alarming rate of defection in Nigerian politics is also attributed to instability within political parties occasioned by lack of internal democracy. A popular trend in Nigeria is, politicians easily defect to other political parties, the moment they fail to secure party nominations during own party’s primaries. Winning party primary election and recognition of candidates for nomination or selection as flag bearer of a political party depends on the economic potency of the candidate, the strength of his political “godfather” or his support base from especially those in control of the government. Integrity and capacity of an aspirant does not matter. Some aspirants, who feel disillusioned, cheated or denied free and fair primaries, as well as those who simply lose out, defect to other parties so as to participate in the general elections, in fact, some of them with the intention of returning to their original parties after general elections.
A typical example, is the recent defection of the former gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Kano State, in the 2019 general election, and some others, to the ruling APC without shame. Same Politicians defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to PRP when they did not emerge as the PDP gubernatorial candidates. PRP accepted them to contest the elections even as there were contestants on its platform, following rigorous screening conducted by its Committee on Research and Planning. When they lost in the general elections, they decided to dump the PRP, to defect to the ruling APC.
Indeed, this is a clear indication that, most Nigerian politicians are “political prostitutes” who lack integrity, vision and patriotism. There is no other way one could reasonably explain the defection of the Party’s gubernatorial candidate who was presumed to be honest, firm and patriotic, the like of Malam Aminu Kano, could defect easily from the only Nigerian political party with clear ideological stand, that is categorically out to emancipate the masses (Talakawa) and install equity and social justice; to the ruling APC, which obviously, from top to bottom demonstrated an unprecedented corruptive tendencies, incapacity and total disregard to the plight of the average Nigerians. A party which has clearly demonstrated its inability to deliver on any of its campaign promises regarding the security challenges of the country, fighting corruption and improving the economic wellbeing of Nigerians, a party, which has produced the most corrupt, clueless and fraudulent administration ever in the history of Kano State.
The use of money in liberal democracy permeates the system. Critics of the system always argue that, the contribution of money to political parties and candidates is an important way in which large corporations and wealthy capitalists influence politics and governance. While this argument is quite weighty, money politics is also an important factor in promoting defection in Nigeria. The use of money in politics is seen as necessary evils, but its negative effect as means of funding political competition has been a serious source of concern and so calls for serious re-consideration, if at all, the principles of popular participation is to be realized. The amount of money required by a candidate to be able to contest and win election, especially in presidential democracy, is so huge that, a candidate who has no access to such resources should simply forget about it, or if he is desperate, should defect to the ruling Party, where all his expenses would be funded from the public purse, or to move to a political party that has large concentration of wealthy personalities i.e. Ex-this, Ex-that, and Retired this, Retired that, where such huge resources could be accessed easily.
This political brouhaha could only be surmounted when the Nigerian electorate realizes the importance of owning a political party. PRP must conduct serious political reorientation and political education, as well as recruitment of select members of the public to actively participate in politics. They should be made to pay their membership fees, mobilize activists to make donations to election campaigns and insist that the leadership of their political parties must be honest, transparent and accountable for their actions or inactions.
They should be mobilized to retract their apathy toward partisan politics and be made to actively participate in the political process. This way would probably allow them to own the political parties, influence their programmes and ensure that political office holders respect their covenant with them.
By: Kano State Directorate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
The State Secretary of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Bauchi State Chapter, Alh. Sani Garba Agogo has warn the Chairman, Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC), to be careful with the instructions or directives of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) given to the Commission in a letter dated 8th September, 2020, titled: “Declaration of Assets by Officers Contesting for Elections. The PRP letter reads:
“Sequel to the letter from Code of Conduct Bureau, dated 8th September, 2020, which your enviable office forwarded to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) among others for our information and compliance, we wish to state as follows:
That this letter is the most unfortunate single but shocking event that confront us since the beginning of this exercise.
That we expect the Commission to reply the Code of Conduct Bureau without forwading same to political psrties as the issue raised is a very clear one that the CCB is only trying to interfare with this long awaited election simpliciter without any legal basis but, perhaps, trying to test the will abd resolve of the Commission.
That even going by the provisions of the Part I of the Third Schedule, paragraph 3(a) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) the Code of Conduct Bureau wish to rely on, there is no where it can refer to contestants as Public Officers, as the Schedule only provides thus: “3. The Bureau shall have power to: (a) receive declarations by public officers made under paragraph 12 of Part I of the Fifth Schedule to this Constitution; (b) examine the declarations in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct or any law; (c) retain custody of such declarations and make them available for inspection by any citizen of Nigeria on such terms and conditions as the National Assembly may prescribe; (d) ensure compliance with and, where appropriate, enforce the provisions of the Code of Conduct or any law relating thereto; (e) receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct or any law in relation thereto, investigate the complaint and, where appropriate, refer such matters to the Code of Conduct Tribunal; (f) appoint, promote, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over the staff of the Codes of Conduct Bureau in accordance with the provisions of an Act of the National Assembly enacted in that behalf; and (g) carry out such other functions as may be conferred upon it by the National Assembly.”
That on the question, who is a public officer under the Constitution in relation to the Code of Conduct Bureau. Our position is simply that if you look at the Part I of the Fifth Schedule, the word ‘Public Officer’ was interpreted to mean: “public office” means a person holding any of the offices specified in Part II of this Schedule; and “public office” shall not include the chairmanship or membership of ad hoc tribunals, commissions or committees”
This takes us to the Part II of the Fifth Schedule where the list of persons who should be referred to as Public Officers for the purposes of the Code of conduct is given as follows:
“1. The President of the Federation.
The Vice-President of the Federation.
The President and Deputy President of the Senate Speakers and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Houses of Assembly of States, and all members and staff of legislative houses.
Governors and Deputy Governors of States.
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justices of the Supreme Court, President and Justices of the Court of Appeal, all other judicial officers and all staff of courts of law.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Attorney-General of each State.
Ministers of the Government of the Federation and Commissioners of the Governments of the States.
Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and all members of the armed forces of the Federation.
Inspector-General of Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police and all members of the Nigeria Police Force and other government security agencies established by law.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil service, Permanent Secretaries, Directors-Generals and all other persons in the civil service of the Federation or of the State.
Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other officers of Nigeria Missions abroad.
Chairman, members and staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Chairman, members and staff of local government councils.
Chairman and members of the Boards or other governing bodies and staff of statutory corporations and of companies in which the Federal or State Governments or local governments councils.
All staff of universities, colleges and institutions owned and financed by the Federal or State Governments or local government councils.
Chairman, members and staff of permanent commissions or councils appointed on full time basis.”
We therefore, wish to call the urgent attention of the Commission (Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission) to be very vigilant in preventing any attempt by any authrity or persons from interfaring with the smooth conduct of the Local Government Council Elections in Bauchi State.
We finally urge the Commission to demand the immediate withdrawal of the directive given by the Code of Conduct Bureau and demand an apology on behalf of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), or we will be left with nothing but a possible alternative of taking the most appropriate action against you.
In simple terms, the word ideology refers to a set of practical ideas on the way social or political problems of a society could be solved or the society could be changed for the better.
By this simple definition one may rightly argue that of all the nationalists’ political parties that emerged in the political history of Nigeria, through the First Republic and Second Republic, the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) had the most unique ideology, which made some people to believe that ideology in Nigeria’s political affairs begins and ends with NEPU.
This is because NEPU’s ideology had local originality, based on socially derived principles and objectives in addition to a radical program of action. Its worldview was universalistic, rather than parochial and bigoted. It was thus committed to radical change. This made other people to brand it variously while its supporters and advocates branded its ideology as “Democratic Humanism”. On the other hand, its contemporaries such as the NPC and AG, which were either mid-wifed or inspired by the British as a counter force to the first nationalist party, the NCNC, had moderate views.
The political parties that emerged during the Second Republic were to some extent influenced by those of the First Republic, while the political experimentation of the presidential, as well as the two party system (one a little to the left and the other a little to the right), steered by the military, led to the abortive Third Republic resulting in the increasing political dependency on, and the imitation of, Euro-American political acts of self-promotion.
Indeed, most of the Fourth Republic political parties in Nigeria lack clearly identified ideology, which can spell out their own original vision, principles, objectives and programs. As such, discussing the issue of political party ideology is quite relevant and timely.
Certainly, Jibrin Ibrahim’s article of 14th August 2020, in Daily Trust titled, “NEPU: Recalling when ideology Mattered to Nigerian Parties” in commemoration of the 70 years anniversary of the establishment of NEPU, is most commendable in this regard.
No doubt, Nigeria’s political class has a lot to learn from the ideological profile of NEPU, if political parties are to have a clear sense of direction and to be able to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country on the basis of its historical experiences and aspirations.
However, the mere acknowledgement of the fact that the party had a sound ideology may not be good enough to serve as an ideal reference for others, without explaining the historical antecedence that led to the emergence of the ideology, that is, the sociology of its ideas, the nature of its achievements, crises and survival rate. It is equally important to place the emergence of NEPU’s ideology in proper historical perspectives in order to give meaning to the 70th anniversary.
NEPU was the first political party in Northern Nigeria, founded on 8th August 1950, in Kano at a time when British colonial despotism was at its zenith. The party arrived when the notorious, corrupt and oppressive Native Authority system, as the local tier of British colonial administration, subjected the citizens to different kinds of exploitation, illegal extortion and dehumanizing repression.
Therefore, the party’s ideology emerged in response to the socio-political and economic ills of British colonial domination and loudly questioned the existing social arrangements with fearless enthusiasm. The originality of its thought and actions made the party’s mobilized masses, or Talakawa, to reject all forms of oppression possible. This clear message of the need to stand up and struggle for freedom appealed to the people.
The “Sawaba Declaration” clearly spells out the objective principles of the struggle and declared that, “the emancipation must be the work of the Talakawa themselves”. The originality and clarity of NEPU’s ideology could also be seen in all its political statements.
Most of such statements were unambiguous, practical and radical in nature. For instance, the Sawaba Declaration of 1950 was so explicit on the call for a preferred political system i.e. democracy as against the autocratic family compact rule of the colonial Native Authority system. It categorically called for the abolishing of such system that serves the interests of the colonialists and the few privileged members of the society, while it was unequivocal in calling for radical political action to ensure the realization of that objective.
What followed was a successful mass mobilization of the citizens against the system of colonial control and exploitation leading to the deep entrenchment of a value system which remained largely a blatant resistant to injustice, mun ki, or “we stand opposed” as their own motto and weapon of salvation. The setting of this political terrain and the NEPU’’s radical stance attracted cruel reprisals from the colonial government. Consequently, NEPU’s followers suffered all kinds of repression ranging from intimidation, torture and imprisonment to murder and exile. The sincerity and commitment of NEPU’s adherents, allowed them to endure all forms of persecution and, at the end, most of the objectives of the party were realized even though they were never allowed to control state power.
Throughout its life span, NEPU did not form or control government, but its achievements were far reaching, as most of its objectives were realized. One of the major achievements of party was its role in inculcating political consciousness in the people, who for long had been under colonial domination and political inactiveness. It organized the common people into a political force, which learned to oppose all forms of exploitation and oppressions, a political community which even after the party was proscribed, following the Fall of the First Republic in 1966, its disciples and committed adherents resurfaced during the Second Republic and formed the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) which contested the 1979 elections. It succeeded in electing its legislative representatives as well as forming governments in Kano and Kaduna States. NEPU had since then further reverberated in various forms as the short-lived Peoples Salvation Party (PSP) under the chairmanship of Late Alh. Wada Nas as well as the current PRP, under the leadership of Alh. Balarabe Musa.
Another major achievement of NEPU was its laudable contribution to the decolonization of Nigeria. NEPU revolted against foreign occupation and exploitation as signified by the British colonial despotism in country. In its struggle for the liberation of Nigeria, it had to work together with all other political parties despite their differences. Regardless of Nigeria’s plural setting, promotion of ethnic and regional sectionalism by other parties, NEPU fought the century old strategy of colonial rule, based on “divide and rule” and worked together with the (NCNC), NPC, AG and UMBC for the purposes of promoting national consciousness and national sovereignty which consequently led to the decolonization of Nigeria. It needs to be noted that national independence and nationalist development was the most significant achievement defining Nigeria’s First Republic, in particular, and Nigeria’s politics in general.
Another significant achievement of NEPU was its contribution to the promotion of unity and political stability of both Nigeria and the North. NEPU discouraged all primordial sentiments promoted by the colonialist in their divide and rule policy. As such, it discouraged the use of religion, ethnicity and sectionalism, allying with the opposition party, the NPC, in protecting the unity of the North. This is an achievement which contributed immensely to the survival, unity and development of the region as a solid political bloc that was very difficult to penetrate.
NEPU contributed tremendously to the realization of so many changes in the socio-political set up of this country. To mention just a few examples, NEPU advocated for and contributed to the realization of the Adult Universal Suffrage in our voting system. Its struggle for women’s right to participate in politics and to vote is public knowledge. Its activities led to so many reforms which culminated into the total elimination of the NA system, laying the foundations of the current local government system. It contributed to the modernization of the local system of Quranic education in Nigeria by initiating the establishment of Islamiyya Schools. One can go on and on.
NEPU did not only support and promote Nigeria’s unity, it was also a strong supporter of Pan-African politics. It supported the liberation and unification of African nations. It recognized and supported dynamic, purposeful and focused African leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. It encouraged bonds of solidarity among Africans in the struggle for the liberation of the continent against enslavement and colonization especially where other African countries were still under colonial bondage. NEPU supported the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its struggle for the unity of the African States and the dignity of African people all over the world. Finally, NEPU acknowledged the intellectual contribution of Pan- Africanist scholars like W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Sa’adu Zungur, Nnamdi Azikwe, Michael Imoudo etc., these contributions enriched the intellectual property which NEPU used in the political education of its members. The NEPU Political leaders learnt from the struggle of all oppressed peoples thereby benefitting from, and participating in, the development of this universal world view.
In conclusion it is important to emphasise that the article could have been more informed if the writer had attempted to learn from the surviving veterans of NEPU, of the older days, as well as those that have been practically involved in the efforts to sustain and promote its legacies, such is the PRP especially in these times when foreign powers, and their local surrogates, seem to be making a come-back towards the recolonisation of African states in general, and Nigeria in particular.
Secondly it would have served some useful purposes if the writer had commented on the type of ideology that currently rules Nigeria. In this manner he would have been able to clarify better the present political order in Nigeria especially in view of the fact that some refer to it as neo-colonial while others refer to it as neo-liberal and still some others describe it as mega-colonialism.
This would have thus helped to solve the riddle posed by the manner in which he titled his submission because the submission tends to presume that ideology does not either exist, or matter, under the present circumstances. This is a truly controversial proposition.
By: Kano State Directorate of People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
The National Secretary of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) emerges the candidate in the forthcoming 10th October, 2020 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.
Mr Babatunde Alli, has pledged to initiate robust mainstream developmental initiatives premised on the social democratic paradigm of the party to move the state forward if elected as governor.
He who was elected through the indirect primaries for the party’s governorship ticket. The primary election was held at the Goodness Event Center, Agagu Road, Akure, Ondo State, on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020, where he emerged unopposed.
Babatunde Alli in his remark after the declaration said:
“we as a political party, have a history of being champions of the interest of the masses and have demonstrated that in our 42years of existence as a political party. As a governor, I will center governance all about the common man”.
Similarly, the State Chairman of the party, said the party if voted into power, would run an open government and improve on the laudable achievements of governance in the state,
While the PRP National Youth Leader, Wolimoh Olajide, who Chaired the Primary Election Committee, charged members of the party to commence person to person campaign using the instrumentalities of social media for the victory of the party.
Mr. Nicholas Okoli led the INEC monitoring team to the event and members of the State Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) as well as the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Ondo State were in attendance.