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Amaechi: No Democracy yet in Nigeria

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has said there is no democracy yet in Nigeria.

He described the form of government being practiced in Nigeria as diarchy.

The governor, who spoke in Abuja on Saturday while reacting to the invasion of the National Assembly by the police on Thursday, described the action as uncivilised.

He said the actions of the police in recent times had shown that they had been pocketed by the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

He said, "We don't have democracy in Nigeria yet. What we have is diarchy. We don't have a democracy. Diarchy is dictatorship.

"The Federal Government has appropriated the police as its personal property. The FG has taken over the police.

"See the way the police took over the National Assembly. By law, the police has no power to invade the National Assembly and they have no power to stop the speaker from going in or out. But they don't obey law."

He insisted that his party, the All Progressives Congress, would not go to court if the PDP decides to rig the 2015 presidential elections.

Instead of going to court, he said the APC would form a parallel government.

He said, "What is the essence of going to court when the federal government don't obey the law. That's why the APC say we won't go to the court any longer.

"If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in. Which means if you think you can rig us out in 2015, we will form our own government. We have met on that and we have agreed on that. We will install our own government and there would be two governments.

"The only way to avoid a parallel government is to have a free and fair election. You can't continue to use the police as if it is private agency or company of the government."

While saying that the Police in South Africa is currently investigating President Jacob Zuma, he wondered if the police in Nigeria would be allowed to play such role in the country.

"Are you are aware that the president of the South Africa is being probed by the police? Can that happen here? In this country, they slap judges, seven members of a state (Ekiti) house of assembly claimed they have sacked a speaker," he added.

On Boko Haram, the governor said it would be difficult to convince Nigerians that the Federal Government was not deliberately allowing the crisis to continue in order for it to decimate the votes that would come from the North-East in 2015.

The zone is considered to be a stronghold of the opposition.

source: punchng

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. ubesie chukwuebuka chidiogo

    November 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Governor Rotimi Amaechi go seat down for one side what do you know about Democracy, you should not bring your hatred towards Jonathan classifying it to our government. I know if is Obasanjo regime you cannot open your mouth to say all this things.

    • Ejinwa Anthony

      November 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

      yeah if it was obj
      regim he might not
      have the guts to say
      that but that’s what
      democracy is all about
      freedom, without it democracy
      has not even started so with
      that it’s clear he knows what
      democracy is bro

  2. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The part I concur with you amaechi is the area of the government being undemocratic in nature due to the recent happenings with the police and all sorts, but when you said you going to rig yourself in if you are rigged out in the coming election, that left me wondering what’s the probability that if you lose come 2015 that you won’t say that the PDP has not rigged you out and then start the so called govt that am sure you guys would go ahead with, there I totally disagree with you and if you guys APC do any of such Nigeria won’t back you believe me

  3. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

    yeah if it was obj regim he might not have the guts to say that but that’s what democracy is all about freedom, without it democracy has not even started so with that it’s clear he knows what democracy is bro

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