Ahead of the forthcoming All Nigeria Political Parties and Political Stakeholders Summit scheduled for June 12, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) yesterday stated that the summit will provide a template to tackle electoral fraud and violence ahead of the 2015 elections.
TAN, while throwing its weight behind the summit, also stated that the on-going National Conference will benefit from the insights of such a summit whose conclusions and recommendations will go a long way in strengthening the work of the conference delegates in political related matters.
According to a statement by TAN, the summit which is jointly convened by the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President and the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs will attract delegates from all the registered political parties, socio-political pressure groups, civil society organisations, youth and women structures, international democracy building institutions and members of the diplomatic corps.
The summit, entitled “Inter-Party Collaboration, Social Stability, National Security and Democratic Consolidation” will be chaired by former head of state, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, and declared open by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The statement signed by the director of Public Communications and Strategy of TAN, Dr Udenta O Udenta, stated that the organisation believes that since the 1995, All Politicians summit, this is perhaps the most important gathering of Nigeria’s political stakeholders given the giant strides the nation’s democracy has recorded since 1999 and the persistent political, economic and security challenges it still confronts.
The statement added “the summit will have a salutary impact on the nation’s democratic process, especially the overall political tone of the 2015 general elections in the areas of issue based campaigns that are decent, decorous and civilized, the adherence by political parties and politicians to the code of conduct that they willingly subscribed to in 2011, and the need for non-violent, fraud-free 2015 elections.”
Udenta continued “TAN believes that the theme of the political summit is both timely and appropriate given the need for Nigerian political parties and politicians to rise above partisan divisions and narrow-minded viewpoints and throw their weight behind the nation’s just struggle against extremist insurgencies and terrorism.
“The successful grounding of the Nigerian Project is the solemn responsibilities of all national stakeholders who must, at all times, place the interest of the nation above partisan political differences, and whose utterances, acts and conducts must reflect the patriotic zeal that burns in every Nigerian heart”.
TAN charged Nigerian politicians “to take advantage of this historic opportunity and seize this moment in re-committing themselves to the high moral and political ideals of the fatherland as well as apply their collective weight to ensure that the decisions reached therein will have a positive impact in the quest to consolidate Nigerian democracy”.
The group however advanced that this political interaction must be institutionalized as a permanent feature of the nation’s on-going democratic dialogue and inter-group conversation.
“Apart from making this summit an annual affair, there is the extra urgency that it does not become yet another one event talk shop. Rather, the decisions and recommendations reached at the summit should be implemented at the post-summit phase by a broad, consensus front that should emerge at the end of the gathering. Such a structure should develop and implement a robust plan of action beyond even the 2015 general elections”.