The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has called for the adoption of the parliamentary system of government by scrapping the presidential system of government that Nigeria practises currently.
The call was made known on Tuesday in Abuja by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR while contributing to the discussion at the Stakeholders Engagement on Transparency of the Electoral Process organized by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in collaboration with the European Center for Electoral Support.
According to the National Chairman, parliamentary system of government is cheaper when compared to the presidential system of government.
He further revealed that presidential system of government is lacking in the required check and balance for running an effective democracy.
Nigeria has been practicing the presidential system of government since 1999.
The presidential system of government is a system of government where the President has strong powers to function as head of government independent of the legislature. The President has executive powers which he can exercise directly or indirectly through his ministers .Section 5 of the 1999 constitution provides as follows: ”Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the executive powers of the Federation shall be vested in the President and may subject as aforesaid and to the provisions of any law made by the National Assembly, be exercised by him either directly or through the Vice-President and Minister of the Government of the Federation; and [b] shall extend to execution and maintenance of this constitution, all laws made by the National Assembly and to all matters with respect to which the National Assembly has, for the time being, power to make laws.”
The President is also the Commander-in –Chief of the armed forces of the federation. By section 218 of the 1999 constitution, he is to determine the operational use of the armed forces of the federation.
In the other hand, parliamentary system is a democratic form of government in which the party (or a coalition of parties) with the greatest representation in the parliament (legislature) forms the government, its leader becoming prime minister or chancellor. Executive functions are exercised by members of the parliament appointed by the prime minister to the cabinet. The parties in the minority serve in opposition to the majority and have the duty to challenge it regularly. Prime ministers may be removed from power whenever they lose the confidence of a majority of the ruling party or of the parliament. The parliamentary system originated in Britain and was adopted in several of its former colonies.
The National Chairman further stated that work of National Assembly should be made part-time rather than a full time job.
Emulate Buhari’s Ideology, Prof. Abubakar Urges Nigerians
The Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, Professor Muhammad Abubakar has urged Nigerians to take a leaf from the ideology of President Muhammadu Buhari so as to contribute their quota for the growth and development of Nigeria.
According to a press statement signed by Tasiu Muhammad Pantami, Media Assistant to the Managing Director, “Professor Abubakar made this call early this week at the public presentation of a book in honour of His Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the Army Resource Centre, Abuja.”
The book titled “THE BUHARI IN US”, was written by Abdullahi O. Haruna popularly known as Haruspice.
The Managing Director who represented the Minister of Communications Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami emphasized the need for youths to strive to excel in various endeavours of life.
While congratulating the author of the book, Abubakar described him as one of the most resilient, and resourceful Nigerians.
PRP suspends National Legal Adviser for embarrassing conducts
The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has suspended its National Legal Adviser, Prof. M. M. Aliyu for conducts that the party considered embarrassing.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja on Monday.
The communique signed by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR and the National Secretary, Mr. Babatunde Alli added that the party also appointed Barr. Juliet Anyata Ogba as the acting National Legal Adviser of the party with immediate effect.
The party has also set up a constitutional amendment committee with Barr. Hajiya Aishatu Dankani as Chairman and Barr. Juliet Anyata Ogba, Barr. Ahmed Umar Farouk Gwadabe as members. The committee was given a period of one month to submit its report.
PRP: INEC Refuses to Witness Sule Bello’s Delegates Conference, Declares It Illegal
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared as illegal the purported 2nd National Delegates Conference held last Saturday by Sule Bello and his hoodlums in the Zaria town of Kaduna State.
The top management of the commission disclosed that invitation was extended to them by Sule Bello requesting them to witness the conference but they refused to honour the invitation considering the fact that the purported conference is nothing but an utter illegality.
The commission further revealed that to the best of its knowledge, Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR is the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
It could be recalled that Sule Bello had convened a conference that he tagged 2nd National Delegates Conference in Zaria last Saturday. The conference, which had few people in attendance, was not witnessed by INEC officials or any security agents.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been making it clear that Sule Bello is not the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party.
On its own part, the leadership of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) had stated that Sule Bello had never been a member or stakeholder of the party at any level or time.
Further checks by our correspondent at the INEC headquarters and its website had shown that Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR is the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) while Mr. Babatunde Francis Alli is the National Secretary of the party.