March 20, 2019

“Political parties are not agents of democracy”- Rep

“Political parties are not agents of democracy”- Rep

The member representing Ede South/Ede North, Egbedore, Ejigbo federal constituency, Mojeed Alabi on Thursday took his colleagues back to the classroom on democracy and political parties.

The former lecturer while reacting to a motion calling for legislative intervention in the series of crisis that plagued the primaries across all political parties.

He also argued that internal democracy is meant to be between parties not within political parties.

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Alabi who is not seeking re-election, took a radical departure from the other members during the debate. Some of the members who lost the primary elections reels out their encounter during the primary election.

“The idea of internal democracy failed in Nigeria because it is an anomaly for party organization. We threw away the delegate system, we adopted the direct primary, and again we are complaining.

“The truth is that political parties are not agents of internal democracy. Democracy is inter-party, not intra party.”

He buttressed his point by referring to the “Iron law of oligarchy”.

According to Wikipedia, “Iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties.

“It asserts that rule by an elite, or oligarchy, is inevitable as an “iron law” within any democratic organization as part of the “tactical and technical necessities” of the organization.”

According to Alabi, political parties operate according to the law of oligarchy, where people with resources will continue to control who gets what and how.

“As far back as 1911, Michel conducted research into advance democracies across Europe.

“And it was discovered that the people at the lower part of the society will be subject to the dictates of the people with the resources, so that is why I said political parties are oligarchy organizations.

“We have had elections in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015, why is there so much noise now? It is because we have raised political parties to a position where they do not belong.

“We are over regulating the political parties, let every parties be known for what it stands for, let them determine who will be their own candidates, instead of asking INEC to be monitoring all the primary elections all over the country. Parties are not for internal democracy,” he submitted

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