Under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership, the Coalition of Middle Belt Groups (CMBG) has expressed concern that Nigeria is steadily becoming a one-party state.
The group claimed that “closet fascists seeking to turn Nigeria into a one-party dictatorship” are behind the pace at which opposition party members are losing their seats.
In response to recent court rulings that removed certain MPs from the national assembly who were affiliated with the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, CMBG took action.
The group’s convener, Ben Omale, reacted by denouncing the purported attempts of what he characterised as anti-democratic forces to disrupt Plateau State and, consequently, the entire nation.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja on Thursday, Omale voiced worry about praise coming from some places, especially the Plateau State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which hailed the court decisions as an example of democracy in action.
Part of the statement reads, “What should scare Nigerians and the world at large, gentlemen of the press, is that they plan to implement this playbook in other non-APC states in order for the party to control all the states of the Federation in the next eighteen months. In this, the Middle Belt is particularly endangered because we will bear the brunt of any resulting insecurity from this criminal experiment they are performing with Nigeria’s democracy.”
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