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Nigeria ripe for independent candidature, says labour leader

nlcChairman of the Ogun State branch of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Akeem Ambali has lamented that 55years after Nigeria’s Independence the country’s constitution is yet to accomodate persons who want to seek political power through independent candidature.

Ambali who described the situation as detrimental to the growth of democracy in the country insisted that if democracy must mature in Nigeria, then the political space must be open for independence candidature.
The NLC leader who spoke to The Guardian exclusively on various issues emphasised “Until we are able to reach a stage where independent candidates are allowed to contest election, many intelligent, patriotic and selfless

Nigerians would be kept away from the political space”.
He wondered why as at now Nigerians can contest elections only through political parties, a system he insisted is too cumbersome and expensive and had therefore given room to the rich alone.



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