Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’abba said governors had been the country’s problem since 1999.
Na’abba made the statement while hosting a delegation from the Na’abba Youth Organization.
He claimed that Nigerians are now shunning politics because governors have pocketed political parties and are now deciding who will stand for election.
The former speaker also said that the action of these governors cripples the democracy of the country, because what they do is a rotation of power between them without taking into account the competences.
“Since 1999, governors have been the problem of the country. They contributed to the death of democracy within political parties. And when there are no elections within the parties, then incompetent leaders will appear and this will affect the whole political system and the development of the country as well. Governors caused all of this. They will hardly organize primaries. On the contrary, they will ask you to move towards a consensus; what is wrong.
“If we really want to see change in the country, we have to change our democracy and give equal opportunities to everyone. Give chances to elections within the parties so that the masses and the rich have a role to play. This alone can bring change. Not what they (the governors) do. It won’t get us anywhere. On the contrary, it will deteriorate the situation of the country.
Also acknowledging that young people have lost faith in politicians, he added that he had returned to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after realizing that the ruling party was not doing not what was needed.
“When I realized APC wasn’t doing the right thing, I pulled out. Later I was contacted by some of my associates to return to where I belong; that’s why I went back to PDP.