Former governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzo Kalu, has advocated a two-party system, saying that this would further strengthen democracy and give it more meaning.
Kalu added that a two-party system would encourage healthy competition for political office, as the opposition party would always see itself as the government in waiting, while those in government would want to perform in order to earn peoples’ approval and confidence.
Speaking shortly after a visit to Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti, he said all hands must be on deck for the survival of the country.
He urged the people of Ekiti state to support Fayemi’s re-election, saying that he had been able to deliver on the promises he made to the people.
Fayemi, in his remarks, lauded Kalu for the patriotic step he “is taking towards the sustenance of the unity of Nigeria,” saying that “this transcends political and religious affiliations.”
Fayemi added that he would never engage in the politics of bitterness even though people would want to take sides during elections.
Kalu said he was impressed by the diligence and commitment with which Fayemi delivered the dividends of democracy to the people, adding that he had got reports from the people that the governor was performing well.
He said: “Ekiti people should rally round the governor. According to what Ekiti people said, the governor has done very well. He has put in the mechanism and software for the job. Everything will not come in one day. You will start from somewhere and operate it. He is giving them access to good roads, access to education and health and there is no doubt that I have been impressed since I have gone through the southwest based on what I saw on ground.”