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The presidential candidate of the Fresh Democratic Party, FRESH, Rev. Chris Okotie, has stated his intention to scrap the National Assembly as part of his political reforms, if elected president in the forthcoming election.
After a thrilling worship session, the pastor turned politician told his congregation at the Household of God Church, Oregun, Lagos during an interactive meeting yesterday that if elected to set up an Interim Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction as advocated in his letter to the political leaders, he would scrap the parliament, ministerial portfolios and other political offices that have made the cost of governance almost unbearable.
He insisted that what Nigeria needs now is not election but far-reaching reforms that could drastically alter the political and economic structures of the country, adding that without the reforms, the present stagnation and widespread frustration which have birthed the general state of insecurity, anger and violence would continue.
Rev Chris Okotie said there are extant, fundamental sovereignty issues that no sitting government has been able to solve since the post-independence crisis that led to the 30-month civil war.
He said any president elected on the basis of the widely rejected 1999 Constitution would be castrated politically as a result of the present dysfunctional state of the country, which only a new, workable constitution can solve.
He said resource allocation to public infrastructural development is shrinking because of the high cost of running our present democracy, and suggested a new system of government that is peculiar to our political clime and culture.
“The cost of running the Legislature is staggering and if you add the salaries and allowances of the ministers and their aides, political appointees that do nothing productive, you could see why Nigeria is hemorrhaging”, He added.
He also quoted a portion of his letter where he presented an alternative legislative arrangement under his proposed Aboriginal democracy.