They therefore called for strict observance of party constitution to check the development, which posed a great threat to the nation’s democratic process.
One of them, former PDP Chairmanship Aspirant in Enugu state, Mr. Anthony Nwachukwu noted that efforts towards sustaining democracy in the country would suffer serious set back with non observance of due process.
Mr. Nwachukwu alleged that some political elites often times imposed their ideas or candidates for elective positions on other members for selfish interest.
He urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate the high level of fraud in some political parties.
‘’As far as am concerned, disobedience to party provisions and shortcutting of process as established by party constitution whether for nomination of candidate, or administration of the party is corruption. That is where the actual corruption is coming from. Any move that circumvents, that neglects or abuses the constitution is corruption.’’
A Politician, Prince Lawrence Eze observed that desperation for political power and self aggrandizement not only lead to dictatorship but also to non adherence to the tenets of democracy.
Prince Eze maintained that if a political party was ideologically based, it would naturally entrench discipline and tranquility in the system.
‘’Any party that does not have ideology is a dead party and unfortunately in Nigeria, you see this tussle going on simply because people abandon completely the ideals that are the founding principles of the party. They put it at the background and everybody is pursuing self aggrandizement’’.
He attributed leadership crisis in some political parties to what he described as undue influence by the executive arm of government .
The respondents noted that leadership tussles had been a clog in the wheel of process of political parties and advancement of democratic governance in the country.