Opposition party canvasses for proportional representation in Nigeria

Terver Dominic, Abuja


The Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) has called for proportional representation in the legislative arm of government to ensure fairness and equitable distribution of power in Nigeria.

DPC’s National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters, made the call at the party’s national convention in Abuja.

He explained that proportional representation is a situation in which seats are allocated in parliament based on the performances of various political parties that participated in the election and not by the party with the majority of votes as presently  being practiced in Nigeria.

He said that the winner takes home all syndrome as practiced in Nigeria has led to election violence, rigging and malpractice as a result needs to be checked else it will continue to derail democracy.

“Its high time Nigeria embrace a process that ensures fairness in equitable distribution of power, that is why the DPC is recommending proportional representation in the legislative arm of government both at the State and National Assemblies,” he said.

He said: “This is the right time to transform and build the Nigeria of our dreams, which future generation will be proud of.”

The Democratic People’s Congress is one of the opposition parties in Nigeria.