The Coalition of Middle Belt Groups (CMBG) has raised the alarm that Nigeria is gradually sliding into one-party state under the watch of President Bola Tinubu.
The group said the rate at which members of the opposition parties are losing their seats is a pilot by “closet fascists aiming to transform Nigeria into a one-party dictatorship.”
CMBG was reacting to recent court judgments which sacked some lawmakers under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State from the national assembly.
Reacting, Ben Omale, the convener of the group, decried the alleged efforts by those he described as anti-democratic forces to destabilise Plateau State and, by extension, the entire country.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Omale expressed concern over commendations from certain quarters, particularly the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State, applauding the court rulings as democracy in action.
Part of the statement reads, “What should scare Nigerians and the world at large, gentlemen of the press, is that they plan to implement this playbook in other non-APC states in order for the party to control all the states of the Federation in the next eighteen months. In this, the Middle Belt is particularly endangered because we will bear the brunt of any resulting insecurity from this criminal experiment they are performing with Nigeria’s democracy.”