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hello everyone welcome to the program this is politics today live on channels television I'm sure Kimberley in Abuja let's get straight to here to everyone tonight there seems to be some reactions to comments on the flooding that has ravaged many communities in many states of the Federation today the minister of humanitarian Affairs disaster management and Social Development Mr here Farooq says from an assessment carried out so far by the ministry by Elsa state is not among the top 10 most affected states by the recent floods she was speaking today at a weekly administerial briefing where she said instead chigawa is ranked the number one most hit State she made a comment in reaction to claims by Elder State man and leader of the pan Niger daughter Forum pandav Chief Edwin Clark who employed the federal government to act to save flawed victims in the Niger Delta and not abandon them we have stated the facts we have done what we're supposed to do as a government at the federal level but these issues that it does not just uh begin or concerns the federal government there are other authorities individuals as well that they have to take precautionary measures and we have done that we have done a lot of sensitization as we all know we cannot stop floods or some kind of natural disasters but how to mitigate such disasters is what is important and we have we have done quite much in this regard as a minister there speaking about the flooding situation in the country well tonight there is going to be a lot of Education information and some kind of clarification um we would be doing that between the PDP and APC tonight on their party manifestos what they stand for and especially we'll be finding out what atiku abubakar really went to the United States to do and some of those engagements that he had how much of benefit that will be to their campaign and to Nigerians plus some of the reactions that have come between the two the two parties the APC and the PDP also with me everyone let's check out some of your political random Stars the independent National electoral commission inec has sworn in 19 resident electoral Commissioners recently appointed by President muhammadu buhari and screened by the Senate speaking at the swelling ceremony in Abuja the inec chairman charges the new Commissioners to the uprights into discharge of their services bearing in mind that their loyalties to the country are not to any individual group or political party 14 of the newly sworn in commissioners of fresh appointments while five are reappointed for a second term by president muhammadu buhari the River State Governor and some weekend has appointed a sworn in political AIDS which includes special assistance from two senatorial districts their appointees are part of the 100 000 Personnel the governor promised to recruit from senatorial districts of the state speaking at the inauguration ceremony Governor weekend signed a uniform portfolio of special assistance on political unit Affairs to all of them but the charge to sending feedback from the people at the Grassroots to help his administration end well the IMO State Governor hopos or Demar says despite the security challenges faced in IMO state in the wake of his administration his government has not relented in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy to the people of the state Governors odima disclosed this at the government's house in owerri during the swearing ceremony of five new Commissioners into the state's executive Council despite all the challenges of insecurity we've been able to deliver service to our people the presidential candidate of the operations Congress Mr Bola ahmedu is assuring the people of kogi state that he will provide what is due to the state if elected president of Nigeria in 2023 Mr tinubu was represented by the governor of the states Mr yahaya Bello stated this while addressing party supporters in local jobs because we state capital where he donated the sum of 100 million naira to victims of the floods in kogi state is the working Committee of the upper business Congress in adamawa state has rejected the list of presidential and governorship campaign council members are led to have been compiled by Senator Aisha binani whose election has brought his governorship candidate in adamawa State for the 2017 elections was recently nullified by federal high court in Yola addressing journalists in Yola the spokesperson of the party in the state Abdullahi Mohammed Said the list was compelled by Senator bernani without consulting critical party stakeholders for final approval foreign division has agenda case filed by Senator adamu alaro asking the court to reverse an earlier decision of the federal High Court Viola over the people's Democratic Party kevi Central senatorial candidate in the 2023 elections till the 21st of November 2022 Justice babadana ashiga of the federal high court building kebbi on September 27th this year upheld the primary election that produced Haruna saeedu as the authentic senatorial candidate for the seat not satisfied with the Judgment Alero through his counsel Mr Damian Dudu approached the Appellate Court challenging the decision on the grounds of substantive laws right to fear hearing and breach of procedures also Mr doodle urged the Appellate Court to recognize Yahya abubakar as the right candidate for the Kevin Lawton senatorial seat against sanibar the member representing wukari and EB Federal constituency at the National Assembly danjumachidi and the terrible State Governor Darius ishaku are disagreeing of allegations by the federal legislator that the governor ordered the arrest of his campaign director General thereby disrupting democracy in the state the governor is insisting that the federal lawmakers claim is false malicious and a miscalculated political move by the opposition party to make itself relevant in taraba state politics again in a swift reaction the state Governor Darius ishaka represented by his commissioner for information is insisting that it is a case of security agencies carrying out their duties on Persons engaged in disrupting the peaceful atmosphere and Security in the state foreign political organization Affinity Chief Ruben faster until you said that he was misinterpreted in the media on the issue between himself and the acting leader of the group adebanjo professor and he said he never stopped a banjo from being the acting leader of the group there were controversies when parafa Serenity on Sunday endorsed the candidate of the upper gases Congress APC balatu Nobu by Paul De banjo at earlier declared support for the labor party can the Peter on behalf of the association in a sermon today through his personal assistant password and he says that he is not said chivaya adebanjo is no longer the acting leader of affinity now that our future Affinity meeting should ends forth be held at his residence in akure they said man says quote Papa's main concern is the interest of the Euro bus in the complex political situation in Nigeria it is also is concern that Affinity should survive in dignity and remain a purveyor of the interes
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just two political parties have long dominated the American government the party system at least on the surface has been dominant in American politics since the Civil War it makes good sense for young people to ask is this the way it has to be can't we do better than this the 117th Congress had just two independent members in the Senate who both caucus with the Democrats the only game in town are the two major parties a study in 2022 found that nearly 4 in 10 Americans wish for more political parties America is a diverse country of 330 million people the idea that that Americans would neatly fit into just two political parties is absolutely Bonkers and we saw a huge uptick in support and interest in 2016 when Gary Johnson ran for president over the past I'd say couple of years we've seen a lot of that support translate into Grassroots support where people are not just checking a box every four years right like they're actually wanting to get engaged and get involved at the local level when we get put into two teams competing for an hour resources we engage in high levels of demonization when there's more sides and more possible coalitions we can govern ourselves much more successfully but that's not as easy as it sounds there's structural obstacles as far as Bill building up their campaign Finance apparatus getting on the ballot getting included in debates there's a role for for third parties in our system but generally speaking if you have too many you can end up with a very incoherent hard to control politics and in that case voters get very upset because then they feel like really nobody's listening to them so should the U.S consider moving on from a two-party system and what kind of changes would it bring for the majority of Elections the United States relies on what's called a single member district plurality system we're just one winner with a majority of Voters wins the election experts say this Winner Takes all approach to elections is the main reason why two parties dominate in America the reason that we have just two parties is not because Americans want only two parties it's because we have an electoral system that punishes and marginalizes third party but if you only allow for one winner essentially these gravitational forces forces and those forces dictate winner a rational person is going choices and it leads to fund those candidates are not going to spend money on a long shot but more Americans are expressing frustrations with the two main parties in 2022 61 percent of U.S adults found the Republican Party unfavorable while 57 shared the same sentiment toward the Democratic party about a quarter of Americans today say they have an unfavorable view of both major parties a considerable jump from just six percent in 1994. a lot of people would suggest that both parties aren't quite sure where they want to go and what they want to do next many Republicans are troubled by the course of the Republican party has taken as Donald Trump has come to dominate the Republican party with his distinctive brand of populism and election denialism on the other hand many Americans are discontented with the turn to the left of the democratic party particularly on cultural issues voters in both parties are also growing more hostile towards one another 62 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats have highly negative views of the opposing party compared to just 21 and 17 in 1994. in order for a democracy to continue political parties need to be able to lose elections but if we are in a situation in which one party believes that the other party winning the election would be so disastrous to the country that maybe we should intervene to prevent the other party from winning then you don't really have a democracy anymore 56 of Americans today believe that the current parties do such a poor job that a third major party is needed the sentiment is especially prevalent among younger adults and independents we have been seeing a lot more support from young adults and people who are more politically homeless as we call them people who are independent this has not been a great period for the two-party system we've had real setbacks overseas we've had real setbacks at home so from that standpoint it makes good sense for young people to ask is this the way it has to be can't we do better than this in response certain minor parties have been providing an alternative to the bipartisan dysfunction in America well if you're sick of Democrats and Republicans there's another option coming your way a new third political party in America called forward the co-chairs one Republican one Democrat this is the bringing together of Left Right and middle it actually celebrates pluralism among them the libertarian party is currently the third largest political party in America with more than 310 elected officials as of November 2022. my name is Angela McArdle and I am the national chair of the libertarian party we are really all about personal and economic freedom we want peaceful people to be able to do whatever they need to do to get by in life to to be happy to be healthy to be prosperous and to thrive we've got over 17 000 members just a third of Americans today believe that the two existing parties do an adequate job of representing the American people compared to more than half back in 2003 a really fundamental part of a democracy is that people feel like they have a meaningful choice and that's not so much the case if you feel like in a two-party system that's really polarized that there's only one option you would ever vote for I don't think that two parties that are essentially captured by what a lot of people call the Deep state or political establishment can Ever represent everyone's interest because I think they represent their own interests and I to a certain extent I don't even blame them they're incentivized to do that to keep their jobs to stay in power and to grow their monolith if we had more parties it would be less of a kind of zero-sum competition between the Republicans and the Democrats you have less of an incentive if as one party or another to kind of tear down the other party if that didn't automatically translate to a game for your side incorporating more voices could not only help with polarization but participation as well voter turnout in the U.S has long been below average compared to other developed countries a multi-party system with viable third parties would bring people back into the process back into the discussion and make it a lot harder to say well government sucks I'm not going to participate and now we're having a conversation between only half of the country which is really dangerous a big obstacle for minor parties is funding President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign raised a little over a billion dollars while President Donald Trump raised more than 700 million dollars in comparison Libertarian presidential candidate Joe Jorgensen was only able to raise close to 3 million dollars in the same year two established parties have long-standing bases not only of Voters but also of funders the discrepancy is really
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