Abuja - Alhaji Yinusa Tanko, the National Secretary of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), on Tuesday called for adequate funding of registered political parties to enable them to thrive.
Tanko said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He appealed to the National Assembly to make appropriation that would enhance the survival of political parties in the present democratic dispensation.
“When you don’t fund political parties, you allow those who will erode the leadership to take it over and it will not help the internal democracy.
“If a political party is being funded, it enhances his own capacity to be strong and attract other people to join and contribute to its development.
“Any leader in the country is a product of a political party and if the party is not funded how will the party grow or help in the advancement of democracy,’’ he said.
Tanko said proper funding of political parties would avoid people choking up in a particular party.
He said, if Nigerians wants the dividend of democracy, they should support the funding of political parties.
“The political parties were given a meagre amount in 2009 to the tune of six million naira and that cannot go anywhere, but now, it has stopped.
“By law, we see political parties being audited twice in a year, and account being published which is not in other ministries,’’ Tanko said.
He said a party which believed in the constitution of the country should be funded with proper check and balances.