The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said that Nigeria has a lot to learn from South Africa regarding the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
A statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, on Thursday, said Secondus stated this when he received the South African High Commissioner, Thamsanqa Mseleku, at the party’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
The party chairman was reported to have said that the African National Congress and the PDP needed to work together to save and deepen democracy in Africa.
Secondus said his party has a lot to learn from ANC which he described as a mass movement.
He told his guest that the biggest problem facing Nigeria today is in the area of insecurity.
“Nigeria is distressed as a result of the security challenges, we need help from anybody who can help in ideas and other logistics to bring peace in the land,” he added.
Secondus also commended the South African Government, particularly President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the uncommon interest showed in the emergence of Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala as the World Trade Organisation’s Director- General.
The High Commissioner expressed the desire of his home government to continue to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
He said Nigeria and South Africa must come together to save the continent pointing out that “there is no hope for the continent if the two countries fail to work together.”
The High Commissioner also faulted the frequent movement of politicians from one party to another.
He noted that South Africa suffered similar fate in the past until it found a stabilising way by removing carpet crossing syndrome from its constitution.