Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
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16 August 2018
• DEMANDS IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF PREMIUM TIMES JOURNALIST, SAMUEL OGUNDIPE
The harassment, arrest and illegal detention of Premium Times journalists and editors by men of the Nigerian police over a report they did concerning the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS constitutes an assault on free press and stands condemned in the eyes of all Nigerians who cherish the ideals of liberty.
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) hereby joins Nigerians to condemn the assault and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe.
8 August 2018
CALLS ON THE WORKING MASSES TO STRUGGLE FOR GENUINE WORKING CLASS DEMOCRACY
No Trust in Any Section of the Capitalist Ruling Elite
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) strongly condemns the siege mounted in the early hours on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on the National Assembly Complex. The entire circumstances that surrounded and characterized the undemocratic incident at the NASS complex are reminiscent of the similar police blockade of the National Assembly in 2014 under the previous PDP administration. This has confirmed the fact that no section of the capitalist politicians is different when it comes to the use of state security/repressive apparatuses to subvert the will of the people and suppression of the opposition, especially in desperation to either hold on to power or consolidate it.
25 July 2018
ABSENCE OF PRO-WORKING PEOPLE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE SPARKS VOTERS' CYNICISM
The recently concluded gubernatorial election in Ekiti-State held so much at stake for the Nigerian capitalist ruling class. Some pundits considered the election which was held on Saturday 14 July 2018 as a referendum on the performance and popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari. In the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was declared as the governor-elect of the state. However, the election painted a graphic picture of voters' frustration and cynicism, where voters figuratively had to choose between the Devil and a Beelzebub. Rather than reflect an endorsement of President Buhari's APC, the election outcome showcased a lack of political alternative that could bring to fruition the people's aspiration for jobs, decent wages and good standard of living.
23 July 2018
Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Elects Comrade Alfred Adegoke as its Governorship Candidate in the Osun Governorship Election holding on 22nd September 2018
The Osun State Chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), the party for the workers, youths and the poor masses, at its democratically convened State Congress/Governorship Primary, elected Comrade Alfred Adegoke Esq. as its candidate in the forthcoming Governorship Election holding in Osun State on 22nd of September, 2018.
Comrade Alfred Adegoke is a longtime activist and socialist, who has committed close to 30 years of his life to emancipation of working people and youth in Nigeria. Unlike many fair-weather activists, Alfred Adegoke has maintained his commitment to the emancipation of the working and toiling people. He has continued to play active roles in the struggles and agitations of workers, the masses and youths nationally and in Osun State.
19 July 2018
SPN DEMANDS HUGE INVESTMENT ON SOCIAL SERVICES AND BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE UNDER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) sees the 2018 budget as, once again, having all the hallmarks of a capitalist budget in a time of mounting crisis. It is a budget of poverty consolidation and enrichment of a few privileged persons.
The 2018 Budget is not fundamentally different from previous ones. The only constant thing about budgets in the last five years is the steady increment in the volume of budget as well as debt servicing. Capital expenditure nosedived in 2016 from N601 billion allocated in 2015 to mere N173.1 billion which was actually spent. However, in the same year 2016 debt servicing recorded N1.3 trillion up from N1 trillion in 2015. Hence, the budgets for social services like education and health have recorded paltry allocations.
18 July 2018
*The election reflects mass rejection of the pro-establishment politicians and their political parties!
*NLC and TUC must commence the process of providing the working people with an independent pro-people political alternative either by forming a mass party or supporting the building of SPN into a mass party
The Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, describes the outcome of the July 14, 2018, Ekiti State gubernatorial election as neither a pass mark for Dr Kayode Fayemi of All Progressive Congress, APC, nor an endorsement of Buhari/APC-led federal government. The election which was more or less a vote buying contest among capitalist political parties, especially the APC and PDP, was not only characterized by militarisation and inducement of the electorate but also reflects a mass rejection of the pro-establishment politicians and their political parties by mass of the working people in the state.
18 July 2018
Labour must start sustained campaign against casualization
For three days, starting from Monday July 9, the offices of the MTN, the biggest telecommunication company in Nigeria, nationwide were picketed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over non-unionisation and casualization of workers. In Lagos members of Democratic Socialist Movement joined the action in solidarity with the NLC and workers, urging that this must not be a one-off action but rather the start of a sustained campaign against casualization.
14 July 2018
We demand a halt to all attacks on democratic rights and restoration of independent unionism
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have reinstated the studentship of Omole Ibukun, national secretary of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and three other activists who were suspended on 7th October 2017. Omole Ibukun and three other activists, who were reinstated on 2nd July, 2018, had been vindictively suspended for the leadership roles they played in the peaceful protests of OAU students against harsh living conditions on campus between 5th and 6th October, 2017.
This reinstatement was made possible by nine months of campaigning, an aspect of which was a call for and sending in of protest letters and appeals from supporters of democratic rights and liberty in Nigeria across the world.
11 July 2018
Important resolutions taken on building the party and its role in the 2019 general elections
The 2nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) held on Saturday, 23 June 2018. 14 NEC members and about 50 other party members including the state leaders, who were observers, from across the country gathered at the venue in Lagos to discuss the building of the party and what role it could play in the 2019 general elections.
10 July 2018
2019 POLL: SPN DISSOCIATES ITSELF FROM ANY COALITION FORMED BY PDP AND 41 CAPITALIST POLITICAL PARTIES
*No government formed on the basis of capitalist philosophy is capable of offering any breakthrough for the poor masses
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) hereby disclaims the report in the Vanguard Newspaper on Saturday July 7, that it was among the 41 pro-capitalist political parties, led by the anti-poor People Democratic Party (PDP), in a coalition aimed at producing a consensus candidate to dislodge from power the inglorious regime of the Muhammadu Buhari/APC-led federal government come 2019 election.