Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
Call our national office on 0805 304 5953
11 May 2007
AN OPEN LETTER TO TRADE UNION AND LASCO LEADERS
By Segun Sango, General Secretary, Democratic Socialist Movement
Nigeria is at a cross road! Right now, even if temporarily, absurdity has triumphed over reality. Millions know that the April 2007 so-called general elections were a fraud. However they are unsure what can be done to win back their democratic rights. To safeguard the masses' interests, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) demands that the NLC, TUC, LASCO, etc, should urgently name a DAY OR DAYS OF ACTION with peaceful mass protests, rallies, industrial strikes, etc, across the country as the next step.
1 May 2007
SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY MAY DAY SPECIAL EDITION
Mass Misery in the Midst of Abundance
The two trade union federations in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), have recently elected new leaderships. However, a more significant development is the resolve of the new leaderships of the two labour centers to establish a working relationship in pursuit of labour unity. To demonstrate commitment to this, the two federations have organised joint 2007 May Day rallies across the country. We of the Democratic socialist Movement (DSM) heartily welcome this development. We expect that this working relationship will be fully deployed to consistently defend the interests and rights of workers and poor masses in Nigeria. For the theme of this May Day, "Towards a new Agenda for Political and Socio-economic Transformation", to acquire true meaning and character, labour must take struggle to the arena of contest for political power to end the rein of anti-poor neo-liberal economic reforms of the outgoing and incoming governments.
1 May 2007
2007 Elections Farce:
SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY MAY DAY SPECIAL EDITION
The farce called 2007 general elections climaxed with what was supposed to be Presidential and National Assembly elections of Saturday April 21, 2007. According to official results, Umar Musa Yar'Adua, the ruling PDP's presidential candidate scored 70% of the total votes.
20 April 2007
Decisive Action By Labour Needed Now!
On April 14, 2007, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a federal government agency, conducted Governorship and State Assembly elections across Nigeria. The conduct of the said elections in most states of the federation totally failed to meet the basic requirement of an election, not even to talk of a free and fair election. Against this background, it is absolutely essential that action is taken to defend, extend democratic rights and to drive the election thieves and all looters from power.
16 April 2007
Worker, Youths and Poor Masses Must Protest the Rigging
EDO Guber Election:
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) calls for the immediate cancellation of the phantom results of Edo State gubernatorial election released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner.
31 March 2007
A scientific evaluation of all the factors and forces involved in the forthcoming general elections has clearly shown that the working masses cannot expect a fundamental improvement in their living conditions in the aftermath of the general elections. To start with, virtually all the main contestants from the ruling and opposition parties are basically the same elements that have been ruling and ruining Nigeria since independence in 1960. Very importantly too, the so-called primaries conducted by the major capitalist parties to pick their flag bearers were the worst up till date in the history of intra-party's elections in Nigeria. In most cases, the "victors" of the organised sham called primaries were the elements favoured by the powers that be in the polity and party affairs regardless of the true wishes of the party members.
27 March 2007
NCP AS ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED
The DSM fully supports the decision of the Lagos State NCP to pull out of participation in the forthcoming general elections. This decision, no doubt, has further reduced the options which the masses will truly have in the forthcoming elections.
20 March 2007
LAGOS NCP WITHDRAWS ELECTION CANDIDATES
Lagos State NCP
Statement delivered by Segun Sango, the Lagos State Chairman of the National Conscience Party at a press conference held on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, 35, Adeniran Ajao Estate, Anthony Village, Lagos.
The National Conscience Party (NCP) was formed in defiance of the military martial laws of the murderous late General Sanni Abacha. For its acts of conviction and courage in this respect several of its leaders at national and chapter levels were, as a result, arrested and put in indefinite detention without trial on several occasions. Right from its turbulent beginning, the party took decidedly pro-masses' stands and as such, chose "abolition of poverty", a major affliction of the masses, as its central motto. Severally and collectively, the NCP members under the leadership of its founding chairman, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, played a lot of crucial roles in the masses struggle against military dictatorship, which eventually brought about the current so-called democratic dispensation.
16 March 2007
A commentary by the Committee for a Workers' International, the international socialist body that the DSM is affiliated to.
By Robert Bechert, London
Different weekends in April are scheduled to see Nigeria go to the polls for a new president to replace Obasanjo, a new Senate, House of Representatives, 36 State Governors and 36 State assemblies. The campaign has been fast and furious. The nomination process even saw gun battles inside parties. Losing contenders switched parties to get onto ballot papers. Candidates were disqualified on different pretexts.
26 February 2007
Join Campaign to Build a True Working Peoples' Party
The general elections to elect another set of governments, which, under the 1999 constitution, will rule till May 2011, at the central and state levels, have been fixed for April 2007.