Utomi, Others Set To Float Mega Party To Unseat APC In 2027

May 12, 2024 - 12:04
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Utomi, Others Set To Float Mega Party To Unseat APC In 2027

From Abdul SULIEMAN (Abuja)

The battle ahead of 2027 general elections may have commenced as the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, in 2007, Prof. Pat Utomi, groups and other political bigwigs across parties are at the verge of forming mega party to unseat APC.

Renowned political economist, Professor Pat Utomi, who made the revelation in an interview with newsman in Abuja on his return from U.S, said the country cannot be redeemed either by the ruling APC or any of the opposition parties, thus the urgent need to float an alternative mega party.

Utomi, Founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, said the present political parties failed Nigerians as they have not added value to nation-building, adding that the planned mega party is to disrupt the current political order and deliver that impactful leadership that the country truly deserves.

He said: “I believe that the political party system in Nigeria has failed. Political parties are not democratic and they are not serving the purpose. Political parties and politicians of these parties cannot save Nigeria now. It is clear.

“The nature and the structure of our politics is such that even good people when they enter these existing political parties, will play to their interests.

According to Utomi, parochial culture has consumed civic culture in the country and this has affected the mindset of politicians.

Therefore, he said, a new political order must be birthed to get Nigeria out of the woods just as the citizens and leaders must begin to do the right things to reposition the country.

Stating that Nigeria must be saved by its citizens, he further said in continuation of work to float the mega party meetings would hold in Lagos and in Abuja to find tune the processes.

He explained that the processes are about value-driven citizenship with integrity, work ethics, respect for the dignity of people, and regard for labour, adding that “we are created for others; we are not created for ourselves. A tree does not take benefit from the shades it creates.

“We want Nigerians to develop that mindset. Right now, the mindset that Nigerians have is me, myself, and I.

“Self-love is so consuming and that is why Nigerian politicians don’t act in the interest of the people or the state. They act so narrowly in their self-interests,” he said.

Utomi added that "the groups that would come together to form the mega platform were two cohorts of politicians- the ‘mea culpa’ and ‘new value’ cohorts.

“The mea culpa cohort are politicians who have seen that what they did while in power had not helped Nigeria and are remorseful. And they are now willing to become part of the redemption initiative.

“There are also new Nigeria new value cohorts. This cohort will be working together, and they will include people from all these other political parties. Besides some elder statesmen would also be brought into the fold."

Recall that Utomi had, in January 2024, revealed that he had had conversations with leaders of some opposition parties on plans to form a new mega-political party that would take power from the ruling APC in 2027.