Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a professor of political economy and management expert, Pat Utomi, said on Sunday that Nigeria needs a new political movement driven by ideas that can bring the dividends of democracy to the masses.
Utomi, who spoke in Lagos, made the call on Sunday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Policy. He also chastised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for failing to ensure good governance in Nigeria.
While noting that there is an urgent need for an alternative platform to deliver democracy dividends, he blamed the ruling political elites for poor performance.
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“The so-called big parties that currently exist are two sides of the same coin. Let’s call it a single party, it’s meant for personal quarrels. If you get tired of what is given in this group, move on to the other group,” he said.
“I think Nigerians are tired of this. We need another real political movement driven by ideas. So the conversation has been about how to bring together a number of people to form what I call the Coalition of the Willing and the Dispossessed.
Utomi, who is also a co-organizer of the National Consultative Front, called for the inclusion of young Nigerians in the governance and decision-making process.
According to him, there is a deliberate attempt to look down on young people, a situation he describes as tragic for the country.
Nigerians would go to the polls next year to elect a new president who would steer the affairs of the country for the next four years.
Although the PDP and APC have not yet awarded the presidency to any region, the South has demanded that the area be given the ticket.