Former presidential aspirant in Nigeria and founder Centre for Value Leadership Professor Pat Utomi said The Nation's political party as forfeited it's purpose to being a tool to foster electoral malpractices.

Professor Utomi, who was a guest on Channels Television’s political programme, said that the country needs a social and incorruptible movement to bring its people into a certain commitment to the right political process.
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“I belong to one and I can tell you we do not have political parties in Nigeria,” he said during the latest episode of Roadmap 2019 with Ladi Akeredolu-Ale on Monday.
“Political parties matter but we have refused to build political parties; what we have done is that we have created machines to rig elections.”
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Mr Pat made it known that Nigeria lacks leadership who has ideas and how to lead a people to achieve a common goal.
He added that such situation has brought together the problem of oligopoly in party organisation and called on politicians in the country to create parties that would encourage citizens’ participation and mass engagement.
The professor of political economy also stressed the need to prevent the nation’s political system from falling, noting that Nigeria is yet to practice true democracy since the return to civil rule since 1999, almost two decades.
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Utomi was worried about what holds for the future of the country, saying the present administration do not seem to have given the Nigerian youths the needed support to play key roles in the affairs of the country.
“The future frightens me; it frightens me because we’re at the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution. Five years from now, many of us are going to be moving around in driverless cars – there will be essentially machines doing most of the jobs that we are doing today.
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“Our country doesn’t seem to even have begun discussing the subject, not to talk of developing a strategy for it and this is what I expect politicians to be doing,” he said.
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