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2027 Polls: Planned Mega Party On Course- Utomi

He criticized the existing political parties for their failure to benefit the populace or contribute to nation-building.

By Musa Ibrahim

Renowned political economist Prof. Pat Utomi has confirmed that his plan to establish a mega political party with like-minded individuals and political groups ahead of the 2027 general elections is progressing as planned.

Utomi, who recently returned to Nigeria after an extended period in the US, expressed to the News Agency of Nigeria that neither the ruling All Progressives Congress nor any of the opposition parties could redeem the country.

He criticized the existing political parties for their failure to benefit the populace or contribute to nation-building. Utomi stated that the goal of the proposed mega party is to disrupt the current political structure and provide the impactful leadership that Nigeria truly needs.

“It is precisely the reason I arrived in Nigeria yesterday to continue that work(formation of mega party)

“I believe that the political party system in Nigeria has failed completely. 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, ” Utomi said.

The former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in 2007 contends that a parochial culture has eclipsed civic culture in the nation, influencing the mindset of politicians. He advocates for the emergence of a new political paradigm to navigate Nigeria out of its current challenges, emphasizing the necessity for both citizens and leaders to undertake appropriate actions to reposition the country.

“Nigeria must be saved by its citizens and this is precisely what I am advancing.

“We are talking about value-driven citizenship with integrity, work ethics, respect for the dignity of people, regard for labour.

“We are created for others; we are not created for ourselves, we are created for the good of others. 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.

Continuing the efforts towards establishing the mega party, Utomi stated that he would convene meetings in Lagos this week, followed by meetings in Abuja next week, culminating in a press conference. The political economist expressed his aspirations to make significant progress in the discussions regarding the mega-party before returning to the U.S. Utomi outlined that the groups converging to create the mega platform consist of two categories 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 now remorseful. They are now willing to become part of the redemption initiative.

“There is also a new Nigeria new value cohort. This cohort will be working together, and it will include people from all these other political parties,” he said.

He said that some elder statesmen would also be brought into the fold.

In January 2024, Utomi revealed that he had engaged in discussions with leaders of several opposition parties regarding the formation of a new mega political party aimed at wresting power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2027.

He disclosed that he had conversed with presidential candidates from the 2023 general elections, such as Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, Peter Obi of the LP, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP, exploring the potential of uniting them and other opposition figures to establish a new party.

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