With the current crisis facing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and even the party at the centre, All Progressives Congress (APC), it is clear that we need vibrant political parties to build our democracy and deliver real dividends of this democratic dispensation to Nigerians. We are in desperate need of a truly reform-based national and independent political party.
What are the qualities of this party?
Large membership from the varioustribes, religions and regions of the country: She will be truly national with good influence in all the 6 regions.
Financially vibrant:With most of her funding generated from new member registration fees and old members annual fees, the party will have quality staff and professionally run national, state and local government offices. It will reduce the influence of moneybags who usually become godfathers of the party.
Credible and transparent member recruitment process: As a result, the party will be dominated by exposed, enlightened and nation-focused citizens who are currently afraid of politics and therefore not involved.
Leadership made up of credible Nigerians at home and abroad: This will attract credible Nigerians as members and also ensure the party is well run and protected from the current political culture.This is how it will attract reformers who usually avoid politics.
Amembers-led organisation instead of a personality-led one: Her messaging and activities ensure that the organisation is the focus instead of personalities.
Well-structured and transparent organisation with a clear vision for Nigeria: The structure and vision of the party are two key tools for attracting the right type of members.
A strong internal democracy: This is what will ensure that the party is seen as a platform that encourages people with great ideas to come on board and mobilise support for their ideas for Nigeria. It will also help to checkmate the influence of personalities with big egos and enormous financial resources.
Why do we need this party?
A development & succession plan: We need a team of credible reformers to develop and implement a 25-30 year development plan and work hard to persuade Nigerians to give them 24-32 years in office. Till date, we have no political party with a 25-30 year plan for Nigeria and it is very unfortunate after almost 18 years of this democratic dispensation.
Increase citizen participation in politics: We must tell ourselves the truth and that is that in a democracy, the involvement of many citizens in political parties in key to development. This national party will help achieve this.
Improve quality of candidates: With many citizens being involved and ensuring the party is well organised, the party will attract credible citizens to put forward as candidates at the general elections. It would be expected that those who were the think-tank of the party development plan, will be her candidates. It will improvethe quality of candidates for both the executive and legislative arms.
Improve the quality of appointees: Not just the candidates who seek for office and win elections but also the quality of appointees into government as Ministers, Head of MDAs, SAs, PAs, Ambassadors, etc. will be improved and will come from a pool of party members who understand the vision and the 25-30 year development plan of the party.
Ensure party programmes are in sync: With a well-crafted process, this national party will ensure that her members as President, Governors and Local Government Chairmen and their appointees are working in sync with members in the legislature at all levels and the unity is centred on achieving the party’s development plan.
Also, members/reformers in the private sector and even the public sector are collaborating with their elected and appointed colleagues to implement the party’s development plan.
Help build a more democratic culture: This national party will help reduce the military culture in our politics and in the wider society, by encouraging the democratic way of thinking, speaking and acting. They will help make our politics ideas-based instead of personality-based.
Unify Nigerians along party lines: It is possible for this national party to help change our main differences from tribe, religion and region to our party affiliations based on ideology or focus of party. This will encourage more integration between people of different backgrounds within this national party.
How do we make this happen?
I would advocate that some credible citizens at home and abroad who have had some political experience should be approached and encouraged to lead this initiative. Those of us who seek this national party and are willing to do the work required behind the scenes should make our views and stance know on our social media platforms. This will encourage those credible citizens to lead the initiative.
Influential youths with integrity and a large following on social media need to get involved in this initiative. I wouldn’t mention names here but those this refers to know it refers to them. The time to get onboard this initiative is now.
Only a small team of citizens willing to sacrifice almost everything to see this political party have a solid foundation is what is required. When that is achieved, many other citizens will join in.
I am a strong advocate for a new reform-basednational political party and by writing this post, I seek to raise the actualisation of this dream. If we start work now, we can have a party ready for the 2023 general elections. For those in favour of ‘hijacking’ the current leading parties, please go ahead and get involved. Hopefully, your plan to reorganise these parties will actualise by 2023.
The point is, too many of us with keen interest in governance and the capacity to serve are not involved in party politics. This must change now.
Will you get involved?