From Tony Osauzo, Benin
The National Leader of Labour Party (LP), Prof. Pat Utomi, has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot produce good leaders given their structural deficiency and transactional politics.
Besides, he said his 2012 Leadership Newspaper Annual Lecture gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that people who hijacked power then never wanted people like him to come closer.
Utomi, a professor of Political Economics and Management, made this known while speaking at a one-day sensitisation programme orgnised by “Nigeria Can’t Continue Like This” (NCC-LIT), with the theme “Supporters of good governance,” in Benin City at the weekend.
His words: “APC started from a lecture that I gave at the Leadership Newspaper Annual Lecture, 2012 with the title “Political Parties: Will Opposition Save Nigeria?” at the Sheraton Hotel.
“When I finished the lecture, Chief Paul Unongo accosted me and said ‘can I just close this gate so that about one thousand persons at the lecture will not go until we know how opposition political parties should be created.’ On the high table were Muhammudu Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande and others.