Nigeria does not need political parties


By Francis Ogbimi

NIGERIA has over 50 political groups. How can anyone say that Nigeria needs political parties? Yes, Nigeria needs political parties. This article is written to show why the present political groups in Nigeria are not political but political machines and conspiracies which do not represent the ideals, aspirations and hopes of Nigerians. The article is also written to show how Nigeria can achieve rapid economic development and establish political parties speedily.

President Dwight Eisenhower (1956) of the United States, reflecting on the issue of political party, said a political party deserves the approbation of the American, only as it represents the ideals, the aspirations and the hopes of Americans. If it is anything less, it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

About 20 years later, Daniel Boorstin (1973), American historian, again reflecting on the issue of political party, said, a political party is organised for a purpose larger than its own survival; a political machine exists for its own sake, its primary purpose is survival. I agree with President Eisenhower and Boorstin.

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