APC’s a criminal construct to capture power for few individuals – Utomi
Professor of Political Economy, Prof. Pat Utomi says that few individuals have hijacked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and turned it into private property.
The party chieftain stated this while condemning Nigerian political parties as “instruments of state capture”.
Utomi explianed that as a foundational member of APC, he was disappointed alongside others of like-mind that the party has been hijacked by a few individuals for their selfish interest.
“What has happened to Nigeria is that political parties have become an instrument for state capture.
“A group of people get together, hoodwink another group of people to found an instrument to use to capture the state for their own material benefits and call it a political party. Whether it is the PDP or the APC, they are all generally into that category.
“Some of us had thought that we are going to save Nigeria, when we got together and said that this Goodluck Jonathan’s government that is in power is doing so badly. But unfortunately, the APC is now worse than the PDP government that it replaced.
“So, Nigeria seems to be in a desperate race to the bottom. It just gets worse by every regime. What Nigeria needs to do, is to recognize that there is a fundamental structural problem to governance within the country that makes governance difficult.
“The main reason is state capture. We have to purge ourselves of state capture.
“You said very easily that “you people founded APC. Which people? Have you ever heard me make any contribution to the APC since it started?
“Has the APC invited me to one meeting to say how should we do this? But yes, you’re right because “we” supposedly founded the party.
“APC had never invited me to any meeting since the party was founded. So, it was a criminal construct to use people to capture the state for the abuse of few individuals,” Utomi told Sunday Sun.