Salihu Lukman, the National Vice Chairman – North/West of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has attributed many of the challenges facing Nigeria to the failure of political parties in the country to meet expectations. Lukman, a member of the APC National Working Committee, highlighted the lack of a functional political party since 1999 that could effectively deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Speaking at the launch of the ‘Big Ideas Platform’ by the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance in Abuja, Lukman observed that the focus has primarily been on candidates for elections, with parties seen merely as instruments for winning elections and attaining power. He stressed the importance of investing in political parties, stating that no single party currently operates in a democratic manner, accessible to citizens, and offering opportunities for emerging candidates.
Lukman specifically criticized the ruling APC, stating that it has deviated from its original purpose since its formation in 2013. The former director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum called attention to the need for comprehensive party reforms to address the current frustrations and ensure the emergence of good leaders.