Prof. Pat Utomi Calls for a Genuine Political Merger in Nigeria Ahead of 2027 Elections

Political maneuvering is already underway for the 2027 general elections, with reports suggesting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party (LP), and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) are contemplating a merger to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, political economist Professor Pat Utomi confirms the parties’ intentions and reflects on the state of Nigerian politics.


Utomi emphasizes the need for a fresh start, asserting that Nigeria hasn’t had a genuine political party since 1999. He criticizes the existing political landscape, describing it as a platform for machine politics focused on state capture rather than improving the quality of life for Nigerians.


Reflecting on the creation of the APC in 2014, Utomi suggests that the party didn’t fulfill its intended purpose due to the actions of those who “captured” the states, implying that the Buhari government hindered its effectiveness.


Discussing his support for Peter Obi and the Labour Party in 2023, Utomi defends the move, stating that it was a temporary strategy to showcase the system’s flaws. He expresses the need to establish a genuine political party with clear values, policies, and a national strategy, emphasizing accountability and transparency.


When asked about his friendship with Bola Tinubu, Utomi deflects from the focus on 2027 elections, urging a shift away from the circus of elections to focus on making Nigeria work for everyone. He underscores the importance of sacrificial leadership and building a great country.


Regarding the new party he envisions, Utomi clarifies that discussions have focused on its values, policies, and a consensus on problem-solving rather than specific candidates. He mentions engaging not only politicians but also leaders of social movements and labor movements.


In summary, Professor Pat Utomi advocates for a departure from the existing political landscape, emphasizing the creation of a genuine political party focused on serving the best interests of the majority and promoting values that lead to progress.