Political parties should be jointly funded by members – Jimi Agbaje

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The Lagos State Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, has said that
​a ​situation where one or a few persons fund political parties cannot bring forth good governance.

According to Mr. Agbaje, elected officials will begin to deliver on promises when political parties are jointly funded by members of the party so that members are not bound to submit to the wishes of a few party owners.

Mr. Agbaje, stated this while delivering ‎a lecture, “Democracy and Governance in Nigeria” at the 50th birthday celebration and book presentation of Opeyemi Agbaje in Lagos on Thursday.

Opeyemi Agbaje authored two books titled”Democracy without democrats” and “uncomplex strategy”.

“If we want to be a democrat in the real sense, people must begin to fund political parties ‎for elected officials to deliver benefits of democracy. Elected officials are at the mercy of the political party or fund provider’s mercy,” Jimi Agbaje said.

“In anycase, you can’t fight your cause if democracy is at the mercy of the piper,” he added.

The governorship candidate stressed that corporate Nigeria must begin to get involved in political affair of the country stating that they are too aloof with institutional democracy and good governance.

‎Commenting on the just concluded presidential election, he said President Jonathan gave Nigerians hope.

“I don’t know how many of you know how close Nigeria was to erupt in violence. It took a man of character to take such step even when result was yet to be announced, he congratulated the winner”.

Mr. Agbaje maintained that he would win the gubernatorial election given the performance of the PDP in Lagos last Saturday and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to make the necessary adjustment in areas where it failed.

“Of course, I’m optimistic about winning. If you go by the performance of our party in Lagos last Saturday. INEC should ensure it covers lapses seen last Saturday,” he said.

‎Mr Opeyemi’s books, “Democracy without democrats: Travails of politics and Development in Nigeria 1999-2011”, is a collection of his articles published in BusinessDay newspapers between 2004- 2011. The book is organised in two parts. Part A focuses on the Obasanjo years while part B focuses on the Yar’ Adua interlude and transition to Jonathan.

The second book, Uncomplex Strategy, seek to make business ‎strategy uncomplex and accessible to managers, entrepreneurs and students.

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