Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed concern over the state of political parties, saying all of them are weak and lack functional apparatus.
Dogara said the parties are suffering from low organisational capacity, lack of internal democracy, which according to him, prevents them from playing the expected roles in the Nigerian society.
The Speaker speaking at a forum in Abuja, listed the roles that parties fail to play because of their weakness, include mobilization of citizens, interest aggregation, public policy formulation, leadership recruitment and government organization.
“They also suffer from low organisational capacity and a lack of internal democracy. Such weak political parties cannot support democracy as parties are expected to serve many important functions, including citizen mobilisation, interest aggregation, public policy formulation, leadership recruitment, and government organisation,” he said.
Dogara explained that the parties in a bid to capture votes during elections had been presenting manifesto filled with unrealistic promises to the electorates during the electioneering campaigns.
According to him, “It is a political malpractice for an elected government to govern without reference to the manifesto that was placed before the voters which essentially formed the basis of their election.”