Prof. Stephen Omodia of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Edo University, Iyamho, has solicited reform in political parties to achieve credibility, accountability and good governance.
He made the call in his inaugural lecture of the institution entitled “Bourgeoisification of the Nigerian Political Process and the Search for Good Governance’’ on Thursday.
He said that the call for reform of political parties in the country had become imperative, adding that political parties were characterised by ethnicisation, weak organisational network and poor democratic culture.
“If good governance is to be established and enhanced in the Nigeria political process, political elite recruitment must be reformed in such a way that allows for credibility, accountability and for people-centered governance.
“In order for political process to be transparent and credible, they have to reform the process of throwing-up candidates to make sure the best and most appealing candidates emerge.
“For Nigerian electoral body, the reform should focus on financial and administrative aspects.
“The financial aspect should be designed to make the body more financially autonomous through funding from consolidated revenue fund.
“The administrative should border on the appointment of the chairman of the body, I am of the conviction that the position should be advertised,’’ Omodia said.
However, Omodia said that the political process in the country was improving, but that good governance was still very far from the people and the culture.
The don attributed the poor state of Nigeria’s political process to divergent socio-economic and poor political leadership.
“Political parties are expected to be well structured to provide political mobilisation, education as well as aggregative functions, especially in a liberal democracy.
“The import of political parties to democratic governance could be best understood in their functional attributes in democratic system which includes political elite recruitment and political education and communication function.
“In order to have enduring and mature democratic process, there is need for electoral body to instill confidence in electoral system and provide a level-playing ground for stakeholders.
“This can be best achieved through reforms that are anchored on identifying the challenges of the present system and offering functional and practical solutions towards salvaging the identified challenges,’’ he said.