The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has warned of the consequence of calling public officials elected into executive positions leaders of their political parties, pointing out that this practice prevents parties from being truly independent.
Speaking on Friday while receiving a delegation from the International Republican Institute, IRI, led by its president, Daniel Twinning, he harped on the need to strengthen political parties adding that recent development in South Africa demonstrated that political parties can be independent.
Dogara said, “there is one problem that we must address in this country and that is that elected officials, especially those in the Executive, are always regarded as leaders of the political party.
“That is where we have a very serious problem in this country and if an elected Executive is the leader of the political party, the situation you find on ground is that every political actor within the entire party architecture must pander to the whims and caprices of that elected official.”