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2023: Why third force will fail – Pearse Adetokunbo

A former governorship candidate in Lagos State and university lecturer, Dr Pearse Adetokunbo, has said the move by some eminent Nigerians to initiate a third force to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 will fail because the philosophy guiding their proposition is shallow.

A former governorship candidate in Lagos State and university lecturer, Dr Pearse Adetokunbo, has said the move by some eminent Nigerians to initiate a third force to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 will fail because the philosophy guiding their proposition is shallow.

Some prominent Nigerians, among them a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega and Prof Pat Utomi are planning a third force ahead of the 2023 general poll.

But speaking with newsmen yesterday, Adetokunbo, who has been involved in a third force movement in previous elections, said what was urgently needed was the restructuring of the present political system and not the emergence of a third force.

The politician who is aspiring to be the chairman of Lagos PDP said, “Their (third force) philosophy does not make sense, it is very shallow and the structure is not there.

“Where are they going to get money to set up offices across the country to qualify even to be a political party? You notice that no political party in 2018 was able to come up as an official political party because they didn’t have offices everywhere, they didn’t have money so they couldn’t do it.

“The third force effort has failed in the past and I think it will fail again. Many of them just talk. I heard Pat Utomi today (yesterday). To me what he was saying was laughable.”

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