Parties contributes to corruption increase in Nigeria – Sowore

By Abiola David

The problem of corruption in Nigeria started with how political parties are formed, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore also believes that the way and manner in which candidates emerged during political parties’ primaries equally contribute to the corruption problem in the country.

He suggested that corruption can be fought through the use of technology, adding that, his party will tackle corruption from the grassroots and will ensure appropriate punishment for any individual found guilty of corruption, if voted as president.

Sowore stated this at a public debate organised by the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) on how political parties would help in tackling corruption and promote public accountability in Nigeria.

“We intend to apply a systematic approach. It’s centered on the use of ICT to tackle the problem of corruption,” Sowore added.

While making his contributions at the debate, the PDP representative, Kassim Afegbua said the fight against corruption is a collective responsibility and should not just be left alone for the government alone.

“The global definition of corruption is monopoly plus discretion minus accountability. It’s the monopoly power of an individual that makes him abuse his discretionary power,” Mr Afegbua said.