The programme, tagged Summit of the Alternatives (SOTA) aims to start a paradigm shift in the mindset of Nigeria’s political class and a convergence of credible, competent and capable alternatives to lead. “There are 66 registered political parties but they lack the organisational structure, finance, brand name and fail to challenge the incumbent on a national level.
“However, their redemption may be in the fact that the disappointing performance of the current ruling party has increased citizens’ desire for an alternative political party and political leadership,” a statement on the official website of SOTA showed as the reason behind the need for the summit.
The summit which will commence on Monday will address political issues and a way forward for Nigeria as all Nigeria’s geopolitical zones are expected to be represented in the summit. A professor and Director at the Kenya School of Law, Patrick Lumumba, has been identified as keynote speaker alongside the guest speaker, Bayo Olukoshi, the director for Africa and West Asia International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) The summit’s chairperson is Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education and senior economic adviser, Africa Development Economic Policy Initiative.
The representatives of the geopolitical zones include author of “Love Does Not Win Elections”, Ayisha Osori for North-central; founder of Borno Women Development Initiative, Fatima Askira for the North-east; and Hauwa Yusuf for the North-west. Emeka Okoye is the representative of the South-east, while Pedro Okojie and Seun Onigbinde are representing the South-south and the South-west respectively.
The two day summit is scheduled for 11 a.m. daily at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.