By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, Atedo Peterside, says he has joined a political party and has registered as a member of Social Democratic Party.
Mr Peterside said he was not planning yet to run for any political office but that he plans to work to help sanitise Nigeria’s political system in a way that would help produce quality leaders. He urged all adult Nigerians to do the same.
“Nobody is going to come from Mars or Jupiter to improve Nigerian political parties. If they remain defective then they may consistently spew out bad choices,” he said on Arise TV’s Morning Show, where he first indicated he had joined a political party without disclosing the name of the party he joined.
He later posted on Twitter that he had registered with the SDP after commissioning a review to study the available 18 parties.
“After deep reflection, I decided to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP),” he wrote on Twitter.
In an earlier statement, he said, “I now believe that every adult Nigerian at home or abroad should join a political party. Our political parties will not improve on account of external pressure alone. Change must also come from within. It is difficult to improve a Club or Party that you do not belong to. If I believe this, then I also must practise it.”
The SDP is one of top Nigerian political parties, and many see it as the third force.