Convener of Unity House Foundation (UHF), a good governance advocacy group, Kingsley Wenenda Wali, has said although ego was not the problem of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but it played major role in the crisis that rocked the party in Rivers State in 2018 and 2019.
Wali, who is also an APC chieftain, disclosed this while speaking on a live radio programme in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He said ego has eaten into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and currently dominating the polity, saying that politics remain an engagement.
The UHF Convener said: “Ego is not an APC problem but it played a major role in the crisis we had in APC in 2018 and 2019. It is present it PDP and presently it is dominating our polity. That is why people get too personal when political conversations are held.
“Like I have always said, if we accept the fact that politics or democracy is actually what we are practicing and democracy is influenced by politics, then, what is politics? It is engagement. In my mind, it is engagement.
“People have different interests and try to see how their interest will carry the day. It becomes the responsibility of the participants to see how to balance these interests and not see themselves as people who will have their way.
“What happened to our politics is that people allowed their ego to control how they engage others. Oh, I am the one who will call the shots, my position is the best position. When you try to tell them to expand the scope of conversation, they will tell you that you are not loyal, you are disloyal and all of that.
“So, there is tendency to always aggregate group interest and subsume it under personal interest. That is why I think we have problem of ego.”