The Young Progressive Party (YPP) has called on Nigerians to vote for the party’s candidate Kingsley Moghalu in the 2019 general elections, stressing that the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, has the intellectual and managerial capacity to redeem the country which has regrettably remained backward after 58 years of independence despite its enormous human and material resources.
A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Egbeola Olawale Martins, entitled “58 Independence Anniversary: The needfor Visionary Leadership in 2019.” The party said Nigeria started a journey of nationhood with selfless and visionary leaders in the mould of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello in years that heralded our independence and all through the first republic, but regretted that the path of democratic progress was truncated 1966 by the military.
“Our greatest calamity as a nation has been lack of visionary leaders with capacity to think from the future, which explains why almost six decades after independence, Nigeria is currently the poverty capital of the world, the nation with the highest number of out of school children coupled with the record of having the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world,” the statement said.
The party also said that it is however, motivated by the fact that Nigerians are now beginning to get more involved in order to ensure that charlatans no longer find their way to positions of leadership, which he said gives hope that it is not too late to rewrite the wrongs done by past myopic, self-centred and visionless leaders.
It added that the “Young Progressives Party offers to Nigerians an opportunity to solve the leadership conundrum that has plagued us for so long by supporting and voting for all candidates on our platform with Kingsley Moghalu, the Presidential candidate of our great party as the epitome of this new breed of bold leadership without greed so that the people of Nigeria can begin to get the kind of leaders they truly deserve.”
On the just concluded governorship election in Osun state, the party said that after careful assessment of the Osun governorship election with emphasis on the rerun, which took place in some selected polling units, “it is now clear that democracy like never before is in grave danger after the APC muscled the will of Osun people through vote buying, intimidation and violence. The APC has succeeded in not only replicating the undemocratic actions widely condemned during the dark reign of the PDP but has further raised the bar of impunity in a desperate bid to remain in power at all cost.’’
The party noted that the killings, maiming cum disenfranchisement of voters through intimidation, harassment of journalists and civil society observers in a rerun of not more than seven polling units and less than three thousand eligible voters shows how far the APC government is willing to go to crush anybody and anything that stands in the way of their ruthless ambition.
“We condemn the Osun rerun election because it was not a credible, free and fair contest and could not have reflected what the good people of Osun wanted especially on the backdrop of irredeemable poor performance of the incumbent Governor who has placed the entire workforce of the State of Osun on half salaries in the past three and half years and also succeeded in dragging this once competitive State in terms of Education and all round development 20years backward.
“There is nowhere in the world except under the failed leadership of the APC that re-election has been a reward for non -performance. It contradicts logical reasoning that the APC wants us to believe that Nigerians massively voted against the PDP in 2015 on account of non- performance yet propagate a contrary narrative by wanting us to believe that they would be embraced despite an obviously terrible performance since taking over the mantle of leadership.
“Having pauperized Nigerians under the joint administration of the PDP and APC in the last 19years in the worst democratic period ever witnessed by mankind with the PDP laying a foundation for impunity and the hypocritical APC building on same, both parties have now devised the vote buying approach invented by PDP and improved upon by APC to take the option of choice in a democratic process away from the hands of the poor masses,” the statement said.
The YPP lamented that while PDP lacked the moral justification to cry foul because that which they allowed to fester while in power is now hunting them, it is however no justification for the APC to continue this reign of impunity. “We are amazed that the APC has learnt nothing both as opposition in recent past and currently as a ruling party but let us assure the powermongers in APC that just like the voting masses revolted against the PDP in 2015, same fate awaits them in 2019 as the time for honouring themselves through this tyrannical reign of terror will soon come to an end.
“Though the governorship election may have had some semblance of credibility, the rerun that saw the APC candidate emerge as winner was a complete sham. However, we appeal for calm and implore all aggrieved parties to fully explore the opportunity availed by the judiciary, which is the only beacon of hope under the current oppressive administration of the All Progressives Congress,” the YPP said.
He called on all Nigerians to reject both the PDP and APC, stressing that nothing will change because the same lack of ideas from these parties that have driven Nigeria to the point of precipice will continue. “Unfortunately, the people of Osun should be ready to endure another torrid 4years of half salaries, indebtedness and cluelessness except there is any kind of redemption.
“We call on all Nigerians to please join the YPP train of redemption to rescue our great nation from the strangulation of the APC and PDP. Since it is crystal clear that APC has proven not to be the solution we expected then going back to the PDP, the source of our many problems is definitely not an option,” the statement added.
Innocent Odoh, Abuja