Young People’s Party (YPP) presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, says the endorsement of a particular candidate by Ohanaeze Nd’Igbo is in vain. Moghalu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Awka. He said youths in South East are wise enough to know who to vote for and not for Ohanaeze to compel them on what to do. “We in the South East now know that our elders in Ohanaeze have been economical with the truth. They tell us what they want us to believe for reasons best known to them.
“This time around, the youth in the region have decided to vote for candidates that appeal to them in terms of development plans for the country,” he said. Moghalu said he had done much for Nigerians to deserve their votes in February 23 poll. “I did so much for the country while serving as the deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. I introduced POS services; the ATM card was also my initiative, as well as Bank Verification Number for identification of accounts. I did all these to make the economy vibrant. It is also my contribution towards making ease of doing business possible. If given the chance, I will do more for the country to enable it join the league of developed countries where youths will be proud to stay and earn their living,” he said.
Meanwhile, Moghalu has said the endorsement of his candidacy for next Saturday’s presidential election by Prof. Wole Soyinka’s Citizen Forum has provided a new direction for Nigeria. Soyinka in a statement titled ‘New directions in a time of decision,’ said in endorsing Moghalu, the forum, which he serves as its convener, worked with those concerned and made no attempt to impose its own preferences, but utilised materials from the deliberations of at least four of such selection groups.
In response, Moghalu said: “Prof. Wole Soyinka’s resounding endorsement of my candidacy as the next President of Nigeria is quite humbling for me. This is especially so because of who he is in our country and the world, and the very elaborate process he went through with the Citizen Forum before reaching this decision. Our party– the Young Progressives Party – and I, salute the courage and the good judgment of the Nobel laureate and icon of democratic struggle in Nigeria. As Soyinka and the Citizen Forum have ended their search for a consensus candidate to lead the country in a new direction, I appeal to other Nigerians desirous of a new dawn, ushered by a competent and visionary leadership, to also consider ending theirs with my candidacy. We all should now approach the ballot with a single purpose of defeating the recycled old politicians.”
Moghalu said that if elected, he would form an inclusive government and work with Nigerians from all parts of the country, including women and youths, to transform the country from division to unity, create jobs and foster prosperity and restore respect for Nigeria in the world.