Nigerians are tired of “Butiku”, Icons of Disappointment, National Poverty – Dr. Oby Ezekwesili
Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) while declaring her candidacy for the 2019 presidential election, has indicted the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for shielding corrupt individuals.
Ezekwesili said this yesterday in a speech titled, ‘To those who say we cannot win: Unveiling the Oby Ezekwesili Roadmap to 2019’ in Lagos.
“There is no shadow of doubt: President Buhari is the most parochial, most nepotistic and most partisan president that Nigeria has ever seen,” she said in her speech.
The former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa has as a campaign cornerstone the lifting of over 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty into progress and prosperity.
Ezekwesili is a graduate of the University of Lagos and Harvard University. She is a former minister of Education, and then of and Solid Mineral.
According to her, Nigeria’s cycle of failure must end, hence her call on Nigerians to reject the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming presidential elections.
Ezekwesili, 55, who is the most prominent woman to run for the office of the president in Nigeria’s history, said the cycle of failure is unsustainable and it has to end.
According to her, Nigeria deserves better than the quality of leadership it currently gets. “Our country is not a recycling plant for uninspiring old men with their old ideas and old dubious characters. We deserve better than their mediocre leadership. That is why I am running for the office of the President – to lead a peoples movement that will permanently terminate bad leadership and fight for every Nigerian,” she said.
Ezekwesili went further to describe the APC and PDP as one and the same in form, character, and composition.
She said, “These people are brothers and sisters of iniquity and impoverishment, merchants of failure and disappointment. Don’t believe that 419! They are both part of a political ruling class that has held us bound, manipulated and impoverished us for decades.
“Now they are auditioning to extend their streak of failure for another four years? God really forbid! The real opponent that the Nigerian people have is the ruling class, this old political order that takes and never replenishes,” she reiterated.
Ezekwesili decried the corruption, nepotism, bribery, and incompetent leadership in the government, saying that all these aberration will be a thing of the past when she becomes the President of Nigeria.
Ezekwesili called on Nigerians to support her candidacy, saying, “I am one of the very small tribe of Nigerians who have served in government but who have no allegation of corruption against them. I don’t mean court case o. I mean allegation. Zero – none.”
The former vice president of the World Bank for Africa has as a campaign cornerstone the lifting of over 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty into progress and prosperity.