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Moghalu gets presidential ticket on the platform of YPP

Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, has been elected as the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) during the party’s national convention held in Abuja on Saturday.

The 55-year-old public intellectual and a former officer of the United Nations was unanimously voted by delegates from all the states of the federation through the Option A4 voting system adopted by the party for its presidential primary, which was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Moghalu polled 243 votes out of 253 accredited delegates, after his only opponent, Donald Igwegbu, stepped down for him. Igwegbu noted that his decision to step down for Moghalu was predicated on shared vision, stressing the Moghalu has the competence, knowledge, ideas and experience to give Nigeria purposeful leadership.

Igwegbu also urged all the party members and his supporters to support Moghalu, saying “let us embrace spirit of love and patriotism.”

In his acceptance speech, Moghalu castigated President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) saying that the President has failed in the three key areas of economy, security and corruption and expressed confidence that with the support of the Nigerian people he will unseat the president in 2019 elections and retire him and his group of failed politicians permanently from politics.

He expressed dismay over the refusal of President Buhari to sign the Amended Electoral Act Bill and wondered what the President is afraid of.

He also lambasted the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for failing the nation when they occupied the seat of power and admonished Nigerians to reject both the APC and the PDP in 2019.

He stressed that Nigeria desperately needs a leader of international repute, not politicians that had failed the country. He said “more than ever before, Nigeria needs to be driven by a vision, informed by a worldview that determines everything else.

“Up till about 40 years ago, China was viewed as a basket case; overpopulated, unproductive and ruined economically by policies of the decades prior to that.

“Today, they snap their fingers and nearly every single African Head of state shows up in China with their hands out, eager for Chinese largesse. That’s what a country driven by a worldview can achieve.

“In accepting the presidential ticket of this great party, I stand here before you to say that Nigeria is fully capable of achieving greatness at home and abroad in our lifetimes. But this cannot happen with the normal way of doing things, the so-called Nigerian way.”

He solicited support from all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic or religious background adding that he has developed the right vision, character and competence to lead Nigeria out of economic backwardness and political instability.

Moghalu, who also lauded Igwegbu for stepping down for him, noted that he joined the YPP because the party aligned with his vision of politics and policy.

He said that it was time for the country to end the era of waste, corruption, and incompetence that held Nigeria back from achieving its potential.

“It is a choice between remaining a mere fractious assortment of ethnicities and religious on one hand and building a real nation on the other.

“It is a choice between freedom and slavery under our recycled and corrupt politicians; between poverty and prosperity for our masses of the poor, and the unemployed, and between stability and continuing instability of the Nigeria state,” he said.

Chairman of the YPP, Bishop Amakri, who was returned along with other members of the National Working Committee of the party after unanimous votes, expressed hope that the party will offer the Nigerian people a credible choice in 2019, BD reports.

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