The Presidential Candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Moghalu has promised to unite Nigeria if elected President in 2019 stressing that he would establish a philosophical foundation that would heal the nation of extreme tribalism.
Moghalu said this while responding to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s recent statement that Yoruba should vote for President Buhari in 2019 so that the Yoruba will produce the President of Nigeria in 2023. He described the VP’s statement as a sad and disappointing appeal to tribalism in leadership selection in the 21st century.
Moghalu said the Vice President is further fuelling tribalism and ethnic irredentism in the country adding that “We must say NO to tribalism and ethnic irredentism. The twin evils have caused much damage to our national unity, leaving us a broken country when we should by now have become a real nation.”
He explained that his mission is to ensure peace and unity in the country, “If elected President of Nigeria in 2019, my government will unify and heal Nigeria of extreme tribalism by establishing a philosophical foundation of the Nigerian state that will unite us around a common national ambition and a national identity instead of tribal ones.”
He urged Nigerians to vote out the All Progressives Congress come 2019 saying they have been peddling ethnic identity politics in order to win bloc votes in the 2019 elections. Moghalu explained that “Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has reportedly assured the Igbo of the Southeast geo-political zone that they essentially will be “granted” the presidency of igeria in 2023 if they vote to re-elect President Buhari in 2019. And Raji Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has argued that the presidency should return to the Southwest in 2023.
“This duplicitous and primordial politics of the APC-led federal government, alongside vague promises peddled by the PDP of an “Igbo presidency” in 2023 is proof, assuming any was needed, that politicians from any part of our country who believe that anyone will “grant” them their constitutional entitlement to leadership aspiration in Nigeria and determine when their “turn” for national political leadership has arrived, are living in a fool’s paradise. This political inferiority complex could consign parts of Nigeria to second-class political citizenship and hamper the realization of an inclusive democracy in our country.”