Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the 2019 election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has confirmed he will run for president in 2023.
Moghalu who is a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently a UNDP Consultant, made the disclosure in a Press Statement, where he began with a question: What is the value of a Nigerian life?
He said only the emergence of visionary, competent and inclusive national leadership, on the one hand, and a fundamental restructuring of Nigeria based on a new people’s constitution, on the other, can arrest Nigeria’s ongoing disorderly and violent degeneration into a completely failed state.
“We were not born to be miserable and to die miserable. Enough is Enough!, ” he said.
The former CBN deputy governor declared: “For the sake of the youth of our country—including my four children—whose future is being drowned in reckless foreign borrowing, and for the sake of all Nigerians suffering and seeking a clear alternative to the status quo, I intend, with all humility, to present myself—again—as a candidate for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 general election.”
Moghalu said: “This is my SWAG Agenda for a 21st century Nigeria. I seek the support of all compatriots—of everyone who is tired of our present national situation. We also need the energy and support of the youth, the middle class, entrepreneurs, and our compatriots in the diaspora. These important segments of our population have in the past been reluctant to engage actively in our electoral process, ostensibly because of the flaws in that process.
“The National Assembly must now pass into law, with no further delay, necessary electoral reforms that will make democracy yield real dividends for Nigerians. Our votes must count and be counted transparently. The amendments should include a provision for Diaspora Nigerians to be able to register and vote in all elections in Nigeria from abroad.”
According to Moghalu: “We live daily today in the shadow of terrorists. Our economy is collapsing. Many families cannot afford the price of food. Millions of young men and women have no jobs and have no hope.
“Our university students know more about ASUU strikes and long school closures than any skills they need to be competitive in the world of the 21st century.”
He continued: “It is now more than ever necessary that we elect in 2023 a leader who is truly committed and has the capacity to initiate the constitutional restructuring of Nigeria. A leader who is competent to secure our lives and property, successfully manage our diversity, save our economy, and restore our international respect.
“If elected, I will run a government with a dream team of highly competent Nigerians from all parts of our country. Along with strengthened, independent institutions, we will deliver results on a 4-point agenda in four years (4 by 4),”
Moghalu’s basket of promises includes security for all Nigerians and Nigeria’s territory; war against poverty – skills, jobs for youth, and an innovation economy; accelerated education and healthcare reform; and good governance – inclusive, transparent, effective, and accountable.
Moghalu’s statement which sounds like that of great revolutionaries of change is a wake-up call of reversal from a possible collapse of the polity and against the backdrop of those predicting doom for the nation.
“Our votes must count, and be counted transparently. The amendments should include a provision for diaspora Nigerians to be able to register and vote in all elections in Nigeria from abroad,” Moghalu said.
The presidential aspirant said: “I am only one face of a movement. A movement of silent and suffering Nigerians fed up with the insecurity, poverty, and a seemingly hopeless future for our country. A movement that has decided that Enough is Enough.
“We the Nigerian people matter. We the Nigerian people deserve better. Let’s do this. Because we can and we must.”
Moghalu observed that with life in the country increasingly nasty, brutish and short, the very idea of Nigeria is now almost meaningless to many, adding that “.cries for self-determination fill the air in response to fundamental injustice.”
Noting that while politics in Nigeria does not bring change, its benefits, he lamented, go to only one group – the political elite.
“Their message is loud and clear: we the people — you and I — do not matter,” he lamented.
Although he did not disclose on which party platform he would run his campaign, Moghalu said his movement would “announce within the next few months the political party we will join en masse and seek its platform for the presidential, legislative and gubernatorial roles in governance.”
The presidential candidate whose 2019 campaign attracted a critical part of society with such endorsements from Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and former Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, came 14th and lost to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who scored 15.1 million votes to Moghalu’s 26,039 votes.