JOHNSON OJO, Ado-Ekiti
The National Chairman of the Peoples Party of Nigeria(PPN), Hon Rasaq Eyiowuawi, has promised that the Coalition for United PoliticalParties(CUPPs) will present a presidential candidate with unblemished records that can trounce President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
The PPN National leader said Nigerians are experiencing the worst of experiences in terms of high level of poverty under Buhari, saying the coalition, comprising 46 political parties will give Nigerians a presidential candidate that can pass integrity test in the election
Eyiwuawi urged Nigerians to resist the cankerworm of vote buying that just crept into the country’s electoral system, saying the scenarios that played out in Ekiti, Ondo , Anambra and Edo States had ridiculed the country’s elections.
The PPN Leader spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday after inaugurating the 30-man State Executive Council of the party that was elected to take charge of the party in the State.In the election, Mr. Dare Adekolu polled a total of 99 votes to emerge the State Chairman of the party among other officials elected by delegates.He said the party decided to join the coalition having become disenchanted with the lacklustre performance under the Buhari-led regime.
“We will be happy if President Buhari is presented by APC as presidential candidate, because he will be easy to defeat. The candidate that will be presented by CUPPs will be someone with unblemished records. In fact, Nigerians will be surprised by the time the candidate will emerge.“He will be a man that will be difficult to fault. A person that will make it an easy ride for us if President Buhari is presented, that is our focus and that we shall realize”, he said.
Eyiwuawi described the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti as a sham, saying they only bought the victory with alleged intention to impose unpopular candidate on the people .“They decided to bring vote buying into our electoral process owing to high poverty and with intention to perpetually enslave our people.
“But in 2019, we are going to sensitise the people on the need to collect their ill-gotten wealth and still go ahead to elect the right candidate, because it was the money they stole from our treasury. The CUPPs is determined to move round the country and talk to the electorate .
“How can one sell his future for mere N4,000 or N5,000? The road from Abuja to Ekiti should be between four and five hours, but today it will take like eight hours owing to bad governance. So, we are going to work against vote buying in 2019 and it is a task we must achieve”, he stated.
The newly elected Chairman, Adekolu promised to serve selflessly to upgrade the status of the party in Ekiti .“From today, we have taken up the responsibilities to serve the people, particularly working with the populace to take over governance and banish poverty from Ekiti.
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