- Femi Babalola has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election
- Babalola attributed the problems facing Nigeria to lack of sincere political will by political actors
- He vowed to fight poverty and create 10 million jobs within four years if elected
Prominent businessman and philanthropist, Femi Babalola, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election, saying governance in Nigeria needs creative and fresh ideas to deliver the country from it's current woes.
In a statement sent to journalists from his media officer, Mercy Ayo-Oloye, Babalola said it's time for Nigerians to come together and rescue the country from professional looters who had been ruling the country.
He noted that the challenges facing the country are not rocket science but lack of sincere political will by political actors.
Unveiling his agenda, Babalola said he will create jobs and fight poverty to make life meaningful for majority of the populace.
“My focus is to create more than 10 million jobs opportunities to reduce unemployment in Nigeria to less than 5% in the next four years.
“Provision of constant power supply through advanced and green technology will lay the foundation for an industrial revolution, to turn Nigeria to a 21st century industrial powerhouse,” part of the statement read.
He said Nigerians needs a better, sustainable and secured environment to utilize their potentials for communal development, stressing government must embrace the 21st century socio-economic and political pattern for youth development in the country.
Babalola is not new to the presidential race. He aspired to be a presidential candidate in 2011 under Kowa Party, but lost out in party's primary election in 2015. He is the CEO of Abiye World S. S. L, Oil and Gas-Eur-Afrimpex Nigeria Limited and founder of the Femi Babalola Skills and Acquisition Foundation which is said to have empowered thousand of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of Accord Party and former presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe, has advised the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to leverage on his increasing popularity in the country and contest the 2019 presidential election.
Okupe stated this while appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast programme on Monday, July 9.
His words: “Apart from Buhari, the next most visible and most notable politician in Nigeria today is Bukola Saraki and he would do himself a great favour if he steps into the ring and run for the position of president; he has the pedigree.
“Saraki has had the required exposure and experience from being a special assistant to the president to being a two-term governor and now Senate president. He has been through different stages of leadership and this makes him stand out among many other aspirants who have indicated interest to become president.”
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