- The APC and the PDP have been accused by Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim of playing politics with Nigeria’s stability
- The People’s Trust (PT) presidential candidate said rather than presenting themselves as statesmen, the candidates are obsessed with immediate partisan gains
- He said the supposed top political actors in the country are falling below standards
Front-line presidential candidate, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has accused the two dominant parties, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of playing politics with the nation’s stability through the way and manner they are handling the electoral act.
The candidate running on the platform of the People’s Trust (PT) stressed that rather than presenting themselves as statesmen, the candidates are rather obsessed with immediate partisan gains.
He told reporters at an interactive session in Lagos while reacting to the president’s refusal to give accent to the electoral act, noting that the supposed top actors are falling below standards.
Olawepo-Hashim stated: “The president is conducting himself like a typical Nigerian politician of the era of political decline, rather than behaving as a patriot that I have always thought he is. By his actions, he is simply saying let me benefit from the fraudulent process for my 2019 bid. You can push for the new law in 2023 when I will not be contesting.”
He said it is regrettable that with the spiraling poverty in the land, insurgency by Boko Haram, violence in the northeast and northwest, incipient Shiites rebellion due to high handedness, massive insecurity and bloodletting in various states, Nigeria may be damaged beyond redemption in four years.
The presidential candidate noted that the PDP led legislature had ample time to correct the perceived lacunas in the electoral act, which he said they had created in the first instance, but are rather distracting the polity with it.
He continued: “In the task of nation building, political leaders sometimes have to rise above the fray and take decisions in the national interest, even when it does not seem to benefit from it. Some of us did this before.
“In 2000, when some of our colleagues wanted to change our two year tenure to four years, I led the opposition to this, even though I would have been a beneficiary of that exercise as a National Executive Committee (NEC) member.”
Olawepo-Hashim called on the electorate and the entire citizens of Nigeria not to be discouraged from participating in the next polls as a result of the shenanigans of APC and PDP.
He regretted that since what he called the “garrison” election in Osun state and the unfortunate decline of assent to the electoral act, the APC has been trying to spread fear in the hearts of would be voters that their votes will not count.
Even then, he noted that the PT is a product of the struggle for democracy and assuring the populace that they know what to do in the event of anyone trying to hold on to power, irrespective of the people’s desire.
“The path of honour is for the president to commit himself to a transparent poll and ensure and ignore the counsel of palace courtiers and political war mongers intent on moving the country in the path of further destruction, God forbid,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, two Civil Society Organisations, Paradigm Initiative and Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), are collaborating to ensure candidates in the 2019 general elections commit to adoption of e-governance.
This was revealed by Paradigm Initiative's program manager; Adegoke Adeboye and CITAD's communication officer; Salma Abdulwaheed, during an interactive session with journalists on Tuesday, December 4.
They stated that their aim is to promote institutional framework and approaches to anti-corruption and transparency efforts, especially as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 elections.
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