- Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim says 70% of Nigerians voters are yet to decide who to vote for among the presidential candidates
- The presidential candidate of People’s Trust (PT) is making the claims barely 10 days to the 2019 general elections
- The presidential hopeful advised Nigerians to reject the APC and the PDP, saying they have failed the country
The presidential candidate of People’s Trust (PT), Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has said that 70% of Nigerians voters are yet to decide who to vote for among the presidential candidates barely 10 days to the 2019 general elections.
The presidential hopeful made the comment during his campaign in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, February 5.
His words: “Some few days to election more than 70 percent of the electorates are still wondering who they are going to vote for.
“They have been examining the candidates they are going to vote for and what these candidates promised to offer and among all the alternative parties, the PT is the biggest. But, I can tell you that this election is still very open even though its ten days to the election.”
He advised the electorates to reject the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying both parties have failed the country in the last twenty years.
He urged Nigerians to support his candidacy, “for rapid economic development that will lift the masses out of abject poverty,” adding that he had no plan to step down for either the APC's Muhammadu Buhari or Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.
Olawepo-Hashim expressed confidence that the presidential candidates of the APC and PDP are beatable in the coming elections.
He advised eligible voters to secure their future by voting for his party in the election, promising that he would create jobs and make the environment conducive for businesses to flourish.
According to him, his the PT is already fine-tuning its strategy in all states of the federation on how to wrestle power from the ruling APC, adding that the party had the highest number of representation in constituency nominations.
Addressing rumours that he may step down from the race, Olawepo-Hashim said: “Nigeria is a very interesting country, and I don't know any country where other parties candidate are pressured to step down.
“I think its a coinage here, because in a multi party democracy, nobody steps down, you win some seats and on the basis of this you can form coalition based on programmes after the election.
“The presidential election is not about party but about candidates and the future of this country and the two parties have failed in that regard. But we give hope that if we come in, Nigeria will be better.”
Meanwhile, a recent public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that majority of Nigerians are not aware of most registered political parties in the country.
The poll which was released on Tuesday, February 5, also revealed that the two most popular political parties in Nigeria are the APC and PDP.
The respondents, however, showed some level of awareness on about 26 of the 91 registered political parties with the All Progressive Grand Alliance coming third followed by the Social Democratic Party.
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