By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Mr Iheanacho Ezeakor, has said that Nigerians cannot afford to be fooled again as the country approach the 2019 general elections.
Ezeakor, who was reacting to comment made by the Senate President and a presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Bukola Saraki, said Nigerians must be wise on who they choose in 2019.
According to Mr. Iheanocho, in a statement he personally signed, the issues raised by Saraki is part of some of the deficiency they discovered earlier, adding that the Senate President did not do anything about it while in the APC.
“While still in APC, was the problem not identified?” Ezeakor said, referring to Saraki’s comment.
“He didn’t make any effort to help the economic crisis of Nigeria. Why now? Would Saraki have said that if he was still in APC? We all know that his reason for decamping was not in the interest of the masses. We cannot be fooled again,” Ezeakor said.
Saraki was quoted as saying that APC is responsible for the present economic crisis in Nigeria.
“As a person, I am not contesting that fact,” the presidential aspirant said adding, “I am sad about the insincerity of some leaders in this country.”
“Let me call on Nigerians yet to collect their PVC to do so. That is the only tool we have to change our country by electing leaders that will run the affairs of our country,” Ezeakor said while calling on the youths to sit up and take the mantle of leadership.
“The voter card is the only tool Nigerians have to make progress. The youth must ensure they collect their PVCs,” he said.
Ezeakor added that Nigerian leadership have been hovering around a particular set of people since independent.
“And in some cases, fathers will finish dealing with us and then hand us over to their sons. The unfortunate thing is that these people don’t mean well for this nation, they just want to remain in power directly or indirectly. Isn’t it obvious? With the old set of people in power and their sons occupying one position or the other, what have we achieved? Myself and other right thinking young Nigerians, who meant well for this country have agreed that we need a new set of leadership.
“We need young minds with new ideas and visions that will take our country to a greater height. We no longer need people that will come into power just to enrich themselves.
“This is a passionate call for everyone to use their PVCs wisely. When you sell your vote, you sell your future and that of your children. You sell yourself to slavery when you do that.
“I am a Nigerian, not just an Igbo man, I don’t believe that one religion is better that the other. I believe in the most supreme being and for that reason, I respect everyone’s believe.
“I am not part of the people that dwells on irrelevances. We need to see beyond our differences. Let us embark on nation building. What is relevant now is how to develop and secure our country. We must not be carried away by politicians making sweet comments,” Ezeakor explained.