By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Downtrodden Peoples Movement , (DPM) on Sunday declared that all is now to set for the formation of a Poverty Peoples Party (PPP) for the 2023 general elections
This was made known in Ibadan by the DPM Chairman, Prince Olukunle Bewaji at a lecture on Nigeria 61years independence organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), held at Iyaganku, Press centre.
Prince Bewaji maintained that the move to register the planned new political party followed the series of noticeable leadership challenges facing the country, hence urgent need to rescue the nation from it’s present hopeless situation before total collapse.
He stressed that for now, the movement leadership are busy consulting Nigerians on the need to team up and rescue the country from the present crop of leadership feeding fat on the nation’s merger resources.
Prince Bewaji lamented the template and foundational structures on which Nigeria as a country rely on which according to him is very weak, and that the time has come for the down trodden to take power away from the politicians and give it back to the people through the ballot box.
Towards achieving this, Prince Bewaji said, ” the aggrieved, the poor, and the oppressed must join hands for a new Nigeria, as ” the present system of government in Nigeria is wrong, as it favours the politicians, with the politicians becoming billionaires while majority of Nigerians became very poor.
” Our intention is to make sure the foundational structures stated below are included in our country’s constitution. The templates in the structure will cut across board in all the states of the federation irrespective of any political party in power”, he said
Prince Bewaji added, ” instead of collecting stipends like N5,000 from politicians who collects billions in exchange and destroy your future, we have come to give you the opportunity to become politicians by joining our movement.”
The DPM Chairman however identified the challenges facing Nigeria as salaries and allowances of Senators and Representatives members , bogus constituency allowance for Senators, salaries of Governors and security votes, coupled with their control of funds meant for state and that the challenges required urgent attention.
He gave other challenges as salary of the president and the running costs of Aso Rock which run into billions, lack of a definite structure that cut across board, this allows present political office holders to concentrate on self serving projects instead of continuing the projects they met, and collapsed infrastructures among others.
Prince Bewaji then cautioned that there is the need for a change for better in the interest of the corporate existence of Nigeria as a country.