A Town Hall meeting organized by a political movement called New Dream for Grassroots Development began on Thursday in Abuja, with none of the major political parties’ presidential candidates present.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (All Progressives Congress), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party), and Peter Obi were among the presidential candidates who did not attend or send representatives (Labour Party).
However, during the event, which was broadcast live on television, other presidential candidates detailed their plans for a better Nigeria.
Dr. Onwubuya Breakforth, Director-General of NDGD, stated that the presidential Town Hall meeting was created to help electorates make informed decisions about who to vote for among the 18 presidential candidates and to allow for direct communication between the people at the grassroots and the candidates.
“The candidates will address us on various issues, but the difference will be who demonstrates the ability to enthrone a robust productive new Nigeria in which all nationalities are neither discriminated against nor denied their rights as bona fide citizens,” he said.
“Rather than the usual rhetoric that is neither pragmatic nor evidential, we want to know how.”
With only two months until Nigerians go to the polls to elect a new president, state governors, and legislators, millions of our people are prepared with their PVCs.
“However, we will not support any candidate but will support a candidate who demonstrates the answers and capabilities to build a new Nigeria.”
Break forth, as a result, charged voters to make the right decision in electing their leaders because their decision would either make or mar Nigeria’s future.
According to him, the NDGD has over 22 million valued voters spread across 8,813 elective wards and will use this number to make the right decision in the 2023 elections.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, said he joined the PDP and then the APC in search of a better and new Nigeria, but that they were all bad governments.
“We believe in a new Nigeria,” he said, “which is why, when we started in this Republic, I started with the PDP.” Unfortunately, when we formed the PDP in 1998, we only had one issue: we had to kick the military out.
“Then, when I became governor, we realized that we were in the same political party as people ranging from the extreme right to the extreme left.”
“We thought there should be a change, especially since the party was failing, which is why we formed the APC, and now everyone believes it is even worse.”
We believed it was necessary to provide an alternative, which is why we planned to register our party, but INEC was not in a hurry to do so. As a result, we carefully chose NNPP based on its manifesto, beliefs, and vision.
“We have a 152-page blueprint, we examined all of the issues, and based on my experience as a civil servant and governor in Kano State, we believe our party is the best party to handle Nigeria’s crisis situation.”
Kwankwaso stated that he would combat insecurity by increasing the number of security agents and utilizing technology to assist every Nigerian in gathering intelligence.
Kwankwaso promised to use his experience as the former governor of Kano state to help solve national problems.
He promised youth empowerment, scholarships, and job creation to harness their potential and build infrastructure, as well as quality healthcare delivery and free anti-natal care for women, as well as various interventions to boost the economy.
“No Nigerian child shall be denied the opportunity to write WAEC or NECO due to inability to pay exorbitant registration and examination fees,” he said.
Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the presidential candidate of Action Alliance and former Chief Security Adviser to late General Sani Abacha, said his party studied Nigeria and discovered that the country does not require routines but rather something out of the ordinary to address its challenges.
“We discovered that there are a lot of games around the Nigerian state, and unless we work it out and you know it, you will spend 1000 years not making a difference but adopting routines,” he said.
“We are not coming to provide leadership on a regular basis.” We are realistic, down-to-earth, and will make difficult but courageous decisions for the good of Nigerians today and in the future.
“One of the major mistakes we made in terms of security was combining the police and the military.” Everyone is talking about hopelessness when it comes to physical security 23 years later.
“We were successful in both demilitarizing the military and militarizing the police.” As a result, we are uneasy with both.”
As a result, Al-Mustapha stated that the AA would perform surgery in the security sector, scientifically transforming it for a new direction, doctrine, vision, and physiological reorientation, among other things.
Mr Osakwe Johnson, the presidential candidate of the National Rescue Movement, stated that the old leaders must step aside to allow the new generation to take over the nation’s affairs.
“Everyone will agree with me that we have what we call old clothes in your wardrobe; the old clothes fade and you find it difficult to put them on.” So, in 2023, we are saying that old Nigerians, those who have governed us in the past, should serve as advisers and lecturers rather than imposing themselves on us in order for Nigeria to continue doing things the old way.”
He stated that the NRM has much to offer the nation and that he can govern Nigeria after spending 30 years in the United States and 40 years as a clergyman.
Ado-Ibrahim Abdulmalik, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, stated that while the country was corrupt, the greatest corruption was that of other countries taking Nigeria’s best to their lands.
He stated that while the party would not be able to solve all of Nigeria’s problems in four or eight years, it could focus on fixing the electricity and boosting the power sector, which is the bedrock of development.
“The world cannot function without electrical power, and we delude ourselves by saying we will do XYZ.” However, we have not been granted the fundamental human right to power.
As a nation, we must demand it of the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In Adamawa, I built a six-megawatt stand-alone power plant; the job requires bravery, vision, empathy, but most importantly, the job requires that we work together.”
According to Abdulmalik, everyone is fleeing the country, but the party will bring Nigerians back home.