Presidential candidate, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, has expressed her desire to disrupt and rebuild the politics of Nigeria to bring prosperity, stability and equal opportunities for every Nigerian.
The former Bring Back Our Girls co-convener and child-right activist made this known on Thursday during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour monitored by Voplink.
Ezekwesili believed that the 2019 presidential election would be a contest between the established class of politicians who have not delivered anything meaningful in governance and the rest of them.
“It (Nigerian politics) produced dismal results such that today Nigeria is the world’s capital of extreme poverty,” she said.
“It’s totally unacceptable. What I intend to do is to disrupt this and build a nation that is based on prosperity, stability, cohesion, and equality of opportunities for our people.”
The former Minister of Education added that “We know that corruption is a tax on the poor. And we already know there are ways to tackle corruption. You prevent opportunities for corruption; you reduce corruption.
“What my agenda is to deregulate the economy in the kind of way that public officials don’t have too much presence in the economy to be able to utilize it for personal gain,” she said in the interview.
“I am a better candidate than the men that are in this race, and even they will tell you that. I’m simply going to keep on with the issues that I want to solve and be a problem solver,” Ezekwesili told CNN.
“I believe I am the candidate of the Nigerian people as I am not running alone. We are all running together. All of us that want a new direction for our country are running together,” Ezekwesili said.
“This is a contest between the established class of politicians who have not delivered anything meaningful in governance and the rest of us. I’m simply a candidate who is providing a direction for the rest of society to take on these folks.”