Nwosu urges Nigerians to vote for right party in 2023
Pleaded with Moghalu, Favour others to return to ADC
National Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Nwosu, yesterday, said the coming 2023 general elections provide the best of opportunities for Nigerians to discard the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that have controlled government in the country, since 1999.
Nwosu, while speaking with The Guardian on telephone in reaction to Dr. Favour Ayodele, former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu and other presidential aspirants, who defected from the party claiming irregularities in the primary held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Library on June 9 2022, said it would not only be a disaster to the present generations of Nigerians, if any of the two major parties, is returned to power next year “the destiny of our unborn generation was likely going to be mortgaged to poverty, insecurity, ethnic mistrust among other challenges.”
He said PDP and APC have clearly told Nigerians what they have to offer, which according to him was not different from what they have done to the country in the last 23 years, judging from the kind of candidates both party elected as their flag bearers for the 2023 elections. He said “It was expedient at this time for the electorate to consider electing a new political party with a fresh idea and ideology that would lead the nation out of the woods.”
Nwosu pleaded with all the aspirants, who had defected from ADC over the claim of irregularities in the party’s presidential primaries to rethink and return to the party in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.
He particularly appealed to Dr. Ayodele, Moghalu and others to withdraw their resignation letters and opened their doors for discussion, which the party is ready for.
Nwosu said it was unfortunate that some media reports misrepresented the party, by saying ADC had received and accepted their resignation letters. “What we said was that we received their letters of resignation but we are yet to accept it. A committee has been set up to discuss with and also appeal to them to rethink their decisions in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
According to Nwosu, “The choice of Obasanjo Library as venue for the primary was strategic and aimed to say the party would be transparent with the primary process, which we did. The fact that the party also had a pre-primary discussion with all the 12 aspirants where agreement was reached that whatever the outcome of the exercise is, they would all agree and work with whoever wins, still stands. I plead with all the aggrieved to search their conscience and uphold the promised they made to abide by whatever the outcome of the primary was.”
Nwosu also called on well meaning Nigerians to intervene, saying, “It is very painful that the aspirants spent money, time and efforts but in any race someone must win. This is about Nigeria and the destinies of Nigerians, which ADC believes is bigger and much more germane than individual interest.”