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PACT: “I’m firmly in the race for President of Nigeria in 2019” – Moghalu

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Kingsley Moghalu

Professor Kingsley Moghalu, presidential aspirant of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) has announced that he’s “firmly in the race for President of Nigeria in 2019,” despite the outcome of PACT‘s election on Thursday.

PACT – Presidential Aspirants Coming Together – of which Moghalu is a part of, had on Thursday elected Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) as its consensus candidate.

Moghalu, in a series of tweets said:

I am firmly in the race for President of Nigeria in 2019.

I wish to inform members of my “To Build A Nation” (TBAN) movement, the Kingsley Moghalu Support Organisation (KIMSO) nationwide, the Kingsley Moghalu Volunteer Force, Youth for Kingsley (Y4K), Women for Kingsley (W4K), Kingsley Moghalu Disciples, the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and my other supporters nationwide and in the diaspora that I am pressing ahead with my plan to contest the 2019 presidential election.

This is despite the arrangement for a consensus candidate among the young presidential aspirants under the aegis of Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT), which today produced an outcome that has left many Nigerians expressing surprise and disappointment.

The reasons I have pulled out of the PACT arrangement are as follows: 1. The arrangement had unraveled even before the final selection of the consensus candidate.

Only seven aspirants participated in the final voting out of the original 18 aspirants, mainly because many of the aspirants had withdrawn from the process.

Four candidates who were present in the meeting this morning withdrew from the process even while the voting process was ongoing. Therefore, PACT did not produce a true consensus candidate.

2. Clause 13 of the PACT Memorandum of Understanding asserts the supremacy of the constitutional rights of the aspirants to pursue their political aspirations.

I therefore have chosen to continue without distraction to pursue my vision in the presidential race for 2019 in the national interest and in deference to the overwhelming outpouring of support for my candidacy from all parts of Nigeria.

I will remain focused on the objective of providing a competent leadership that will help unite our country and build a nation, wage a decisive war against poverty and unemployment, and restore respect for Nigeria in the society of nations.

It is my humble and well-considered view that the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria requires competence and experience in these three vital areas. Thank you.

Photo Credit: @moghalukingsley

13 Comments

  1. Noms

    August 30, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
    Sir, you had the opportunity to withdraw like the others but you went ahead. Now that you weren’t chosen, you have come out to say you are still running.
    Honestly, do you think you can win in your state let alone the nation?

    • Fred Killer

      August 31, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      And supposing he went ahead but saw a panel acting out a script ? So sentiments of tribe apart, you really think D is better choice than M for Nigeria?

    • CLEMENTINE iweh

      September 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Nehi.Credibility issue will destroy his ambition.

  2. Gemonyi

    August 30, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    You pulled out, fine but I’m not sure giving the details of the participants of PACT is incumbent.

  3. Dayo

    August 30, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Like I suspected on the Fela Durotoye thread, this coalition has already collapsed even before it got off the ground – not exactly a good indication of their leadership capabilities.

  4. ekeleda

    August 31, 2018 at 12:14 am

    You did not pull out. You lost. You yourself said some withdrew even during d voting process so why didn’t you do same. You saw d process through and now giving excuses. You are unreliable. There are millions of Nigerians with better ideas and personalities than you. Butterfly like you thinks he is a bird. We shall see.

    • Ese V

      September 1, 2018 at 4:48 am

      Na wa. Is this personal?

  5. Engoz

    August 31, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Even Sowore would have been a better choice, let alone a Kingsley Moghalu. I have watched these two candidates go into communities, engaging the people. I have not seen Fela do that. And it’s not as if he has said anything worthwhile. So I sincerely don’t get it. If this coalition can’t even select the best among 11 people o, is it when you get to power you will select the right persons for the job?

  6. Lala

    August 31, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Please professor Moghalu and Sowore, come together and you both can make a difference. One person can be presidential candidate and the other, his vice, i.e running mate. If you both could win, it would work out well for Nigeria. Sowore will focus all his energy on the crazy politics of Nigeria. Negotiating and dealing with recalcitrant Senators to force them to make laws that better Nigerians and not their own pockets. Sowore is radical and has stamina on his side to fight the difficult fight politically. .This will free Moghalu to focus on the day to day activities that will drive the economy and attract investors to Nigeria.

    With strong grassroots campaign, Moghalu can deliver the south eastern states. Sowore can deliver the south west. Even if together they don’t win, they will end up preventing an outright winner. This could mean a rerun of the presidential elections between the 2 top results or a coalition government of which they could be a part.

    At least, it would get their names out there to more Nigerians and many who thought it was impossible would at least begin to think it could work.

    Please Moghalu and Sowore, consider this.
    Even if you both do not win, if you force a re run election, then the next elections after 2019, you could both become the candidates to beat.

    Thank you.

    • Mrs chidukane

      August 31, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      This is a very very sound idea. Nightly has a lot to offer and he is walking the talk.

    • Mrs chidukane

      August 31, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Kingsley Moghalu

  7. Fred Killer

    August 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    It’s clear Nigeria still is not ready to reason beyond selfish or tribal interests. On what criteria is the Durotoye of a man whose manifesto, track-record and pedigree are no match to Muoghalu win?
    Right thinking Nigerians know that the best way for Nigeria’s development lies with voting Muoghalu or Sowore.

    • didi

      September 1, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Sound so much like what people said about president ebele jonathan then later they realized the former is waaaaaaayyyyyy better

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