By Anthony Ogbonna
The presidential aspirant of the National Conscience Party, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, has cautioned political parties in the country to avoid fielding recycled politicians as their presidential candidates.
Dr. Ikubese gave the admonition while delivering a goodwill message during the Grand National Summit & official launch of Grand Political Coalition on the future of Nigeria, organised by the Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
While advising the leadership of the NIM against fielding any recycled politician as the Presidential candidate in 2019, the presidential aspirant, however, said that Nigerians, from all spheres of life, should be ready to be the foot soldiers of the revolution ahead.
According to Ikubese, “that one is a youth does not automatically qualify one for leadership.” He said emphasis should be focused on identifying youths that are visionary, dependable and have developed capacity to lead over time.
According to him, “2019 should not be about a political party, but about a conglomerate of political interests amalgamating their followership base into a common front to send the APC packing.”
He said “Nigeria cannot afford to be governed by the APC beyond 2019, lest the nation goes under and may become completely irredeemable.”
Also, Naubel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, whose speech was read out by the Director General of the NIM, Wale Okunniyi, said the movement must be vigilant and guard its identity selfishly.
He said, “You must exercise unrelenting vigilance. Prowling around you already are those recurrent interlopers whose sole aim is to hijack your efforts or infiltrate your rank with their stooges. Experienced spoilers, they are part and parcel of the very predicament you are trying to alleviate.
“The more notorious suffer from a messianic complex and a desperate need to obliterate the roles they have played in placing the nation in her current plight. They are adept at distorting history in order to acquire a false, sanitised identity.”
Also speaking, a co-Chairman of NIM and a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), said the movement was ready to fight the two dominant parties- the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party as the 2019 general elections approach.
He said, “Our immediate agenda is to impact on 2019. If you agree, it means we will be leaning on ourselves heavily. We cannot do it alone.”
Agbakoba said the target of the NIM was the 30 million Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40.
In his remarks, co-Chairman of the NIM, Dr. Abduljalil Tafawa-Balewa, said the movement was open to persons of like minds.
He said since it had been established that the problem of Nigeria was deep-rooted, the NIM would be focusing on education.
Other speakers at the event were, Comrade Obayuwana, former Anambra state gubernatorial candidate, Osita Chidoka, elder statesman, Musa Galadima, Nollywood actress, Rachael Oniga, Sola Ebiseni, Kayode Ajulo, and a host of other dignitaries, representing the various political blocks across Nigeria.
Prof Pat Utomi who sent in his speech in a video format urged Nigerians to get involved in the birth of a new Nigeria by getting their PVCs ready and participating fully in the process.
The DG of Nigeria Integration Movement, Mr. Wole Okuniyi, expressed gratitude to the participants and urged them to stand firm as the task ahead requires doggedness and tact, but assured that at the end, Nigeria will come out as a victorious nation.