Kingsley Moghalu, former Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, YPP, has tackled Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment over his comment, asking people of the Southeast to join popular political parties if the region must produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Ngige had said Moghalu failed in his quest to rule Nigeria because he contested on the platform of YPP, a relatively unknown political party.
However, Moghalu said Ngige’s comment reflected the arrogance Nigerian politicians have towards the masses.
In a statement he signed, the former YPP presidential candidate stressed that Ngige’s comment indicated that Nigeria’s democracy was a “game.”
The statement reads: ‘’Sadly, the tone of these statements by my brother and friend Dr. Chris Ngige reflects his utter contempt and arrogance as a Nigerian politician towards the poor masses and citizens of Nigeria. Our democracy is just a ‘game’ for him. Being a visionless career politician “carrying politics bag” before graduating to being a political “overlord” is, for some, the whole point of politics. Little wonder that our country is the poverty capital of the world, and the brain drain of our medical doctors to foreign countries is of little or no concern to our Minister of Labour and Employment.
‘’I am a change agent, not a visionless, recycled politician that claims mandates on the basis of rigged elections and the blood of Nigerians killed in electoral violence. My candidacy for the office of the President of Nigeria in 2019 was not an ethnic candidacy. I was a Nigerian candidate for the Nigerian presidency, not an “Igbo President.
‘’It is no secret, of course, that the Igbo have not been well served by many of their “career” political elites on the national scene. All too often, a majority of these personalities have lacked vision and courage. Some have focused only on the “crumbs” they can get in and from Abuja. They are content to play second fiddle to their political “masters.
‘’My candidacy in the presidential election of 2019 took courage. Despite pressures from the two major parties, I ran the race till the end, honourably, and declined opportunities to “sell out” on the national and global vision that drove my candidacy. That vision laid out in my books “Build, Innovate and Grow” and “Emerging Africa”, inspired millions of Nigerians on the possibilities for a different kind of leadership. In politics, there are “electoral victories” but there are also longer-term “strategic victories” that short-term thinking cannot understand.
‘’We need not just an “Igbo President.” Nigeria needs a visionary and competent leader. As Dr. Ngige admitted, I was as a candidate ‘eminently qualified for the post of president.’ Conventional wisdom about political career paths to the presidency is not necessarily “wisdom” for everyone in every case.
“If it were so, Nigeria today would be a far better country. What matters – or should matter — most in leadership selection for the Nigerian presidency is that potential president should have demonstrated experience and a track record of leadership competence in the areas most relevant to the responsibilities of a Nigerian President.
“These are mainly inclusive management of our diversity, the national economy, and international affairs.”