2023: I will build a political system that Nigerians believe in – Adebayo

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In this interview with ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) 2023 presidential hopeful, Prince Adewole Adebayo, explains what Nigerians need to look out for before electing the country’s next president.

Why do you want to be president and how do you plan to solve Nigeria’s problems?

If you want to solve Nigeria’s problems or people at the top to solve them or if you want other people to solve them, because you are not interested in solving them, then you are a hypocrite. I want to be president. In studying what the chair does, I’ve done that over the years because I’ve studied documents on how the processes work. In a country like Nigeria, I have seen grave life or death decisions, right or wrong decisions and grave consequences as a result of such decisions. If you’re going to be president of Nigeria, you have to think through about 3,000 decisions a week for four years. And if you have two terms. you will take for 8 years. So if the president gets 90% of those decisions right, wouldn’t you say he tried?. But that leaves you with 300 mistakes each week, each of which could cost lives, each of which could ruin fortunes, and each of which could cause chaos. So in this situation you want to improve and make sure the president is 99% right. If God is with him, he prays, he is honest, he is sincere and he is very careful. If he is a person whose heart bleeds for the country and he works very hard and is naturally talented. He may be 99% right. So I will work in this direction when I become president without wasting time or delay. My covenant with God is to have 99.9% of my decisions right.

There are financial incentives in the electoral system, how did we get here?
What we need first is the truth. We tell a lot of convenient lies. People who steal elections and buy votes are not illiterate. They are not rural people. Our poverty is not the cause. The first person most likely to steal a vote or buy is party officials, they are well off. You will see a national president of the political party who has all kinds of bulletproof vehicles given to him by people who are fighting for elections. In any of the parties, it’s the governor who finances the party and gives them dollars and everything. Are you saying that a typical national president, national secretary, auditor, all those people in the party organizing secretariat are illiterate and poor? No. Now the next group of people are delegates, typical delegates aren’t that poor. Many of them are statutory delegates, some of them are former governors and senators and all that. So it’s just that they are dishonest people. It’s that simple. They are greedy, disloyal to the country or they don’t understand or they don’t believe in democracy. It’s just a business for them. So I think it’s just a general lack of commitment. I think what we should do is impress on Nigerians that this system of government that we run is just as important and that you can make sacrifices for it like you make sacrifices for all the other things in your life, including your religion and making sacrifice for your children. Because it is a government that will determine whether you get killed in your home and take you home or not, whether you live in safety and comfort or not. whether your children are in school and how much you have to pay in school, whether you have an after-school job and can live a comfortable life, or whether you are unemployed and prone to crime. The government therefore has a role to play. I’ve heard people say collect the money and vote according to your conscience. You don’t have a conscience once you get the money back. There is no more conscience because if you are concealed, you are a thief. You can’t say let me be the receiver of the stolen goods, keep it and tell the police I saw the thief go by, the thief will say I kept some of it with you. So I think we have to talk but above all, for people to believe in this system, those who run the system must be credible and that’s what I said to my political colleagues. Those who say Nigerians are too poor to vote right. No, despite their poverty, they make a lot of decisions. right. So it’s up to us to build a political system where people can believe in such leaders that you know that leader is there for them. We have to build a political system that people will believe in. That’s what I will do if elected. We need political leaders who can show absolute transparency, absolute selflessness, and absolute commitment so that when people see, they know that person is part of that policy.

Do you think Nigerians are ready for positive governance of change?
I think Nigerian politicians tend to run away from their responsibilities and say that people are not ready. People are ready only because they are too smart not to be fooled. If someone says people are not ready, where were you in 2014, 2015, when people walked miles just to listen to candidate Muhammadu Buhari, people were in tears as if it was a rock star, there would be rallies in Bauchi, people on foot from Jalingo, no transport, they would still find their way there. If he comes at 5 p.m., people will be there at 5 a.m. So in this country people can always leave their families and stay in the sun and stay by the side of the road from morning until late at night because of something called politics, because somebody is trying to be president of Nigeria that he has never met but believes in what he says and they want to come and hear more. So this shows me that Nigerians are ready and will choose good leaders in 2023 which will result in good governance.

So you think the 2023 election will bring a change?
The game will change. There are two factors to consider if the media follows the issues, not the money if they don’t give dedicated coverage to criminals trying to flee the law. I know media is expensive. But there is a period in the life of a nation, especially in this critical period where every freedom we have is at stake where even freedom and the right of the press are at stake, where the economic continuity of the republic is This is where the media comes in, analyzing issues and monitoring people who say wise things you can learn from them. So the leaders of the country who aspire to lead can be interrogated, even if you don’t like them, go out and interrogate them. Everywhere in the world someone says I want to be president, the media follows the person, interviews them, researches their background, confronts them every moment. If you don’t, you are depriving voters of the right to know them, including the right to.


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