Consensus Party presidential candidate Professor Christopher Immoulin has condemned allegations that only candidates with bags of money are enough to win the presidential election.
Imumolen opposed the position of the elder statesman, Chief Afe Babalola on the role that money would play in determining the winner.
The country’s youngest presidential candidate issued a statement over the weekend in Addo Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti.
“The 2023 presidential election will not be won by someone who thinks he can make the difference. It will not be the right person in age, health, education or patriotism.
“Instead, it will be the person who made the money in this country, the person with the deepest pocket who wins the election,” Babalola said.
In response to the Channels TV Talkshow, “Politics Today”, Imomoulin criticized Babalola’s allegations, citing several cases to support his opinion.
“With all due respect, I disagree with our senior statesman, Avi Babalola, on his claim that the person with the deepest pocket in this year’s presidential race will ultimately win the election.
“There are several instances, particularly since the advent of the Fourth Republic in 1999 where money has never been the deciding factor for who becomes President of Nigeria.
Let’s start with the 1999 presidential election between leader Olusegun Obasanjo of the People’s Democratic Party and then-President Olu Falay.
“Obasanjo, if we remember, won that election even though there were no bags of money to throw around. Infact, he just came back from prison where he had no money or played any active politics before the election.
Then came his successor Omar Yar’Adua. Yar’Adua, we also know that he had just finished his term as Governor of Katsina State and could not have been referred to as someone who could, only by virtue of his wealth, win the presidency.
“Even then, we had more people in the race who could have beaten it with their hands, and money was the only determinant of who grabbed the presidency. But in the end he won.
“It doesn’t matter that he said the system that brought him to power was flawed. The truth is, he won.
“Again, let’s look at the current president, Muhammadu Buhari. We all know that if it was a matter of who has the most money, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would have been the current president then.
Yet, against all odds, Buhari stormed to victory as he neared the end of his eight-year term as President of Nigeria.
So, these examples tell us that it is not necessarily the man with the deepest pocket who always ends up as the President of Nigeria.
“In this year’s presidential race, I think people’s genuine desire to see a change from the old ways of doing things to a new way could prove the deciding factor, rather than the now outdated way of trying to buy people’s conscience through wayward spending,” added a flag bearer. AP.
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