Atiku skipped his chance in 2007 — Olawepo-Hashim
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
Journalist turned civil legal rights activist and politician, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim was a popular determine in the formation and early times of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He still left the party and the state just about the closing disaster of the PDP in the Olusegun Obasanjo period to focus on his organization cutting across oil and international investments.
The Kebbi Point out born Olawepo-Hashim was a short while ago adopted as the presidential applicant of the Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN and also by the Olisa Agbakoba led Peoples Rely on.
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In this interview, the presidential candidate speaks on his prospects, his prescriptions and his place in the brewing political fight for Nigeria.
What is your response to the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the PDP?
By all specifications, the Waziri of Adamawa is experienced to be the President of Nigeria. Obtaining been Vice President right before, but the 2019 election is a various election, I consider Vice President Atiku missed his possibility of being president in 2007 and talking about in 2019 is like chatting about the foreseeable future of Nigeria and at the same time dealing with and reasoning backward.
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80% of Nigerians want to see a new route, they don’t want to go backward, and Vice President Atiku Abubakar is a man of yesterday.
What competitive edge do you have around him likely into this election?
Amount a single, I will be ready to unite the nation, I will be capable to create a sturdy economy specified my encounter. I’m that applicant that the greater part of voters specially very first-time voters and who are extremely important, pretty much about 15 million of them, who are not supporters of APC or PDP. And then, my friends in PDP and APC who have created up their brain that when it will come to presidential election ‘we will vote Gbenga,’ that is an edge I have going for me. I believe that, no other prospect in this election has that.
What are the primary elements of the alliance that ANN has solid with People’s Trust and other political events as claimed?
The People’s Believe in, the PT is a get together promoted by National Intervention Motion.
The complete plan is to critical in into the tactic of countrywide intervention motion that promoted for practically a person yr running now. So this is not just any initiative, it is just getting consolidated and taken up some additional actions. I consider the challenge is to establish a stronger political platform which is also fully commited to the concept of national unity, financial improvement, security in the land and to have a Nigeria the place the lifestyle of every citizen will rely and no discrimination towards everyone irrespective of your ethnic descent and religious beliefs and a true federal method, these are some of the issues that the platform is fully commited to.
I assume the alliance with the Countrywide Intervention Motion exhibits you that this is the purely natural system that I belong to. The chief was the president of the Civil Liberty Firm whilst I was the nationwide administrative secretary of the Committee for the Protection of Human Legal rights. In 1990 with me and some other patriotic Nigerians, some are late nowadays we travelled the total of northern Nigeria continually for about 3 months in a bus to get the consensus of our persons on how to finish armed forces rule.
I assume most importantly for me, and my precedence is to develop the GDP of Nigeria because this is the most critical challenge and the overall economy is much too modest for 180 million people today. If you take into account that even in 2013, when Nigeria produced a good deal of funds from oil profits, the nation built less than 50 billion bucks in complete income, that very same yr Disneyworld a private enterprise that marketplaces entertainment in Florida made 47 billion dollars. So for 180 million persons that income base is much too small and its GDP of 510 billion even though it was celebrated as staying the biggest in Africa as at 2013 equals to poverty, and which is why you see that just about two-thirds of the country’s population even now stay beneath two pounds in a day. And which is why you see that the lifestyle expectancy price in Nigeria is 53 whereas, in Liberia that knowledgeable civil war and Ebola on a max scale, their existence expectancy charge is 61, Sudan is 63.
We have to have to create a larger economic system, and the New Financial Improvement Programme (NEP) which we have prepared will transfer Nigeria from 410 billion US dollars to 4 trillion pounds in 10 decades, and that will provide our average for every capita earnings to be at par with nations like Malaysia, Thailand.
If it boils down to a decision of two, who’s the much better satan amongst the APC and the PDP candidates?
Allow me be clear the subsequent election will not be a bet involving two Devils, we have handed that phase in 2015 the place Nigerians were pressured to make that alternative. In 2015 I listened to some persons indicating I just want Jonathan to go but can you actually say that Nigeria is superior now than 2015 in all the indices?
We have lately listened to of concerns and factions in the ANN. What transpired?
Perfectly you know as soon as a get together begins becoming related, then you will have a lot of internal contestations.
There was an try to have a person conference where by a candidate was intended to have been produced with delegates from six states out of the 26 states in which the ANN is presently constituted but at the end of the working day the NEC took the suitable final decision to annul it and people associated have been punished according to the occasion structure and at the convention of the bash exactly where we experienced about twenty states in attendance out of the 26 states in which I was elected presidential candidate, a conclusion was also taken to rapid-observe the alliance discussion with other political functions like PT which also adopted me as their presidential applicant.
Now we have about 10 political parties also coming to the alliance, and I will be working as the flag bearer of the overall alliance of the political events. For distinct causes some of our supporters finished up in distinctive political parties, some even in SDP.
Who have been people accountable for the disaster in ANN?
I imagine the a person in ANN came from the APC, some highly effective elements in the APC who have presidential visions and who believe that the APC platform will not be offered for them publish 2019 elections, and they want to see the ANN as a keeping platform for their curiosity. A person point they needed to do was to make positive that ANN did not have any nomination at all for any office, that was defeated by our members who have been patriotic and then the 2nd try was this final sponsored disaster, but perfectly which is politics.
Are you prepared for the Presidential discussion?
Indeed, I’m hunting forward to the presidential debate with Alhaji Buhari and other folks who are presidential candidates of their several functions.
There are insinuations that Buhari will deliver Osinbajo to discussion on his behalf?
I will not discussion with Osinbajo for the reason that he’s not the presidential prospect. Osinbajo will discussion with my Vice presidential applicant.
But the youths you count on to vote for you in the other events threw up septuagenarians in the people of Buhari and Atiku. Were being you dissatisfied?
You see the two main political functions have their complications which is maybe why any person like me did not run underneath them. I have a lot of mates in PDP. I remaining PDP in 2006. I have a large amount of friends in APC much too.
I’m not versus outdated men and women simply because they are outdated, that is not the narrative in this article. Mandela was extremely old and superior in age, and he was a very good president mainly because he experienced the legacy and history that proposed him to the entire earth as a chief. Trump is 70, and the financial system is undertaking properly below President Trump. Even while you don’t like him, the economic system of The united states is escalating. So I’m not in opposition to any one simply because you are younger or outdated, and I’m not advertising myself as a younger prospect, which is not my marketing stage. The most essential matter is the record, expertise, competence that I provide to the table, so it’s not just a concern of younger as opposed to outdated.
You are not breaking any report by getting young, indeed we want younger people but youthful persons with content material, history, encounter. There is some skill established that’s necessary, and I get exception to persons who do not want to have any expertise, they want to begin from the major, you don’t want to be councillor, chairman but your very first shot in politics is to come to be president.