Members of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) on Wednesday protested in front of the National Assembly demanding a restructuring of the nation’s security architecture.
Led by its national chairman, Bishop Amakiri the party members also called on the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure electoral reforms that will restore the confidence of the electorate in the nation’s electoral system.
Amakiri while speaking with journalists during the protest appealed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from overheating the polity.
“We are concerned about the level of insecurity in Nigeria. Also at the moment, Nigerians are calling for the rejig of the security apparatus. If the country is suffering from insecurity it also means that the economic growth of the country is stunted.
“We also believe that the electoral reform is necessary, there’s no any other time than now,” Amakiri said.
He noted that it is unfortunate for the courts to decide elections after the citizens have made their choice.
The YPP members later submitted their petition to representatives of NASS who received them in front of the National Assembly.
He, however, ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged Ubah’s victory in the February 23 poll, be recognised as the winner of the election.
The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.
Among other claims, the PDP candidate alleged that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled him to contest the Anambra South senatorial election.
He also insisted that Ubah’s party should be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.
In his judgement, Justice Kawu sacked Ubah and declared that the second defendant in the suit – the YPP – did not have the locus standi, and should not have participated in the election.
Reacting to the judgment, the National Chairman of YPP, Mr Bishop Amakiri, said his party would appeal the decision of the court.
According to him, the court erred in law on the ground that the party was never served with the court processes.
Amakiri added that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and enter judgment in favour of Mr Uzoh who he said never participated in the senatorial election.
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has taken a swipe at Nigerian youths for the role they played during the recently held general elections.
Moghalu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, regretted that the young populations did not make their presence felt during the polls.
“The biggest disappointment was with the youths. The youth vote was absent. They make a lot of noise, they rant and rail but you will not see them on the voting day. And when they vote, they don’t vote in line with their rhetoric,” he said.
When asked if the polls witnessed improvement when compared to 2015, Moghalu noted that chaos marred some polling centres coupled with an alleged organisational efficiency and effectiveness shortly before the commencement of voting.
“The organisational efficiency and effectiveness of the election was generally weak. We saw it. First, it was postponed at the last minute and in many parts of the country, there was chaos at the polling booths especially in rural areas.”
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has reacted to the outcome of the recently concluded elections, alleging that votes meant for his party were stolen, diverted and suppressed.
Appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, the YPP candidate said he was disappointed at the result of the 2019 polls.
“I know for a fact that our votes were stolen, our votes were diverted, our votes were suppressed. For this reason, the numbers attributed to the YPP for example as the final count was a joke,” he stated.
His comments come few weeks after the February 23 presidential election which saw the participation of about 73 political parties.
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, is confident of being sworn in as the nation’s next president.
While appearing on The Verdict, a special programme on Channels Television for the 2019 elections, Moghalu said he is the leading alternative candidate besides those of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Let me make it very clear that I am not here to debate with anyone. The fact speaks for themselves. I am the leading alternative candidate outside of the APC and the PDP,” he said.
“And the YPP is the leading alternative party. There are numerous polls that have established that and I don’t want to go into them.”
“I think the results will speak in the elections and we will see at the end of the day. But I have no question in my mind that I will be sworn in as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he stated.
Moghalu, who is also a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said he would focus on infrastructural development when he assumes office.
According to him, his government would ensure that rural areas benefit from key projects while developing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
Speaking about restructuring, the YPP candidate promised to ensure that the yearnings of the people were achieved for the development of the nation.
“The most important thing that my presidency will bring to Nigerians is the constitutional restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria so that this country can actually become a real nation, not just a country,” he said.
Moghalu added, “Under our presidency, the youths will become leaders of today, not tomorrow. We will work with women as equal partners and the economy is going to be fundamentally reformed.”
The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Umma Getso, has warned that it will be a mistake to expect those who have governed Nigeria before to solve its problems.
She said this on Friday during the NEDG/BON Vice-Presidential Debate, which was held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
“To be candid, YPP is a party that is here to bring a new thing,” she said.
“It is a party that is founded with the new ideology to bring a new set of politicians because we cannot expect people who destroyed our past to come and improve our future tomorrow.”
According to her, her party will, among other things, focus on girl-child education if voted into power.
“I have a passion for the girl-child education and I spent the early part of my adulthood in the development of the common Nigerian,” she said.
Getso who briefly introduced herself as the daughter of a former Senator from Bauchi State stated that her background had equipped her to serve people well.
She explained that her belief that Nigeria would get better prompted her to join the race with YPP’s presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu.
While stressing that Nigerians were yearning for better leadership, Getso stated that the YPP was committed to creating that paradigm shift in leadership styles.
She added, “As a mother of three, I have been through the lowest level of Nigeria’s standard of living and I know how Nigerians are suffering. I know that there is no substantial thing from 1999 till date that a typical Nigerian will show today.”
The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Umma Getso, says her party will restructure Nigeria constitutionally if elected.
Getso said this on Friday during the NEDG/BON Vice-Presidential Debate, which was held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“Professor Kingsley Moghalu has in his own plan to restructure Nigeria, but constitutionally. We are talking about the real restructuring whereby the centre will distribute powers to the six geo-political zones,” she said.
According to her, the issue of unemployment would be best addressed if the regional units were given the power to control the resources at their disposal.
Speaking further on unemployment considered as a major challenge in the country, Getso explained that other problems would have been addressed if the power situation improves.
“If at all, today in Nigeria, we are able to decentralize the grid and distribute it to all the six geopolitical zones, there will be enough power,” she said.
She added that having enough power “can solve 70 or 80 percent of Nigeria’s problems because power is what is holding us back today.”
A Presidential Aspirant under the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, is confident that he will become Nigeria’s next President.
“On May 29, 2019, I will be sworn in as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Go and write it down, it is possible,” Moghalu said when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday night.
Moghalu, a former Deputy-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, explained that he decided to join the presidential race because he believes in the ability of Nigerian youths and that they are the future of the country.
He further stated that the young people consisting more than half of the voter’s population demand a very different leadership.
“There are 74 million people on the voters’ register, probably up to 80 million as we speak. I can tell you that definitely more than half of those people are young people who want a very different future under a very different kind of leadership.
“I am offering myself to lead Nigeria into the 21 st century. We cannot continue voting for what has kept us poor, what has kept millions of young people unemployed, what has kept us divided. This country is a killing field today.”
The former CBN boss believes that the 2019 general elections would usher in a political revolution he describes as peaceful.
Moghalu, who cited several challenges facing the country, is optimistic that Nigerians yearn for a new leadership with ideas that will address unemployment, killings, ethnic rivalry among several other problems.
He said, “Millions of Nigerians want something different, something new, something bold. The situation in which we are in the country today is terrible. Nine million people have lost their jobs in the last three years.
“We have a society in which people are being killed in their homes and communities as if the state does not exist. Our law enforcement are just watching helpless.
“Nigerians are not happy about it and they want a change. They are looking for people who will lead them into a very different future and that is why I am offering myself to do that jobs.”