A founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has warned that winning the 2019 general elections will not be that easy for both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Olawepo-Hashim, a successful businessman and chairman of Oil World Limited noted that unlike in previous dispensations, when other opposition parties played second fiddle and aligned with the ruling party of the day, ther present newly registered political parties may have changed from the past and have positioned themselves for real politics with the desire to battle squarely with other political parties.
He maintained that both the APC and PDP are currently lacking in the requisite structure and credible faces that should lead the country out of its near-disaster stage.
The former Student Union activist, who spoke to journalists at the weekend, insisted that Nigerians are now wiser and can no longer be deceived by people who sneaked into politics.
‘’In 2015, there was no election. We had a referendum against Jonathan where people said any idiot was better than Jonathan. There was this feeling that just anybody but Jonathan was good for the nation. That notion must change. We are almost in a disaster on the economy. This time around, it cannot just be anybody. We must interrogate to be sure who we want as the president,’’ he said.
Speaking on the chances of the PDP and the APC in the coming election, he said, ‘’ Both political parties are in disarray. Quote me anywhere, both parties will be defeated in 2019. In APC, we have fascists everywhere. Some of them are very small (diminutive) yet they are fascists. These people are more dangerous than Buhari. They have more media attention than even Mr President. These are people who have lost their credibility, old people who are no longer capable of being in leadership positions. So it must not just be ‘Buhari Must Go’ because anybody can as well be worse than Buhari.’’
‘’There are values that must guide our leaders. Our people are people of integrity. Our leaders should be able to champion our positive values. There are leaders who talk down on the country, that Nigeria is corrupt, and they think they can increase their political value by debasing and demeaning the country and talking down on their people. Our people are people of values and that is the country that I grew up to know.
We must change the context within which politics is being played in the country so we can have a sane conversation on the way forward,’’ he said.