Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu has declared to run for Presidency in the 2019 election under the umbrella of the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The former CBN, who was also ex United Nations official, made the declaration at an event at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja today, Thursday, 24.
The presidential candidate said that despite invitations from various political parties to contest the 2019 election, his vision for a radically new political leadership for Nigeria – one with a vision and the capacity to build a new and different future for the country – led him to separate himself from the old order of failed and recycled politicians that have run Nigeria aground with poverty, insecurity and corruption as its national legacy.
He threw up some questions as to “Would the party I join share my vision of leadership as one of service and accountability? Would it be focused on the youth and our future while inclusive in its membership? Would it be nationwide in its spread and appeal as opposed to an ethnic or sectional focus? And would the party, from the standpoint of electoral strategy, be a viable platform with a structure to prosecute the struggle for a New Nigeria that is focused on the future and not the past?”
Professor Moghalu explained that due to these reflections, the Young Progressive Party became the right choice for him, a decision which he said was further re-emphasized through detailed consultation, a wide-ranging accumulation of data and information across the country and across a series of hard-nosed operatives, thinkers and doers.
“The Young Progressive Party is a great dare, a tantalizing promise, a notice of evacuation to Nigeria’s recycled political class. So I am here today to announce that in response to the parties of the past, in response to umbrellas that block out the light of hope, and brooms that sweep away truth and replace them with lies, in response to the parties of tired old tricks and tired old systems and tired old men, I and millions across Nigeria will choose the Young Progressive Party – YPP – the party of today and tomorrow.”