Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
Moghalu, who was a former UN officer, emerged through delegates’ election at the party’s first National Convention and Presidential Primaries on Saturday in Abuja.
Moghalu scored 243 votes out of 253 accredited delegates, after his only opponent, Mr Donald Igwegbu, stepped down for him.
Igwegbu, while announcing his decision to step down, said he took the decision not because he was not qualified to contest in 2019 but because Moghalu shared the same vision with him.
Igwegbu called on party members and his supporters to support Moghalu, while urging other politicians to emulate his spirit of sportsmanship.
He said: “Let us embrace spirit of love and patriotism.”
However, in his acceptance speech, Mogbalu said Nigeria needed a leader of international repute, not politicians that had failed the country.
“More than ever before, Nigeria needs to be driven by a vision, informed by a worldview that determines everything else.
“Up till about 40 years ago, China was viewed as a basket case; overpopulated, unproductive and ruined economically by policies of the decades prior to that.
“Today, they snap their fingers and nearly every single African Head of state shows up in China with their hands out, eager for Chinese largesse. That’s what a country driven by a worldview can achieve.
“In accepting the presidential ticket of this great party, I stand here before you to say that Nigeria is fully capable of achieving greatness at home and abroad in our lifetimes.
“But this cannot happen with the normal way of doing things, the so-called Nigerian way,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile Nigeria daily times has previously reported that prof. Moghalu has rejected the result of PACT election and Decides to compete from another, after fela Durotoye emerges as consensus candidate.