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2023: Dumebi tasks media on defending nation’s Democracy

By Palma Ileye

Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Party, ADC, in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Dumebi Kachikwu has tasks the media to do more in defending Nigerians and Democracy in their respective reportage and News reporting.

Dumebi made this disclosure to journalists in Abuja while giving an insight into what he would do differently as a presidential candidate under the ADC if elected as president of the country.

Speaking on Nigeria’s current situation, he noted that the status of a failed nation has been achieved under the current administration taken into cognizance the many challenges the country was battling with due to corrupt and bad leadership which has over the years left many ordinary citizens in a pathetic and unfortunate situations.

According to him “We have to understand in the 2023, Buhari who we abused everyday will not be on the ballot paper in the forthcoming 2023 general elections but his failed government might be on the ballot, but Nigerians with their culture and attitudes will be on the ballot, the world will be watching us, because the world will not listen to us again, for decades, we have done this all the time, we know who we are not supposed to vote for but we continue to vote for this people’s, a typical example is what play out at the PDP and APC Presidential Primaries”.

The ADC presidential flagbearer further noted that many Nigerians have failed to understand that fours years was a long term if they fail to do the right thing once again and that 7 years of this current administration has gone down the drain, stressing that it has been “7 years of pains of misery and sufferings, lost opportunities, hope being dashed and many Nigerians wallowing in abject poverty.”

He stressed that the interested of the few has continued to destroy Nigeria, tasking the media to do more in defending Nigerians and Democracy.

He continued “Self is destroying Nigeria, the interest of the few is what continue to destroy Nigeria but beyond those peoples who voted in the current leaders, what of the media, how has the media interrogate that process, the media has a job to defend democracy, to defend Nigerians, when government failed, when all else failed the role of the media is protect society but if the media failed to undertake their work the way it should be and do the needful, society is in jeopardy.

“If the media do not care about the plight of Nigerians, then, who will? “We Have failed as people’s, We are desensitized, the most painful things for me as a Nigerian is seen the common man desensitized to the plight of the common man like himself, that’s where the society has lost everything, when the media cannot tells us that over three hundred peoples died in Benue state, if you did not tell that story, who will tell the story?”

He explained that his interest in becoming the president of Nigeria was not out of desperation or self interest but rather than the interest of all Nigerians and the future of the country.

“I am someone who cares about the people and the future of this nation, I am not like other people’s who run for an office in order for it to sustain them all their lives, I run a private business and that of the presidency is a patriotic duty which requires me to do what’s necessary to address the so many challenges bedeviling the Nation as a rescue mission,” he further explained.

On Electoral Process, he stated that “I think the time is too short, at least it should take like eighteen months because Nigerians need a long time to be able to assess candidates, the time is too short even with what happened in the various party Primaries, two months, how will delegates be able to assess who their various candidates are” the law is something else in Nigeria, the people who made the laws do it out of corruption, how do u expect a delegates to know the aspirants in two or three months, the issues is who paid the most or the highest bidder, until we have people who do not have the mindset of themselves when they are making laws, we continue to be in this situations”

He maintained on the current Electoral Act hopefully if becoming president, there’s going to be an amendment to it to represent the whole interest of the people.

On the Continuous Voter’s registration exercise, he also maintained that there was no reason not to allow the people to register even if elections was a month before, adding that the excuses given by INEC, the nation’s independent electoral body regarding the continuous voters registration was out of place.

He urge Nigerians to go out and get themselves registered and rally round the African Democratic Party for the rightful and sincere leadership that will turn the country into a modern Nation.

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