Fela Durotoye is the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN). He speaks about his mission and imaginative and prescient for Nigeria.
You emerged ANN presidential candidate by way of what some say was a controversial main. What impression does that depart of the celebration?
The Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) is a celebration that holds transparency, integrity and excellence as its core values. There have been two of us contesting for the social gathering’s nomination as Presidential candidate, myself and Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim. A day to the presidential main, Mr. Olawepo-Hashim despatched a letter to the social gathering chairman, Emmanuel Dania and the Board of Trustees, withdrawing from the race. Nevertheless, because it was a day to the first, his identify remained on the poll. The main was held within the presence of 5 officers of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC). The delegates overwhelmingly voted for my imaginative and prescient for a New Nigeria and entrusted the get together’s mandate to me with 240 votes to Mr. Olawepo-Hashim’s seven votes. Mr. Olawepo-Hashim and a number of other get together members created a faction of the celebration, held parallel primaries with out officers of INEC. They’ve nevertheless now joined the Individuals’s Belief Get together.
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I’ll merely say that the previous order of cash politics has no place within the ANN and people of us remaining within the ANN are patriots who need the perfect for our nation. Those that sowed discord, lies and propaganda so as to additional their very own private agenda to the detriment of true democracy are not with us.
The group Presidential Aspirants Coming Collectively (PACT), initially adopted you as consensus candidate. However all the actors who supposedly adopted you at the moment are presidential candidates in different political events. Does that imply that the PACT is not of impact?
To be clear, PACT hasn’t collapsed, somewhat, we now have synergised our assets, visions and construction right into a extra formidable platform, the Alliance for New Nigeria. About 20 presidential aspirants got here collectively to type the PACT alliance. We recognised that we have been stronger collectively than divided. So, we would have liked to return collectively, place our private pursuits apart for the great of Nigeria and finally provide you with a course of to decide on a consensus aspirant, who we might all throw our weight behind. Ultimately, 13 aspirants adopted by way of these conversations and I emerged from that course of.
The strategy of PACT factors out the distinction between politics and nation constructing. Politicians are serious about bitter competitors whereas nation builders are eager about higher collaboration. So whereas some aspirants at the moment are candidates on totally different platforms, I consider that constructing a brand new Nigeria, beginning in 2019 is a staff effort. If all of us come collectively, as a group; as I consider we’ll, and put Nigeria first and ourselves final, and supply true servant management, Nigerians will realise their choices usually are not restricted to the lesser of two evils, however a larger good can also be obtainable.
What’s your imaginative and prescient for Nigeria, 58 years after independence the nation appears to be moving into circles, what are you bringing to the desk?
My imaginative and prescient is obvious. A rustic that’s the world’s most fascinating nation to reside in, work or do enterprise with by December 31, 2025. I’m not even providing a greater Nigeria; I’m providing a brand new Nigeria. A brand new Nigeria shouldn’t be negotiable. Fifty-Eight years in the past, the world had excessive hopes for our nation as a number of younger individuals got here collectively for a specific objective, to start a brand new, unbiased nation. They weren’t tied down by political contraptions of zoning, tribe or faith. We have been Nigerians. We have been a nation that the world had excessive hopes for.
My management is providing a brand new Nigeria the place alternatives abound for everybody. We’ll construct a brand new Nigeria the place what is on the market to the wealthy is accessible to the poor. We’ll construct a brand new Nigeria the place we’re seen as Nigerians, and never the tribes we come from. I supply a chance to construct a brand new Nigeria the place turbines are silent as a result of energy is current, the place our regulation enforcement officers are probably the most skilled and distinguished on the planet and the place we’re the primary choice for Nigerians to teach their youngsters. I’m providing visionary management for brand spanking new Nigerians to delivery and construct a brand new nation. My imaginative and prescient is to revive our misplaced hope and glory in being Nigerian. At the moment, we’ve been divided by politicians who’ve efficiently engaged in selling our variety as variations to allow them to divide and rule us. That’s why my candidacy isn’t about politics, it’s about nation constructing. We now have had a number of many years of politics and it hasn’t labored. It’s time for a brand new period, of nation constructing. That’s why I don’t interact in giving sound bites so I could make the information or maligning the character of different candidates to attain some low cost political factors. That’s not what the brand new Nigeria is about.
Many politicians now play up the difficulty of restructuring and it appears the subject would play crucial position within the consequence of the 2019 presidential election. What’s your place on that?
I recognise and perceive the significance of restructuring, however I don’t consider it’s nearly useful resource management. My ideas on useful resource management are primarily on truthful distribution of the assets. Presently,
the Federal Authorities is the best beneficiary of useful resource management. In true federalism, the states personal a lot of the income that come from the assets discovered of their territories. However I consider that the states themselves shouldn’t be the only beneficiaries. In a Fela Durotoye administration, Gross Home Product (GDP) wouldn’t be an financial complexity, GDP should get right down to my pocket. If it doesn’t attain the widespread man, it’s simply huge english. I consider that the communities the place the assets are discovered ought to get 20 %, the native authorities ought to get 20 %, the states ought to get 20 % and the Federal Authorities ought to get 40 %. Now, for causes of monetary transparency and probity, the cash generated from these assets will probably be allotted to a particular fund to develop these communities, constructing roads, faculties and hospitals, to allow them to see their lives getting higher from the assets they personal. Going into restructuring, I consider that a lot of the agitation is as a result of there isn’t a clear imaginative and prescient that binds us as Nigerians that we will channel our distinctive variety to create a united, new Nigeria and secondly, there isn’t a truthful and equitable distribution of assets. I consider that the Federal Authorities should create a nationwide normal that’s replicated throughout all states. For instance, there must be a nationwide housing code, or normal for a way thick our roads must be, what number of youngsters ought to be in a faculty and what colors their lecture rooms must be. I consider states ought to be given the authority to generate their very own energy, safe their very own borders with their very own police, however we should additionally strengthen our establishments just like the judiciary, regulation enforcement, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) and INEC amongst others to be unbiased of manipulation. We should take politics out of governance and rework our structure.
Some Nigerians see the presidential election as a two-horse race between the All Progressives Congress (APC) President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP). The ANN doesn’t seem within the permutations. What do you say to that?
It’s truly a 3 horse race between, President Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the tens of millions of Nigerians who’ve been failed by each the APC and the PDP. The ANN would characterize these Nigerians. Nigerians are talking out now as a result of for the final 20 years of our democracy, they’ve seen politicians rule with impunity, making lofty guarantees that they don’t intend to maintain. I would like these individuals to see in me, a person identical to them who will make a single promise to them; to place Nigeria first, Nigerians second and himself final. The ANN could also be a brand new get together, however we all know the complaints of Nigerians. Each Nigerian who doesn’t consider within the APC or the PDP is an ANN member. We’re the social gathering that represents Nigerians that are uninterested in how the nation is. We aren’t politicians, we’re nation builders. We’re the social gathering for many who don’t consider within the APC or the PDP.
So that you don’t consider the APC and the PDP have answer to the nation’s issues?
Whenever you need to construct a home, you’ll have the cash to rent painters, bricklayers, carpenters and purchase supplies; however none of these issues are crucial. The single most necessary factor you want to construct a home is intangible nevertheless it controls the bodily. You want a imaginative and prescient of the kind of home you need to construct. Your imaginative and prescient will ultimately decide the variety of bricklayers, carpenters and masons you should rent. So my reply is what imaginative and prescient does President Buhari or former Vice President, Atiku have?
My imaginative and prescient could be very clear and I’ve been saying it and dealing in my very own means in the direction of it since 2004. It’s to construct Nigeria into the world’s most fascinating nation to reside in by December 31, 2025. That’s seven years and two months from now. My imaginative and prescient is to make this nation the primary choice for all Nigerians to reside, work and do enterprise and the popular vacation spot for overseas direct investments.
What do you recommendation Nigerians to do?
In a nutshell, I’d say vote your values, vote for the candidate that presents a chance for a brand new Nigeria that works for all and never some. The 2019 elections are usually not between the APC and the PDP. It’s a choice between the previous Nigeria represented by the APC, the PDP and others like them and the brand new Nigeria. It’s a choice between politics and governance. It’s a choice between politicians and nation builders. It’s a choice between expertise and experience.
It’s a choice between staying with our horrible previous and making an attempt a brand new, clear future. It’s the choice between having one additional hour of sunshine and by no means having to say ‘Up NEPA again.’ My recommendation is for all Nigerians to return out and vote. Don’t sit at house and watch it on TV. Don’t say your vote gained’t rely; as a result of if that was true, then why are politicians shopping for them? Don’t say individuals haven’t heard about Fela, inform individuals about him and the ANN. Don’t say Fela Durotoye gained’t win, so I gained’t waste my vote. If 100 million individuals determine to waste their vote on Fela Durotoye, we’ll win.