After months of suspense, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has chosen to run for president on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP). 

He made the announcement in Abuja on Thursday.

Moghalu said his choice of YPP was borne out of thorough assessment as he did not want a party with moneybags and recycled politicians.

He explained that despite invitations from various political parties, his vision for a radically political leadership for Nigeria made him stay away from the old order.

Moghalu described YPP as “a great party with a tantalising promise and a notice of evacuation to Nigeria’s recycled politicians”.

“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),” he said.

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“The Young Progressive Party has over the past year set up full and final structures – extensive offices, with an extensive pool of party officials, operatives, volunteers across the country. This is a grassroots-oriented party. Matched with our historic network and cell leaders across Nigeria in every one of the 6 geo-political zones of the country, this is a union made in possibilities,” he stated.

While urging Nigerians home and abroad to join him in YPP, the presidential aspirant said: “We need those who want to shake up tbe House of Representatives, to shake up the Houses of Assembly and shake up our local government councils across Nigeria to join us now, and work with us to execute our plans.

“Today calls for leaders not for politicians. We have been all politics in this country but no leadership. What transforms is not politics but leadership and politics is only a part of that process.

“So today I have made up my mind and I have taken a stand for Nigeria and for its future and today I wait for you to put your action where your mouth is. It is now, not tomorrow and not later fellow Nigerians. Join me in this difficult walk that stands ahead of us as we seek to chart a new future for our country. It is possible and it can be done.”

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