Few days to the presidential election, a coalition of civil society groups across the country have adopted the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Presidential candidate and its Vice President ,Prof Yemi Osinbajo. The groups which met in Lagos under the auspices of the Nigerian Human Rights Community, (NHRC) said given the alternatives available for Nigerians, the APC candidates will best serve the interest of Nigerians.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, the Director of Publicity of the NHRC, Mr Taiwo Adeleye and its Assistant Secretary General Azubuike Egbe said Nigerians will be committing a grave blunder if the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) is allowed to return to power.
The two were flanked by other officials, Mr Wale Arogundade, Sola Ajayi and Mrs Feyi Omolade. The NHRC, a coalition of hundreds of civil society and community based organisations, CBOs said in its view, a return to the locust years will be disastrous for the future of Africa’s most famous country.
The NHRC General Secretary said, “The victory of the PDP will mean Mr. Corruption sitting as the President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria and Mr. Graft as the Senate President.
As civil right movements that have fought a string of battles since the years of the military, we have historic responsibility to ensure this does not happen.
‘’Interestingly, the forces backing the PDP elements were some of those that ran the country to a shipwreck especially in the military era after which some of their cronies took over at the national level in 1999.”
The group said it considered certain factors, the personal credibility of the two leading contenders and the need to save Nigerian political space by corrupt and morally deficient people.
“It will be worst to have a man that has no iota of credibility at home and abroad to sit as the No one citizen of the country.
I have a proven corrupt man as the most important figure in Nigeria. We belief with the credibility of Buhari and Osinbajo, their errors of recent past can be corrected in the most honest manner.”