Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Young Progressive Party (YPP) presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential Elections, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has accused Nigerian youths of failing to actively participate in the recently conducted general elections.
Backstory: Widely perceived to be one of the front-running third party candidates, Moghalu woefully underperformed, polling just over 20,000 votes and ending up outside the Top 10 candidates by number of votes.
Youth as noisemakers: Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Moghalu could not hide his disappointment with the youth who clearly didn’t turn out for him.
- “The biggest disappointment was with the youths. The youth vote was absent. They make a lot of noise, they rant and rail but you will not see them on the voting day. And when they vote, they don’t vote in line with their rhetoric.”
2019 Elections not an Improvement on 2015’s: In a response to a question comparing the recent elections with the elections held in 2015 under former president Goodluck Jonathan, Moghalu argued that the 2019 polls weren’t any better.
“The organizational efficiency and effectiveness of the election was generally weak. We saw it. First, it was postponed at the last minute and in many parts of the country, there was chaos at the polling booths especially in rural areas,” he said.
Advice for the Buhari-led Federal Government: Moghalu adviced President Muhammadu Buhari to work hard and focus on three core areas, namely: national unity, building a vibrant economy and the nation’s security.
He also echoed the same sentiments of PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, calling for the privatization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Bottom Line: Moghalu needs to look in the mirror for the biggest disappointment of his campaign rather than blaming the voter. He was, after all, the candidate who shunned several entreaties to form alliances with other third party candidates. His argument was that his internal polling showed that he had 12 million votes in the bag already, despite his absent grassroot support. Now that his boasts did not translate to votes, he is suddenly finger-pointing.
- For someone hoping to mount another challenge for the presidency in 2023, humility and introspection could be useful tools.