IKE Keke, a retired United States serviceman was elected the presidential flag bearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), in the party’s national convention in Abuja on Sunday.
The presidential candidate promised that his administration would fight corruption, strengthen weak institutions and ensure transparency and accountability in governance.
He also promised to ensure true federalism, telling party delegates to look forward to a system that is focused towards strengthening the nation’s unity through restructuring and ensuring that Nigeria returned “to what it was originally intended to be”.
“We plan to bring the best advancements and technologies in modern agriculture to help Nigeria become self-sufficient and a globally acknowledged agricultural nation.
“Our culture and tourism plan will develop the rich culture of the more than 500 ethnic groups in the country to meet global best practices.
“Our plan will further unite the country, while modelling her unity in diversity as an example for the world to know that humans can live in harmony regardless of colour, gender, ethnicity, religion or creed.”
Keke said his proposed plans would lead to economic transformation and stability. “Our vision on education, health, environment, infrastructure, foreign policy, entertainment and other critical sectors of the economy would guarantee the transformation Nigeria desires.”
The ex-serviceman, who is in the race with President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Donald Duke and other presidential flag bearers, promised that his regime would set the road map for healing, unity and prosperity of the nation.
Dipo Olayoku, the Chairman of the party’s convention committee said the peaceful aspirants and party members was an evidence that NNPP was the best party for Nigeria.
“If you compare this with the violence and records of death across the country, in the primaries of other political parties, you will agree with me that with the NNPP, the dawn of a new Nigeria is here.
“The party’s choice of candidate who will fly the party’s flag in the 2019 general elections is in tandem with the mood of the country for a generational shift.
“The choice before Nigerians in 2019 is very simple, either to continue with the old order which has made Nigeria a laughing stock or change our course,” he said.