Leading legal luminary Afe Babalola said Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election, scheduled for February 25, will be won by the most spender and not the best candidates among the contenders.
Babalola said this on Thursday during a press briefing in Ado Ekiti.
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He expressed concern that the 2023 general election will be held against his advice under the 1999 constitution, saying the poll will only reproduce those who have left Nigeria in a filthy state.
He said: “It is not who can make a difference that will win this election, I repeat, it is not the person who has everything it takes – age, health, education and patriotism, who will win the election; the winner of this election i can be sure will be the person who made money in this country.
“It’s the person who has the money who will win,” the legal icon added.
According to Babalola, former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent endorsement of the Labor Party’s Peter Obi does not take into account the role moneybags will play in the election.
Only a new constitution with strict conditions for political candidates can save Nigeria from total collapse.
Babalola added: “A man who wants to rule all or part of the country must be screened. Has he ever worked before, what kind of work did he do, did he steal there, was he a good manager, does he pay his taxes regularly, what contribution did he make to society?
“You can’t just come out of nowhere and become president, become governor, become a member of the house; these are corporate businessmen.
“I still stand by my suggestion that any election under the current 1999 constitution cannot and will not produce new leaders with new ideas, but that any election under the 1999 constitution will only result in the recycling of people who have brought distress to Nigeria. poverty and unemployment. , underfunded education and insecurity,” he said.
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