MOGHALU, EZEKWESILI, DUROTOYE: PUPPETS AND MERE TOOLS IN THE HANDS OF THE OLD ORDER- SOWORE.
It is now clear to the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoleye Sowore that political interests far surpass friendship ties as his counterparts in ANN, ACPN, and YPP ignore his call for debate boycott following his exclusion.
Piqued by the exclusion of its presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate in the debates organized by the National Election debate group, (NEDG) and Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, (BON), the African Action Congress (AAC), had expected three of the listed parties, the AAN, ACPN and YPP to boycott the debates as a sign of solidarity to those that did not make the list.
Five political parties were selected by the organisers and already participated in the first debate on Friday, 14th December, 2018 involving the vice presidential candidates thereby completely ignoring the call by AAN.
A statement issued by the Director General of the Sowore 2019 campaign/takeitBack Movement, Dr. Malcolm Fabiyi few hours before the commencement of the debate, called out specifically on these candidates, Fela Durotoye of the ANN, Oby Ezekwesili of the ACPN, and Kingsley Moghalu of YPP to also boycott the presidential debate scheduled for January 2019.
The trio of Ezekwesili, Durotoye and Moghalu had taken to their various twitter handles to join other Nigerians in calling for the inclusion of other candidates such as Sowore and Duke before his sack in the exercise.
Dissatisfied with their position, Sowore’s campaign movement, says the candidates ought to show integrity, decisiveness and courage by shelving plans to attend the debate.
“While we salute them for their tweets, we ask them to do more. Tweets are cheap. Now that they have talked the talk, the question is, will they walk the walk? These candidates know that their questions will not be answered simply because they asked nicely on twitter. They know that they must act- with integrity, decisiveness and courage if they claim to be part of the youth vanguard for change, this is their test of character.”
The Director said, “the plan to exclude Omoleye Sowore, presidential candidate of the AAC from the presidential debate is a deliberate attempt by the establishment to exclude the leading generational voice of Nigeria’s youth in a debate about Nigeria’s future.”
The statement further tried to psyche those candidates by urging them to stay away from the VP debate to prove they belong to the new order. But that did not happen
The statement partly read, “Later today, the vice Presidential debates will hold, if the VP candidates of the AAN, YPP and ACPN, get on that debate stage at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, we will have our answer about what moral character these youth candidates are truly made of. We will finally know whether they are authentic voices of transformation and change, or whether they are puppets and mere tools in the hands of the old political order.”
“The struggle to reclaim Nigeria will continue. We will know tonight whether we can count on Moghalu, Durotoye and Ezekwesili to be part of that historic train, Nigeria MUST progress,” it concluded.