Okwe Obi, Abuja
A party chieftain and a presidential aspirant on the platform of Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Dr. Davidson Akhimien, has said that visionary leadership remains an elixir to Nigeria’s development.
Dr. Akhimien said this recently, in Abuj,a when he declared to contest for the office of the presidency recently, in Abuja.
He expressed sadness over the lingering poverty biting hard on Nigerians, stressing that the country has no reason to be poor.
He noted that the nation is blessed beyond human comprehension with natural resources which should be harnessed for the good of all, promising to change the sad reality if elected president of Nigeria.
His words, “Visionary leadership, good governance remain elixir to Nigeria’s development.
“Nigerians from all works of life have watched and have continued to lament over the decayed condition of our nation that has gradually decrease into abyss.”
The Edo State-born politician also frowned at the ranking of Nigeria being the world poverty capital.
“In the statement released by the world poverty clock, Nigeria has taken over India in the world of poverty index as the world capital on earth.
“We are a nation endowed with natural resources. I consider this a misnomer.
“When we continue to boost about how great our nature is it is important that we realise that our great nation today only indexed in potential.
“We need leadership that will harness these potentialities to achieve greatness in real and concrete terms.
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“When greatness does not translate to food on the table of the common man, meaningful employment and empowerment of mass majority of our people, especially with quality and affordable health care, quality education for optimal human capacity development, justice for all irrespective of class, creed or clan, that greatness lives much to be desired.
“Nigerians deserve better with the population of over 200 million people, we have no business with poverty with we also abundantly blessed,” he added.
He challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold to the tenets of democracy, devoid of the manipulation of elections results to favour desperate politicians.
“I call on INEC to rise to the challenge of conducting free, fair and credible elections. What happened in Ekiti and Osun States should not repeat itself, adding desperate politicians should not be allowed to truncate our democratic process.”