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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Politics Africa: Former Gov. of Kaduna state says Atiku, Buhari cannot solve Nigeria’s problems


Former Gov. of Kaduna state says Atiku, Buhari cannot solve Nigeria’s problems

A Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has stressed that the solution to Nigeria’s problems isn’t in the hands of both presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari. 
Balarabe while lamenting the lack of a strong third alternative noted that the expensive nature of campaigns and the lack of resources and funding have relegated other presidential candidates without any hope of winning.
The elder statesman confessed that it was rather unfortunate that Nigeria was stuck with Buhari and Atiku despite having 91 political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) owing to the fact that Nigeria politics is ‘Money Politics’.
Balarabe said while speaking with Daily Independent that other 89 political parties aside from APC and PDP were just participating in the 2019 presidential election for the sake of contesting because they lacked the resources required to contest presidential elections.
He said: “The APC and PDP are the only ones with the resources to contest the presidency. All other 89 political parties do not have the resources to contest the presidency. Those of them who are contesting are just doing so for contesting sake.
“This is money politics and Nigeria’s politics is very expensive. The deciding factor in Nigeria politics is money power. The other 89 will contest because they have been registered and the constitution allows them, but only the PDP and APC are contesting with the hope of winning.
“It is unfortunate for the country because none of the two candidates – President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar – is relevant.
“None of them will win and do anything to correct the negative state of the nation, but we are confronted with only these two.
“It is important to have a third alternative. Various organisations have tried to have a third alternative but it has not been possible. So, we are faced with these two.”

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