United States-based Oil Magnate, SKC Ogbonnia, has declared his
intention to vie for the Presidency, on the platform of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 Presidential election.
a notable supporter of Buhari’s 2015 election bid, is the Chairman of
First Texas Energy Corporation, and also the Secretary-General of
Nigeria Union Diaspora, NUD, a group that projects the interests of
Nigeria in the United States of America.
Ogbonnia’s statement issued on Thursday, the Awgu, Enugu State-born
Businessman, said his decision followed consultations with Nigerians,
and the resolve not to allow “a visionless clique continues to dictate
statement reads: “After wide consultations within Nigeria and around
the world, I have decided to seek the office of the President of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, under All Progressive Congress (APC).
decision did not come easy. But there comes a time to say, enough is
enough. We can no longer sit idly by, while a visionless clique
continues to dictate our future. We can no longer sit on the sidelines
while the masses, particularly the youth, continue to wallow in abject
poverty and despair, despite abundant human and natural resources in the
land. We must no longer sit and watch politicians deploy our
commonwealth to send their families overseas for their education and
healthcare while the masses at home have nowhere to go for their
welfare. We can do much better.
this campaign is not business as usual. It represents the much-awaited
democratic mass revolution to take back our country and make it better
for all. The movement calls for a new breed of leaders, including the
youth, who have the zeal and the competencies to cope with the demands
of the 21st century. The movement calls for a visionary and dynamic
leader with the requisite knowledge, preparations, experiences, and the
capacity to transform Nigeria to greatness
movement beckons an upright leader who is not part of the status quo—a
leader who has the moral audacity to demonstrate consequences for bad
behaviour in Nigeria without minding whose ox is gored. Moreover, this
critical time in history demands a president who truly believes in the
unity of Nigeria—a leader who understands that lasting unity is more
attainable through equity, justice, and progress for all.
Citizens now is the time; 2019 is the moment, and I am that leader.
Also encouraging is that there is a wide path to victory. The masses, as
well as the international community, yearn for true democratic change
in Nigeria. And we the masses are the majority. We have equally become
wiser. We shall no longer allow politicians to buy our votes for their
selfish interests. We shall no longer allow them to use ethnicity or
religion to divide us as usual. We are united by common faith and the
of all, we shall fulfil our promises. We shall not be beholden to the
selfish wishes of an oligarchy that typically funds Nigerian campaigns.
Our team has the resources to fund this campaign—from the wards to the
national level. What we need instead, is God’s guidance and active
support from the masses.
decision to continue with APC is quite in order. To encourage strong
opposition activity and efficient checks and balances in governance,
Nigeria’s democracy does not need too many political parties. Therefore,
having made a defining history by displacing a dominant corrupt party
from power, APC remains a beacon of hope for our democratic future.
we shall reposition the party as a model for true change, in line with
its founding principles. We are well set to provoke a paradigm shift in
the APC to meet the yearnings of the masses.
Nigerians, this movement is not about me. It is not about East, West,
North or South. It is not about this zone or that zone. The movement is
all about our inner conscience as Nigerians. It is about the future of
our beloved country. It is about making Nigeria great for all. And we
will win, God’s willing.”