Former presidential media aide, Doyin Okupe has disclosed why he wants to contest the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
Naija News had reported that Okupe had on October 5, 2021, made his intention known to vie for the nation’s number one political seat.
In an interview with Daily Trust on Saturday, Okupe said he is vying for the presidency in order to solve the insecurity situation in the country, reunite the nation and expand its economic base.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain added that he wants to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 to reduce the suffering of the poor, provide for the needy, and generally make life worthy to live.
He stated that he had written to the president in private to take certain steps in reducing hunger and other issues in the country ahead of the 2023 elections.
He said: “I am personally and intensively motivated by myself and the condition I see in the country. I am in the race to save the lives of Nigerians, reduce the suffering of the poor, provide for the needy, repair and re-unite Nigeria, expand its economic base and generally make life worthy to live. That’s my mission.
“We are not safe today and I am afraid that only God can help us, such that before 2023 we won’t have a major crisis that would be caused by hunger.
“Today, N1,000 is not enough to feed anybody. The elites are joking. We don’t have the luxury. There is a major crisis here already, and it is a non-partisan thing. One person is not to blame.
“There is a cumulative problem in Nigeria, and if we don’t quickly attend to it, we may all be in jeopardy. I have written to the president in private, stating that I was afraid that if certain steps are not taken, the 2023 elections would not even take place.”
Speaking of his chances of winning the PDP presidential ticket, Okupe stated that he has a big chance of winning the ticket because he is coming mainly for the poor.
Okupe added that he will leave his chances for Nigerians to decide after reading his manifesto and going through his plans for the country.
He said: “I will leave my chances for Nigerians to decide, but what I will do will be unprecedented. If God gives me a chance, I am coming mainly for the poor. Since 1960 we have not had a government that has the driving force to cater for the poor. Some have done their best, but now is the time to look at the poor.
“What makes Nigeria the poverty capital of the world has to be stopped. Poverty will endanger the existence of Nigeria.
The entire North is in the conflagration and it is poverty, sustained human neglect and disparity in wealth distribution that are behind it. Poverty endangers prosperity. This is not a keg of gunpowder, it is an explosion.”