Dumebi Kachikwu, the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress and CEO of Roots TV, on Wednesday revealed his spouse pleaded with him to bribe delegates within the just-concluded primaries to keep away from shame.
He mentioned that regardless of not spending a dime for delegates earlier than the first Election, he was shocked he defeated aspirants who shared cash to delegates.
Kachukwu revealed these whereas talking with journalists in Abuja. He additionally mentioned that after his victory, a number of calls he put to considered one of his opponents weren’t picked nor returned.
He mentioned, “I had a banquet for all of the delegates, introduced to them that I used to be an aspirant however instructed them I don’t have cash, they need to vote their conscience in order that if I win, my conscience will probably be free that I didn’t pay.
“If I lose, I’ve my enterprise to return to. So I don’t should be a President to work for Nigeria. I left them that night time, not figuring out what my destiny could be.
“I introduced to them that I used to be not going to offer anyone cash. Some have been upset, I left them not figuring out what my destiny was. My opponents shared cash to delegates. In the morning of subsequent day, my spouse mentioned, ‘please spend this money on delegates to avoid disgrace, you have it’ and I instructed her my conscience forbids that. I assumed it was over, I used to be already delivering my speech accepting defeat once I noticed that the physique language of the delegates have modified, they have been smiling with me.
“The most painful factor was to see losers go to the media to desecrate the method which produced me. They have been telling lies to the general public.
“I called one of the aspirants that I was coming, he said he wasn’t around Abuja but in Lagos. I flew to Lagos to see him, since then he didn’t take his calls.”
He additionally expressed fears over the 2023 elections, saying about 50 million Nigerians who’re members of the center class in city areas don’t take part in elections due to apathy.
“A country that has the kind of problems we have, we should respond to emergencies. The apathy in government is all time high. It is the reason why the same people continue to come back to governance. About 50 million people don’t take part in democratic governance”, he mentioned.
While acknowledging that there’s a very large job forward, Kachukwu mentioned, “Nigeria is condemned with selfishness and there’s need to change the way people act, think and reason.”
Kachukwu known as on the media to help him within the rescue mission to salvage Nigeria.
“There’s no common vision tying us as a people, that’s why we kill ourselves everyday. The media should give me a chance to run a race and Nigeria will be better for it. If I’m made the President of Nigeria, I will make a country that works for everyone.”
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