A business mogul, Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim who is also a son of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Kogi States, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, has joined the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and declared interest to run for the 2023 Presidency.
Prince Malik in company of his wife and family members said during a press conference in Thursday in Abuja that his intention to run for presidency was due to the leadership challenge in the country.
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He said Nigeria needs a leader who would unite the country and carry everybody along irrespective of religion or tribe.
“This is not an ordinary time in Nigeria, we have seen mediocrity reign, we have seen people losing interest in Nigeria, we have greatness within us but we are just letting things happen, things don’t just happen.
“If you do not sow, you will not reap, don’t expect that if you leave things void, excellence will shine, mediocrity will rule.
“I have a love for Nigeria, I lived outside this country for 47 years, studied, worked hard and I came home, not because I didn’t have any other thing to do, but I have things to do here, then I learned, I listened and I got involved,” he said.
On why he joined the YPP and no other parties, Prince Ado-Ibrahim said, “I am joining YPP because if I try this I want to do in any other party in this country, I will be shuffled to the bottom of the party.
“We are stuck giving the mantle of leadership to people who do not completely understand what the bulk of this population means, we don’t want a president by name, we demand leadership.”
He also said that Nigeria needs a visionary leader and that the current leadership of the country has failed woefully.
He said, “I am telling every young person in Nigeria, you cannot give up, these are ordinary times that requires extraordinary measures, get involved, there is a party waiting for you called YPP.
“The establishment has failed us woefully, nobody should be left behind, it is important that we have to find a ‘Uniter-in-Chief’, somebody who loves this country, who is not going to ask you where are you from but will ask you what are the contents of your heart, what do you to the table.”
Earlier, the National Chairman of YPP, Mr. Emmanuel Bishop Amakiri, said Prince Malik Ado resonates with the YPP ideology.
“We have provided the vehicle for Nigerians now which is the YPP and the doors are open for like minds, men and women of distinct character and moral nobility that can come and help to reset Nigeria.
“Nigeria needs a reset of leadership because all the things we are going through today in our country is as a result of leadership failure and I can tell you that once leadership is fixed every other thing is possible,” Amakiri said.