Kingsley Moghalu, an aspirant for the office of President in the 2019 general election, has decided to contest the presidential election as a candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP).

At an event in Abuja, the nation’s capital, Professor Moghalu told supporters of his To Build A Nation (TBAN) movement, members of the Kingsley Moghalu Support Organisation (KIMSO), YPP officials and members, and the media that his choice of party platform was reached after careful thought, wide consultations, and consistent with his overall strategy to win the election.

Kingsley, as the erudite presidential aspirant said he wishes to be called by his supporters across the country, said he chose YPP because of its ideology and national spread and structures across the country. He said the party has strength in its membership’s breadth and depth as a grassroots party of youth majority.

“This choice is consistent with my view that the traditional and old-wine-in-new-wineskin parties of recycled and failed politicians are not compatible platforms with my aspiration to provide transformational leadership for our country,” said Moghalu.

He called on Nigerians of like minds, young and with a shared vision of the country’s economic and political transformation to join the YPP as members and to contest various national and state elections down the line in 2019.

YPP has as its slogan “Service to the People.” According to information on its website (www.ypp.ng), the party was formed — and duly registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) — in 2017 to meet the pent-up demand for the actualisation of social democratic principles and inclusive governance in Nigeria.

According to officials of the YPP, the party has grassroots presence in all the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, with party officials already directing its affairs in 30 states and the Abuja headquarters.

Prof. Moghalu said his vision for Nigeria is a tripod of rebuilding our nation, combating poverty and unemployment, and restoring Nigeria’s pride of place in the comity of nations.

He promised to form an inclusive government in which competent young Nigerians, abundant in every part of the country, will serve the country dutifully. He said his inclusivity commitments include equal representation of the genders in his appointive positions as President, and support for women seeking public leadership in the elective positions.

To substantiate his ability to lead Nigeria to economic transformation, the presidential aspirant, pointed out his achievements of effective intervention and reform of the banking sector as Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), between 2009 and 2014, under the overall effective leadership of then-CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi (now Emir of Kano). Moghalu was appointed CBN Deputy Governor by President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Moghalu said that on the basis of his performance at the CBN and his seminal book, Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter, he was appointed Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a premier US university in Boston, Massachusetts.

To underscore his political leadership experience, Moghalu pointed to his roles at the United Nations, in helping to rebuild broken nations, including Rwanda after the genocide, Cambodia and Croatia. He was one of five members of the high-level Redesign Panel on the UN Internal Justice System that overhauled the regulatory compliance, accountability, and dispute resolution framework that governs the global workforce of the United Nations.

He also highlighted his various philanthropic and social interventions, as Founder of the Isaac Moghalu Foundation (IMoF) and the think-tank, Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET). These institutions, the aspirant said, advance education, strengthen society and foster inclusive prosperity.

The general elections will hold in February next year for the offices of president, state governors, and federal and state legislatures. Nigerians of the age of 18 and above are eligible to vote. Voters registration and collection of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC), required for voting, are continuing nationwide at INEC’s designated centres and offices nationwide.