2023: We don’t need electoral laws to conduct free, fair elections – Ohuabunwa

The Founder of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has said Nigeria doesn’t need any electoral law to conduct free and fair elections.

Ohuabunwa, who recently declared intention to contest the 2023 presidential election, stated this Wednesday in Abuja, while unveiling a political group, The New Nigeria Group (NNG), a platform to pursue his ambition.

Fielding questions from journalists, the business magnet said: “We don’t need any electoral law to conduct free and fair elections. We don’t. It is for us to determine to have a free and fair election and this can happen in my favour and the favour of Nigeria.”

He expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would bequeath a legacy of free and fair elections to Nigerians at the end of his tenure, adding that the president would sign the Electoral Reforms Bill being considered by the National Assembly into law.

“I am not trusting in Buhari to do the electoral reforms, I don’t put my trust in any human being, because remember the Bible said how miserable for anybody that trusts in the arm of flesh.

“What I have said is that from what I have seen in the last two elections, I am not talking about an electoral law or no electoral law.

“I said I can read the President’s body language. He is interested. I predicted this in Benin (City) during the election that (Godwin) Obaseki’s election was going to be a part of the new Nigeria.

“I said so and it is on tape because I knew from what I saw there the election was generally free and fair and it worked and Ondo was almost the same thing.

“I am seeing a trend and that trend will continue. Again Nigerians have become wiser, because they have been in this business for too long, they have been collecting money and they end up where they started.

“They have been pushed to do what they don’t want to do, vote for people they don’t believe in because of pecuniary considerations or stomach infrastructure and after that, they are returned to penury.

“Nigerians are becoming enlightened and that is the job of the New Nigerian Group to get more Nigerians to understand that if we want to change the situation we must take our state in our hands vote the right candidate, protect the votes as they did in the two states of Edo and Ondo.”

Ohuabunwa said the NNG, plans to mobilize like-minded citizens to install enlightened, visionary, and committed leadership in the country.

“To make the country a first-world nation where all the citizens live in harmony, are treated equally to achieve peace and prosperity for all,” he said.

The former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Pfizer/Neimeth listed the core values and guiding philosophy of the group to include knowledge, industry, integrity, patriotism, justice, freedom/liberty and godliness.

He noted that the four challenges facing the country, which he hoped to tackle if voted into office as president, included poverty, corruption, injustice and insecurity.

According to him, solving the problem of poverty would largely solve the problem of corruption, while solutions to injustice would help deal with insecurity.

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