A presidential aspirant and chairman of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Tope Fasua, has described the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as vehicles driven to gain illegal access to the commonwealth of Nigeria.
Mr Fasua said this during an interview at the public launch of his book and manifesto at the international conference centre in Abuja on Saturday.
He also addressed the issue of vote buying.
He said his party, ANRP, has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and the PDP on the issue of vote buying.
ANRP also called for the de-registration of the parties in accordance with the electoral law and its provisions on vote buying and the parties involved.
He said the offending parties were not qualified to be called political parties as they lack the ideology which is why the recent defection is easy for their members and is seen as normal.
“We are suing INEC and suing APC and PDP, asking for the de-licensing and de-registration of those two parties,” he said.
“They are special purpose vehicles for the illegal access to the common wealth of Nigeria and you can see that is why it is easy (for the) people are darting from one party to another, because there is no difference in ideology. We will contest it up to Supreme Court.”
Mr Fasua spoke on his ideas to restructure the economy as he believes economic restructuring is a precursor to any other type of restructuring.
“That is the first thing. If you put money in people’s pocket they stop fighting. That’s where you start from. That’s why economy is very key. I am an economist with a difference and I believe we have been practicing the wrong kind of economics here.
“I believe we can start with economic restructuring to ensure we reduce the income inequality going on, to create opportunities for our people.
“The opportunities are there. A lot of my writing is about the economy. I am redefining economics.
“Nigeria is the capital of global inequality in the world. Nigeria is the country where you have the widest gap between the rich and the poor,” he said.
He said he plans to make Nigeria the cleanest, safest and most organized in Africa.
“All of those projections are do-able, they are well thought out and tested in many places, theoretically and otherwise,” he said.
He said Nigerians should be thinking and working towards growing by 16 per cent, noting that at the moment, the country is not growing at all.
“The rich can actually get richer, the middle class can expand and the poor people don’t have to be this many. As a matter of fact we can reduce the number of extremely poor people in Nigeria within a space of three years.”
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