Kola Abiola, son of late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, MKO Abiola, has joined the 2023 Presidential race.
Kola on Thursday, picked the N10 million Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Presidency.
He received the forms from the National Secretary of the Party, Babatunde Alli, at the PRP’s headquarters in Abuja.
Three aspirants have so far purchased the forms for the presidential ticket of the party. They are Retired Col. Gboluga Mosugu, Mrs Patience Key and Kola Abiola.
Abiola, who kicked against consensus candidacy as contained in the Electoral Act 2022, said that other aspirants of the party, who had so far purchased their forms were also opposed to the method.
He said: “We have two other candidates. We believe in internal party democracy, we are not doing consensus. It is a transparent party, the more candidates we have the better.
“Whoever wins, we will all come together and work for the party and not somebody calling for consensus where someone will step down for another.
“Let’s go and have a competitive environment, it will be transparent and we will uphold internal democracy and be able to have proper democracy.”
Earlier, the party’s national secretary, Alli, said the party had strategised to ensure a rancour-free primary, by allowing delegates to vote for the presidential candidates of their choice at the state levels.
Meanwhile, the PRP has extended sale and return of nomination forms till May 18.
Retired colonel joins PRP presidential race
A retired Army Colonel and member of the Peoples Redemption Party, Gboluga Mosugu, has submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms making him eligible to run for the office of the President under the platform of the party.
Mosugu who spoke to pressmen while submitting his forms at the PRP’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, said he took the idea to lead the country very seriously.
He said, “The idea to lead Nigeria right is one that I take seriously. I am aware of the challenges ahead, but challenges are meant to be faced and conquered, and I’m in it for the long run. I am a retired Colonel, and as a soldier, one is always prepared to die for their country if the need arises in the course of duty. I could die for Nigeria.
“After I got the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, I could have changed my mind that I didn’t want to go further, but I am prepared for the challenge ahead, and there is no fear in my mind.”
Mr Mosugu described the PRP as the most competent party in the country, calling on Nigerians to give their mandate to it in 2023.
Speaking, a retired major general, Anthony Ajemba, said he had known Mr Mosugu for over 50 years. “We met in 1973 as young-boy soldiers at Nigeria Military School, Zaria.”
He described the aspirant as a detribalised Nigerian, saying that if given the opportunity, Mr Mosugu would take the country to greater heights.
“We have come to give him our support. He can deliver this nation. This journey that he has started, by the grace of God, he will end well,” Mr Ajemba said.
The national secretary of the party said the PRP had maintained its ideology as a people-centred party and a movement to defend the defenceless.
Mr Mosugu will have to contend for the PRP presidential ticket with some other aspirants including Kola Abiola son of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Moshood Abiola, and Patience Key.
May Day – PRP Salutes Nigerian Workers
The Peoples Redemption Party ,PRP, has expressed gratitude and respect to all Nigerian workers on the occasion of this year’s Labour Day.
A statement Signed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello, says the party hold workers in high regards in view of the fact that they are a nation’s essential backbone.
“it is only because of workers that the nation can survive and prosper” Alhaji Bello added.
The party uses this important occasion to extend a hand of partnership with Nigerian workers so as to salvage Nigeria from the challenges bedeviling the nation.
2023: Retired Colonel Picks PRP Presidential Form
A Retired Nigerian Colonel, Gboluga Mosugu has picked the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms of the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, with a call on government to renew efforts in the fight against banditry.
He made the call after he received the form at the Party’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
PRP’s Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the post of president is N10 million, while that of the governor is N2.5 million; Senate– N1.5 million; House of Representatives- N250,000 and House of Assembly-N100, 000.
Mosugu, who decried the spate of banditry and kidnappings, called for concerted efforts in the fight against the menace.
“Security is everyone’s business. All hands must be on deck to curb the menace.”
“Relevant and actionable laws by the parliament could go a long toward addressing the issues of kidnappings.
“We will do the right thing. We just need the political will to do the right thing and security will be tackled, the economy will grow and there will be progress,” he said.
Mosugu also said he was not deterred by the aspirations of Kola Abiola because “power comes from God and it is the delegates that will determine who will be their flag bearer”.
“It’s not by money, the position is not for sale; it’s for whoever the delegates will select as their flag bearer,” he said
Reports had it that Mosugu was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1982 and voluntarily retired after 29 years of service from the Nigerian Army in June 2007, with the rank of Colonel.