Editor's note: Kabir Mustapha, native of Katsina state resident in Lagos, writes on the forthcoming 2019 presidential elections , with focus on three major candidates in the election that many has predicted as a two-horse race.
There is a wise saying that goes thus, "only foolish people take the same action that has consistently failed them and expect positive outcome."
Nigeria today is at a crossroad, no thanks to the incompetent and failed leadership of the political elites that have been taking turns among themselves to enslave Nigerians since 1999, I mean both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (PDP).
These two parties and their candidates, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari respectively, have been going about spending public funds to convince Nigerians to vote them in the February 16 presidential election even though they both have damaged antecedents and they naturally should be begging a judge to reduce their jail terms if it were in saner climes.
Atiku Abubakar was vice president for 8 years and was notorious for looting everything he came in contact with, including funds for Petroleum Development Trust Fund. His colleague in looting and American Congressman Jefferson was jailed on account of bribery he did with Atiku.
Atiku Abubakar shamelessly used money to pay his way during PDP primaries in an open show of shame just to outwit his opponents. This man is completely damaged and a far cry of what a sane society needs. The only credit he has to his name is endemic corruption.
The incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is even worse than his colleague flying the PDP flag. He is a discredited bigot, ethic jingoist, clueless leader and one that has divided the country even further. This man has destroyed whatever is left of Nigeria and has elevated mediocrity. He has no single legacy project to his credit.
Sadly, the association of corrupt Nigerians are rooting for either of them. Thank God for Middle-Belt leaders that stood their ground and endorsed the candidacy of Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, the candidate of Peoples Trust, a proven entrepreneur, grassroots mobilizer and businessman.
A man with legitimate business to his name, among them are; Transnational Energy Nigeria Limited, where he serves as chairman, Transnational Energy Corporate United States, where be serves as president. Mr Olawepo-Hashim is also the president of Bresson Power, the promoters of Magboro Power Plant in Obafemi-Owode local government, Ogun state.
I urge Nigerian youths and other young people to say a big NO to failed experiments and embrace the true candidate that will not represent the interest of the corrupt class but those of the poor masses for a better Nigeria.