Ahead of the 2023 general elections, well-known Nigerians have created a new political party, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The founders of the new party include former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Professor Attahiru Jega; political economist, Professor Pat Utomi; former governor of Kwara State, Ahmed Abdulfatai and former governor of River State, Donald Duke, Prof.
Other members are, Tunde Adeniran, Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi and Dr. Sadiq Gombe.
While delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness gave rise to agitations from different ethnic groups.
He recalled in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the country.
“It is based on this that we decided to set up this RNP. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria that leaders must have before they can attain any political position”. Adeniran said he foresaw disaster, hence he moved to rescue the nation.
According to him, “you only rescue when there is disaster, and when you fail to rescue during disaster it is more dangerous. We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we got here. We know where Nigeria was before now; we know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation”.
Usman Bugaje, the RNP national coordinator in his opening speech, explained that the RNP was found on the basic assumption that the challenges bedeviling the nation were largely derived from poor leadership.
We can recall that these founders were once members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Could it really be possible for them to rescue the nation if given the mandate?
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