Ex-Malawi President endorses Ezekwesili for Nigeria’s presidency

  …Says Oby possesses skills to fight corruption

Former Malawi President, Joyce Banda, has endorsed the presidential  candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby  Ezekwesili.

Banda testified that Ezekwesili “possesses the ability to fight  corruption,” adding that Nigeria needed a leader like her.Banda, who was the President of Malawi from April 7, 2012 to May 31,  2014, said Ezekwesili’s advice saved her from corruption allegations.

She said that Ezekwesili’s international exposure, transparent and  accountable skills would help the growth of Nigeria.

Endorsing the ACPN candidate on Wednesday, the ex-president said, “While fighting corruption during my presidency in 2013, Oby Ezekwesili advised  me to protect myself with a forensic audit, which United Kingdom  government supported. I am forever grateful for this transparent,  accountable daughter of Africa; a servant leader pushing #Nigeria  #Hope2019.”

On her part, Ezekwesili assured Nigerians that she would put effective structures in place to fight corruption.
She said that defeating corruption in Nigeria would ease job creation and boost the economy.
The female presidential candidate also assured the citizens that her tenure as president would end the attitude of using political positions  for personal gains.

She said, “Needless to say, every other area in our comprehensive  manifesto, including our anti-corruption, sports, foreign policy,  security agenda, and every other programme of our platform, will be  evaluated on three questions: How much wealth is it going to generate?
How many jobs is it going to create? And how many people it will get out  of poverty?

“We will measure our economic success as a government, not by the number  of private jets parked at our airports, but by the number of Nigerians  we lift out of poverty who go on to live richer lives. We mean business.

“We will put in place a massive programme of deregulation of the Nigerian economy to unleash the depth of competition and efficiencies necessary for higher and deeper economic growth and expansion of the
economy. The division and rebalancing of roles between business and government will reduce opportunities of corruption and bottlenecks that  limit the competitiveness of the Nigerian economy.”

While accusing previous governments of paying lip services to the fight against corruption and accountability, she stated that her promises  would be fulfilled.

She said, “When I make these promises, I do them with the realisation  that you are tired of broken promises. The broken promises of previous administrations are still fresh in your memories and it has tainted the way you look at politics. That is why as a principle, our campaign will  only promise what we can deliver, and will deliver what we promise.

“Our politics is the promise of a new, honest start to rebuild and renew  our country. Our direction is clear; and our destination is also clear.
When we deliver, we would rebuild the crucial bonds of trust between the  people and their government without which a democracy cannot flourish.

“This election is the most important of our lifetime. I believe that the  next four years could determine the next 40. If we fail to get it right,  what would we tell our children? What manner of consequences would  befall us? What would another four years of wrong leadership mean for  you and I? More poverty. More divisions. More corruption. More debt.
More insecurity. More disregard for human rights. More and more of the