Sunday, 18 November 2018

Kingsley Moghalu picks 37-year-old Umma Getso as his running mate

Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu has announced Umma Getso as his running mate.

Gesto is the daughter of Abdullahi Giwa Getso, who was elected a senator in 1983 on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

Getso, 37, is from Kano state and a business entrepreneur who co-founded the National Progressive Movement (NPM). She is also the deputy national chairman of the YPP.

In a statement on Sunday, the Moghalu campaign organisation quoted the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as saying he chose the entrepreneur because of her commitment to better the future of the youth.

“My choice of Umma Getso is a recognition of her talent, leadership ability, and a passionate commitment to a better future for the youth of Nigeria,” Moghalu said

“It also is consistent with my strong commitment to women as full partners in nation-building. I restate my target of 50:50 gender parity in the composition of my cabinet as President of Nigeria in 2019.

“The old guard and the establishment are well aware that the game is over for them. They know that their time is up. Getso and I have come to disrupt the old way of doing things while ushering a new, more productive and creative method of governance.”

Moghalu will be coming up against incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former minister and 'Bring Back Our Girls' co-founder Oby Ezekwesili, leadership consultant Fela Durotoye, former Governor Donald Duke and online publisher Omoyele Sowore, among 70 others, in the battle for the number one job in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

Next year's presidential election is slated for Saturday, February 16.

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