Afe Babalola made it clear that the Nigeria’s forthcoming presidential election on 25 February will be won by the highest spender and not the best candidates among the contenders, he stated this at a media briefing in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.
He further explain that the 2023 general elections will be conducted under the 1999 constitution against his advice, saying the poll will only reproduce those, who have brought Nigeria to a sordid state.
It is not who can make a difference that will win this election, I repeat, it is not the person who has all it takes – age, health, education, and patriotism, that will win the election; the winner of this election I can bet it, is going to be the person who has made money in this country, the legal icon added.
The recent endorsement of Peter Obi of the Labour Party by former President Olusegun Obasanjo ,Babalola does not believe in the role money bags will play in the election.
He said is only a new constitution with stringent conditions for political candidates, will save Nigeria from a total collapse.
He stated, A man who wants to rule the whole country or any part of the country, ought to be screened with this question:
*Has he ever worked before, *What type of work did he do, *Did he steal there, *Was he a good manager, *Does he pay his taxes regularly, *What contributions has he made to society?
You cant come out anyhow or nowhere and become president, become governor, become member of house; these are transactional business men.
Afe Babalola concluded by saying, any election conducted under the present 1999 Constitution cannot and will not produce new leaders with new ideas, rather any election conducted with the 1999 Constitution will merely result in recycling people who have brought Nigeria to grinding poverty, unemployment, under-funded education, and insecurity.