Monday June 27, 2022 3:12 PM

Gbenga Daniels to Nigeria: Vote with your brain, not your stomach

Ex-governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel has asked Nigerians to vote with their brain in the 2023 election.

He gave this advice during  the fourth annual lecture of FreedomOnline, titled, ‘Nigeria’s political indices: Bright or bleak future?’ in Lagos on Tuesday.

He noted that this was the only way Nigerians can rewrite the destiny of the nation.

He said, “The next election (2023) offers us an opportunity to rewrite the destiny of this country. The decision we make next year will be with us for arguably eight years. That’s long enough to make the country better or make it worse.”

Daniel stressed that the only way Nigerians can leave the trenches was by putting into power individuals who are realists.

“We don’t need Powerpoint presentations and well-written manifestos that end up in the dustbin of history.

“We need leadership that, as they say in the mathematical parlance, ‘show workings.’ Anybody can write and make promises, but we have to be intentional in ensuring that we elect those who know how to bring to life these visions,” he stated.

The former Governor asked Nigerians to kick against vote buying and question presidential aspirants on how they intend to fulfill their promises.

“If someone promises to create television, don’t just clap, ask the person questions on how he intends to do that.

“But again, we would have lost the morality to question our leaders properly if we continued to indulge in the menace threatening our democracy: vote-buying,” he said.

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