Olawepo-Hashim’s Party Tops List of 28 Parties Fielding Candidates

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Dr. Olisa Agbakoba

The People’s Trust (PT) political party has emerged top amongst the nearly 28 newly registered political parties fielding candidates for political positions in the next years’ presidential elections, with 194 persons running on its platform.

The Olisa Agbakoba inspired National Intervention Movement (NIM) had among other parties earlier partnered with the party. Of the 89 political parties vying for political power, 28 were newly registered, and expected to participate in the contest for political offices including state houses of the assembly election, House of Representatives, senate, governorship and presidential elections.

A total of 6,510 contestants have thus far being registered for the elections, comprising 4,496 for the House of Representatives, 1,856 for Senate and 79 apiece for president and vice-presidential positions.

The PT, which in alliance with other parties is promoting the presidential candidacy of Mr. Olawepo-Hashim, has a total of 194 contestants on its platform, including 140 for the house of representatives, 52 for the senate and one apiece for president and vice-president. Following closely the PT are the JMPP, 182, MPN 176, the ADP, 136, the ZLP, 115, and the ACD, 106.

Political party sources have attributed the rise of the PT to the emergence of Olawepo-Hashim as its candidate, following the integration of many parties and groups like the Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM) into its fold.

“Our agenda is obviously most appealing. Our new Nigerian economic development plan will create 4 trillion dollars GDP in 10 years by the Grace of God. We target to net 5% of Global infrastructure funds in 10 years by removing obstacles to investments and rapidly increase the ease of doing business in Nigeria,” the aspirant said in reaction to the development.

He added: “We will promote an innovative economy by protecting proprietary rights of innovators and the sanctity of agreement. We will integrate agriculture, solid mineral sector with industries and increase manufacturing share of the GDP to 40% and then tackle unemployment through industry based jobs”