By Adekola Afolaba
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Isiaka Ishola Balogun, has described clamour by some people for restructuring of the country as a diversionary tactic, saying “there is no structure to restructure”.
Balogun, a native of Owo in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, at the official declaration of his intention to run for the office of the president, held in Akure, the Ondo state capital, emphasised that there is nothing in restructuring.
He said he rather believed in a structured Nigeria that will give hope for everybody.
“Let me tell you, the people talking about restructuring are using it as a diversion. It is just to give something to be arguing about”, he said.
He promised a guaranteed future for the country as well as five million jobs for unemployed youths within 24 hours of his administration, if elected into power in the 2019 general elections.
He equally said he will recruit 100, 000 new police officers as soon as his government assumes office to effectively police the country and protect the lives and property of the citizenry through his transformation agenda.
An America-based businessman said he is contesting for the number one office in the country to give his best for all Nigerians and his fatherland, just as he appealed to all youths in the country to give him total support to ensure his victory at the polls.
According to him, if the youth of the country can give him a chance to lead the nation, he will protect their interests and revitalise the economy for socioeconomic development.
The presidential hopeful explained that America is ready to partner Nigeria as a giant of Africa to improve the economy of the country and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.
He listed his manifesto to include stable electricity, economic revitalisation, youth empowerment, qualitative education, social welfare for elderly and disabled, 5million new jobs in 2019, Provision of healthcare facilities in all the 774 local government in the country, double GDP by 2020 and beyond, construction of roads and bridges and recruitment of 100, 000 new police officers.
The National Chairman of the UDP, Bar. Godson Okoye described UDP as a political party dedicated to the promotion of the progressive ideology in the land and a tool for national economic rebirth.
Okoye who was represented by the National Vice Chairman (South-West) and state chairman of the party, Augustine Oguntimehin saluted the courage of the presidential aspirant, saying the party will give him necessary support to ensure victory come 2019.
He assured all Nigerians of equal opportunity under the administration of the UDP, saying the party is committed to socioeconomic development of the nation.
Earlier, the UDP chairman, Owo local government, Chief Arojho Bosede, the state Women leader, Princess Olukoju Grace as well as the youth leader, Ogunleye Olusola, commended the presidential hopeful for his good vision for his country, promising to give him necessary support to realise his good vision of taking the country to the next level.
They promised to mobilise both women and youth groups for the victory of the party in the coming elections.
Other party leaders including the chairman, Owo ward 9, Lawal Oluwole described the aspirant as a true and committed leader who will transform and take the country to a greater height.
The event was attended by party leaders and supporters across the state.