Politics

2023: Adamu Garba apologises to Nigerian youth for chickening out of presidential race

Adamu Garba

A former All Progressives Congress, APC presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has apologised to Nigerian youth for withdrawing from the contest.

Garba withdrew from the race on Monday, citing the high cost of obtaining APC expression of interest and nomination forms for presidency and the cost of running for political office as reasons.

His action provoked some Nigerian youth who took to social media to register their disappointments and also asked for refund of their donations to his presidential campaign fund.

Garba had asked Nigerians who contributed to the N83.2 million his campaign team generated, to send evidence and get a refund.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the former presidential aspirant apologised to Nigerian youth for whatever his action might have caused them.

He wrote: “Dear Nigerian Youth,

I write to sincerely apologize for any of my actions or inactions that might have affected our relationship over time.

Though inexcusable, I took these actions due to the following reasons:

I’m a radical patriotic Nigerian and can’t stand anything that threatens the stability and security of this country.

I had such high hopes that things will eventually get better, even as it get worst.

I do not accept anything that could truncate our democracy & freedom

It appears I was wrong in some ways, because things didn’t eventually get better, and in fact, it kept getting worst

I kept my hopes alive with the belief that changes can better be made from within. But is clear to me that in APC, there’s no plans or future for innovative youth

Painfully so is the over-financialisation of the political atmosphere.

In a third world country where money is generated from natural resources & not human brains, once financialised, there will be no incentive for human lives to get better. Resource will be the focus of leaders

This means, to some extend, it is better for people to keep dying and giving up on the country than to live and stay here.

The more they die or suffer or vacate the country, the less competition and pressure on the resources. That’s why our leaders don’t care, but we should.

I promise you that I am now a fully reformed, baptized and have realized some of my mistakes. I’m ready to move along with you to chat a new course for the future of Nigeria.

We can’t do this with leaders living in the past.

I have a new deal for you. A NEW DEAL for the future.”

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