Gbenga Olawepo Hashim

The People’s Trust presidential candidate, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hasim, has said Nigeria needs an educated person to become the next president for the country to move forward.

He said specifically that the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, respectively, did not have sound education to rule the country.

Olawepo-Hasim stated this in Akure, Ondo State, while speaking with journalists after meeting with his party leaders across the 18 local government areas of the state on Friday.

He said, “When we were governed by people who were more educated, Nigeria made more progress.

“Those people understood how a modern society should be. Let me give an example of Chief Obafemi Awolowo who was a lawyer, Azikwe, who was more educated. You saw the difference in the quality of their governance.

“Education gives you knowledge of how things should be organised. In the 21st century, there is a minimum level required for you to understand how international economics functions.

“What I’m saying is that PDP that is trying to make an issue out of Mr. President’s certificate are not better placed. There is no difference between two of them. There is no difference between PDP candidate and APC’s in terms of levels of education. They are both at the same level.”

The presidential candidate, who expressed confidence in winning the 2019 presidential election, noted that there were more votes in the North Central, where he came from; and the North Eastern part than any other region of the country, saying the big votes from the two regions and other regions would give him the victory.

On the issue of restructuring, Olawepo-Hasim explained that there was the need for devolution of more power to the states.

“I believe in the devolution of power from the Federal Government to the states, so that they can mobilise resources.

“I believe in moving power from the Federal Government to the state governments. I will address the lack of equality in the zones. I will create one state in the South-East region and that will be done within one year,” he stated.

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