2023: former NESG Chairman, Sam Ohuabunwa joins presidential race

 Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa,  a former Chairman of the  Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), has declared intentions to run for presidency in 2023. Ohuabunwa, Founder of  Neimeth Pharmaceutical and President, Pharmaceutical  Society of Nigeria, his intentions known at a news conference in Lagos on Thursday. 

  Abia born politician and businessman, who is also Convener of New Nigeria Group, said his seeking to rule Nigeria in 2023, was not based on geopolitical zone but on  convictions of what he could offer the nation.Although he was silent on the platform he intended to use to achieve his aspirations, Ohuabunwa pointed out that he would be aligning with a political party to be announced soon.He said his mission would be to mobilise Nigerians from across the nation, irrespective of tribe or religion, to take more  active part in politics for a better Nigeria.“

I want to what Nelson Mandela did for South Africa in Nigeria. I have sound mind, and ideology am coming  with, is panacea to  all challenges in the country,” he said.He said his key focus would be on four current challenges in the nation, which included poverty, corruption, injustice and insecurity, adding that if elected, he would stop unrestrained killings across the nation in 60 days.He said that choice of who became  Nigeria’s president in 2023, would not be based on money but would be decided by what a candidate could offer.“

times have changed. Nigerians are wiser and culture of money politics has  changed. I believe Nigerians will rally round my aspiration, based on my pedigree, professionalism and integrity.‘Nigerians are looking for a competent character and not just political party, thus in 2023, it is possible to get office of the president.”Reacting to statements on 60 – year age bracket for president,  attributed to former head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the 71 year old presidential hopeful said: “IBB had a right to speak his mind but cannot decide.” I am for youthfulness,  youthful is not about chronological age but healthy body, sound mind ,  good spirit and contemporary ability to build a complex country like Nigeria. These are qualities I posses.“Age is not against me. U S. President is 78. Age is not tantamount to poor performance. We have had younger persons in positions of power that  failed and even indicted for frauds and embezzlement.”

On issue of rotational presidency, he said: I believe we must care for each other and give every segment, a sense of belonging but that is not basis of my aspiration.“Those opposing  zoning, supported it earlier when it suited them. Whilst I support rotation, I also believe that what Nigeria needs, is  a leader that is detribalised.” We must  change narratives of our current challenges and agitations, and enshrine a Nigeria, where leaders will emerge based on merit and not tribe or religion.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  Mazi Samuel Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa,  OFR,  was born on Aug. 16, 1950,  he read Pharmacy at University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, graduating in 1976.He obtained his post graduate education in Organisational & Corporate Management at Columbia University, New York, U.S, and in Executive Business Management at Lagos Business School, Lagos.

He received an honorary Doctor of Business/Administration (ODBA) Degree from Gregory University, Uturu, Abia. He belonged to several professional groups, and led Management  buy out of Pfizer West Africa in 1997, where he rose as a pharmaceutical sales representative from 1978,  to become chairman /chief executive officer and regional manager in 1993. (NAN)