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Dumebi Kachikwu, ADC presidential candidate

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By Abiodun Okunloye

A successful businessman, politician, and media person with a reforming goal.

Dumebi Kachikwu is a well-known philanthropist, politician, media tycoon and successful businessman in Nigeria. He established the online news outlet Roots Television and serves as its CEO. He was born on December 20, 1971, in Onicha-Ugbo, his hometown in Delta State, Nigeria. He is Ibe Kachikwu’s younger brother, who served as minister of state for petroleum resources. In 2022, Dumebi Kachikwu publicly announced his intention to run for president and selected the nomination form to do so on the African Democratic Congress’s platform (ADC). He reckons that the 2023 election is a great chance for people who are fed up with the country’s toxic leadership to unite, form groups, and take action to save Nigeria.

He announced his intention to run for Nigeria’s highest office in a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja. Kachikwu, in the 8-minute video, attributed Nigeria’s colonial overlords for the country’s problems since they divided the country up along religious and ethnic lines when they founded it. According to Kachikwu, the current circle of political leaders in Nigeria has lost the ability to rule, and as a result, they are stumbling around in the dark, plunging the country more and more into poverty, stagnant economic growth, insecurity, instability, and chaos.

Despite exclusion threats, Kachikwu emerged as ADC presidential candidate.

By defeating his main competitor, he became the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections. The party’s flag-bearer now has Ahmed Buhari as his running partner. But because of the party’s claims against him, they are demanding that he be expelled from the party. After an investigation into Mr Kachikwu’s alleged anti-party activities, the Ralph Nwosu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party ordered his expulsion from the party. Following the advice of a seven-person disciplinary committee established by the ADC NWC, he and seven other prominent party leaders were expelled. On September 2nd, the NWC had already suspended the presidential candidate. Regardless of being “expelled” from the party, he was legitimately elected by political parties again for the 2023 presidential election.

Furthermore, the revitalisation of the economy and the elimination of corruption and terrorism are fundamental pillars of his campaign. His other major initiatives for Nigeria include educational reforms that would ensure a quality education for all citizens regardless of their background, a large increase in the number of available jobs, and increased investment in agriculture with a focus on agro-business and food security. Massive industrialisation, youth and women advancement, healthcare reform ending the country’s horrible medical travel, cultural heritage revitalisation, creative arts to boost tourism, and community policing as part of security initiatives.

Kachikwu aims to establish the country’s economy and security.

At a Town Hall meeting with residents of the FCT, the Presidential candidate asked Nigerians to stand up and change the way the country is run so that good governance can be established. He said that Nigerians should encourage competent sentiments instead of primitive ones. He also said that he wanted to build a Nigeria that was not centered on tribe and religion. Nigeria would no longer be known for being average and that the country’s youth must decide what happens there. It’s disheartening that lots of Nigerians still don’t have water or electricity and that getting these things isn’t hard. If he became president, he would send the national assembly a Nigerian Patriots Act bill for approval so that public servants couldn’t use the same amenities they couldn’t give to the public.

To tackle insecurity in Nigeria, Kachikwu encouraged the Federal Government to enhance military recruiting. In an appearance with Politics Today on Channels Television, Kachikwu gave the advice while pointing out the myriad security concerns the country was now dealing with. The entire nation is at war. Large portions of Nigeria are now referred to as ungoverned spaces. This military is, therefore, critically underresourced, he said. If 200,000 people joined the fight, they would be driven out on multiple fronts. But the country must recognise that this battle has continued for more than ten years at this point. Consequently, it’s essential to recruit and train personnel. According to the allegation, it wasn’t long afterwards that the party received the 120 APC members who had defected from the APC in the state of Sokoto.

A new spokesperson was appointed for Kachikwu’s 2023 campaign.

More so, Adeniyi Kunnu, a broadcaster, has been named the spokesperson for Dumebi Kachikwu’s 2023 campaign team. He made the announcement in Abuja and praised Kunnu’s abilities as a communicator, noting his extensive background in broadcast media. Kunnu, who graduated from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, with a Master of Arts degree in English literature and the Lagos State University, Ojo, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, is currently a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Abuja. He has years of expertise in both the broadcast sector and teaching at the university level, as well as extensive training and education in professional development.

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