Balarabe Musa, a Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State, has said both presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari are not capable of solving problems in Nigeria.
The elder statesman lamenting the lack of a strong third alternative, said lack of resources and funding have relegated other presidential candidates with no hope of winning.
Balarabe said it was unfortunate that Nigeria was stuck with Buhari and Atiku despite having 91 political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) owing to the fact that Nigeria politics is ‘Money Politics’.
Speaking with Daily Independent, Balarabe said other 89 political parties aside from APC and PDP were just participating in the 2019 presidential election for the sake of contesting because they lacked the resources required to contest presidential elections.
He said: “The APC and PDP are the only ones with the resources to contest the presidency. All other 89 political parties do not have the resources to contest the presidency. Those of them who are contesting are just doing so for contesting sake.
“This is money politics and Nigeria’s politics is very expensive. The deciding factor in Nigeria politics is money power. The other 89 will contest because they have been registered and the constitution allows them, but only the PDP and APC are contesting with the hope of winning.
“It is unfortunate for the country because none of the two candidates – President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar – is relevant.
“None of them will win and do anything to correct the negative state of the nation, but we are confronted with only these two.
“It is important to have a third alternative. Various organisations have tried to have a third alternative but it has not been possible. So, we are faced with these two.”