The People’s Trust (PT), the political party which has Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim as its presidential candidate in the 2019 election, has emerged tops among the 28 political parties registered about a year ago.
According to statistics released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PT is among the top 20 parties that are fielding 100 candidates or more in the 470 constituencies across the country.
The constituencies include the 469 in the National Assembly and the Presidential seat, which has the entire country as a single constituency.
The PT came tops with 198 candidates, making it the party with the highest list of candidates among those registered within the last one year.
The PT is an alliance of the Olisa Agbakoba-inspired National Intervention Movement (NIM) and a faction of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN).
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A statement by Olawepo’s Media Office indicated that the PT is featuring 198 candidates, including 140 for the House of Representatives, 52 for the Senate and one for president and vice-president, respectively.
The statement quoted INEC’s document as indicating that a total of 6,510 contestants have, thus far, been registered for the elections, comprising 4,496 for the house of representatives, 1,856 for senate and 79 apiece for president and vice-presidential positions.
The statement read: “The PT, which, in alliance with other parties, is promoting the presidential candidacy of Mr. Olawepo-Hashim, has a total of 194 contestants on its platform. Following closely the PT are the JMPP, 182, MPN 176, the ADP, 136, the ZLP, 115, and the ACD, 106.
“Our agenda is obviously most appealing. Our new Nigerian Economic Development plan will create $4 trillion Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in 10 years, by the Grace of God. We target to net five percent of global infrastructure funds in 10 years by removing obstacles to investments and rapidly increase the ease of doing business in Nigeria.”
“We will promote an innovative economy by protecting proprietary rights of innovators and the sanctity of agreement. We will integrate Agriculture, Solid Mineral Sector with industries and increase manufacturing share of the GDP to 40% and then tackle unemployment through industry based jobs.”Hashim stated.