The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has said he would declare his assets by October if no other presidential candidate took up the gauntlet, noting that his administration would make transparency its cornerstone if elected.
Adebayo disclosed that he approached a non-governmental organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project to engage other presidential candidates on the matter but none had taken up the challenge.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the lawyer said, ‘’I’m doing a lot of things differently already. I will campaign differently because that’s under my control; I’m campaigning based on issues. Even before the elections, if you are going to deal with transparency, a good presidential candidate must try to disclose his assets. You don’t wait until you have won the election because by that time it is too late. They would give it quietly to one agency somewhere that would say due to legal reasons, they cannot release it.
‘’I had that understanding with SERAP and SERAP put up the challenge to all the presidential candidates. Nobody, apart from (African Action Congress presidential candidate, Omoyele) Sowore has accepted. I’m waiting for enough time till October 1 or thereabout; if nobody comes up and declares, I will write to the media and declare my assets.’’
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Adebayo pointed out that the nation is facing a dangerous situation, noting that some government officials who are benefitting from the current security crisis did not want it to end.
He also observed that many foreigners now come to Nigeria to profit from criminal acts and invest the returns in their country, adding that many people in the neighbouring countries are flushed with money without engaging in any visible work.
The lawyer and founder of Kaftan tv stated that his administration would retool the security architecture and governance if elected in the 2023 presidential election.
He said, ”I have certain interpretations of some problems we are facing and there are five problems facing the government. One is the issue of insecurity because it is embarrassing, annoying, and most dangerous (one).