– A Nigerian presidential candidate has dropped out of the race after ‘goofing’ on social media
– Subomi Okeowo labelled Nigerians unproductive in a recent interview – The backlash he got from the interview was enough for him to state that he will be stepping down for a more qualified candidate A video showing a Nigerian presidential aspirant sharing his plans for office went viral over the weekend. It showed Subomi Okeowo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) sharing his thoughts about the state of the country. He was specifically asked how he plans to make Nigeria a producing nation since we are a mostly a consuming nation. He answered that “Well… what can we possibly produce? There’s nothing we can produce. We are black people. We are not wired that way.”
Okeowo was asked to explain further and he said “I’m saying the black man is not wired technologically….if you put me in a room and tell me (as a black man) to develop a chip, ten years from now I’m still struggling.” Expectedly, his answer has raised a lot of eyebrows with many criticising his thoughts. As a sult, he took to his Instagram page to announce that he had pulled out of the presidential race. See his post below: “Maybe we should see things from another perspective. As much as I and my campaign team have not called any Nigerian unproductive or say that the black man cannot produce anything, myself have only said invariably we should focus on our strength and come together as a people to resolve our needs.
If anyone is angered, let them turn the anger into productivity and show us all it can be done. As much as I don’t lay claim to know it all, I will honourably stand down to allow a more qualified candidate go for the post. I regret any speech that may sound derogatory and want to use this opportunity to wish Nigeria and Nigerians well.”
This is coming after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano challenged his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to launch his presidential campaign for 2019, in the state. Ganduje while speaking at a recent event said Kano was for President Buhari and that Kwankwaso will never be welcomed by the people of the state.